- 07 June 2011 | Windsurfing
Antoine Albeau has conquered the 2011 Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup, in Spain. The French windsurfer clinched the first victory of the year in outstanding slalom conditions.
The beautiful Bay of Roses was the perfect stage for the third round of the slalom world championships. Hammering winds meant massive action allowing 8 eliminations to take place.
Competition opened up straight away as the local Tramontana wind turned it on directly after registration. The race crew laid down an enormous four-gybe downwind course, to test the world’s best to the maximum.
Winds blowing 30 knots ensured 7 races could be completed in the first three days and a further elimination was spread out over the remainder of the event.
Battling through the high winds Antoine Albeau managed to secure himself a massive lead, taking the top position in the first four rounds. As the week progressed the conditions calmed allowing Bjorn Dunkerbeck to return to form, nabbing a pair of firsts of his own.
Not wanting to lose out on his event winner status Albeau put in a stunning performance, absolutely dominating the 7th race.
The conditions really backed off for elimination 8, spread over three days. It wasn’t until the closing hour of the competition that Catalunya provided winds strong enough to compete. With little to lose Albeau looked to be taking things easy.
"I am feeling good. This is the first event I have won this year. I did really well at the beginning winning four races in a row, and then a 2nd and 3rd. Today was hard so I didn’t want to push too much. Now I am feeling confident for the rest of the season", says Albeau.
Dunkerbeck came in second, enough to boost his ranking at this event and hold onto the series title. Special mention has to go to Alberto Menegatti for winning his first PWA race.
Race by race.
2011 Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup:
1st Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) 5.5
2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear) 21.4
3rd Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard /Loft / Mystic) 24.0
4th Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North) 32.0
5th Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) 34.0
Current overall standings:
1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne / Mystic / DunkerbeckEyewear)
2nd Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / North)
4th Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard /Loft / Mystic)
5th Peter Volwater (Fanatic / MauiSails)