|wSunday, February 24, 2008|
Windsurfing New Zealand
New Zealand has been so awesome so far! I have been traveling from North to South getting excellent wind and waves. Taranaki was port tack with big waves that I could ride on for miles. Then there was Eastbourne that had completely opposite conditions. Eastbourne had flat water and was a starboard tack. Both places were fun and unique in their own way. What I liked best about Eastbourne is that there is an island that you can sail to.
Later this week I will be flying down to Chirstchurch to do an all-women windsurfing camp and clinic on Lake Clearwater. If you are around the area feel free to contact myself through my website (www.tatianahoward.com) or Groundswell at www.kitesurf.co.nz for more info.
posted by Tatiana Howard at 2/24/2008 09:43:00 PM | (0) comments
|wThursday, February 21, 2008|
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|wMonday, February 11, 2008|
Langebaan Downwind Dash
I participated in the Langebaan Downwind Dash last Saturday (South Africa). I wanted to do it for years, but never happened to be in the Cape at that time. It's the longest running down winder event in South Africa on a 17 km course running from Langebaan to Saldanha Bay. Kitesurfers and windsurfers (and even some hobies) compete against each other and the race requires a lot of endurance since you really have to scream downwind for about 30 to 40 minutes!
I was quite excited before the start because it was the first windsurfing competition I have ever participated in. Thank god I went for a quick cruise to relax, because my footstrap came loose 10 minutes before the start. I would have never made it past the first mark.
In the race on the first leg I felt super, screaming downwind and overtaking a few people. The rest of the race was just a combination of being overpowered, spinning out, losing control on the chop, and struggling through wind holes ... quite hectic. When I arrived there were already quite a few finishers on the beach, all happy to have made it, and so was I.
And guess what? I came third in the women's division! There were two kitesurfers before me: Sjoukje Bredenkamp (the kitesurfing speed world record holder) came first and arrived only four minutes ahead of me, Jemma Grobbelaar was second. I am super happy, considering I was on my freestyle kit and never competed before, not to mention a downwind slalom race! Thanks a lot to the organisers and sponsors who made this event happen.
P.S.: I think I was the only female windsurfer doing the race. Come on girls, if you are in South Africa (or close ) please come and join next year. It's great fun!!! (photo: windsurfingafrica.org)
posted by editors at 2/11/2008 03:49:00 PM | (0) comments