Windsurfing in Wellington - Chris Bolt

There are countless reasons each competitor takes part at Waterbourne, from wanting the glory or seeing friends from around the country, Waterbourne has it all! We decided to catch up with Chris Bolt who is not only a top sailor, but one of the most social windsurfers in New Zealand.


Chris Bolt

Waterbourne Windsurfing Legend

What is your involvement with windsurfing in New Zealand?

I go to pretty much all the events and do every discipline from Formula through to wave sailing. Windsurfing is something I love to do and all disciplines are great.


Where are you favourite spots to windsurf in Wellington?

Windsurfing in Wellington goes off! There are heaps of good spots, but Eastbourne stands out for slalom with plenty of grass for rigging and easy launching into the harbour. My other fav spot is Plimmerton, which provides some fantastic jumping and wave riding when the conditions are right.

I’ve not sailed Lyle Bay yet, that’s said to be epic as well.


How long have you been windsurfing?

February 2019 will be my tenth anniversary.  

Other than windsurf, what do you do with your spare time?

Keelboat racing, surfing, paddle boarding, snow boarding. I am actually going to Utah soon for a snow trip!


What are you looking forward to most at Waterbourne?

Catching up with everyone and partying, there will be some epic Windsurfing as well!

What was your main memory for Waterbourne 2018?

I can’t remember, was pretty much wasted the whole time. However, the 50 knots we got for the harbour race was certainly memorable! It came out of nowhere and certainly made for an epic morning of windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddle boarding.

Have you ever supported Movember before?

Yeah I did movember way back in 2011, grew a filthy red neck handlebar.

Laurence Carey