Windsurfing Instructor Course – Oct 2016

Coming soon to Queenstown or Dunedin.
7-9th October 2016.
Long weekend. Fri night. Full days Saturday & Sunday
Windsurf New Zealand qualification. Instructors card.

Course includes;
Observation & analysis of a class.
Outline of WNZ “Basic Teaching System”.
Simulator practice.
Personal Sailing Skills. Towing Practice. Self Rescue Practice
Rescue training.
On Water model lessons with real students.
Basic theory relevant to beginners; sialing theory, wind & weather, safety…
Sessions on; Group control, Safety issues, What makes a good instructor ?

You will be given the “WNZ Basic Training System” booklet our guidelines for running beginner lessons, and the “Windsurf Instructors manual”.. all the background info you need.
Whether interested in just teaching friends or using this as paid employment you’ll be surprised how much even seasoned windsurfers can learn about the basics and breaking down the skills.

Run By Sue Bradley. Windsurf New Zealand Master Instructor. Contact Sue for more information and to talk venues. I have two people interested already, this course is going to happen. It depends on other interested people which venue we finally choose.
027 640 8596.

News update for March 2014

It was a windy February with the Southerly a Westerly flows over Queenstown bringing some great conditions to have a blast in. Every sailing spot on the lake has filled with some solid winds 15 + knots with Jardines producing some of the strongest winds so far this season. Frankton Beach has been on a few days when the Southerly hitting Jardines was too strong.

A few of the Club members have been travelling to the coast where the winds have been pumping through. The beginner team has been out there doing their thing on Saturdays and Wednesdays with some great progress being made and some future pros in the making; Well done guys keep it up.

The weather is changing and it is getting cooler out there so make sure your warmed up and ready to go before hitting the water and stay safe. Don’t forget to share what your up to on the Club Facebook page.

New Members
A warm welcome to Jakub, Josef and Nathan.

Frankton Wednesday Windsurf sessions

4.30-8ish. Now underway every week. Lessons available (bookings preferred), so tell your friends and family all about it. Boards and wetsuits available for rent. Or bring your own gear or the club gear down and enjoy some social sailing in good company. BBQ sausies most weeks. 027 640 8596


2nd hand 430 mast wanted , John ; 03 443 1756.

Older windsurf gear for sale.

I have a number of older style short windsurf boards for sale very cheap. Also one complete rig with 6m sail, harness, and various different sized sails, again all older style but cheap.

Sue 027 640 8596


For those of you wanting to use the club gear please contact;

Intermediate Gear at Frankton (Candice 021022257800 to book it)

Beginners gear (Craig 0272419554, for bookings and to arrange collection/drop off. Please

note the beginner board is in a locked garage and Craig/Erin both work day times so you’re

better to book a few days in advance and may need to collect the night before..)


Interested in becoming a Windsurf New Zealand qualified Instructor ? Possible course coming up late March with Sue as Master Instructor. Fri night + full days Sat and Sun. $350. Just need one more person for it to happen. Ring Sue for any extra details 027 640 8596.


We have had a few problems with the chain at Rat Point. First, our lock fell apart with the weight of the chain, then the chain was stolen, and now the DoC welder which is needed to put up a new chain is out of action. So expect a new chain with our new lock on the Rat Point track next week. The combination will be the same ******.

Club Key Contacts.

Sec; Dean Daniels 0274700533 , Treasurer; Debs,0275987633

Support team; Craig 0272419554, Erin 0211619748, (Beginners QT), Mike (Wanaka), Chris Streat 0274856236 (committee), Sue 027 640 8596 (Co-ordinator/help newsletters)- Kitesurf. Phil Hide and Jim G 021 079 7080 to be asked to be key club contacts for new people to area. – South Coast sailing. Gavin agreed to continue to be the contact person for sailing down there. He goes regularly and can help advise.. and maybe even share the petrol. Anyone keen contact Gavin 021 994139. – Text lists/wind alert. Windsurf- Sue 027 640 8596 text to join,

Southern Lakes Windriders Club Christmas Newsletter 2013

Well it’s been a great start to the season with some epic sessions on either side of the Lake, Jardines has been on fire with some solid southerlies and Rat Point westerlies.

