|wThursday, August 30, 2007|
Allison did it again!
In Tallinn, Estonia, Allison Shreeve has defended her world championship title for the third consecutive year. The 2005 and 2006 world champion put in her best performance yet, winning every race (11 in total) held during the week of 13th to 18th August, in very trying and varied conditions ranging from 10 to 27 knots. Full report: www.aus911.com/news.php
Sarah Hebert (photo: Naish Sails)
22-year old Sarah Hebert once again kicked into gear reacing into second place in Estonia. After 11 races with shifty wind conditions and rough seas, Sarah showed off her talent by keeping it all together and managing to stay on Allison Shreeves heels until the end of the competition. Sarah comments: "At 22 years I am very happy to be the Vice World Formula Champion!"
Shreeve had travelled to Estonia after switching from the RS:X class due to a disappointing performance in her final qualifying event. Being ranked No.11 in the world in the Olympic class was not enough for Shreeve to gain Olympic selection, so the obvious choice was to return to Formula windsurfing, despite minimal preparation. "I only had two weeks to prepare for the World Championships, and was quite concerned having not been on a Formula board since the world titles last year in Korea".
1 SHREEVE Allison
2 HEBERT Sarah
3 PIETRASIK Agnieszka
4 DEMONT Morane
5 NIINEMETS Maarja
6 GERMANY Margit
posted by editors at 8/30/2007 11:13:00 PM | (0) comments
|wWednesday, August 22, 2007|
QingDao International Regatta, China
Opening Ceremony, smoggy Quindao, NikolaWe spent another day waiting around for wind. Finally, on our last scheduled day of fleet racing we were sent out for our 12:00 start. On the way to the race course there was good wind but as we waited for the race to start, the wind quickly died. It completely disappeared and we were sent back to shore to wait. Luckily after an hour or so we were sent back out to race as the wind came upto 4-6 knots. Not much, but enough to get the necessary races off as we had only 4 races by then and needed 6 to complete the regatta and continue on with the medal race.
Although I did not have a good start in the first race, I sailed my best race so far. I finished 10th and was close to the leaders. My second race of the day I finished 16th, once again being in the midst of it all. I worked incredibly hard and was able to pass boards both upwind and downwind so I was happy with my performance. My sailing and confidence got better each race I did and I wished that I had more than 6 chances to race.
These light wind conditions are my most challenging because of my height and weight, but I came to this test-event to learn and come to terms with what I need to do to make myself a serious contender for 2008. I welcome the challenge and am excited to continue pushing myself to the limit. I finished 17th overall. Yesterday most of the medal races were sailed... and this time in15-20 knots. It was like a dream come true for Qingdao to have these wonderful conditions. Unfortunately for most of the sailors and the regatta, it was a day late... but at least we now know that it can get windy here. Congratulations to Bryony Shaw (GBR) who won the womens RSX event.
Tomorrow I fly to Beijing where I will spend 2 days checking out the sights before I fly back home! Nikola Girke
Jessica Crisp (AUS 15) racing, photo: 2007qdregatta.com
We were sailing at the venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Quindao is an hour flight from Beijing, a beautiful coastal town... of only 8 million! The Pre-Olympics were a test event for the organizing committee and the race committee for the 2008 Olympic Games.
posted by editors at 8/22/2007 05:07:00 PM | (0) comments
Carine gets addicted to speed
Carine Camboulives, photo: Jerome Houyvet
Maui GPS V-Max Speed Challenge Series No 8
Two time world speed record holder Erik Beale tops the weekends speed chart with 37.4 knots The 2 day speed session was held over the weekend with good wind and tide forecasts. This attracted a bumper crop of racers including 14 new faces. Most of the fastest speeds were set on the Saturday with easterly winds in the 25 -30 kt range with slightly higher gusts. Many personal best speeds were set.
Fastest woman was windsurfing model Carine Camboulives (see photo) at 26.2 kts, trying speed sailing for the first time she got so stoked, she sailed all day upping her speed by 3 kts over the course of the day!
1. Erik Beale GBR Pro, 37.4 kts
2. Alex Aguera USA Pro, 36.6 kts
15. Carine Camboulives FRA Pro-Women, 26.2 kts
posted by editors at 8/22/2007 05:07:00 PM | (0) comments
|wTuesday, August 21, 2007|
Ghibaudo beats Jaggi in Turkey
Jaggi secures herself the 2007 Slalom Title
The 2007 Pegasus Airlines World Cup, Alacati, Turkey: Cesme provinces stylish coastal resort welcomed the PWA back after a joint sanctioned event with IFCA back in 2006. Now boasting full World Cup Status and impressive sponsors to boot, the stage was set for a fiesta of competition and music served parallel to the host nations Surf n Sound festival. The Womens event was always going to be billed as a mouth-watering match between Karin Jaggi (F2 / North) and the resurgent Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou). Jaggis last-gasp victory in Fuerteventura denied Ghibaudo the tour lead, but Ghibaudos lust for victory intensified after her performance in Sotavento to a totally new level. Ghibaudo and Jaggi were fairly equally matched for speed, but the clear difference was in the Frenchwomens starting skill.
If anyone thought Jaggi was letting someone else share the limelight they could not be further from the truth. This was evident as tension rose and Jaggi was forced to push the start, which resulted in two painful disqualifications. Ghibaudos superior timing earned her 9 victories from the 15 races completed against Jaggis uncharacteristically meager 3 bullets. The real excitement in womens slalom are the contenders of the future with many young and exciting names rising to the fore, plus a wealth of local talent in the fleet. It was also pleasure to see Verena Fauster (F2 / Gaastra) recover well from surgery early in the season to finish consistently high enough to claim third overall.
