2009 Irish Slalom Series at Downings 

In the 26th Year of the competition over 130 competitors arrived on the beach of Sheephaven Bay to enjoy the fabulous conditions for safe sailing.

12 races were held over the 2 day event with a strong fleet of competitive sailors travelling from throughout Ireland, England and further a field.

This event is one of the best attended in the IWA calendar and included support from Tushingham Sails, IWA and Surfdoc.

Gold Fleet – competing in round 4 of the Irish Windsurfing Association Irish Slalom series

1st Overall Pierce Guiney – last years champion from Cork
2nd Overall Paul Simmons - England
3rd Overall Hannes Louet – Holland
1st Grand Master Chris Loughridge – Belfast
1st Lady Marie Buchanon – England
1st U20 boy Matthew McNutt – Downings
1st U20 girl Amy McBride – Downings
1st U17 Boy Joseph Fletcher – Belfast
1st U17 Girl Anna Bonnar – Downings
1st U14 boy John Fletcher – ( age 8 ) Belfast
1st U14 girl Rebecca Fletcher – Hillsborough

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2009 US Windsurfing National Championships 

Bruce Peterson is the new US Windsurfing National Champion.

The 2009 US Windsurfing National Championships & Techno 293 National Championships were held between July 23rd-26th in the Hood River.

These are the final results:

National Champion
Bruce Peterson

National Slalom Champion
Bruce Peterson

Slalom Men
First Place :: James Dinnis
Second Place :: Tyson Poor
Third Place :: Bryan Metcalf-Perez

Slalom Women
First Place :: Astrid Leitner
Second Place :: Shelley Gimbal
Third Place :: Farrah Hall

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Antoine Albeau wins the 2009 PWA Fuerteventura 

Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) has done it again, winning the 2009 Fuerteventura Slalom Event by a convincing margin. He now moves even clearer ahead of his competition in his quest for the PWA Overall Title. Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) and Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra/Dakine) complete the podium after fantastic performances.

A calm morning gave way to a gusty afternoon here on Sotavento beach today, as the PWA race crew tried to complete another round of slalom. After an epic display throughout the week, tensions were running high as sailors battled for their final rankings. Unfortunately, there was not enough wind to complete a round today, leaving yesterday’s results standing firm.

Winning the event after yet another world-class performance, the incredible Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) has proved to the world that he is the number one. After his fourth event win of the year, it is almost certain that this incredible athlete will win the 2009 PWA Overall World Title. Results such as these suggest that the Frenchman may have had it easy; but nothing could be further from the truth. Albeau has fought hard and dug deep for his victory here, and nothing can be taken away from his outstanding achievement. Congratulations Antoine.

Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) will be thrilled with his second place ranking, after a long, hard fight with Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra/Dakine). Maynard’s speed has never been in question – he is one of the sailors who never fails to impress, as he blasts off the start line into clear water, somehow controlling his equipment in the extreme conditions. However, his consistency has sometimes been overlooked, and has let him down in the past. It is clear that he has put this problem behind him, after a fantastic event boosts him to second overall in the World Rankings.

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