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Early Development of Windsurfing (USA)

Development in New Zealand

The heros and characters of NZ


About the Windsurfing New Zealand

The WNZ is a non-profit organisation set up to promote, organise and represent windsurfing at a national level. It was formed in 1980 as the NZ Boardsailing Association which was an Auckland based committee with individual members. In 1990, it reformed with the assistance of the Hillary Commission, to become the NZ Windsurfing Association comprising of a national committee with regional clubs, retailers and individual members.

One of the WNZ's main functions is to provide a communication network for the windsurfing community. Information is gathered from around the country and from overseas, and distributed through newsletters and magazines. The National Racing Calendar, rules, and the National Register of sail numbers are also organised by the WNZ.

The WNZ promotes windsurfing to the general public, encourages a national standard of safety and skill at windsurfing schools and runs courses for new instructors. It has lobbied for windsurfers rights in environmental and access issues, and given support to our international competitors.

In future, the WNZ hopes to continue to increase it's services and publicity and improve the efficiency of it's present functions.


The main aim of the NZWSC is to prevent/reduce the number of drownings in New Zealand. To achieve this, they co-ordinate educational programmes which provide water safety information to the public, and provide for funding and support to its Member Organisations involved in water safety activities.

In 1949 the NZWSC was first formed as the 'Prevent Drowning' committee through concerns of the National Council for Lifesaving and Swimming. Then in 1953, it became a working party under the Department of Health and Department of Internal Affairs. In 1956 it became known as the National Water Safety Committee until 1971 when it was changed to what it is today.

There are now 52 volunteer liaison branches throughout the country, 15 Member Organisations and 7 Associate Member Organisations. As a Member, the N.Z. Windsurfing Association has had much support from the NZWSC, including funding to introduce the new Instruction Scheme in 1990.

A steady decrease in the number of drownings over the last several years points to the success of the NZWSC which the WNZ hopes will continue in the future.


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