|wFriday, July 30, 2004|
Daida stronger than ever in Fuerteventura
17 (!!!) female competitors and incredible strong freestyle performances by the "windgirls" will grant this PWA freestyle in Fuerteventura an entry in history books of female freestyle windsurfing for sure.
Daida: incredible table top forward & technical willy skipper combis
eternal battle: Karin Jaggi versus Daida Moreno; furious freestyle fleet: 17 "windgirls"!!
posted by editors at 7/30/2004 03:06:00 PM | (0) comments
|wThursday, July 15, 2004|
Lanzarote: Karin-Daida, but more to come...
Mast high waves and high winds welcomed the competitors at the new (but former) PWA freestyle tour stop on the Canarian island of Lanzarote. 11 windgirls made up a respectable fleet,including "everygreen" professionals and new blood at the same time.
The level once again has improved tremendously and the top girls were all showing loops, volcans & spocks and a variation of jumps and transitions very safely. Top scoring moves were clew first spocks, grubbies, table-top-forwards, one handed loops and even double loops. Unfortunately Iballa Ruano Moreno went down hard failing to land a double and once again in her career got injured. (all the best from here).
The battles were tough, althought the finals turned out to be a well known revival of the popular Karin Jaggi versus Daida Ruano story, with Daida having the edge over the Swiss at the end. Very promising were radical Spanish sailors Silvia Alba Orozco (4.) and Nayra Alonso (3.), who turned out to be an essential improvement to the tour. Ania Ostrovska from Poland, one of the smallest sailors ever :-), proved that radical attitude and killer loops are just no question of body strength.
After all a great event and a promise for the upcoming tour stops this year. windgirls.com magazine will keep you updated.
experience versus red blooded youth: Karin and Daida, Silvia Alba and Nayra Alonso, photos: Stephie Gugg
results Lanzarote freestyle:
1. Daida Ruano Moreno
2. Karin Jaggi
3. Nayra Alonso
4. Silvia Alba Orozco
5. Ania Ostrowska
6. Natascha Petersmann
7. Andrea Hausberg
8. Iballa Ruano Moreno
8. Claudia Vogt
10. Marie Tjernberg
11. Femke van der Valk
new faces: Andrea (Ger), Ania (Pol), Claudia (Aut), Marie (Swe), Tasch (ZA)
photos: Stephie Gugg, Williams/PWA
posted by editors at 7/15/2004 04:44:00 PM | (0) comments
|wThursday, July 08, 2004|
Pozo Waveriders 2004 won by Frida Wiraeus, Sweden
Frida Wiraues, S-63 (Roxy Sweden, Simmer Sails), took the Pozo Waveriders 2004 trophy home. Second Ania Ostrowska, POL 00 (RRD, Simmer Sails), third Claudia Vogt, AUT-23 (Hot Sails Maui, Quatro, Chiemsee).
Organized by Secondreef Events, the event was an alternative for us girls to the PWA. As we usually don t get too much heat experience before entering the worldtour, everyone was quite grateful for getting a chance to practice before actually doing any of the PWA competitions.
Pozo s howling winds and some good swell coming in (which was pretty astonishing after months without the least bit of swell) made the conditions quite radical, but also fun to sail.
The guy s contest was won by Tenerife s Daniel Bruch, who amazed us with his waveriding abilities, followed by Venezuela s Cheo Diaz - one of the most talented freestyle kids - and Sweden s Kritoffer Living, who pulled off double forwards in all of his heats.
posted by Claudia at 7/08/2004 07:52:00 PM | (0) comments
The "windgirls talent scout" presents: Emma Johansson
What windsurfing means to me? Everything! Yes, everything in my life has got something to do with this great sport, lifestyle, hobby or whatever you would like to call it. I'm a 21 years old girl from Sweden. I'm living on the second largest island in Sweden, called Oeland. When I had finished school (2001), my best friend who was windsurfing, asked me if I wanted to join her to South Africa for 4,5 months to learn how to windsurf. And I joined her of course, even if lots of windsurfers from home recommended me to start at an easier place. I'm so glad I didnt listen to these people because there is also a little lake, perfect for beginners and freestyle, which is the funniest thing I know. And there arent always waves on the ocean so I tried it a few times. I even tried the ocean before I could water start so I had to swim the way back to the beach every time, which feels pretty crazy now when I look back...
The winter after I went back to Cape Town, South Africa, this time for 2,5 months. This town is nice even if you got days without wind or friends/family with you who arent windsurfing. Things you can do in Cape Town are golf, wine tasting, surfing and beautiful places to see. But we were lucky and didnt have so many days without wind so we just had one little vacation from the vacation. We rented a car and drove along the east coast and also tried the worlds highest bungee jump (216m).
The autumn/winter after I started to study marketing. But after one term I had to take a break and go to a warmer and windier place. This time I went to El Yaque, Isla Margarita, Venezuela. This little village with lots of wind and warm water became my favourite. Its just perfect to practice freestyle tricks like Volcano and Willy skipper. I even practiced forward loops a few times. It was scary before I tried it but after it felt good, I didnt hurt myself that time. I only hurted myself a few times and that was my own fault because I was too tired to hold the sail.
Last year I started to compete in the Swedish cup and ended up total 2:nd. I was really nervous at the first competition, couldnt eat anything, was shaking all the time (probably because I couldnt eat) and the tricks I was sure of before didn't work at all. But it went better and better with my nerves so I will compete this summer too and maybe even try the European Cup. For the rest of the summer I will be practicing freestyle at my home spot Haga Park that is the best freestyle spot in Sweden. And of course I will be working so I can travel again next winter. Its no idea for me to start studying yet because all I can think of is how fun I had last time I was out on the water, or what Im going to practice next time. It would be nice to do a really long trip this winter and see how far I can go. And of course it would be exciting to try some PWA competitions next year, that's really something I want to try. My dream is to win the Swedish Championship or the Swedish Cup and be one of the top 10 freestyle girls in the world.
Thanks to my sponsors: Skidsport Bromma (www.skidsport.nu) and ROXY/quiksilver Sweden
posted by windgirl talent scout at 7/08/2004 12:58:00 PM | (0) comments