Ferran Crespo has won the 2012 New Zealand Wave Sailing Nationals,in clean and glassy mast high waves, in Taranaki. This year’s eventsaw one of the best collections of wavesailing talent, includingTaranaki guru James Dinnis coming out of retirement for his firstwave event in twenty years. The Pungarehu overlook was busy early, with Taranaki s localSpanish import Ferran Crespo (“El Torito Rojo”) and Austrianinterloper Stefan, on the water, well before 8 am. With 15 minute heats and with the best two waves counting, everyonewas pumped with the pristine weather conditions. Smart Car Turbocharger
Crazily enough thewind increased well over and above the forecast maximum of 12 15knots and went from being comfortable with a 5.3 m sail to a levelwhere a 4.5 m would have been a lot better. This caused a flurry of re-rigging from some sailors, only to havethe wind drop just before the start of the first heat, forcing someto re-rig yet again. Winds and epic waves continued into the first quarter-final roundand the upwind skills of Paul Barron and Paul Hunt came to the foreas they each snagged several quality waves to advance to the fourman semi-final. The second quarter-final round saw some great waves caught by allcompetitors, including Thomas Davies, who was on fire with multiplerides and the set wave of the round. Turbo Compressor Wheel Manufacturer
Drama also ensued as Spanish import “El Torito Rojo” had hisuniversal joint fall apart halfway through the heat, leaving himswimming while having only just caught two waves. Fortunately the Spanish Fly s scores for his riding and a solidaerial were good enough that he didn t need any other waves andadvanced to the semis with James Dinnis, who had pulled out sometrademark powerful turns to storm home. The high class semi final revealed that El Torito Rojo had kept hispowder dry in the earlier heats as he stepped up and stood out fromthe rest of the crowd to claim a place in the final. Paul Barron and James Dinnis led the running for the second finalsberth, with Paul s clinical riding and wave selection getting himthrough to the final by 0.5 of a point. Such was the intensity of the light wind heats that James Dinnisand Paul Hunt promptly declined the opportunity to sail off for 3rdand 4th place, opting instead for the beer, bbq and tales of thedownward dog. China Deutz Turbocharger
An excited crowd was on hand to witness the final between PaulBarron and “El Torito Rojo” (including some suspect pressurebrought to bear on the judges by an unnamed spectator called JillBarron). The standard of sailing from both sailors made for one of the mostimpressive New Zealand National s finals ever seen at Pungarehu,however there could be only one winner and “El Torito Rojo” pulledout several great waves with multiple huge aerials to claim victoryin the first elimination. Final Results of the 2012 New Zealand Wave Sailing Nationals: 1st Ferran Crespo 2nd Paul Barron 3rd James Dinnis 4th Paul Hunt 5th = Julien Lefeuvre Craig Williams Thomas Davies Chris La Franchie.