A successful open day was held at Frankton Beach with some new members braving the rain and getting in to it thanks to all who attended and helped out on the day.

A warm welcome to our new club members who joined on the Open Day and we are sure that you will have an awesome summer windsurfing. Don’t forget the regular Wednesday night sessions at Frankton Beach start in January contact Sue for more details.

Andrew Cook
Lada Nobilisova
Chris Russell
Jader Reis
Bryn Tovey
Raquel Clarke

The Lake Hawea event was a great success and we are looking forward to following up the event in 2014. Yohann to send the final stats through so stay tuned.

The Rat Point Track

A big THANK YOU to all the rakers, shovellers and Marc the digger-man for working on the Rat Point track which is now OK for 2WD cars. Take care not to drive into the new deep ditch on the side. DoC do not want freedom campers and rubbish dumpers using the Rat Point area. So if you see campers or dumpers, please either pass this on to Anna Humphries at DoC ( or let Christine know (027 905 0040) and she will pass on to Anna. If there is a problem, DoC will put a chain across the road and we will have our own padlock to get through.

Upcoming club and local events.

– Xmas/ New Year. Aviemore. Camping/ Fun Racing. See map below.
– Wednesday evenings Jan- March. Windsurf beg/intermediate nights. Frankton beach. BBQ. Social sailing. Lessons and hire avail. Contact Sue to check dates as we’ll be missing just a couple. 027 640 8596.
– 17 Jan. start. Marahau week. (Start of Abel Tasman). Camp out, socialize &kitesurf/windsurf.
– Late Jan. NZ Windsurf Instructors Course. Sue will be running one locally, Contact her if interested.
-Feb. 5-9. Windsurf National Slalom Champs. Dunedin.
-Feb. 5-9. Kitesurf National Freestyle Champs.Christchurch.
-Late Feb. tbc. Womens kite and windsurf weekend. Lake Clearwater.Nr Christchurch.

These events are open to all, everyone welcome.
Membs. Only $25 please remember to join up.. its easy with online payment. Car stickers ready now !

Club Key Contacts.
Sec; Dean Daniels 0274700533 , Treasurer; Debs,0275987633

Support team; Craig 0272419554, Erin 0211619748, (Beginners QT), Mike (Wanaka), Chris Streat 0274856236 (committee), Sue 027 640 8596 (Co-ordinator/help newsletters)- Kitesurf. Phil Hide and Jim G 021 079 7080 to be asked to be key club contacts for new people to area.

South Coast sailing. Gavin agreed to continue to be the contact person for sailing down there. He goes regularly and can help advise.. and maybe even share the petrol. Anyone keen contact Gavin 021 994139.-

Gear for Sale

? North Sail 5.5 Spectro 3D Cambered with sail bag in good condition
? North Sail 4.7 Converugo 3D and sail bag, older but good condition
? Board – Bic Sport Veloce 278 cm length 101 lit Volume and bag
? Bic Sport G10 Fins 37cm and 35cm
? Ultra Profile Boom for larger sails with Neil Pride Harness Lines – good condition
? North Boom for larger sails – Excellent condition
? Hot sails Maui waist harness and Dakine hook
? Chinock Base
? Neil Pride Harness Lines
? Express Harness Lines
? Dakine Harness Lines
? 3 Piece North Sails Space Tec carbon 40 x C40 210/230 Mast

Have a great Christmas and New Year, see you all out on the water.
Newsletter and membership form download below

Southern Lakes Windriders Club Christmas Newsletter 2013
Club Membership Form 2013-14

AGM + 2013-2014 season events

Hi all,

Thank you to everyone that made it to the Incorporation AGM at Brazz. Minutes from the meeting attached.

Upcoming club and local events.
– .Club Open Information Day & BBQ. Frankton Beach. Wednesday 11th December 2013 4pm to 8pm. Demo gear/ beg. Lessons. See you all there. Contact Sue.

– Nov-Dec. 29th Nov (yes Fri start)- 1st DecLake Hawea Event. Social sail, camping, party at hotel Sat night. Possible events include Downwinder/ freestyle/…. . . Yohann 02108435786.

-Dec 7-8. Kitesurf. Cabrina Wave Classic. Camp out. Waikuku Beach (Christchurch).

– 21/22 Dec. Xmas sail. Glenorchy ?

