Catch­ing the wind

Stratford Press - - News -

The an­nual Taranaki Wave Clas­sic wave-sail­ing event took place over Labour Week­end.

The clas­sic is a main­stay of the Taranaki wind­surf­ing and wave scene, and has been a highly an­tic­i­pated item on the New Zealand wind­surf­ing cal­en­dar for the last 35 years. This year over 75 wave­sail­ing com­peti­tors rolled into town dur­ing the lead-up week, loaded up with wind­surfers, surf­boards and stand-up pad­dle boards, ready to hit the wa­ter, what­ever the con­di­tions.

Head­lin­ing spon­sor and lo­cal board shaper Car­bon Art’s James Din­nis said the event went well.

“The Taranaki Wave Clas­sic is a su­per fun week­end for ev­ery­one — it’s an awe­some time to catch up with the wind­surf­ing com­mu­nity from all around New Zealand and over­seas, and makes for a great fam­ily hol­i­day as well.”

PHOTO/ PAUL VAN BELLEN.

Some of the ac­tion dur­ing the Taranaki Wave Clas­sic last week­end.

PHOTO/ BE­VAN THROWER.

James Din­nis com­petes at the Taranaki Wave Clas­sic.

PHOTO/BE­VAN THROWER.

Heidi Bader com­petes.

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