|wFriday, January 28, 2005|
Isla Margarita report
Finally here again, on the windy island Margarita. The season hasn't been the best what we heard but since we arrived the wind has been here most of the days. There were a few days with rain and no wind then we became a little restless. There have been wind the whole week now and the weekend and next week looks even better. I think I need a day off soon so my hands will heal.
We are a few girls here now staying long time for freestyle practicing. Four from Sweden, Bettina from Germany and the local girl Yoli.
Please visit my homepage, it's just in Swedish at the moment, but have a look at the pictures in my travel diary (you find it under 'dagbok').
Emma downwind 360
Anna upwind 360
posted by Emma at 1/28/2005 01:23:00 AM | (0) comments
|wThursday, January 20, 2005|
Last greetings from Down Under
Back from my trip down under I am trying to get over the jetlag and prevent the nasty cold that is more often than not the result of the extreme climatic change from one day to the other. Perth, Westaustralia: sunny, 25 degrees celsius plus, 20 knots seabreeze, southeast swells. Vienna, Austria: overcast, 2 degrees minus, scattered snowfalls.
To keep me and you, dear readers, warm in cold times here some more pictures taken in windgirls paradise. My farewell sessions in Lancelin and Margaret River will be unforgotten!
Last sunset of the year 2004 in Margaret River. Above: When Gracetown works, it works.
Lancelin mainbreak. Pix by Outdoorshots.com.au
posted by Claudia at 1/20/2005 05:31:00 PM | (0) comments
|wTuesday, January 18, 2005|
First report from New Zealand
It started on windgirls.com, I found my way to do a exchange year. Andy gave me the adress of a windsurf school in New Zealand. I was interested, of course. Going to a normal high school and doing windsurfing every day, sounded like a dream.
Three months ago I stepped out of the plane in Auckland. It was a rainy but also windy day. Soon after that I had my first experience windsurfing on the Pacific. I was fascinated from the first day. Together with three other students, from Switzerland and Germany (they all went to a private English school over here) I had wonderful days on the water. Most of the time Andreas, our windsurf teacher brought us to one of the diffrent spots were there was wind. On the days without wind we watched the Videos of when he filmed us or had a soccer or volleyball game on the beach. Here in the far north of New Zealand we've summer at the moment but even in the winter it's never colder then 15 degrees. Anyway it's great here and next time I'll also show you some pictures. So for now, Kia Ora from New Zealand and cya soon.
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|wMonday, January 17, 2005|
Tough Times in the Pool
Daida - one hand spock, the 'indoor girls' - all photos: Carter/PWA
Everybody who has been watching the PWA Indoor London windsurfing championships, might have come to two conclusions:
1. sailing in a small pool in 'artificial' winds is hard. Very hard. Even if you are a pro windsurfer. But congratulations to everybody being ready and willing to fall even for a jibe. Or to crash badly for a simple jump on the ramp.
2. Nevertheless the PWA is right in saying that the event 'has taken indoor windsurfing to new levels of excellence'. Air Chachoos and sick planing push/backloops (Daida almost managed to land one of them) are just incredible action on a - as a matter of fact - VERY small pool.
Nayra flys indoor, Iballa sliding at FULL speed
slalom: Daida Moreno (North, Mistral) comfortably took first place winning all three races after a close fought battle with her sister Iballa. Karin Jaggi (F2, Arrows) and Lucy Horwood (North, Fanatic) tied for fourth place after three rounds of racing.
jumping: Iballa Moreno (Mistral, North) was on fire tonight nailing huge forward loops and tabletops to clinch victory from her sister Daida. Despite a nasty cold hindering her performance this week Karin Jaggi battled hard to take third.
freestyle: Daida Moreno won the freestyle with an impressive display of power and control closely followed by her sister Iballa with Nayra Alonso (Fanatic) hot on her heels in third.
