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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Sebastian Kornum 

Sebastian Kornum of Denmark became the youngest winner ever in the 25 times the race has been contested in the waters off the British Virgin Islands today. The 17-year old U17 World Champion won both the morning race and the afternoon race of Sandy Cay to finish the event with four straight stage victories in one of the more impressive HIHO victories in recent years.

“I didn’t make any mistakes today,” said Kornum, who noted that he checked the course in the early morning before the race to set his strategy. His father Torben, also a contender this week, said “ sailing in 14 knots of wind around this tricky island made for interesting racing, very technical and exciting. Sebastian just tacks and jibes faster than the rest of us, and is very sure of how he wants to attack the course. I can guaranty I did everything I could to catch him, but I’m also very proud of him.”

The pro tour veteran came in second twice today, and finished second in all four of the races Sebastian won, and finished third overall in the Open Division.

Ricardy Maricel of St. Martin had won the first two legs and hung on to his overall lead until today, but had to beat Sebastian at least once to have a shot to hang on. Maricel was competing in his ninth Highland Spring HIHO and, despite also showing strong form in previous events, has yet to win the event.

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