- 02 August 2009 | Windsurfing
After a day full of expectations, the two best freestylers in the world have held firm in Fuerteventura. Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic/North Sails/MFC) and Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde) punched the sky as they were officially announced as the event’s winners at the packed beach. The wind, once again, refused to blow enough to run a contest.
As well as the event title, the most highly acclaimed award in women’s windsurfing went to Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde), who was crowned the 2009 PWA Women’s Freestyle World Champion for the second year in succession. This incredible achievement is made even more unbelievable when we consider the extent to which she has taken the world by storm since her debut last year: the style-mistress from Aruba has not lost a heat in two years.
Yesterday, the kind words by Nayra Alonso (Fanatic/Severne/MFC) neatly summarized her astonishing abilities. Offringa was described as an untouchable, and the sort of talent that only comes around in sport on a very few occasions. To add to this already glowing report, she is also a wonderful person, always humble, always full of praise for her opponents, and always incredibly modest.
- 31 July 2009 | Windsurfing
The Pro Center Chris Schill at the beautiful island of Karpathos in Greece prepares for five days of spectacular action.
The creme de la creme of Speed Windsurfing has arrived to battle for the 2009 world championship title of the International Speed Windsurfing Class.
The likes of defending World Champion Antoine Albeau (FRA) as well as last years winners Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, Starboard, Severne) and Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) are already training in app. 40 knots of wind and get used to the course.
The Greek Open Championship, which ended yesterday, produced already speeds of more than 42 knots, so there is hope to beat last years spot set by Antoine Albeau with more than 43 knots.
- 31 July 2009 | Windsurfing
The Tiree Wave Classic (TWC), UK’s premier windsurfing competition, will return to Tiree from 10 – 16 October. The TWC was set up in 1986 and, due to its long-standing success, was upgraded to World Cup level in 2007. The event has dedicated worldwide TV coverage and attracts hundreds of visitors to the island each year, making the TWC the island’s biggest annual economic driver.
At the 6-day event, extreme adrenaline fuelled action is guaranteed as some of the world's best windsurfers come together to brave the full Atlantic furies of wind and waves off this remote and exposed island to compete in freestyle, wave jumping and supercross.
Tiree is the most westerly island of the Inner Hebrides and the event has helped boost tourism throughout the west of Scotland enormously. The Isle enjoys a mild climate and claims the most sunshine hours in the British Isles, as well as the highest average wind speed. Exposed to powerful North Atlantic swell, extreme winds and breathtaking white sandy beaches, Tiree will offer the mobile event a vast range of conditions to determine a worthy winner.