2009 PWA Gran Canaria 

Pozo Izquierdo has provided yet another astonishing day of competition where both the men’s and women’s wave fleets have been whittled down to the final few. As we approach the ultimate heats of the single elimination, last year’s winners will need to battle fiercely against empowered locals and bitter rivals to retain their position at the top.

The day’s action reached its pinnacle as the competition progressed to the men’s top sixteen. Phillip Köster (Starboard/NeilPryde/Dakine) has taken the world by storm with his recent success, and he sailed brilliantly today, disposing of Kevin Mevissen (Tabou) and current PWA wave leader, Josh Angulo (Angulo/MauiSails/Dakine), on his way through the rounds. His massive jumps and incredible technical ability on the wave have boosted him through to the top eight.

Meeting Köster in the next round is the astonishingly talented Ricardo Campello (JP/NeilPryde/MFC), who has also stunned the crowd here. The ex-freestyle World Champion has converted to the wave discipline quickly and seamlessly, and is without doubt the most exciting competitor out on the water. His huge double forwards, tweaked pushloops and radical wave riding comfortably saw him past Omar Sanchez (RRD/RRD) and Ross Williams (Tabou/Gaastra), leaving him with a shot at a podium finish.

If past events at Pozo have taught the sailors anything, it is never to underestimate the power of local knowledge, as successes by Dario Ojeda (Simmer Style/MFC/Mormaii/Dakine) and Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic/Simmer Style/MFC) have proven.

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2009 PWA Gran Canaria 

The first round of the men’s single elimination wave event has begun, with eight heats completed on a rising tide. After a busy registration morning, competitors were given the chance to perform on one the world’s most impressive stages, where ballistic winds tore through the wings once again.

Pozo Izquierdo has positioned itself as one of the highlights of the PWA World tour, thanks to a combination of gale-force winds and rolling swells. The volcanic beach curves around Gran Canaria’s barren shoreline like an Ancient Roman amphitheatre, enveloping the competitors in an atmospheric and testing surrounding.

The conditions today were no exception. The PWA elite were welcomed to this familiar showground by 40-knot gusts that dared them to the water, and after the morning’s unavoidable administration, competition began on schedule at 1400 sharp.

These early rounds proved successful for the local entrants, as they cruised through their heats. Notable performances by Marcos Perez (Exocet/Gun Sails), Ludovic Jossin (F2/The Loft) and Eleazar Alonso were enough to see them through to the more competitive and highly charged second round.

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Hayling Island 

This years National Windsurfing Festival will take place at Hayling Island 5-6 Sept 2009. 

Yes, this was the former Fat Face National Windsurfing Festival which has been so successful over the last 3 years. We are extremely grateful of their valued support to the event over the years. 

So what has changed, well not a lot really the event organiser is still Allan Cross with the valued support of the windsurfing industry with the sole aim to deliver yet another awesome event for the windsurfing general public.

As we know this is the people’s windsurfing festival being the only event which is geared solely toward the free-ride sailor!  So get it in your diaries.

Our Mission: “To deliver a non intimidating, fun windsurfing festival with great atmosphere and caters for all abilities of sailors”

The event website will be live in the next few weeks, where you will find all the information regarding the event, with online entry option.  As entry will be on a first come first served basis, limited entrants of 350 competitors in total.

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