Brothers Tom (left) and Joe McGregor, of Christchurch, at the New Zealand windsurfing championships yesterday. The championships on Otago Harbour finish today.
The McGregor brothers' windsurfing was put on hold two years
ago after the February earthquake in Christchurch.
The family lived at Redcliffs, where there was a danger of
rocks falling on top of their house.
Joe (14), his mother and younger brother moved to Taumarunui
to stay with their cousins. Older brother Tom (17) boarded
with his cousin at Hamilton Boys' High School.
Joe, the youngest competitor at the New Zealand windsurfing
slalom championships in Dunedin, is competing in the event
for the first time and Tom is back for a second crack.
Their house received a red sticker after the February
earthquake and they had to move out.
''I moved to Hamilton Boys' High School for a term,'' Tom
''We then moved back to our house at Redcliffs.''
The family will have to move to a new home once the insurance
and other matters have been sorted out.
''It's been a worrying time for us,'' Tom said.
''Everything is changing and there is always roadworks going
on. We have to take a different route to school each day.''
The boys are pupils at St Andrew's College in Christchurch
and find windsurfing is a release from the grind and dust of
''I find freedom out there on the ocean by myself,'' Tom
''It is quite peaceful and there is so much variety.
''I like wave riding at the beach and going fast on the
Their father, Mark, introduced Tom to windsurfing and Joe
followed a few years later.
''I like going fast and windsurfing gives me the freedom to
do what I like,'' Joe said.
''If I feel like slalom riding I can do it and if I feel like
wave surfing I can do that.''
He admitted being scared occasionally.
''If I hit a big jump when I'm going fast and go high in the
air, it looks a bit scary when I look back down,'' Joe said.
He once broke his right foot when he was windsurfing at the
estuary in Christchurch.
Tom has never hurt himself windsurfing but he has broken his
Gareth Wood (Dunedin) dominated sailing yesterday and after
10 races looks set to capture the New Zealand men's open
slalom title on the Otago Harbour today.
Annie Crombie (Christchurch) leads the women's field and Jim
Rodgers (Auckland) heads the silver fleet.