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wTuesday, October 31, 2006

Red Bull Storm Chase on full alert!

23 Windsurfers in 9 Northern European countries are about to face the most gnarly conditions mother nature can provide. After a 2 months waiting period, the teams are now on the road, heading for the beach of their choice to face winds exceeding 40 knots! After Numerous false alerts during the last weeks, the event is finally getting started, watch out for news and photos coming soon!

New team formations:
GER Baltic Sea: Matze Bade, Steffi Wahl instead of Normen Guenzlein
Netherlands: Kevin Mevissen, Bart de Vries instead of Peter Volwater
Norway: Hans Kristian Waarum and Knut Andre Dahl instead of Orjan Jensen and Rudi Fjellanger

posted by editors at 10/31/2006 12:10:00 AM | (0) comments

wSunday, October 29, 2006

Latina in Dahab

I always dreamt of visiting the oriental world one day and in the last weeks finally my dream came true. The new Planet Windsurf Centre in Dahab at the Swiss Inn Hotel invited us for the Improve your Skills Event. I was really impressed of the egyptian culture and people, always friendly and helpful, more than I had expected. And the Spot, or better the whole variety of Spots with the Lagoon, the Speedy, Baby Bay and the Kamikaze. Perfect for our Instructions and to practise my favourite Discipline, Freestyle. Surprisingly many of our old friends from the Worldcup and Windsurf Instructors like Andre Paskowski, Andy Bubbles Chambers, Simon Hurrey, Laure Treboux, Colin Dixon and many more were ripping at the same time and showing some great Freestyle performances on the super Flat Water. Maybe a little too easy to get ready for the Worldcup Competitions but it just made it soo aesy to learn and improve all new Moves, wow.
But that was not it all. Also the arabic Dance Shows, the old Dahab, Masbat with all the Restaurants and Cafes impressed me quite a lot, and not a single minute i spent thinking about the terrorist attacks earlier this year. We just enjoyed the Cafe in one of the thousand Beachbars and some nice Schishas. All the Police and military around gave a pretty secure feeling. But even more I was impressed by the arabic Dance Shows in the Swiss Inn Hotel, something I never expected, hot Rythm and girls dressed like our venezuelan Samba Dancers but also some traditinal dancing.

In total we had a really good time, lots of wind, though 5 days without wind, but which Spot got 100% the whole year around? Also our event, Improve your Skills, which was one of our Events of the Fanatic Event Tour 2006, brought a lot of Fun. We had to teach from Waterstart to the first Carve Jibes up to first Volcans and Loops almost everything, really nice to see all clients improving so fast, which they just realised at the last nights Video, where we showed a Clip about the whole Event. We hope for a similar succesful Event in 2007.
Thanx so much to Planet Windsurf to bring me here and we will be back in Septembre 2007 for another Event at this place and maybe I will be back just for training, would be really worth it.

Yoli de Brendt V 26
and for events

posted by Yoli de Brendt at 10/29/2006 12:07:00 PM | (0) comments

wThursday, October 26, 2006

Karin Jaggi en Francais

Speed Queen and multiple world champion Karin Jaggi speaks about SPEEEED! (what else?) Seulement en Francais!

posted by editors at 10/26/2006 06:12:00 PM | (0) comments


Silvia Albas Day

Brian McDowell (PWA) has asked the Tarifa resident about a typical day in her live.
Silvia: "I have got a trainer and a manager/main sponsor" ... "but no real help with managing my finances." Perhaps a job for anyone out there? :-)

Find the story here.

posted by editors at 10/26/2006 01:02:00 AM | (0) comments

wSunday, October 22, 2006

ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix Walvis Bay 2006

Karin Jaggi (SUI, F2, North) and Finian Maynard (BVI, F2) are the new world champions in Speed Windsurfing! Only one leg brought the decision in Walvis Bay, Namibia, but Finian dominated this years tour clearly, winning both Fuerteventura and Walvis Bay. The production title was also won by Karin Jaggi on the womens side, in the mens fleet F2-Shaper Patrik Diethelm (ITA, F2, North) was able to win the title on his own boards. The manufacturers world championship titles go to F2 and North. The nations ranking is led by France in front of Germany and Great Britain.

posted by editors at 10/22/2006 10:27:00 PM | (0) comments

wTuesday, October 10, 2006

Latina in Holland
Diary of Yoli de Brendt V 26 - Holland Trip

Leaving already some windless weeks behind, the Freestyle Worldcup for us women in Sylt cancelled and still some weeks to go for my return to my home Island of Margarita and my favourite Spot El Yaque. I got addicted to the weather forecasts it seemed, checking the world wide web for wind almost every hour, until I saw my Chance, a big Deep Pressure over the dutch Coast. My husband Tom, who used to sail along this Coast for ages, explained me how the weather cards have to look like for a succesful Trip. We did not even hesitate for a second, packed our stuff and went straight to Westkapelle, where one of our friends got a big Caravan, though I was wondering about the Germans, telling me all the time that the dutch are the ones with the Caravans. I would say, I wouldnt be able to confirm that at the end of my Trip. As Holland and his Coast would be something absolutely new for me, I wrote everything down in my little Travel Diary :

