- 17 September 2009 | Windsurfing
"We were unlucky not to get a third race today and validate the championship on the first day. However this was definitely a masterful display from reigning world champion, Wojtek Brzozowski, POL 10 - two bullets in convincing style. For sure he is not going to relinquish the title easily. In the women's fleet a win each for Marta Hlavaty (POL 111) and Allison Shreeve (AUS 911)."
The decision was made to race the men in one fleet but competitors and organisers at the 2009 FW Worlds in Santa Pola had to wait until after lunch for the wind to increase.
The finish was set very close to the spectator stand on the shoreline. Over-eager to get started, the first race started with a general recall - many sailors ignored the chase boats and sailed to the first mark!
However, a good clean start followed with 17 knots at the windward mark.
- 17 September 2009 | Windsurfing
We're happy to announce you the final results of this wave contest by teams in La Reunion after 3 epic days of hardcore wavesailing in powerful waves of Ravine Blanche, and 3 rounds completed.
From the start, the team of local Steven PICHOT showed a great potential in strong wind and massive waves. His partners Victor Fernandez and Julien Taboulet were on top in conditions they enjoy, while Colin Sifferlen surprised everybody with a fluid and fast efficient surfing style. The first points were scored by On day 1, Taboulet and Fernandez won their heat and scored the first points to this team... The day after, Fernandez striked again and win his heat, allowing his team to keep its advance. Finishing 1st of their heat on day 3, Taboulet again and Sifferlen brought the extra points that showed the great potential of this Reunion Wave Classic's "dream team" ! Pichot can be a happy guy. He has shared his spot with the best windsurfers of the World and wins this team contest alongside top names like Fernandez, Taboulet and Sifferlen.
1st - PICHOT/FERNANDEZ/TABOULET/SIFFERLEN. Total = 34 pts
2nd - VOGET/GODET/CASTE/JUBAN. Total = 31 pts
3rd - McKERCHER/ZABALA/MUSSOLINI/BRUCH. Total = 28,5 pts
4th- TRAVERSA/GOFFINET/CLANCY/VAN WOERKENS.Total = 26,5 pts
Voted by all the riders of this contest during the Closing Ceremony, Camille JUBAN has been crowned as the "best rider" of this 1st Reunion Wave Classic for his commitment & style in the big ones. Congratulations!
- 15 September 2009 | Windsurfing
This monday did not start good as we woke up this morning, thinking there would already be some wind, but it was completely glassy! Still some good lines outside predicted something could happened though. The wind came in lately and we finally moved to Ravine Blanche around 2pm.
Unfortunately, even if there were some pretty nice logo high waves, the wind was not strong enough to launch a 4th round.
Camille Juban, after he's been interviewed by local TV RFO, finally jumped in the water first but broke his mast outside without even having caught a wave! Straight after, as the wind started to pick up, Thomas Traversa could show his surfsailing skills in light wind conditions, but that was not enough to convince the riders to join as it was a bit messy and tricky to catch the sets.
We took advantage of this journey to make some portraits and pictures of the teams. The wind finally picked up around 16.30, with some crazy high mast sets coming in suddenly that allowed local Steven Pichot & Camille Juban to go for a late nice evening short session. It was unfortunately too late to launch the first heats.