NSW Wavesailing Event 4 Wanda Presented by WindsurfnSnow and Neil Pryde/JP

26 Dec


An East Coast Low had settled over Sydney in the days prior to the final NSW WA event for 2014, Wanda. A couple of the less common spots had lit up on Friday. North-side sailors ventured out to Centuries/White rock in the strong ESE winds, while south-side sailors tried Baysurf and a semi-secret reef break down Wollongong way. However, day one of competition was always going to be tricky to pick the right spot. With light onshore easterlies and a big messy swell from Friday ruled out Wanda as a venue for Saturday.

Wanda events are always start slow with lots of car park talk and hope that conditions will improve. There was debate about light wind waterstart technique as well as catching up with friends not seen since Gerroa Fest (the combined SUP, NSWWA event in November) plus a couple of new faces; Remi and Alessio. By 1pm club president, George, called off competition for the day. This was after watching his gruesome video of him being stitched up after a rock jump launch. The afternoon was spent surfing, watching the cricket and cracking open an early beer.

Preswick’s paradise by the sea at south Cronulla was the venue for the social night and BBQ. With time to spare the boys showed off their MasterChef skills with marinated chicken, freshly baked bread and a Mediterranean inspired salad. Lots of windsurfing talk followed, chased down with cleansing ales. What is the best big left hand wave sailing spot in Australia? Gerroa bombora, Shark island or Merries reef; the debate raged well into the night.

Sunday dawned with a new forecast for a late NE with persistent east well hitting the banks at Wanda. Yes the banks aren’t that great creating a high tide shore break that is a devil to contend with and humbling for everyone. The warm up started around 1:30pm with everyone trying to launch into 11-12 knots of cross-on with a huge sweep down the beach.  Once out the back head high sets were making cross-on DTL wave riding nearly a possibility. Shane Finnigan pulled out his big 107litre wave board and showed how it’s done.

By 2:30pm the Expression session was on with the wind picking up slightly to 12-16knots with a much better direction. All competitors aimed to pick up the bigger sets moving between the upper and lower bank playing pot luck. However, it was Tom Cohen and Finno who traded the best rides. The lower bank proved provided 20 minutes of gold for Tommy who picked up 4 waves in a row each with 3 decent smacks. Finno was everywhere while late starter Steve Robinson showed that he can forward and tack at will. It was expression so an aerial attack gets points. Cameron Taylor in his first competition showed he can select the right waves to make into the final four for the final. Darren Pascoe was just squeezed out of the final while newcomer Alessio reaped the rewards of contest sailing. Jessica Crisp just enjoyed the session and happily free sailed at a level at most of us wish for.

The final was scheduled for 30 minutes on the falling tide with wind holding around 15 knots with 2 waves and 1 jump to count. The finalists put on an impressive display of riding and looping. Although Tommy struggled for power in his jumps. The waves were quite bumpy and full which required a lot of finesse in the bottom turn and to maintain speed into the top turn. Wave selection was absolutely critical and patience was rewarded as 1-2 waves in each set would open up for longer rides.  Other waves which looked promising would just fade out into the channel. Once again Tom and Shane battled it out for the top two places. Although with one eye on Jessica who could take out the event.

Overall a really positive event with good wind and decent waves. Lots of prizes and vouchers from WindsurfnSnow and Hudson from Neil Pryde/JP meant everyone was winner. NSWWA has the State titles in 2015 scheduled for Gerroa and Windang.

First place; Shane Finnigan

Second place; Tom Cohen

First master and 3rd place; Steve Robinson

Ladies; Jessica Crisp

Wanda Sign-On Details

12 Dec

Sign on will be at the carpark at wanda beach by 10:30am this Saturday. See image below for the location.

We have heaps prizes from our generous sponsors so come along and enjoy a great weekend and share in the fun.

Go to http://www.nswwavesailing.org for early sign on and get double the chances of the prizes.

See you there.

NSW Wavesailing Series Event 4 – Wanda


The fourth event of the 2014/15 NSW Wavesailing Series – presented by WindsurfnSnow, takes place on the 13th and 14th of December at Wanda Beach, Cronulla.

The Wanda event has been a staple event for the NSWWA for years. This year’s event is set to go off with a strong southerly forecast.

You can register for the event at: http://wp.me/P1DaiW-ih

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GerroaFest This Weekend!

27 Oct Slide1

Register Online Now (Click Here)

Gerroa is the location for the next huge event of the NSW Wavesailing calendar 1/2nd November. Don’t miss this one!! Continue reading

NSWWA Flatrock State of Origin on the News.

1 Oct

We will bring you an event report and some NSWWA content  from the state of origin event very soon, but until then take a look at the coverage the event has been getting in the media.

NBN (Northern Rivers) News aired a report which you can watch at: http://bit.ly/1mNUC1i

NBN News

The newspaper The Northern Star also covered the event in a report you can see at: http://bit.ly/1ox5ufG


Keep your eyes on www.nswwavesailing.org to see more post-event content.

Register Online Now for The Wavesailing State of Origin!

21 Sep

Online registration is now available for event 2 of the NSW Wavesailing series.

You can register here: http://wp.me/P1DaiW-ih Also don’t forget to become a member – which you can do at: http://wp.me/P1DaiW-lc Don’t forget to keep in the loop by checking www.nswwavesailing.org and we’ll see you at Flatrock!

Birubi Mid-Winter Bash Video

20 Sep

Here’s a quick little video showing some of what we got up to at the first event of the season.

Thanks to Koichi Kaneda for the video.


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