Day 1 : Our drive through Belgium and than to the Netherlands, starting in Aachen, should not take too long, but it gave me enough time to see the difference of the Countries and to think about what could be waiting for me, dreaming of perfect Windconditions and some nice Freestyle Spots, while Tom was just talking about the Waves he was hoping for. Once I passed the dutch Boarder I became pretty much surprised, I did not expect the perfect and clean Landscapes. I felt free immediately, forgot about grey and rainy Germany and Belgium and enjoyed the dutch architecture, which became my favourite one in Europe straight away. But still it was nothing compared to my first View onto the North Sea Dunes. I have never seen something like that before, some long, sandy Beaches of course, but in Combination with this kind of nature ? Never before. And... it was windy ! But first we had to check in at our pretty luxury Caravan, another thing I have not expected. But now it was time for the first Spotsearch. The first Beaches we visited in the South of Westkapelle had pretty strong currents and some huge Ships passing by, not even 200 metres from the Beach, so no way for windsurfing. We went up north and finally found a place between Westkapelle and Domburg. Around ten Sails flying on the water caused our attention. But for us it was already too late, the Sun was settling down. At least I wanted to ask some of the Locals everything about the Spot and was really surprised when they recognized me and everything about me. Seems like it was the day of the thousand unexpected things. I liked it, so many new Impressions and feelings already on our first day, wow ! Bedtime, but not before trying the dutch Food Culture, A big portion of Frietjes and a Frikandel Speciaal. Or is it more the german food i thought when I saw me surrounded only by the dutch Neighbors.

Day 2 : Holland was always explained to me with lots of rain, cold and grey and this is exactly what I saw when I woke up the second day of our Trip, but... there was not enough wind. Luckily the Weather changed completely until midday and so, after a pretty long breakfast, we continued our search for wind and Spots, since the Spot we found the night before did not work today. Another really kind Local explained that with the Southern Wind directions we should try the Verse Meer for a Freestyle Session. So we did and for the first time I touched dutch waters. After too much time without wind I was really stoked with my 99 Litre Board and the 5,0 Sail. It was exactly what I have been hoping for. Perfect Flatwater and nice winds, Freestyle !!! Tom did not last too long on the water, after performing some Freestyle Moves he changed his dress and Gear to shoot some Fotos and we both ended up satisfied and another of my Dreams came true, it was my first time sailing in front of Windmills, something I always dreamed of since I have seen the first historic ventilator on TV. In the late afternoon the wind became too gusty and so we packed our Stuff to go home for a nice huge Pasta, but not without checking some more Spots and Beaches. We found another Place close to Domburg with not too much wind but Waves for surfing, unluckily Toms Board broke on the last Trip and he could not find another one since. After the big Pasta and still my Freestyle Session in mind, I was ready for a long long sleep.

Day 3 : The morning of day Three woke me up with bright Sunshine. No clowd at all, what a day and the Trees where also bending in the Wind. Would our closest Spot in Westkapelle work today, it did not, neither did the Spots in Domburg and our Freestyle Place from yesterday, the Versemeer. The wind just turned too south. So we decided to just follow the Road to Brouwersdam, where Tom had some great Days years ago he said. First we stopped in Renesse, a really nice Place with all the Bars and Cafes though I heard it can be pretty packed in Highseason, to say hello to Arjen de Vries at the Windsurfing Renesse Shop. Tom and Arjen spent many times together on the NorthSea, those days ago...
A really nice guy, with lots of experiences, Stories and even more Tipps where to go with this Winddirection. We follwed his first Tipp and checked the Spot at the Lighthouse in Ouddorp. After the long, long walk to the Beach I could see some small Waves braking over the outer Sandbanks but the Wind did not want to kick in, so we went to Brouwersdam, just enjoying the huge Dunes and the 29 degrees airtemperature, absolutely unlikely for Septembre in Holland I heard and so that it would never be windy when the Sun shines so hard, a shame I thought, exactly when the Wind did kick in and Arjen arrived for a really nice Session together. The offshore Wind prepared a perfect Freestyle Platform one more time and since the wind was blowing a little harder, also Tom had more Fun on the water and Arjen stayed at the Beach to take some nice Shots before we all met for another big portion of Frietjes. Usually it is not really compatible to my Healthy diet, but, hey, we are in Holland. In Italy we also eat Pasta the whole day ! Having seen three new Spots, sailed one for a couple of hours, we went on our one hour drive home, arriving right for a perfect Sunset at the Westkapelle Lighthouse.

