Tairua Pipemasters set to
be another great one
Friday 16th February 2007
The pipes have been built, film crew are in town and riders have
gathered for the Tairua Pipemasters which kicks off this weekend.
Half a dozen obstacles are in the water at the entrance to Tairua
on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, and riders are loving
the chance to get together and hit the big step up and flat bar
rails in preparation for the big night.
Current world champion Jeff Weatherall schooled the rails on his
first night in town and spent today with Andrea Fountain visiting
Tairua School students to sign autographs and tell them all about
their lives as pro wakeboarders.
When asked where was the best place that he’d visited in
his travels, Jeff told the stoked primary school kids that it was
New Zealand: “You might not get to appreciate that until you’ve
done a lot of travelling like I have.”
Jeff is reigning Pipe Master, he’ll be up against some competition
from Brad Smale, Ant Collings and Josh O’Connell for this
year’s title and coveted pipe trophy.
Today was about course adjustments to cater for the female riders
who’ve entered into this year’s first-ever Princess
of the Pipes division. Contesting the division will be six times
national champ and former world title holder Andrea Fountain, Jen
Langton, Liz Coon, Sunni Ann Ball from Canada and Barett Perlman
from the US.
There was a bit of winching going on around Tairua with Ben and
Nick from the winch of death on-hand to give people a ride.
Keep an eye out for the Tairua Pipemasters on the evening news
TV3 and TVOne or better still – make a day trip to Tairua
2hrs from Hamilton, Auckland or Tauranga for more close-up action.