Event Introduction

The Association

The Australian Windsurfing Association, Inc is the peak organizing authority of windsurfing within Australia. Formed by a committee of representatives from each State Windsurfing Association within Australia, AWA oversees the management, direction and guidance of windsurfing sports at competitive and recreational levels, coordinating National initiatives, policy, guidelines and insurance to members Australia wide. AWA has a long and unblemished history of delivering safe, credible and well managed National events around Australia.

Incorporated in 1981, AWA is a direct affiliate and Australian representative body of the International Windsurfing Association (IWA). AWA is also the windsurfer class association and a direct affiliate of Australia’s peak sailing authority, Yachting Australia.

The Event

2013 unveiled the Inaugural Green Island Nats event, unquestionably judged by all participants as one of the most enjoyable and successful windsurf events experienced in Australia in a long time. Right out of the blocks, we knew we had to do this event again in 2014, not only as a rerun for the participants of the original 2013 fun, but for those who hadn’t the chance to make it in 2013 – and importantly to promote the opportunity of a quality, ongoing annual National mid-winter gathering. Did 2014 work out, or what…

2014 wasn’t any doubt about the wind. And certainty no doubt about the ability to turn on a world class set of conditions… 2014 confirmed the Green Island Nats concept and event format as a sensational National level event, bringing the best from each State together in reliable performance conditions, in an awesome location at an unusual time of year that actually worked remarkably well. What followed was some of the most intense National level competition ever seen in AUS. Serious but relaxed, friendly rivalry. The stoke was infectious. No one went home hungry.

2015 the best just got better. A relatively mild start to the week culminated in some of the most powered and frantic downwind M slalom racing competitors have ever witnessed – anywhere. State rivalry grew and some new faces stamped their mark on an already legendary event. The competition got even hotter. Out on the back of the Heliport,  action and fun still prevailed over the Freestyle crew. The pressure to continue GI into 2016 was endemic..

2017, we’re back where we left off. Ready. Are you ? The reef awaits…

The Championships

Slalom is a well established major National championship run annually at a rotating choice of venues around Australia. Slalom racing is now the predominant style of international racing and features fast, short heats of 6 or 8 racers crossing back and forth over an “M” or “8” shaped course with race leg distances normally 300-500m in distance. Results are sorted by progression through a multiple heat system.

Freestyle, although popular internationally, has not previously enjoyed a strong competition history in Australia. Exciting recent enthusiasm, interest and participation sees a stronger local potential for Freestyle as a growing National class. GI 2013 introduced our inaugural AWA Australian Freestyle championships in surreal conditions in almost swimming pool like tidal ponds; 2014 delivered sensational aerial hiwind action; for 2015  Green Island present the perfect conditions for next chapter in the Australian Freestyle Championships. Riders compete over a timed series of short heats to score maximum style points by riding and tricking within a small defined on water judging area (normally about 300 x 300m).

Freerace is an exciting evolutionary discipline introduced in 2013 by Foxy as the future of an ongoing national championship, GPS Freerace has gone on to represent one of the most vibrant and participative styles of competition Nationwide. It offers enormous potential for participants worldwide thanks to the availability of competitive freeride and freerace equipment and hi quality wearable GPS units. Riders compete over a set identical period of “real time” without any fixed course but within a defined and limited area. All sailing distance accumulated within an allocated time and sailing area limits accumulates to define a winner. Green Islands spectacular “reef flats” area has proven the perfect natural amphitheater for top level competition in this format.