– Xmas/ New Year. Aviemore. Camping/ Fun Racing.

– 17 Jan. start. Marahau week. (Start of Abel Tasman). Camp out, socialize &kitesurf/windsurf.

– Jan ?? Windsurf Instructors Course. Sue will be running one locally, Contact her if interested.

-Feb. 5-9. Windsurf National Slalom Champs. Dunedin.

-Feb. 5-9. Kitesurf National Freestyle Champs.Christchurch.

-Late Feb. tbc. Womens kite and windsurf weekend. Lake Clearwater.

These events are open to all, everyone welcome.

Club Key Contacts.

Sec; Dean Daniels 0274700533 , Treasurer; Debs,0275987633

Support team; Craig 0272419554, Erin 0211619748, (Beginners QT), Mike (Wanaka), Chris Streat 0274856236 (committee), Sue 027 640 8596 (Co-ordinator/help newsletters)- Kitesurf. Phil Hide and Jim G 021 079 7080 to be asked to be key club contacts for new people to area.

– South Coast sailing. Gavin agreed to continue to be the contact person for sailing down there. He goes regularly and can help advise.. and maybe even share the petrol. Anyone keen contact Gavin 021 994139.

– Text lists/wind alert. Windsurf- Sue 027 640 8596 text to join, Kitesurf- Who ??

AGM Incorporation meeting 18th November 2013

Big Glenorchy Fun Weekend details

18-19 February. Please find attached a leaflet about the fun weekend coming up, do make an effort to come along, it should be great to get together and we’re trying to put on lots of activities to keep you entertained and hopefully to give you some of you a chance to try something new, buy something new (or old), or to learn something new. Please tell your friends and print off the leaflet and put it up wherever you can. We do want this to happen at Glenorchy, so if there isn’t a NW due it will probably get postponed to the following weekend. So keep in touch.

For accomodation there are several options up there, due to the new Freedom Camping by laws, you’re not allowed to camp next to the lakeside launch spot, but the Glenorchy Hotel are offering special rates for rooms and in the backpackers 442 9902, and the camp ground/holiday park are allocating one area where people can camp together 442 0303.

No fixed schedule as most activities will be wind dependant, but provisionally it’ll kick off with a BBQ and second hand gear garage sale Sat lunch time. 1ish. and there’s a social planned for the pub that Sat evening, with a video planned which will be made up from the days recordings.

If anyone would like to contribute in any way to the weekend, do get in touch.

 download the poster

Any windsurfers who are interested in particular demo gear (eg. a particular size board or sail) or things from Watercooled in Dunedin please ring Tony or Dave 03 479 2206 , and hopefully they’ll put it in the van to bring up for demo or sale. (New or second hand). They have lists of some of their gear on their website.



Club Day Out . Social sail. This weekend. Club Social sail… somewhere ! An opportunity get together spot with those from other parts of the Southern Lakes to sail somewhere different. Sat 28th or Sun 29th Jan. Will let you know nearer the time which looks best.
Contact Greg Groves for more info nearer the time. 0211573434

The BIG Glenorchy Fun Weekend ! 18th/19th Feb. Put the date in your diary now ! Not a Downwinder this year, but more stress on doing lots of different fun things together. We’re aiming for… Gear garage sale, BBQ lunch, Freestyle sessions, Have a go with a Go Pro (followed by video mix sess at the pub that evening), Daily fastest speed (using GPS), Coffee at Kinloch (sail over, go for a coffee wetsuits and all !), Try out SUP’s (Stand Up Paddleboards), Kite session on land for beginners, windsurf simulators & beginners gear available, possibly some demo gear… and that’s just for starters. Let us know if you have other ideas and especially if would like to contribute. Publicity out soon, but please spread the word…… bring the family and friends too !

Other events coming up. 25th/26th Feb. tbc. Womens Kitesurf and Windsurf Weekend at Lake Clearwater. All levels welcome.10/11th March. Kitesports Challenge. Christchurch.Sat/ Sun 24/25th March. Club Event 3. South Coast/ Local/ Aviemore. Venue tbc weather dependent.April. Club End of season sail. Local. Venue tbc weather dependent. Board Repairs- Cromwell. Robbie our popular local board repairer has now moved to Cromwell. Much bigger premises, he is moving into aviation equipment also but has promised to keep doing an excellent job on our boards (as Debs and Lynn will testify….. just a few of the holidays incidents L). Robbie is new to the Cromwell area and would love to hear from anyone planning on sailing on Dunstan. 0275540568.