Daida backloops, Iballa frontloops
slalom: 1. Daida Ruano Moreno, 2. Iballa Ruano Moreno, 3. Lucy Horwood, 3. Karin Jaggi
jumping: 1. Iballa Ruano Moreno, 2. Daida Ruano Moreno, 3. Karin Jaggi, 4. Nayra Alonso
freestyle: 1. Daida Ruano Moreno, 2.Iballa Ruano Moreno, 3. Nayra Alonso, 4. Karin Jaggi
posted by editors at 1/17/2005 01:03:00 AM | (0) comments
|wSaturday, January 15, 2005|
Indoor - Iballas super grubby
The opening day of the London Indoor Windsurfing Championships has launched the 2005 PWA World Tour in radical style. The crowds that have flocked to the London Boat Show were treated to some of the most radical action ever seen in the indoor arena with massive back loops off the jump ramp, nail biting competition on the slalom course and outrageous never seen before in the indoor moves on the freestyle pool.
Iballa - huge backloop; Daida leads the racing
Almost inevitably, it was a Moreno who staked their claim on the number one slot in womens freestyle, but for once it was Iballa, not Daida who sailed to victory. Despite some nice flat water forwards from Daida and an excellent vulcan from Nayra Alonso, Iballa secured her place at the top with a superb grubby that she exited so fast she only just manage to stay in the pool.
The womens slalom final saw sibling rivals, Iballa and Daida Moreno (Mistral, North) go head to head on the seventy meter pool. Dominant once again, Daida repeatedly out-gybed her sister to finish clean ahead and back in her usual number one slot.
Spurred on by earlier success, it was a new revitalized Iballa Moreno (Mistral, North) who was the first to rack up serious points in the womens jump landing a massive forward. Daida Moreno then continued to trade blows with her sister, doing her best to match the example that Iballa set. The icing on the cake for Iballa was the almost clean back loop that chalked up a massive score and left her untouchable as the queen of the pool so far here in London.
Nayra Alonso - great talent in the pool; Taty Frans - first indoor air chachoo ever
In the mens competition Taty Frans (Starboard, Gaastra) was really pushing the limits, nearly completing an air-chachoo (duck gybe forward loop) off the ramp. Once again however, it was consistency and experience that paid off and with a perfect planning back loop combined with a tweaked table top, it was Angulo who showed he still has what it takes to be number one.
After the opening tasters of today, there can only be more to come in what is expected to be a radical display on front of packed crowds here in London. Tickets for the show are still available, but for those not lucky enough to make it to London, you can check out the action live, in full screen Technicolor, on www.high.tv.
posted by editors at 1/15/2005 11:21:00 AM | (0) comments
|wSaturday, January 08, 2005|
LONDON BOAT SHOW 2005 - Ladies Indoor
by Ruth Elliott (Tushingham, Starboard, Sola, Funsport), winner of last years (UK) event
The second Indoor event has started at the London Boat Show in Britain. This year the pool is shorter and one hell of a lot windier. The starting ramp now faces the crowds at the end of the pool so there is no way for the sailors to ignore them. Practice started on Tuesday with trials for the UK sailors for entry into the championships on Thursday the 13th. Three disciplines will run for the guys (jump, freestyle and slalom) and slalom for the Ladies fleet. Originally the Ladies were also supposed to take part in the Jump Ramp but sadly with only 2 entries they will not allow the event to run.
Nine ladies are entered including Louise Emery (2nd last year) and Lucy Horwood (2nd PWA Formula). The practice session in the morning allowed us around 4 runs each down the pool trying to work out how to gybe in what feels like 40kts of wind in a tiny space between a buoy and the end of the pool only 5ft wide. Although windier than last year its still a huge challenge to hold onto a 5 meter sail on the way down the pool and remain close enough to the fans to make it back planning. Its not that easy!!!
The afternoon ran the trials for the women with the best time from 3 runs to count. With only little practice time behind us there is always an element of luck involved in the trials. None of the women and only a few of the men are making the gybe so the skill with which you fall off plays a huge part. Lucy Robson a new comer to competition this year got the fastest time with Louise Emery in 2nd and me in third. With the main competition only a week away and only one more practice session for the ladies it should be an exciting show to watch.
The PWA ladies arrive on Monday ahead of the competition on Friday with a four man fleet. This is the first International Indoor event for the women for many years so we cant wait to see the show and hopefully it will be a huge success.
posted by editors at 1/08/2005 11:29:00 PM | (0) comments