Friday, 16 November 2018

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2015 Wet n Wild Weekend in the pipeline

2015 Wet n Wild Weekend in the pipeline

Tairua’s inaugural “Wet ‘n Wild W’end” held 22 -23 March on the Tairua estuary was a smash hit, hugely supported by locals and visitors to the town. Several thousand turned out to support, enjoy or take part in the exciting day of water sports events.

Drivers crossing Tairua’s one-lane bridge had to ease up on their accelerators as motorists took a quizzical look at a flyboarder “walking on water.” On the estuary’s edge, crowds watched as professional and novice jet skiers raced around orange marker buoys that pegged out different circuits.

Feedback from professional jet ski riders was positive. They enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere with an emphasis more on having fun than winning. In the novice races, a young girl gave more experienced riders a run for their money.

The Japanese style Taiko drummers captivated spectators on the Pepe Reserve and a totally wicked water slide kept children occupied from the event’s start to its finish.

Organisers are already taking the opportunity to think ahead about what the event will look like next year, said Tairua Information Manager, Lynette Dey. “The ongoing commitment is to build an annual public festival that showcases the amenity of the beautiful Tairua harbour and that will stimulate economic activity in Tairua outside of the peak summer season. The jet sport enthusiasts and performers are keen to come again for a fun weekend and there is plenty of scope to add other watersports and locations and opportunities for spectator participation.

Some major sponsors are now showing an interest, which is exciting and will allow the event to grow.”

Organiser, Brent Turner insists that the community focus must remain. “So, wetter and wilder next year, but firmly in the hands of the people of Tairua.  All we are focusing on now is making next year’s event bigger and better.”

To keep up to date with developments, keep an eye on the event’s website www.tairuawetandwild.com.

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