Windsurfing Wednesdays at Frankton. 4-8. Already started & every week through til the end of March. Lessons and rentals available or if you have your own gear just turn up for a social sail and a chat to other sailors. Most weeks there’s a BBQ too. It’s always weather dependent. So tell your friends and family about it… get them on the water too !Sue 027 640 8596.

Lost and Found. Found… yellow windsurf harness at One Mile Car park along with a tie down. Contact Debs 027 5987 633.
Lost… Red & Black Neil Pryde Buoyancy Aid. Recently in Queenstown area. Contact Cari 021406179.

Aviemore New Year Summer Bash Report
The Aviemore Challenge Trophy event held at Lake Aviemore, South Island from 1-3 Jan is a very simple format. 2 races a day when the wind comes up, across to the other side and back. The social side of the event which is primarily organised around a lovely traditional camping/sailing spot was helped by sponsorship beer which added that special bonus to ‘after sailing’ stories ! This year again there was a fair turn out from the Southern Lakes area, including the medals !
Challenge Trophy/ Open Mens; 1st Paul Vilestra (Dunedin). Open Womens; 1st Sue Bradley(Queenstown). Masters. 1st Graham Evans (Dunedin). Silver fleet. 1st Tom Cowan (Queenstown).
Thanks to the main sponsor; DB Export 33 (lots of lovely beers !). Put the dates in your diaries for next year ! This is a locals favourite spot for camping and sailing over the holidays and now there’s even more reason to go.

For details of these and other events contact. Andy 0274552304 or Sue 027 640 8596.

Events for the 2011/2012 season

Sat 6th Nov: Club Open Day and BBQ, Frankton Beach.
26/27th Nov. Event 1. South Coast/ Local/ Aviemore. Venue tbc weather dependent
Sun 18th Dec. Club Xmas Sail. Local venue tbc weather dependent
Sat/Sun 28/29th Jan. Event 2. South Coast/ Local/ Aviemore. Venue tbc weather dependent
Sat/Sun 18/19th Feb. The Big Glenorchy Fun Weekend. Fancy dress, fun racing, daily speed comp, freestyle clinic… come camp out and have fun !
Sat/ Sun 24/25th March. Event 3. South Coast/ Local/ Aviemore. Venue tbc weather dependent.
April. End of season sail. Local. Venue tbc weather dependent.

Contact; Sue Bradley 027 640 8596

Big Downwinder 2011 happened!

Well we postponed and postponed but FINALLY the Big Downwinder happened last Sat… it was well worth the wait ! The 2011 Downwinder was a huge success again. Below is the officlal press release which gives a bit of a summary, and attached are some good photos … and then at the end a scan of some of the media coverage.. we got 2 front page stories !!! Yeeeeeh ! Extra to those in the scan were a story in the Mirror, and extremely good coverage on some international web sites.

Sorry if you missed it because of the postponements.. we’ll be aiming for a much earlier date next year, end Jan/beg Feb, so hopefully we’ll get it right first time !

To all those volunteers, organisers, boat owners and drivers who helped and took part.. the hugest of thanks. And especially big thanks to all our sponsors who make the event so special. Please look at the sponsors list and remember them.. they’re supporting us so I hope you’ll support them !

Any feedback please let us know sooner rather than later, experience tells you’ll forget ! If anyone wants a full list of the results we do have them.

All the best,

Sue and Becs.

2011 Supporters

Watercooled Sports
G Force paragliding
Rodgers Dental Studio
Small Planet Sports
Glenorchy Hotel
Queenstown Fibreglass
Glenorchy Rd Honey
Brazz Bar and Restaurant
Glenorchy Cafe
DB Export
Kiwi Discovery

Press release.

Kiters and windsurfers from around the south island were delighted by the blue skies and fresh breezes on Sat to finally take part in this years long distance event from Glenorchy to Pigeon Island on Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown.

Organisers had bad luck this year with the event having a number of postponements before the conditions came right. However all were agreed it was worth the wait.

