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Taranaki Wave Classic 2023

October 20, 2023 - October 23, 2023

Taranaki Wave Classic – The Event

1983 was the year that the Taranaki Wave Classic was born, in it’s first guise as the Sirocco Expression Session. Biggie Smithers, along with his board brand Sirocco, ran the first wave sailing contest in Taranaki. It was designed to maximise time on the water for all competitors – this format proved an instant success with 60-70 sailors participating.

By this time Carbon Art had moved into the region and was bringing the latest Maui windsurfing shapes and technology to Taranaki’s shores. In 1998 Carbon Art lifted the load off Biggie shoulders and continued with the event rebranded the Carbon Art Classic. This event continued until 2002 when the Carbon Art Classic was revamped and renamed to become the awesome Taranaki Wave Classic we know today.


Whatever the weather, our goal is for you to have the best time possible, both on and off the water. This means the most epic BBQs, beers, tall stories and sessions in the wind and waves. To cap a great weekend off, this is all followed up by the legendary TWC dinner and party.
And who knows, this year may be your turn to win a state of the art Carbonart Windsurf Board, as well as sails, masts, booms and other wonderful spot prizes. See you there!

The TWC is all about fun, with its expression session format where competitors free-sail in whatever conditions occur at the chosen location for that day. There are no heats, no man-on-man elimination and no stress. The winners is picked by the sailors, while most participants walk away with a spot prize.

The main event runs over New Zealand’s Labour Day weekend. Remember it’s all about fun so bring your toys!


October 20, 2023
October 23, 2023


Taranaki Wave Classic
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New Plymouth, New Zealand + Google Map

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