Published 02:41 on 16 Dec 2019
The Aon National Youth Clinic made the first step to involve both windfoiling and kitefoiling in the 3 day clinic held at Wakatere last weekend.
"We are embracing the new Olympic classes," Yachting New Zealand high performance director Ian Stewart said. "This is a pathway, it's an option and it's pretty neat. Both are exciting classes and are part of the future.
"These guys, already in the infant stage, have an inclusive, sharing, supportive culture and they have people at the top of the sport connected and helping those even just starting out. That's what we value in all of our classes so it's started off in the right way."
Windsurfing, and particularly developing the sport among youth, has been Wakatere club member Gary Hill's passion for some time and it's taken on a new dimension with the growth of foiling.
Hill has been coaching the sport alongside Ian Young at the Wakatere Boating Club for 15 years and the pair offered to help out at the Aon national youth clinic. They're excited about what the future holds for a sport Hill calls "super-addictive".
"This is ultimately what the vision has been, to get [windsurfing] regenerated and see the sport grow," Hill said. "We're starting to see a lot more interest because of the Olympics but we're mindful that if people are joining us, they're joining us for the passion and joy of going fast and getting involved in sailing. The Olympics is the icing on the cake. We know only a few people will reach the top."
Full YNZ story HERE
More about the YNZ Youth programme HERE
Gary Hill is our Windfoiling Class Rep and happy to reply to questions about joining the group at Wakatere - Gary Hill
Photo: Thomas Crook at the Aon Youth Clinic Dec 2019
Last updated 21:12 on 8 February 2020