2009 Sao Paulo Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix

Day 2 of the 2009 Sao Paulo Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix began with a mega thunderstorm, lashings of rain, followed by a strong easterly wind gusting 30>35 knots!

By the time the skippers meeting took place the wind had dropped to almost nothing - the calm after the storm. After a short delay the wind appeared to be increasing again from the east and the sailors were called out to the starting area - north of the launching beach.

It did not look promising - and the race officer sent the fleet back to the beach. Almost immeadiatelty sailors were planing back to the beach - but on a wind coming from the south.!

The wind continued to build and it stayed with us - a sunny and windy afternoon. The course was reset and this time it was a reach out to the start. The course was parrallel to the beach, making easy viewing - and 4 good races were completed in near perfect conditions.

With two bullets and a second place each Alberto Menegatti (ITA4 ) and Ross Williams (GBR83) tied on 4 points after 4 races and one discard - but Ross emerged on top with the better discarded race.

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Josh Angulo

Josh Angulo (Angulo, MauiSails, DaKine), who has just clinched the 2009 PWA wave title, is running a series of wave sailing clinics this winter on his home island of Sal, Cape Verde. 

There is no person on the planet who is better qualified to be your instructor and guide in Cape Verde. Josh needs no introduction. He is one of the names engrained into the history of our sport through his tremendous talent and passion. Josh has made Sal his home for years and has an intimate knowledge of the island and its secrets. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to train with the elite at the best winter wavesailing spot in the world.

A clinic will give you 6 days of group, individual and video coaching with Josh for 5 hours per day. Josh and his team will take you, your kit and your lunch to the best locations on the island according to the daily conditions and the requirements of the group.

The skills covered will depend on individual requirements and level. But considering you will be learning from the best, expect tuition on bottom turns, top turns, aerials, and more advanced wave moves. You never know, you may be charging hard and pulling off slick one handed aerials 'a la' Josh once he's finished with you!

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Saipan

The 8th Annual Marianas Windsurfing Cup will set sail on Nov. 7 and 8 in the waters off Hyatt Regency Saipan in Garapan.

Made possible through the efforts of Windsurfing Saipan, Inc. and the Marianas Visitors Authority, the competition will pit hometown enthusiasts against competitors from Guam, Japan, and beyond.

This year's event will also be featured in HI-WIND magazine of Japan, the most widely read publication for windsurfing and active sports enthusiasts in Japan. The monthly publication also promotes destinations with ideal windsurfing conditions.

“As part of our mandate to promote the Northern Marianas to the traveling public, our sponsorship of this event helps our destination stand out as a premier sports paradise to potential visitors,” said MVA managing director Perry Tenorio. “In particular, the large readership audience provided by HI-WIND magazine offers an opportunity to publicize our islands' marine sports activities.”

The competition will be held from 10am to 5pm daily off the white sand beach of Hyatt Regency Saipan, located in the heart of Saipan's tourist district.

The annual Marianas Windsurfing Cup consists of three categories-the Men's Open, Men's Masters (over 50 years old), and the Women's Open.

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