Raceboard World Championship 2009 

The record entry of 114 surfers from 15 nations in the Raceboard World Championship 2009 sailed 12 races during the Championship.

“This is the biggest fleet in a World Championship of the Raceboard Class, we have seen for more than 20 years”, Murat Tueten from the German Windsurfing Association, who organised the event, raved.

It was a tight finish before the world title in the Raceboard class was decided on Saturday June 11, 2009.

Maksimilian Wojcik could defeat the German challenger Moritz Martin in a tight finish. Martin became second, followed by the Slovakian Patrik Pollack.

“In these very changing conditions only all-rounder like Martin or me could win the series and I am very happy about the title in the end”, said the 25 year old surfer from Poland.

“I was very nervous before the last races started and the pressure was enormous. It is my biggest success so far to win the championship after a world title in the youth class at the age of 16. I love the atmosphere in the Raceboard class, it is pure amateur sport and very different to the Olympic RS:X class in which I train as well”, raved the polish surfer, who started for the first time during the Warnemuende Week.

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2009 Latvian NeilPryde Baltic Cup 

2009 Latvian NeilPryde Baltic Cup event took place in Liepaja from June 27 to 28. Liepaja is located 220 km from Riga, Latvia's capital. Local musican have a popular song called; ''Liepaja - city where the wind is born!" For organizers, it was also was one of the reasons why regatta was choosen to be there, because Latvian west coast has the most possibility to have good wind conditions.

Other reason was good cooperation with local windsurfing club Rietumkrasts and its president Janis Jekabsons, who helped and succesfuly managed and judged not only this event, but 2009 European Raceboard and Techno 293 Championship earlier this month in Liepaja. Third, the racing area was in bay, called Karaosta(war port), historically built and used by Soviet army as navy base, before Latvia gained independence in 1991.

The bay inside the port is huge and can provide good flat water conditions in almost all wind conditions. At last, econo mical situation changed in Latvia lot comparing last year. From growing GDP in average 10% a year, starting 2000, this year is expected to have bigges fall in EU, close to 17%. Currently, Latvian goverment is asking for financial aid from EU and International Monetary Fund.

Therefore, comparing previous years all main Cup sponsors like Audi, Pernod Ricard and other companies were cutting they marketing budgets and they sponsorship was close to zero comparing previous years.

Nevetheless, the racing spirit was very high. 51 Formula sailors from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Russia took part in the event. Besides Formula class where results are counted to word ranking list, also Raceboard, Techno 293 and RSX classes were taking part. In two days, there were 9 races for Raceboard fleet and 4 races for Formula class.

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2009 PWA Gran Canaria 

Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) has returned to his full glory, after a superb day on the water puts him in the lead. Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra/Dakine) and Ross Williams (Tabou/Gaastra) did enough to win one round each, but a disqualification in the ultimate heat leaves Williams with work to do. Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard/North Sails) joins the push for the podium, while the pressure mounts after four harrowing rounds of slalom.

Competition entered the fourth day here at Pozo Izquierdo, and it was clear that under such extreme conditions, nothing should be taken for granted. The morning looked calm, but the soft breeze soon gave way to another gale-force showdown between the fastest windsurfers in the world.

Throughout the day, the massive Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) seemed to obtain strength from the mounting intensity of the wind, gaining speed and confidence with every knot that Mother Earth could generate. Albeau’s punishing board-speed gave him the advantage when at times only the tip of his fin remained in the water, as he charged down broad reaches like a raging bull, to win two finals. After yesterday’s hiccup, the French slalom master is firmly in the driving seat, leading the event by a comfortable margin.

Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra/Dakine) competed like a true champion today clinching one final from Albeau’s grasp in the ultimate round, and putting together a solid string of second and third places earlier on. These results have rocketed him up to second place overall, and in good contention for the top spot. To achieve such steady results requires an outstanding mind-set, as well as extraordinary physical skill, and Pritchard will be happy to be back to his winning-ways.

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