Steven van Broeckhoven

There was big excitement about the final of the double elimination in the air the morning of day 2 of the EFPT finale 2009.

The green flag went up for heat nr. 35 Steven van Broeckhoven (F2) against Andre Paskowski (Fanatic/North Sails).

This heat was not only the final one of the first double elimination of the Prince of the Wind, it ment also a big step for the victory in the total season ranking. Both competitors had to pump hard to perform their moves.

It was maybe Andre`s busy season - he was managing his video project „Four Dimensions“ plus doing all PWA freestyle and EFPT events - that made him not pumping as hard as Steven. The wind was to insufficient during the extended heat so Race director Tom Hartmann canceled the heat and the competition was on stand by, which boosted the tension sky high.

The wind conditions were not competition suitable but in the gusts ok for sailsaizes about 5,4sqm. Following this situation the organisation put another Supersession on the schedule. It was set for 30 minutes, all riders on the water the best move of each riders counts.

To accelerate the riders to a pleasant speed the Flisvos Sportclub crew provided a motor boot in the heat area. A switch Cachoo one handed from Davy Scheffers and a one handed Bob by Dieter van der Eyken (Starboard/Severne) placed the young kids ex aequo on third place. Edvan Souza de Pedro (RRD/Simmer Style) finished 2nd doing a one handed Shaka, and Steven van Broeckhoven (F2) won the Supersession at the Rip Curl Prince of the Wind with a Burner Diabolo.

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Wind Brasil 2009 has grown and now includes two Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix events. Ilhabela has been added to the world tour and precedes the tour finale in Fortaleza, in Ceara State.

Ilhabela, or Beautiful Island, on Ilha de Sao Sebastiao in the state of Sao Paulo, (see the interactive map from Expedia) certainly lives up to its name.  About 85% of the island's almost 350,000 square miles is within Ilhabela State Park, with further development not allowed. Most of the development is on the west coast facing the mainland, and the island's economy is based on tourism.

Fortaleza, meaning "fortress", is the state capital of Ceara.  Located in north-eastern Brasil, it can boast to have 25 km of urban beaches. The warm climate, warm ocean waters and sandy beaches, abundant and varied nightlife, ensures its status as a mecca for tourists. More importantly it is windy!
Sao Paulo FW Grand Prix - 21st-25th October

Fortaleza FW Grand Prix - 25th-29th November

If you are planning to stay in Brasil between events check out the calendar on ABWS  -

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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) is gearing up for the Dakine Weymouth Speed Week which commences on Saturday, 10th October.  With over 100 competitors the WPNSA team are set for a busy week.

The objective of Dakine Weymouth Speed Week is for competitors to sail as fast as they can over the 500m course and beat the world record, which stands at a current absolute speed of 51.36 knots l’Hydroptère, the French foiling trimaran in September 2009.

An interesting array of sailors from all over the globe will be competing at the event including Nick Dempsy, local windsurfer and Bronze Medallist, whose record breaking attempts will be closely watched.  The 2008 Dakine Weymouth Speed Week saw Anders Bringdal set a new harbour record by achieving a speed of 38.48 knots, a record which Anders will return to defend.

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