25 kiters and windsurfers took part. The winds were quite strong and the wavey conditions quite challenging so some participants didn’t quite make it all the way. They were helped to shore to pre arranged pick up points by the support craft.

” It was an awesome day enjoyed by all ” says event co-ordinator Sue Bradley ” Even those who didn’t make it to the finish still had big smiles. To be lined up at the start with that many colourful sails and co-sailors in the spectacular setting of Glenorchy is quite a thrilling experience.”

On the race side the kiters took out the main honours again with Thomas Rold, Queenstown taking out first place on a 17 square meter kite (quite impressive in those strong conditions). 2nd Place, Troy Wyga , Glenorchy. 3rd Gavin Jackson, Dunedin. 4th place overall and taking out the Junior title, Blake porter, Dunedin. 1st Windsurfer, Paul Vilestra of Dunedin, 2nd Aki Shimizu, 3rd Chris Shaw. 1st Woman Simone Jackson, Dunedin. Simone Jackson also took out the Jude Green memorial trophy. The event is a memorial to previous club stalwart Jude Green. The trophy is given to the person who most represents the spirit of the event. Simone was alerted to a major injury at the event last year and has had very major surgery since, but throughout the year she’s kept the Downwinder as her goal and motivation to see her through the difficult times.
“We are so proud of Simone for making here today , she deserves this prize very very much. ” Sue Bradley.

Please credit these photos if you use them; Preferably ” keepsake photography ” but wouldn’t mind Vanessa Harmide. If you want to contact the photographer direct for further photos her no is 0212788875

Further info Sue Bradley 027 640 8596
Check out the press reports

Big Downwinder 2011

The Big Downwinder is on for this Saturday 2nd April with forecast for moderate to strong NW’s!!!! Lots of great spot prizes!! See you there! Please if anyone can help with pick ups or registration let me know, see ph contact and e-mail below.

* Please, please confirm, even if only a ‘maybe’ we really need an idea of numbers for the planning . Return email on or ph Bec on 03 4429826./ 0273294714


(A memorial to our friend Jude)


8pm. Brazz on the Green for food/drinks social. Pre event get together for anyone who is in town early.


12 noon meet at Glenorchy, warm up/ sausage sizzle/ go out for a sail and work out what size you’ll need.

12.30-1.30 registration back at the beach. You’ll need $25 registration / club members free. We’ll want details of identifying features for you and your sail/ gear and a name of a buddy you’ll be sailing with (or we’ll allocate one to you).

1.30 Briefing.

2 pm. Horns /Hooters/ Screams will announce ‘ we are off ‘ ! Start will be from the beach.

2-3 ish. Sailors/riders will be heading down the way with huge grins on their faces supported by the rescue crew towards the end point of the access road from the main Glenorchy Rd to the beach opposite Pigeon Island. (Detailed map available at registration). Approx 12 kms direct.

3ish. Sailors/Riders will be met by the welcoming gang at the finish point. Your names will be taken, at which point its OK to go back on the water and free sail if you wish until the others are finished. Check your buddy is OK… if not tell us ! Transport will then take you and your gear back to your cars at Glenorchy.

5 ish onwards. Prize Giving and spot prizes (worth lots of money!) donated by our kind supporters at the Glenorchy Hotel. You will be given your ” I did it !” certificate !


Pizza/Dinner at the famous yummy Glenorchy Café, and then back to the Glenorchy Hotel to socialize the night away!

Anyone who wants to stay the night can get rooms at the Glenorchy Hotel, cabins/tent sites at the camp ground, or rooms at a local motel.


1. Registration fee of $25 for non club members (or club membership is $25). This is to cover safety boats, transport, event costs etc. Your registration form will need details of your sail colours and other distinguishing features and you will be required to sign a disclaimer. There will be a minimum of 3 safety boats, including the local coastguard.

2. For safety purposes you will be asked to register with a buddy of a similar level (or small group) so that you can keep an eye out for each other. Or if you come alone you will be allocated a buddy.

3. The club expect a minimum level of ability; windsurfers, waterstart and gybe; kiters, experience of sailing downwind in sole control.

4. The club recommend that you wear life jackets/vests or other suitable buoyancy and a helmet and insist that you conduct yourself on the water in a safe cautious manner at all times.

