Fuerteventura Wave Classic 2012: white water works

While Shannon Bohny and Amanda Beenen recover from their injuries, the fleet of the Fuerteventura Wave Classic 2012 headed to "Derecha", an alternative windsurf spot in which wind was howling from south easterly direction and the waves were breaking really close to the shore.


The organization decided to move to the crowded "Majanicho" spot for 30-minute heats, with five minutes of transition time and the best two waves counting. Heat 1 got judged by the riders of heat 3, heat 2 got judged by the riders of heat 4 and so on.

The competition started with the ladies heat and we saw intense wave rides of Iballa Ruano Moreno, who were on a 4,2 and her smallest waveboard with a twin fin setup. "I had one really good wave with an excellent Aerial off the lip. It was an ok day, as I had missed some big waves in my heat due to the fact that it was really crowded out there", she said after winning her heat.

Nicole Boronat was one of the Iballa's grand opponents. As a local, she knows the conditions at "Majanicho" very well, but felt really overpowered. The wind picked up in gusts over 30 knots and she had a very hard time in the extreme offshore conditions.

Men got into the water for heat 2: Dario Ojeda, Yannick Anton, Jules Denel and Stephane Etienne. It was tough, but Stephane Etienne made most out of the conditions and got the second highest score of the day, as he had two aerials off the lip on one wave and was able to ride the waves with a lot of drive.

Jules Denel and Yannick Anton came in second with equal points. Jules struggled with a lot of pain at his big toe and Yannick cut his foot pretty deep. Dario, the fourth one in this heat broke a boom, had to return to the shore, changed boom and sailed back out again.

Heat 3 - Tom Hartmann, Andrew Fawcett, Will Ward, Jose Romero - saw excellent conditions, but dropping wind. Ward took a lot of risk, didn't take care too much about the heavy Sunday traffic at the peak and took many waves. He had a lot of speed in his turns and got the highest score of the day, with 37 points.

In the last Heat 4 - Justin Denel, Federico Infantino, Francisco Casas Garcia, Alberto Ferroni - the wind dropped massively, but the young Italian sailor Infantino kept his nerves and took the victory. He is an extremely light sailor with around 60kg and is for the first time on Fuerteventura.

Results after first round of the FWC 2012:

1. Team 2: Nicole Boronat, Yannick Anton, Andrew Fawcett, Federico Infantino (6,7 points)
2. Team 1: Iballa Ruano Moreno, Dario Ojeda, Tom Hartmann, Justin Denel (8,7 Points)
2. Team 3: Fanny Aubet, Jules Denel, Will Ward, Francisco Casas Garcia (8,7 points)
4. Team 4: Amanda Beenen, Stephane Etienne, Jose Romero, Albert Ferroni (12,7 points)