Chris Pressler

From the 29.10.2009 until the 1.11.2009 the Hallowind 2009 event took place at Jadrija Beach. Jadrija is located on a penisula 5 km south of Vodice on the Jadranska Magistrale highway towards Sibenik and offers great conditions for windsurfing.

The forecast for the days of the contest was not looking great, but in the end there could be 10 rounds of Slalom and 2 rounds of Formula finished. The event was the final event of the Croatian Windsurfing Cup and Supercup.

Slalom competition

On the first day the organizer scheduled a Formula race in the late afternnon, but it got cancelled after one round, because the wind completely stopped with the sunset.

A cold dry northern wind picked up on the second day with gusts more than 25 knots. A lot of white caps got pushed through the channel of Jadrija and Vodice. 10 downwind slalom rounds were finished on this second day. It was a fight between the Austrian Chris Pressler, Stojan Vidakovic from Slovenia and Vladan Desnica from Croatia. All were quite consistent and had excellent starts but in the end Pressler was the most consistent, could win 3 races and won by a clear marging with 7 points. The Slovenian Vidakovic was meant to be on second position after the 10 races, but a course mistake brought him bad points and he fell back on the 4th position.

On day three the northern wind picked up and another Formula race got started in 12 to 15 knots. The Bora wind picked up during the race and in the end sailors were on their 11m and 11,7m sails with gusts up to 20 knots. Stojan Vidakovic, former Olympic sailor in the Lechner Class dominated the Formula event and won the two races. Chris Pressler could place himself on the second position at his second Formula regatta.

Chris Pressler: “In the Slalom I went as big as I could. The iSONIC 122 plus my Vector 44 and the Code Red 8,1 were the right choices. And when the wind dropped a bit I grabbed my 8,8. It was a hard fight with Stojan Vidakovic from Slovenia and Vladan Desnica from Croatia. Both had excellent starts. I could win 3 races and took 4 times the second position. The other 3 results were discards. In the end it was a relatively clear victory, which made me super stoked. I´m really happy to finish the racing season with this results and, that I started with the Formula discipline in the end of the year, which is definitely another thrilling variation in the sport of windsurfing.”

The winners of the Hallowind 2009

Result Slalom:

1. Chris Pressler (AUT-226)
2. Vladan Desnica (CRO-5)
3. Zdravko Cerovac (CRO-6)
4. Stojan Vidakovic (SLO-5)
5. Mladen Belamaric (CRO-4)

Result Formula:

1. Stojan Vidakovic (SLO-5)
2. Chris Pressler (AUT-226)
3. Enrico Marotti (CRO-401)
4. Peter Pfaffenbichler (AUT-84)
5. Ante Berlengi (CRO-96)


SOURCE: Continent Seven