ITS BACK – BIRUBI!! Event Preview

13 Aug

23rd – 24th August is the first event for the 2014-15 NSW Wavesailing season. Birubi beach Nelson Bay is the location, this is without a doubt the best and most consistent winter westerly location on the east coast.

Get out the steamers and dust off the cobwebs with the awesome new format where you sail all day with no heats, no sitting on the beach getting cold.

You’ll be able to warm up on Saturday at our entertainment sponsors establishment ANNA BAY TAVERN. They are putting on a 2 course meal and drinks for the gang.

Book your accommodation at the Birubi beach holiday park, mention your from NSW Wavesailiong to get a discounted rate.

Birubi Beach Holiday Park 37 James Paterson Street,
Birubi Beach, NSW, 2316 Phone: +61 2 49821263

Wind or not this is going to be a great weekend to get away and catch up with the wavesailing crew.

Be there or else!

NSWWA Annual General Meeting

26 Mar

Hi all,

Last weekend was the annual Teams Challenge in conjunction with the AGM. The forecast for the competition weekend was the worst for the year and unfortunately the conditions didn’t allow the teams events to run. We did however still manage a marginal but fun free sail at Werri Beach on the Saturday and for those lucky enough to be able to hang around Sunday afternoon, a good session at Gerroa in 15+knots and waist-high waves.

The Gerroa/Windang area has proven its reliability this season when it come to wind. Even on the worst forecasts possible, we have still managed to get some decent sailing. This event at Werri and Gerroa and earlier in the year at Windang both providing some pretty good sailing even know the odds were against us with the forecast.

The AGM this year was a very open and productive one. Steaks were eaten, beers were drunk and finally after approximately 3 hours of debate. Decisions were made on event styles, locations, dates and committee members.

The events were decided to stay in the same format as this year, that is, expression session style with a scored super session final. In conjunction is the State Titles to be held over 4 days to determine the states best using man on man PWA format rules. The major variation this upcoming year is the crowning of the expression session series winner which will be a very sought after prize, the sailor that is really pushing the limit and going BIG will win this title . The expression session series will be scored on 5 of your 6 best results.


The committee for 2014/2015

  • President – Mick (George) Westra
  • Vice President – Tim Williams
  • Treasurer – Zack Coleman
  • Head Judge – Tim Knowles
  • Backup Head Judge – Jessica Crisp
  • Sponsorship – Josh Fletcher/Warren Holder/Mick Westra
  • Marketing/Media – Zack Coleman

Locations and Dates

  1. Birubi (Mid Winter Bash) – August 23/24th
  2. Flat Rock (Lennox Head) – September 27/28th (29th optional)
  3. Gerroa/Windang (Sth’ly) – November 1/2nd
  4. Wanda/Windang (Sth’ly) – December 13/14th
  5. Gerroa (State Titles)          – February 7/10th
  6. Gerroa End of Season        – February 28th/March 1st

This next year is going to continue with the fun and friendly atmosphere that this year has brought. We have had 25 new members join this year and I am hoping for all the old faithful’s that have taken this year off, to join in the new and exciting organisation that is the NSW Wavesailing Association. Remember our mission statement;

“Increase participation in Wavesailing and Wavesailing competitions in NSW through the development of a dynamic, fun and inspiring environment for people of all ages to enjoy our sport.”

We all need to take this mission seriously as we all can affect the future of our sport in NSW. Make sure you help your friends and family in to the sport and invite them along to some of our events. I guarantee that they will have FUN!

Thanks and see you all next year,






Registration now available

17 Mar

Registration now available

Register now for the teams event at:

Don’t Forget the AGM!

17 Mar

On the coming weekend (22nd & 23rd) the NSWWA will hold its Teams’ Event, and what is going to be the most important AGM of the last decade.

It has been a season since the implementation of the NSWWA’s controversial new format. Competitors now have had the chance to experience the all-day expression session format and state titles event, and now will have the chance to have a say about the direction the NSWWA takes for the future.

Another hotly contested topic will be the location of events, with the introduction of a Ballina event providing incredible conditions for the 2013/14 season; will we see Ballina keep its spot on the 2014/15 series? – It’s your call.

So if you really have an opinion about the sports future, come to the AGM, have your say, vote, and maybe even take up a position on the committee.


Teams Event

17 Mar

This weekend the NSWWA Teams Event will be ran at Gerroa/Windang (depending on conditions). Traditionally the season closer, the teams event is all about fun through team rivalries.

The forecast is looking great (currently NE and big swell forecast), but bring your SUP as well, because if there is no wind we will use SUPs instead.

The AGM will also take place.


NSWWA State Titles

13 Mar

Sometimes at competitions the right conditions just don’t turn up when they’re needed. This was the case for the NSW Wavesailing Titles, yet the event will still be etched in the minds of its competitors; a great social scene was at hand, with four days of great nights, engaging conversations and an all-round good time off the water.

