Launceston windsurfer Geoff Clarke takes out first event of year

FLYING: Launceston's Geoff Clark shows the sort of form that captured the first race of the season. Pictures: Supplied
FLYING: Launceston's Geoff Clark shows the sort of form that captured the first race of the season. Pictures: Supplied

Windsurfing Tasmania has launched its first wave competition of the season on Sunday in ideal conditions at Bakers Beach.

High winds and a mid-size swell allowed competitors to perform forward loops, back loops, barrel rolls and down the line wave rides.

Launceston windsurfer Geoff Clarke rode the waves the best to claim first from Hobart’s Kaleb Smith with Launceston’s John Green taking out third in a maiden field containing 18 sailors.

UP IN THE AIR: Launceston competitor John Green goes skyward on Sunday.

UP IN THE AIR: Launceston competitor John Green goes skyward on Sunday.

The new season also had the competitors take to the water with the latest carbon wave boards and mono film, and also spectra sails that created a colourful view for spectators watching on land.

Windsurfing Tasmania plans to hold activities on its calendar to bring sailors from across the state together, including youth days and GPS competitions to use trackers to compare speeds and distances of competitors.

The next scheduled event takes the group across to Swansea for a weekend of free racing in mid-October.

RADICAL: Jason Smith gets some sideway movement off the waves.

RADICAL: Jason Smith gets some sideway movement off the waves.