Bjorn Dunkerbeck: tasting the first winning cookie

Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Karin Jaggi have claimed the 2012 PWA Reggio Calabria, in Italy. The first Slalom windsurfing event of the season delivered enough wind to allow the conclusion of the men’s first elimination and the completion of the women’s second elimination.


Rewardingly the winners’ final would prove to be the best heat of the day, in what was an extremely close fought encounter. From the start line, it was Jimmy Diaz, Costa Hoevel and Antoine Albeau who led from the rest of the pack.

Even though Dunkerbeck didn’t get off to the best start he was quickly in hot pursuit of the top three sailors, as he once again demonstrated his blistering top speed and faultless gybes, to put himself right in contention.

The final saw history repeat itself, just as in Vietnam last year, the race for the finish line would involve Dunkerbeck and Costa Hoevel. In Vietnam Dunkerbeck beat Costa Hoevel by a matter of inches to claim the event win in the final race, and the same happened again today.

The super calm Dunkerbeck kept his cool under severe pressure and in doing so created a strong start to the defense of his title. Costa Hoevel led from start to within feet of the finish until Dunkerbeck just edged ahead to leave him in second.

Meanwhile the big Frenchman Antoine Albeau had to settle for third place not managing to take any real distance from the two front runners.

In the Women's final and after dominating yesterday proceedings Jaggi was in confident mood, especially after winning her semi-final today as well. But Jaggi was up against a super motivated Arrighetti who was keen to make a mends after previously missing out on the winners final.

Jaggi and Arrighetti were very close in the last heat, and the final proved no different as they both got off to fantastic starts. Arrighetti was sailing flawlessly, both in a straight line and through the corners.

On this occasion Arrighetti proved too much for Jaggi, and the evidently delighted French woman came out on top. Linares sailed a much stronger final this time around managing a third place finish in her inaugural PWA event on home soil, whilst fourth went to Cousin.

Men’s Slalom:

1st Bjorn Dunkerbeck
2nd Gonzalo Costa Hoevel
3rd Antoine Albeau
4th Peter Volwater
5th Jimmy Diaz

Women’s Slalom:

1st Karin Jaggi
2nd Lena Erdil
3rd Valeria Arrighetti
4th Alice Arutkin
5th Laura Linares