Warren Holder

Warren Holder looks on

In the in the lead up to the event, a solid north-east wind was forecast for the event’s first three days, and a southerly was predicted for the Sunday creating as sense of anticipation in competitors from everywhere in the state and even  further away.

Unfortunately a forecast does not always eventuate and organisers and competitors are left to deal with the nowcast. On the Thursday, light winds and small waves presented themselves to competitors at Gerroa. Eventually the wind built up to a strength deemed contestable and the single elimination could get underway.

Competitors were judged on what they could do in the conditions available and Jessica Crisp and Alex Halank soon won the Women’s and Juniors’ division respectively by tearing up the conditions available.


Jessica Crisp on her way to winning the ladies’ single elimination.


Eventual juniors’ single elimination winner Alex Halank

In the opens, Brett Goodwin stood out while freesailing, making the conditions look very good, almost landing a number of wave 360 and goiter attempts, enticing many sailors into the water. Unfortunately for Goodwin, he was knocked out of the competition by Forrest Ladkin in one of the heats of the day. Ultimately it came down to Gerroa local Forrest Ladkin and Wanda beach regular Brien Cummings who competed on his own sails. The final was hard-fought and a close affair with the two sailors left inseparable, even after a countback. As a result of this, it was announced the two competitors would compete in a second final later in the competition window.

Sean O'Brien

Sean O’Brien

The masters’ division was also a case of Wanda versus Gerroa, with the final being contested by Stephen Robinson and Warren Holder. In deteriorating conditions Holder showed why he is called ‘One Knot’ by getting some nice waves to win the final of the single elimination.

Rob Graham

Master’s semi-finalist Rob Graham

At the completion of the single elimination rounds, the competition was adjourned for the rest of the day, with a plan to resume competition at Werri beach.


IMG_6149IMG_6138On Friday the competition was moved to Werri beach which was expected to pick up more swell. This turned out to be a good call with 1-2ft waves coming in to be ridden. The wind was light and cross-shore, similar in strength to the previous day. Competition was called on after Brett Goodwin and Steve Robinson each nailed forward loops out the back.


The first order of the day was running the double eliminations for the women’s and juniors’ divisions in which the results were relatively unchanged with Jessica Crisp and Alex Halank winning their respective divisions.

Women and Juniors

Women and Juniors

Next up was the open’s single elimination final replay. Like the first-run final, the ensuing replay was also very close. Both Brien Cummings and Forrest Ladkin showed that they had the skills to rip in mediocre conditions, however it was Cummings with his incredible smacks in the difficult conditions who came out on top. After the completion of the open’s final rerun, the double eliminations for the open’s and masters’ division commenced, and some of their initial heats were ran before competition was ended for the day.

Winner - Brien Cummings

Winner – Brien Cummings

The third saw some larger waves at Werri, and some strong, 15-20 knot puffs of cross off wind fill in. However this wind proved to be too inconsistent and only two heats were ran, but there was some fun freesailing to be enjoyed.

The day’s fun however peaked later on, with a social evening being held. The night had a great atmosphere with a large number of like minded wavesailors conversing, watching the one of the latest windsurfing films, enjoying some home-cooked lasagne and receiving prizes. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors Hot Sails Maui – Australia, ION, K4 Fins, WindSurfnSnow, Natural Necessity and Severne Sails, there were a huge amount of prizes to give out, including K4 fins, ION wetsuits and harnesses and the main prize of a Hot Sails Maui KS3 which was won by Zack Coleman – just by showing up to the event.

The final day of the event window looked like it could be perfect. The forecast was for a solid southerly and some decently-sized swell. On arrival at Windang, where the competition was to be based, the wind had not yet filled in, but there was a large north-east swell generating some great waves which a number of competitors took advantage of on their surfboards. Gradually the wind started to build and sailors started to rig anticipating some good sailing. A few sailors even tested out the conditions including Koichi Kaneda and Jessica Crisp on her Hot Sails KS3. Unfortunately, despite the competition nearly being called on, the wind never got to a contestable strength and towards the end of the day, the judges called off the day’s sailing, officially ending the competition and making the single elimination results final for the masters’ and open’s divisions.

With the results made official, the presentation for the event was held, with all division winners receiving a store credit voucher for WindSurfnSnow. The final results were:

Open's winner, Brien Cummings

Open’s winner, Brien Cummings


  1. Brien Cummings
  2. Forrest Ladkin
  3.  Josh Fletcher


  1. Warren Holder
  2. Steve Robinson
  3. Rob Graham


  1. Alex Halank
  2. Zack Coleman
  3. Jake Juretic


  1. Jessica Crisp
  2. Jannekke Stalstrom
  3. Jesse Holder

The winners

The feedback from competitors about the event was very positive, with all competitors having a good time and enjoying the occasion.

More photos

IMG_6068 IMG_6107 IMG_6090 IMG_6117IMG_6148 IMG_6134


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.