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Wicked Wellington weather makes Waterbourne a success Wellington provided ideal conditions for extreme water-sports athletes over Easter Weekend, allowing them to showcase their abilities in a variety of challenging conditions. From March 30 to April 1, the Waterbourne events, based at Eastbourne’s Bishop Park and beach , included the New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals, Kite Big Air Nationals, the Waterbourne Ocean Clash, SUP Racing, and the cancer charity event Paddle for Hope. More than 80 athletes competed at the three-day competition. Day one of Waterbourne provided perfect conditions for the Paddle for Hope charity race and the SUP sprints, with Trevor Tunnington (Auckland) winning the men’s title and Helen Blair (Auckland) claiming the women’s title. Despite rough conditions developing during the multi-faceted Ocean Clash race on day two, Tunnington battled his way to victory. Matt Taggart (Raglan) was the first kitesurfer to cross the line. With a beach full of spectators and perfect winds, Saturday also held the Kite Big Air Nationals, with Auck-

lander Ticiana Fetterman’s spectacular performance taking her to the women’s title and Marc Jacobs (Auckland) claiming the men’s title. Slalom windsurfing racing dominated the final day of Waterbourne, with Jack Holliday from Auckland claiming the Waterbourne Windsurfing title ahead of brother Luke Holliday. Aucklanders may have dominated the results, but event organiser and professional windsurfer Laurence Carey was proud of the success of New Zealand’s premier extreme water-sports event in Wellington. “The ideal weather conditions and the fantastic spirits brought by all the competing athletes created an awesome and intense weekend of competition. “It was fantastic to see the Wellington community come out and support our athletes over the weekend, particularly those who saw the Kite Big Air Nationals on Saturday. That was quite the show. “Next year we hope for Waterbourne to be even bigger, which will allow for more athletes to compete from overseas and New Zealand,” said Carey.

The Ocean Clash competitors faced rough conditions at Eastbourne on Day 2. PHOTO: Supplied.

Wellington RFU has surplus

Kim Jong rules on ‘Unduro’

The Wellington Rugby Football Union announced a second successive financial surplus at its 139th annual meeting at the Paremata Plimmerton club on Wednesday night. Off the back of hosting the British and Irish Lions, combined with a positive

Hurricanes season, a title-winning Mitre 10 Cup Championship season and continued prudent cost management, the union posted a $204,000 surplus. This follows on from its 2016 surplus of $191,000.

CORRECTION There is a correction to the story on page 19 of last week’s Independent Herald: “Marsden’s top sporting achievements celebrated.” Imogen Skelton came second in the

National Athletics Open Women’s high jump with 1.73m and was first in the U-20 women’s high jump with 1.74 m. The Independent Herald apologises for the error.

Sports talk

with Jacob Page

Change, not demise for Joseph Parker Carrie McLachlan winning last year’s Winston Peters Enduro-First Enduro. PHOTO: Dan Sharpe

You’ve heard of mountain bike enduros. You won’t have heard of The Kim Jong Unduro though. It’s a one-off for local mountain bikers to be run next weekend from Karori Mud Cycles, through the Makara Mountain Bike Park, back to Karori Mud Cycles, a round trip of about 15k. The fun event starts at 8am on April 8, ending at 1pm. Co-organiser Aidan Forrest says it’s the fourth such event that the Wellington Mountain Bike group has run, each time choosing a parody of a politician’s name. “Last year it was the Winston Peters Enduro-First Enduro.” The year before that it was the Donald Trump Freedom Enduro. They were both elected soon after their events, so Aidan says he and co-organiser Tom Adams do wonder what the outcome

for Rocket Man might actually be. The website does advise that compliance with officially-approved hairstyles is encouraged Aidan says the fundraiser is intended to be more a bit of fun than the usual serious enduro race and the money raised goes towards the Makara Mountain Bike Park. “Last year we raised some $2000-3000. Again the website has advice on the matter, pointing out that if sufficient money is raised for the park, it will please the Great Leader immensely, and he might even let off a rocket. The event is intended to draw a range of ages, starting under 13 years up and to attract both men and women he says. And he’s delighted that Karori businesses and the mountain bike community support them year after year.

In defeat comes the chance for Joseph Parker to reinvent. While many painted a bleak outlook for his career prospects following his predictable defeat to Great Britain’s Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on Sunday, realistically there’s a chance for the young Kiwi boxer to get back to the top in the future. The time has come to part ways with veteran trainer Kevin Barry and give Parker to a trainer with fresh eyes, new techniques and a more worldly perspective. Barry has taken both Parker and David Tua to world title fights offshore and both men have been out-boxed. Barry is clearly an astute boxing trainer but Parker has reached the ceiling Barry can take him. The 26-year-old had few answers to

Joshua who effectively used his height and reach advantage to jab Parker out of the contest much like Lennox Lewis did to David Tua 18 years ago. Parker did not disgrace himself but never looked like pulling off the victory. Perhaps a change of trainer and a change in environment would refreshen the Kiwi-Samoan as he goes back to the drawing board. Plan B of hoping Joshua got tired in the later rounds simply didn’t work. Time is on Parker’s side, he’s still young, but changes must be made and Barry seems a logical one. Parker proved he deserved the stage he was on in front of 80,000 people in the Welsh capital but his winning chances fizzled away quicker than David Warner’s international cricket career.

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