- 24 September 2009 | Windsurfing
From September 25th through to October 4th the Worlds best wave sailors, freestylers, and slalom sailors will battle it out for their final end of year rankings, and a share of the €105,000 prize purse at the prestigious German windsurfing location on Brandenburger Strand. Not only will they be earning points, but the wave sailors and freestylers will also be gunning for the most coveted prize of all, the PWA World Championship titles!
Sylt has played host to the World Tour for more than 25 years now, so a win here will mean the rider gets their name inscribed in the history books along side windsurfing legends such as Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, Severne), Robby Naish (Naish), and Jutta Muller.
For the third year in a row, the slalom-racing superstar Antoine Albeau (JP, NeilPryde) has taken the World Title with an event to spare. Albeau has performed outstandingly throughout the year taking 5 victories back to back from Ulsan to Alacati. However, rest assured he’s still going to make the journey to Sylt and compete none the less to affirm his dominance. The rest of the podium is left relatively open with Finian Maynard (RRD, NeilPryde), Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Da Kine), Micah Buzianis (JP, NeilPryde), Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, Severne) and Ross Williams (Tabou, Gaastra) all capable of standing tall next to Antoine in the overall rankings, but also more than capable of taking the event win if everything goes their way. With this in mind, be sure to follow the action live. Even though Albeau has the overall title, it doesn’t mean he’s got the final event in the bag!
The freestyle tour also reaches its conclusion in Sylt, and the main players will all be on the water busting out their best tricks in an effort to claim event victory and the overall title. Last years PWA Freestyle World Champion Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North) has been the most consistent sailor so far this year, claiming event victories at both of the previous stops of the tour in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Although he currently leads the rankings, it doesn’t mean that he’s claimed the overall title for a second year running just yet. Hot on his heels – and all on equal points behind Estredo – are, the youngster from Bonaire Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra), fluid freestyler Everon ‘Tonky’ Frans (F2, Gaastra), and 2007 PWA Freestyle World Champion Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Fanatic, North, MFC). This is set to be a showdown not to be missed, expect powerful moves and mind-blowing action.
- 21 September 2009 | Windsurfing
After the midday skippers meeting every competitor was presented with a commemorative plate from the Mayor of Santa Pola and the Consellera de Deportes.
Then there was a tense few hours as the wind kept coming and going and changing direction until finally "the wind has stabilised - 11 to 13 knots has just been recorded at the windward mark; 9 to 10 knots at the start; 6 knots at finish. We could be racing soon!"
But 15 minutes later, "the wind is playing games with us - just when it seemed to be stabilising - a wind shift." The tension was almost unbearable!
Eventually at 15.40, the last possible chance for a final race in this championship with 12-15 knots on the course, the warning signal was given for race 12 for the men, then 15 minutes later the warning signal for the ladies' race 12. Both clean starts.
With a finishing order of GBR 83, ISR 1, ESP 7, POL 126, AUS 0 . . . was this enough for AUS 0 to clinch the championship? Where was POL 10? This race was to be one of Wojtek's discards! Steve Allen took the FW World Championship title with a final total of 26 points over Wojtek Brzozowski's 29.5 points and fellow countryman Przemkek Miarczynski POL 126 took third place with 32 points.
And in the women's fleet, could Allison make this an Aussie double? Alas, she came third after Marta took the bullet and Agnieszka Pietrasik came second. The final result couldn't have been closer - equal points, both on 13 - but Marta Hlavaty POL 111 takes the title of Formula Windsurfing Women's World Champion 2009. Allison Shreeve AUS 911 is second and Morane Demont FRA 59 a well deserved third place.
- 19 September 2009 | Windsurfing
In partnership with 'Windsurfing MMX', NeilPryde bring you an exclusive demo windsurfing game where you can test out the 2010 Fly from the comfort of your own living room!
This realistic 3 dimensional real time simulation of windsurfing enables you to do jumps and moves that you never imagined yourself ever doing before.
Not only will you be throwing goiters like Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, MFC), but you’ll also be able to perfect other moves such as table-tops, gybes, and loops. And all of this in varying sea states and different wind strengths.