Bernd Flessner wins the 2009 IFCA Slalom Worlds

The WC windsurfing of 2009 was a successful edition. The event took place during the Zwitserleven Zeilweek on the Island of Texel. During the registration at Monday a bright sun warmed up the beach. With the good forecast we had a promising event to come. It was a shot in the hole on day one. Bernd Flessner (G16), top favorite was delighted: "It is years ago, when we had such condition during a slalom competition. Side shore winds and marks in the break. Unbelievable."

Surprises during day 1:

On day 1 during the WC windsurfing they completed three elimination with a windforce 5-6 from the south. While this WC is organized there is also a professional contest in Spain. Most topsurfers preferred to go there so we have a nice field of outsider and complete unknowns. The Dutchmen Jacques van der Hout was one of the suprises of day one. A few years ago he stopped with contest but he was in for a good windsurfing week. So the Former Dutch Champion got on the ferry and went to Texel. "I am happy to be here, my preparation is bad and now I am placed second. I hope my condition won't let me down. This could be a long week."

Best catch on day three

During day two and three we had to wait on the necessary 11 knots. But windsurfers rather stay on the beach then float around on the sea. Dutch fastest windsurfer Dirk Doppenberg. "It is absolutely useless to go out now. There is not enough wind and there is a lot of current. But we are used to it. Windsurfing is a nature sport where we need a lot of wind. Don't forget we cannot float like boats do. But we have a result now, the contest has started. We have sailed three eliminations and when we do two more we have an extra discard. That can make the rankings totally different." On the end of day three it looked like the wind was strong enough for another elimination. But the organizers had difficulties to set the course because the wind suddenly turned. After they had laid the course again a Fishing boat caught one of their marks. A good catch, but not for the organizers. Before they got their buoy back the wind died.

Final races on day four

With an onshore northwest wind and a hard break it was a hard day for the windsurfers. Due to the upcoming wind the waves got bigger and made it more difficult for the sailors. Still the contest directors managed to complete two complete eliminations. They started a third one, but they couldn't complete it due to the dying winds. This one doesn't count for the final results. On day four, the leader of the moment, broke his mast just before his heat. It looked like he was going to waste his placing here. Also the runner up of the moment had difficulties in the light winds. It looked like number 3 would profit from the bad results of the top two competitors. Just before the start we had a little chat with Josh Ludo (ESP 12). After day 1 he was on the third place. He took second place in the first elimination of today and it looked like he could be the winner of the day. Number 1 and 2 made some mistakes and we asked him about his heat and the result. "In the final I had a good start downwind, but I was trimmed for lichtwind so I couldn't get as much speed I wanted. I got second after Antoine at the first mark and was pretty much in control. Antoine had a clear lead so there was no need to push and I tried to control in second place. About the ranking, I will not climb the ladder because the other guys can discard their results in Elimination four."

But after elimination four and five number one and two of the moment could hold their rankings due to the two discards they could use. Josh Ludo who seemed to profit from their bad result was even caught up by Antoine Questel (FRA 99) who silently climbed the ranking. Also Adriaan van Rijsselberghe climbed the ladders and became fifth overall.

Top ten of the event:

1. Bernd Flessner (GER 16), F2 Neil Pryde, 2.1 points
2. Jacques van der Hout (NED 35), JP Neil Pryde, 4.7 points
3. Antoine Questel (FRA 99), Mistral The Loft, 6.7 points
4. Jossin Ludovic (ESP 12), F2 The Loft, 8 points
5. Adriaan van Rijsselberghe (NED 2), JP Neil Pryde, 13 points
6. Bora Kozanoglu, (TUR 11), Starboard Severne, 16 points
7. Nicolas Warembourg ( FRA 531), Starboard Severne, 18 points
8. Adri Keet (NED 34), F2 North Sails, 19 points
9. Aurelien Le Metayer (FRA 105), Fanatic North Sails, 20 points
10. Dennis Littel (NED 13), F2 Maui Sails, 20 points


SOURCE: IFCA