- 26 June 2009 | Windsurfing
The Canary Islands events are one of the most eagerly anticipated legs of the PWA World Tour; offering a fantastic combination of challenging, extreme and spectacular windsurfing. The variety of the conditions coupled with the consistency of the trade winds has made this Hispanic hideaway a world famous Mecca for windsurfing, and an integral part of the Tour.
Lanzarote has, in the past, played host to a variety of disciplines, however this year it returns as the first leg of the highly competitive PWA Freestyle circuit. Between the 30th June and 4th of July, the fleet heads back to Costa Teguise on Lanzarote’s Eastern coast - a perfect arena for the explosive amalgamation of wave and freestyle action. This exposed sailing ground throws together a wonderful opportunity for Windsurfing’s elite, thanks to the combination of powerful swells, relentless wind, and flat water. These conditions are the strong foundations upon which freestyle has been built and has flourished, allowing sailors to mix breathtaking, aerial skill and complex, planing manoeuvrability into their repertoires.
Freestyle has had the greatest influence on modern windsurfing of all the disciplines, attracting a multitude of young, talented and inventive sailors, and offering them the chance to put their mark on the history of the Tour. The most recent moves have crossed the line between the traditional classification of ‘wave’ and ‘freestyle’ tricks, and as such, the sport has been taken in a new direction by the younger generation.
- 26 June 2009 | Windsurfing
Frederico La Croce (Naish) and Mattia Pedrani have won ex aequo the 2009 Shaka Bump & Jump.
The event was held in the Speedy’s wave at Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy.
It was the third edition of Shaka Bump & Jump.
- 25 June 2009 | Windsurfing
One of the world’s most fabled windsurfing events is the 25-year old Highland Springs HIHO, a eight-day adventure and stage race that visits all seven islands in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands. The 2009 event, set for June 28-July 5, starts and finishes on Tortola. The 25th Anniversary event was formally announced just over a month ago, and already features 52 entrants from over 14 countries.
"The response already has been fantastic," said Andy Morrell, who won the event in 1986 and resurrected in through his company Ocean Promotions in 1993. "This is one of the most unique events in windsurging for a lot reasons, not the least of which is its growingly international field of entrants."
Starting at Tortola, the “new” HIHO sprints up to the top of the BVIs, and spend the last few days coming back downwind. Along the way it covers and stops at Anegada, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke and Little Thatch, and features world class sailing and boarding, parties at every stop including a special lunch on Sir Richard Branson’s Private Island. A fleet of skippered catamarans serves as mobile homes for the racers and all entrants, kit stores, taxis, lifeboats and race monitors.