Turkish TV celebrity Cagla Kubat (Starboard / North) may well show at more PWA events after her impressive 4th place finish which was grafted through speed and cunning turning skill to entertain the excited local crowds. Ghibaudos victory here must have cut deep into Jaggi, but by the same token Jaggi will be amped-up and excited by the prospect of the 2008 season already. The Swiss multiple world champions second place here was enough to secure her the 2007 womens slalom title. She will lift that trophy at Sylt to mark an important leap forward for the womens sport.
In the mens competition Antoine Albeau (Starboard / NeilPryde) touched down in Turkey with the 2007 title already secured. The French all-round master of windsurfing had the luxury of a stress-free end-of-season wind-down in Alacati, yet still managed to coast to victory ahead of two legends in the sport - Bjorn Dunkerbeck (T1 / North) and Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / MauiSails). (text: PWA/Mc Dowell, photos: PWA/Carter)
posted by editors at 8/21/2007 08:40:00 AM | (0) comments
|wSunday, August 19, 2007|
Punta Abreojos- Baja Mexico Trip
I just returned from a week windsurf/surf trip way down south in Mexico at a little spot called Punta Abreojos. I caught a ton of perfect waves for both windsurfing and surfing. All along the shores are miles are perfect waves and side shore winds. Since I went with a bunch on surfers, when the wind picked up I was the only windsurfer out and had the waves all to myself. I had a really close call on the way home in the middle of the desert that left me in tears on the side of the road alone! You will have to visit my website blog for the whole story at www.tatianahoward.com.
Until the next adventure!
posted by Tatiana Howard at 8/19/2007 03:17:00 AM | (0) comments
|wFriday, August 17, 2007|
Starboard: Support for women in Formula Windsurfing
Starboards Svein Rasmussen writes on the company website:
"The participation of women in windsurfing is essential to the general growth of Windsurfing. In order to support and grow the attendance of women in Formula Windsurfing, we will forward an ex work Bangkok price of 590 Euro for any FWC boards in our range. Orders may need to be placed 3 months prior to expected delivery unless sufficient stock is available. This price offer will last until further notice, and extends to a maximum of two boards per country, (Negotiable for larger countries) which has active female FWC racers. The offer is valid until August 10, 2008 and the price will only increase with a potential manufacturing cost increase."
Bangkok, August 10, 2007
Kind regards, Svein Rasmussen
Online applications: www.star-board.com
posted by editors at 8/17/2007 10:34:00 AM | (459) comments
|wSunday, August 12, 2007|
During a no wind time in Tarifa I had some time to produce another videoclip for you with my latest Moves in El Yaque, Tarifa, Dahab...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlX4-je8ZR4
posted by Yoli de Brendt at 8/12/2007 12:47:00 PM | (0) comments
|wFriday, August 10, 2007|
1. Heidkate Classics
A nice event is coming up next weekend in northern Germany - Heidkate, near Kiel!
There will be
* Slaom Event for everybody
* Freestyle Contest
* Kona-Cup Trials
* F2 GPS-Speedevent
* Beachparty & BBQ
You have the chance to test some new 2008 windsurfing equipment!!!
For further information please contact me - Steffi Wahl firstname.lastname@example.org
or check the SurfCenter Kiel Website
posted by Steffi Wahl at 8/10/2007 01:17:00 PM | (0) comments
|wFriday, August 03, 2007|
Starboard Diva Womens Camp - Bonaire
Its all action in Bonaire this week. Before the Prokids Freestyle Worlds got underway, the Bonaire crew held their regular Diva Womens Camp. The Divas were a combination of both locals and tourists, taking tothe water for the first time to become real honest to goodness windsurfers!
Many were inspired by their kids and all the action on the island in preparation for the ProKids Freestyle Worlds. Under the watchful eyes of windsurf Godfather Elvis Martinus, these ladies went from knowing little to sailing in footstraps and harnesses! With near perfect beginner conditions the women using classic beginner Starboard rigs learned the basics and quickly moved on to some skills that often takes most years to perfect. By the weeks end they were sailing across near the mangroves with the turtles. It was a magical week of windsurf excellence. (photos and summary courtesy of www.bonairecaribbean.com)
posted by editors at 8/03/2007 09:50:00 PM | (0) comments
|wWednesday, August 01, 2007|
Pro Kids Countdown
Bonaire (press release) - The countdown is on when in one week the hottest kids freestyle event hits the shores of windy Bonaire. Kids from around the world are flying in to compete in this popular windsurf extravaganza. Max Droege, the winner of the German Qualifier has been here all month training daily. Tonight Dominik Kovaric from the Czech Republic arrives. He won the Greek Qualifier this month. Local hot shots Taty Frans and Kiri Thode will depart from the PWA Tour to attend their home event. Tonky Frans will return to support his local team mates. Sara Quita Offringa is ripping it up on the PWA Tour and will join over 20 Aruba Team Mates to represent their island, Aruba. Team Curacao has grown to huge proportions thanks to the dedication of Hilde Tuinbeek and Ingmar Schnitzer. They are bringing over 20 kids to compete.
Elvis Martinus, the brainchild of Pro Kids and his volunteer committee have a huge event planned. Hot featured items will be a Classic Freestyle Expression Session. ABK Guru Andy Brandt will be competing against local light wind freestylers Caesar Finies and Ronald Mayer. Dasher will be in the house documenting the entire show in the usual Dasher fashion. Guest judges including Mac from Vela in Aruba and Owen Waters from Sail BVI. The guest MC for the weekend will be none other than the Irieman, Brian Talma flying in from sunny Barbados to support the event. Its going to be a high adrenaline fun packed weekend on this windy Dutch Caribbean island.
info & schedule at prokidsfreestyle.com
posted by editors at 8/01/2007 04:27:00 PM | (0) comments