Wellington Scoop

Extreme weather for extreme water sports on harbour at Easter

Press Release – Waterbourne
Saturday’s weather forecast will provide epic winds for windsurfers and kiteboarders competing in Eastbourne at New Zealand’s premier extreme water-sports event Waterbourne, giving event-goers a thrilling spectacle.

Due to the extreme winds, the Paddle for Hope charity race will be moved from Saturday to Friday at 1pm; however SUP racing will continue throughout the three-day event.

The Waterbourne event will run from March 30th-April 1st, including the free Waterbourne Beach Party on Saturday at Eastbourne’s Bishop Park with live music acts, food and drinks, and market stalls.

Press Release March 26 – Waterbourne
Wellington Harbour will hold New Zealand’s premier extreme water-sports event this weekend. “Waterbourne” brings together in one three-day competition national-level races in kite surfing, wind surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding.

Based in Eastbourne, Waterbourne will include the New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals, the Kite Big Air Nationals, SUP racing, the Waterbourne Ocean Clash, and the charity Paddle for Hope.

Waterbourne organiser and professional windsurfer Laurence Carey says Wellington is the perfect place to hold the extreme water-sports event and has received entries from across New Zealand and the Pacific.

“Wellington’s harbour winds provide the perfect opportunity for wind surfers and kite surfers to race, as well as creating an awesome sight for spectators.”

“More than 60 competitors have registered for the competition this year, coming from all over the country and Pacific. Everyone is thrilled to be competing in the coolest little capital in the world.”

Professional kitesurfer Marc Jacobs says he can’t think of a better place in New Zealand to hold Waterbourne and the Kite Big Air Nationals.

“It’s great to have the Kite Big Air Nationals held in the windiest place in the country this year.

“With Big Air becoming such a popular discipline, I think Wellington is the perfect place to put competitor’s skills to the test.”