Southern Lakes Windriders Newsletter Dec 2010

Getting Out There!

There can be no excuse for not getting out there with some excellent thermals at Jardines lately and NW’s!

New club email address – This address will reach the President (Sue Bradley) and the Secretary (Becky Ozanne)

Club Membership

Only $25!!!!! (Includes free entry to the Downwinder in March). The membership fee hasn’t increased in over 4 years, in fact in 1996 it was $45!!!!! Club membership entitles you access to Jardines Bay. Please respect the access through private property and NO DOGS ALLOWED! Your club membership helps to pay for the Glenorchy anenometer, maintenance to the road at Rat Point and also campaigning on issues such as applications for permanent boat moorings in Jardines bay.

If you want a membership form or you have not received the membership pack please e-mail Becky on the new e-mail address.

Up and Coming Events

Saturday 18th December social xmas sail. Venue to be advised. Nw Glenorchy, southerly thermal Jardines.


A great place for place for camping and windsurfing and the water’s warmer! Christmas and New Year is a popular time for southern lakes and Dunedin windsurfers to gather there. The sailing site is on the northen side slightly west of the boat harbour. From the 1st to the 3rd of January there is a social fun race across the lake and back.

Lessons/Social Gathering

January 13th Sue starts Windsurf lessons for beginners and intermediates at Frankton Beach from 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Beginners lesson with rental and wetsuit $50 for 1 ½ hours. $25 per hour for rentals. Also a great opportunity to use club gear, get some tips and have a social bbq with other members.

Club Windsurf Gear and Kiting Gear

If you want to use it book/check with Christy on 0226751070. There is a 160l bic veloce board with a 6,5 and 4m sail and a 430 and 460 mast. There is now also some old style kiting gear located in the same place – a 157 board, a naish aeo 12m and 16m kite and lines.


If you have any gear for sail or wanted’s let us know and we will e-mail out the details to all. Becky is looking for a 5.2ish windsurf sail.

Downwinder Organisation

There will be a preliminary meeting for those who indicated they could help with this event around mid January.

Wanaka website

If you’re thinking of heading to Wanaka for a sail check out

Club Roles

Club Commodore – Sue Bradley
Vice Commodore – ???
Treasurer – Debs Merriles
Secretary – Becky Ozanne
Club Gear Contact- Christy Brennan

Southern Lakes Windriders Club AGM 22/11/10

Craig and Erin

Sue Bradley, Greg Groves, Bruce Climo, Becky Ozanne, Lynne Donaldson, Errol Neutze, Karl Gebbie, Gavin Larsen, Dylan Nihte, Jim Gardner,(Is a kite instructor) Christy Brennan, Phil Hide, Debs Merrilees, Tom Cowan.

Report on 2009/2010
Sue outlined the main work of the club over the previous year from the annual report.

Debs outlined that the club had over 50 paid up members last year and overall we had a positive balance of about $200 from the past year. Given that we have savings of $4,500 the club is in a healthy position, with our minimal fees of $25 being sufficient to cover club costs.

General Discussion
Anenometer – We would like details of how much it is out.
More kitesurf beginner gear
Is the downwinder good for windsurfers?
Wye creek to Jardines practice.
Warn windsurfers that it is hard – give them some tips, otherwise we still want to keep the event. Perhaps we need to focus more on the social than the race part.
Talked about other local sailing venues.
Aviemore (Feature)
South Coast (Feature)
Promote Wanaka (Greg to provide info)
Clearwater (February)

What other fun events can we promote?

Making more of the Thursday evening sessions at Frankton – social and/or training kites available.
E-mail into us re events happening and we will distribute information via e-mail
Weekend trips and social sails
Pisa, Wanaka, Hawea, Wye creek to Jardines.

17/18 Dec local xmas sail
3rd week in Jan South Coast
February Pisa/Wanaka
12/13 March Downwinder
April Pisa/Wanaka/Hawea

Becky – secretary
Debs – Treasurer
Commodore – Sue
Vice Commodore??
Signatories for cheques – Becs and Sue?
Club Gear new contact Christy 022 675 1070

Helpers for downwinder – Phil, Tom, Beck, Jim, Christy, Dylan, Debs and Lynne.