Event Introduction

The location for the 2016 Downunder Pro Formula Windsurfing Championships is back on Botany Bay in Sydney. One of the glamour locations for Sydney windsurfing and suitable in all directions of wind; this is one of Australia’s premier racing locations.

In 2016, the Downunder Pro will be the first Championships of the season for the Formula Windsurfing Class.  It’s the event of the year in Australia, for which all competitors and some candidates to the title of World Champion, eagerly await. The Regatta is also a Level 1.5 World Ranking Event for FW and will be the first event on the newly registered 2016 equipment, including the first year of the 2-year board registration cycle.

In Summertime, Botany Bay enjoys mostly 10-15 knot gradient winds each day, with the possibility of seabreezes around 15 – 25 knots (although winds can be stronger up to 30 knots at times); perfect for windsurfing! With average daytime temperatures of 25-33 degrees, spectators and competitors alike can expect to enjoy the brilliant sunshine almost every single day in January.

Over the years, Sydney has been the hub for windsurfing racing on the east coast, and more recently, Storm-Riders Windsurfing Club has been running events from Georges River 16ft Sailing Club, who will be hosting the event.

The entry list shows the best of the best in FW will compete at these championships, as well as the top-ranked Australians. This includes 3-time World Champion Steve Allen [AUS-0] and 6-time Australian Champion Sean O’Brien [AUS-120]. On top of this, a host of Australia’s best windsurfers from all over the country will be competing as well as many more internationals from New Zealand and the rest of the world.

The Australian Windsurfing Association invites you to the premier windsurfing event of the summer, right on the doorstep of Australia. This is your invitation to discover a whole new world of sporting regattas…