Well there it is was, Windfest No10! 9th at Burrum, pretty safe to say everyone had a great week, some really good numbers on the bigger kit were achieved, I'm pretty sure the speeds achieved wouldn't have been possible on such big gear 10 years ago, nothing in it at the top of the ladders either all very close.
Saturday was my personal highlight went pretty well in the SUP powered by left over amber ale fumes, then had a nice quiet quick blast early on the long bank Saturday arvo before the mass arrival happened! So glad so many out of towners got to sample the big main run, this is the run that really makes Burrum special, imagine it in 25-30 knts!
Also Saturday night great feast provided by Mrs Wilson and Dot (again backing up from Friday!)...the local effort and hospitality was out of this world and really made the event what it was, thank you again. I know only too well the time that goes into catering...which means these ladies slaved for hours before and on the days where we all gobbled the goodies. a really really big thank you.
Friday night was also massive and in case you missed the charity Auction organised by the Lord Mayor of Burrum raised $2,500! to children's cancer research, I can't think of a better cause...if you think of that issue and cause alone, it makes us very privileged people just to be in the position of windsurfing at Burrum, and it puts it all of it into perspective.
We would like to see that charity event continue in future events and have plans to make that contribution even bigger.
Personally I have no idea what I'm going to with a thick jacket better suited to Tassie or what to do with the ION midget GPS bashers but I'm sure they will all get used..have to wash the jacket though..smells like sausage!
The other weird thing is why the Surf FX pool table has a crucifix imbedded into the cloth...what goes on at that place??!!
Will leave the rest of the banter, stories and rumours for everyone else, but we need to also thanks our sponsors and supporters once again, and don't forget planning for WF 2017 will start shortly! So if you would like to be involved in any way, shape or form, it doesn't have to be a big commitment please let us know by dropping an private email in here.
The more people helping means the smaller the job list for everyone and the more time can be spent having fun! There is a lot of 'talk' about making the event even bigger and better in all sorts of ways in the future...but that is not possible with a decent size crack team of passionate people!
Also keep an eye out on your email later in the week for the Survey form, please take a moment to complete it as the feedback data is extremely important, and this survey form is where you get to have your input, unless of course you are on next years organising team!
In no particular order, big thanks to the following, please support these guys where you can ...
Hot Sails Maui Australia
Australian Windsurf and Sup Magazine**, keep an eye out for next edition, also check the names list below.
Burrum elders real estate
Jordon's SUP and Windsurfing & Holiday Park
Sunshine Coast Sailboards
Hervey Bay Volunteer Marin rescue
Bay City Marine Hervey Bay
Burrum Heads Progress Association
Burrum heads outriggers - watch this space next year!
Paul Wallace - the big black boat!
Hervey Bay Stand Up Paddle ---- Special Note The windsurfers went 1 & 2 in SUP races! ..Michael Brown smashed em in the 12ft group! so the challenge has been set!
Julie Hartwig Photography
Clip Harness Lines
Burrum heads Food Worx
Windsurfing one design, was great watching these guys cruise around the SUP zone on Saturday, they are like mobile windsurfing adds for close to shore action!
Fraser Coast opportunities, Fraser Coast Tourism and events, Fraser Coast Council, Qld National Parks, Qld Water Police, the Community of Burrum heads.
'the wilsons' unofficial mayoral offices
Richie Fishes fantastic tones & entertainment on the big stage under the stars!
Sausage's rather questionable yet highly entertaining auctioneering skills
And last but no means least Windwanderers windsurfing club...if you want to get involved in the sport and help foster its growth and see events like this happen, there is no better way than to become a member and get involved, don't leave it to someone else!
If your name is here you have won a free subscription to Australian Windsurf Mag or SUP Magazine, please email through email here on SB us your contact details so we can sort for you.
Hope I have everyone covered? Its a long list!
Regarding the results below:
The 2016 event was run with a "Best of Week" scoring system. The winners for each division were based on the sailors who scored the best result in that division over the course of the week.