Day 4 : It is already day number four on our Trip, and just one more day to go. We decided to stand up early for some Fotoshoots in the morning and to get more time for even more new Spots and places to see. In the last days we read and heard everywhere that almost all winddirections are good for the dutch Coast, less the easterly winds. Exactly those we got on our day number four. East south East, where to go? No Locals to ask, but I remembered that they told us about Vrouwenpolder, the place right before the Oosterschelde, at least when you come from the South. On our way up North we passed our obligatory Spots Westkapelle, Domburg and the Beaches inbetween and it looked just too flat and offshore everywhere. When we arrived there was no wind at all, not in Vrouwenpolder neither on the Lake Side at the Versemeer. Would Arjen in Renesse know a Solution ? Yes, he did, no big surprise. We checked some different Spots at the Grevelingemeer and indeed it was windier than at all the other places, but still not enough, but I was curious about all the other spots I have not seen yet, knowing well that we wont have the time to check them all on our Trip which was nearly over. But anyway we saw the Spots around Rotterdam and the huge Harbour before I wanted to check if the wind might be back more in the South and so it did ! Back at the Versemeer the wind was just strong enough for me with the Freestyle Equipment at the Spot in Schotsman for another Training Session and a Fotoshoot we still had to do for a big german Newspaper. Muchas Gracias. Right before I lost my smile, the wind saved also this day, though also without wind I really enjoyed anything I have seen during my Trip, Landscapes, Culture, People, all the different Spots, Dunes and not to forget ... the Windmills which in my Home Country Venezuela are the number one indication for Holland, together with the wooden Shoes, which I could not find in my Size.

Day 5 : It should be our last day after we extended when we heard rumors about a Hurricane coming close to the european Coastline, which might bring Swell and lots of Wind. But it did not want to arrive, at least not while I was there. Slowly and a little sad I packed my stuff together and left the Coast, in company of grey skies and some rain, the kind of weather which was already waiting for me once I would be back in Germany for two more weeks.

Back in Germany and writing my Diary and Report, I cant stop thinking about how much I liked my Trip and I hope to be back again soon. Back to all the Windmills, Beaches, Dunes and the supernice People we met. Now I understand why my Worldcup friends Anne Marie Reichman, Femke van der Falk and Remko de Weerd are always talking about their country... What I still do not understand, all people I saw in Caravans were german speaking...

posted by Yoli de Brendt at 10/10/2006 09:12:00 PM | (0) comments

wFriday, October 06, 2006

Again no results for the Girls in Sylt / Robby Naish rips on Monday

Sylt, perhaps the sailors favorite event on tour, has seen countless world titles won and lost, and the greatest rivalries settled during its 23 years of hosting world windsurfings elite. The record breaking crowds and their fanatical support for this sport were treated to bright sunshine this year, a pleasant change from the howling winds and pouring rain they have often braved to watch the best perform. However the light and tricky winds this time round gave the racers a technical challenge, and tested the patience of the wavesailing (the girls only discipline in Sylt) and freestyle fleets.

Gold and silver of the 2006 PWA freestyle tour go to Daida Ruano and Sarah Quitta Offringa!
(photos: PWA/Carter)

Sadly no waves appeared on the horizon and the wavesailors (and thus all girls) were denied their chance to impress. Daida Moreno (E-64, Mistral/ North Sails) leads from Karin Jaggi (Z-14, F2/ North Sails) and Iballa Moreno (E-63, Mistral/ North Sails). Kevin Pritchard remains tour leader ahead of Josh Angulo (CV-1) and Kauli Seadi (BRA-253, Quatro/ Naish).

Despite the lack of result in Germany, tour leader Jose Estredo (V-1, Fanatic / North) at just 17 took the year-end freestyle trophy away from three times winner Ricardo Campello (V-111, JP/ Neil Pryde), making history in the process and showing just what focus and hard work can achieve. In Slalom 42 Antoine Albeau (F192 Starboard / NeilPryde) is crowned Slalom 42 world champion after a spectacularly dominant season, whilst Micah Buzianis (US-34 JP / NeilPryde) takes the event win.

Super Session: Seeing the weather map, and knowing the level of competitiveness amongst the PWAs finest, the contest organisers threw in a load of extra cash as an incentive to impress the sizable crowds that skipped work on Monday to see their heroes do battle in a no holds barred waveriding contest! Winning the un-official contest were Daida Moreno (who was matching herself with 3 other girls) and Josh Angulo.
As a bonus to the bonus session, the dedicated followers were treated to the sight of windsurfings greatest legend, Robby Naish (US-1111 Naish / Naish) giving an outstanding display of waveriding just upwind of the competition area. Many have said he is sailing better than ever; a sentiment that proved itself on seeing his incredibly stylish waveriding style in the gnarly North Sea swells. text: PWA / Brian McDowell,

posted by editors at 10/06/2006 11:07:00 PM | (0) comments

wSunday, October 01, 2006

Sylt Impressions

No suitable conditions for the girls so far here at the Colgate World Cup Sylt... (photos: PWA/Carter, 9pm media)

Some YouTube vids:
Sarah Quita says hi
The twins mix cocktails
Freestyle expression session (men)
Sailors returing from the opening ceremony

Lets pray for wind, otherwise Sylt would fail to provide the girls with a result for the 3rd time in a row (not always due to the conditions...).

Anne Marie Reichman, Sarah Quita Offringa

Britta Kuehn & Steffi Wahl: eating chocolate & veggies

posted by editors at 10/01/2006 08:34:00 AM | (0) comments

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