Windsurfing Australia

The Formula Windsurfing Oceanic & Australian Championships kicked off today with ballistic winds and massive swells on one side of the course testing the 48 competitors from Australia and around the globe.

The first day of competition of the 2010 Formula Windsurfing Oceanic and Australian Championships got off to a ballistic start with high winds and large swells pelting the course for the entire day, bringing some exciting race action to Hawks Nest.

With important points for the Formula Windsurfing (FW) World Ranking up for grabs competitors were keen to get out on the water despite the 5m swell breaking in the channel entrance to Port Stephens, which was the starboard layline in to the first mark.

Top Brazilian sailor Wilhelm Schurmann (Starboard/Neilpryde) dominated the event taking three wins today from three starts enjoying the big swells and strong gusty winds. Schurmann is currently leading the event on 3 points.

With the wind moderating in the late afternoon for the final race from a solid 25 knots down to as low as 12 knots, international race director Tom Stephenson was able to get three clean races away despite the large swells on the course.

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UK National Windsurfing Week | Photo: Simon Crowthier

It’s ‘all systems go’ for National Windsurfing Week 2010. This year we are starting preparations much earlier and the initiative will be amply supported by the RYA and UK Windsurfing Press.

As before, our goal is to create a substantial list of windsurfing based events throughout the UK and to promote the fun of windsurfing to the general public.

With eleven months to go and five events already in the calendar, National Windsurfing Week 2010 is set to be bigger and better than before and we want everyone to get involved to make a difference.

The last two campaigns have included everything from free windsurfing taster sessions, to a premier big screen viewing of “The Windsurfing Movie” in Leicester Square, London. Meanwhile, Windsurfing 4 Cancer Research has raised thousands of pounds and encouraged mass participation by existing windsurfers.

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Irish Slalom Series

The final events of the 2010 Irish Slalom Series Calendar have been put in place.

Due to the current situation and the big “R” word we have kept the number of events to a minimum. We have also attempted to space the events out as much as possible. On this calendar you will see the return of some familiar locations. The first event of the season will take us North to the new venue of Newtownards, Co. Down.

Another new addition to the calendar is the moving of the Galway event back west to the legendary location of Roundstone.

The ISS rules and guidelines documents are currently being updated. A full set of 2010 rules will be released soon.

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