With the mountains of Lower Hutt providing a dramatic backdrop, Waterbourne competitors of the kite big air nationals will provide the high octane action on the water. Harnessing the raw power of the southern ocean swells and the infamous local winds, Waterbourne will see kiters boosting to new heights!

Alongside the adrenaline powered jumping, kitesurfer’s will also be racing in the ‘Waterbourne Ocean Clash’ - New Zealands premier extreme long distance race. All forms of kitesurfing are allowed, including foils and twin tips. Not only will you be racing against fellow kitesurfer’s but also against windsurfers and stand up paddle boarders where a handicap system will be used to ensure stand up paddlers, kites and windsurfers have a fair chance of taking out the overall race. Do you have what it takes to win New Zealands premier extreme water sports race?


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- 2018 Eleveight Kite - RRP $1100 (White Cloud Kiteboarding)
- 2018 7m Enduro V2 Complete $2816.00 RRP (OZONE)
- 2018 138 Code V1 Twintip - $1044.00 RRP (OZONE)
- 2018 J-Shapes Foil - RRP $2,200 

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Waterbourne Ocean Clash

Competitors entering the ‘Waterbourne Ocean Clash will have the choice to race on their preferred vessel - kite, SUP or windsurf. 

Dress Up

Whether you are in it to win or just to have some fun we will also be holding a fancy dress for the race. Come along and dress to impress as we will have a judging panel with prizes for the winners. As health and safety is a priority we will have a officer checking costumes to ensure they will not inhibit you in the water. We encourage all participants to use life jackets where morph suits are not allowed.


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Waterbourne Big Air Nationals

The Overall Impression of the Extreme Big Air performance scores will be determined by combining:

•70% Height (woo measurements). Go as hard and high as possible. The height in combination with extreme moves is priority.

•30% Extremity. Controlled extreme high moves. Think about extremely powered and/or extremely technical, or ultimately a combination of this as long as it is performed on a proper height.

No limitation in maximum number of moves/combinations attempts per heat (including crashes) or repetitions for the same jump. - Only the 3 best tricks of the whole performance will be counted and will form part of the final result.

Variety within your best 3 moves is a key-factor, as focus is to prize the most complete “Extreme Big Air” rider.

A 4th score (unique score) for overall impression of the entire performance will be given at the end of the heat, this score will be determined by considering a combination of different factors as: technical difficulty / style / variety / execution / risk / show / innovation, this will be added to the total score (could make the difference)

The average of these 4 scores that weigh evenly will be the final score.

Tied competitors’ heat scores shall be broken in favour of the competitor with the highest single score. If the tie remains then it must be broken in favour of the 2nd highest score. In case the tie still remains it shall be broken in favour of the rider who has the higher score of Overall Impression.

5.4.3 Explanation of certain judging terms and criteria:The heats during the competition will be judged on the quality of the execution of each individual move, where the judges score every single move, but only the 3 highest scoring moves from a different trick category will count towards the final score next to the overall impression score. Hereby an explanation of some of the terms;

•Grabs. A grabbed trick will be rewarded with a higher score than a non-grabbed trick on the Technical Difficulty criteria. However, the final score of each trick is directly related to the quality of the execution.

•Power. The power during the execution of the tricks. Power will be considered as a combination of: a) Speed into and out of the tricks. b) Angle of the kite during the execution of the trick. (example: kite lower as the rider during a loop) c) Height and amplitude of the trick.

•Risk factor is directly linked to the Power (already includes speed in and out, lines direction and amplitude - height) involved in the execution of the tricks, but also to the commitment of the competitor, technical and physical challenge during the execution, duration of the critical moment, amount and quality (lines direction) of the air in the trick, and energy on the execution.

•Variety. The variety of the best 3 tricks completed during the heat is considered for the final score.

•Height. Height of the trick completed during the heat. This aspect will exponentially come into consideration as the wind conditions increase, but only when the height is achieved along risk factor and technical difficulty.

•Smoothness. Smoothness and fluidity during the execution of tricks completed during the heat, between different tricks in a combo and on landings.

•Style. The personal flamboyance and attitude of the competitor when executing a trick.

•Innovation. Tricks that have never been landed in competition before.



  • Any handle pass that is finished by pulling the leash to get the bar, will be considered a crash.
  • The chicken loop is considered as part of the bar. Grabbing the chicken loop when passing the bar still gives credit to the trick, although, won’t be considered as a clear pass.
  • If a competitor “butt checks” when landing the trick, but keeps momentum and has the board touching the water first followed by the 'butt', the judges can still give credit to the trick. (It's a crash if the competitors’ first land on their back and the board is completely out of the water and then ride on) It’s at the discretion of the head judge to consider if it’s a crash or a butt check, this also depends on the extremity of the trick and the speed at landing. Each judge will consider how much credit he/she will give to the trick. The credit given to a 'butt check' landing is directly related to the RISK FACTOR involved in the execution of the trick. For tricks with a high degree of risk factor judges wont deduct (much) points for a butt check.
  • If a competitor lands a trick but did not control the kite throughout the execution of the trick resulting in the release of the handle bar and/or the crashing of the kite into water after landing the trick, the trick will be considered as a crash.


With a prevailing 15-25knot NW this will provide the ideal conditions to boost. If we get a southerly this will provide a rolling swell which can provide some shore swell offering competitors with perfect boosting conditions!



Top 10 holiday park is offering 20% discount to competitors. With a variety of rooms and camper van sites for your needs we highly recommend getting in fast while there are still available spaces.

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