International Funboard Class 

The IFCA championship calendar for 2009 is complete. The final Notice of Race for this year's series of major championship events has been published today - the Junior, Youth & Master Slalom European Championship. This event takes place from 11th to 16th August at Schoenberger Strand, Kiel, Germany.

The IFCA management committee have focused on developing young talent in all disciplines, without conceding the importance of their showpiece championship, ie the Slalom World Championship.

Full details of all events can be found on the IFCA website - here are quick links to each event's NoR:

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2009 South American Windsurfing Championships

Weather forecast showed cloudy and light wind today, but in lake Potrerillos, any thing can happen. As we headed from Mendoza to lake Potrerillos, we could see no clouds which is a good sign. When we arrived, light winds started to build in from the correct direction, soon a 10 to 16 knot breeze filled in and everyone started to get ready.

Techno class and raceboard had their skippers meeting at 11am, one hour afterwards we had ours for Formula. The course was; start - upwind mark - downwind mark - upwind mark - and a small reach with a 2 jibe mark (slalom like) to the finish.
Most of the Formula sailors went out with 11s, the start line was set perfectly with good length as well for the the 50 formula sailors.

First start got under way around 1:40 pm and everyone on Starboard tack. Sergio Mehl ARG 21, Rodrigo Costa ARG 13 had a good start close to the pin end followed by Paulo dos Reis BRA 3333 and Mathias Pinheiro BRA 5, I (Wilhelm Schurmann) BRA999 started in the middle of the line with Carlos Issac BRA 768 and Gonzalo closer to the boat, these where the people I could Identify at the time of the start.

Going for the first upwind, everyone was close together, at the top mark I rounded in first with Paulao and Gonzalo just behind than came Carlos Issac, Sergio Mehl, Mathias Pinheiro, Rodrigo Costa and Mateus Issac BRA 767 who at the age of 15 surprised everyone with his speed here.

On the downwind, everyone jibed early, Gonzalo kept going to the other side which did not pay off, I rounded the bottom mark, followed by Paulo dos Reis and Gonzalo.

Going for the last upwind, we all came close to each other on the top mark, I rounded in first and maintained the lead on the small two jibe slalom course to the finish to take the bullet, Paulo dos Reis came second followed by Gonzalo, Mathias, Carlos Issac, Rodrigo Costa, Mateus Issac, Raul Saubidet, Marcus Murgio and Marcos Galvan closing the top 10.

Going back to shore I was impressed on how many people came to the lake to watch the event, the lake, which is actually a dam, serves water to the hole town of Mendoza, the water is so clean, that you can actually drink it, everyone does, the waters come from the Cordilheiras dos Andes, and we are just at the East side of it, on the west of it is Santigo Chile and the highest peak in between is the mountain of Aconcagua which is 6962 meters. This makes it not only the highest peak of the Andes and South America, but in fact the highest point outside of Asia.

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JP Young Guns Classic 

Following the resounding success of the 2008 YGC, which saw 55 Scandinavian young guns make the pilgrimage to Klitmøller in Denmark, the 2009 event aims to become an even bigger and better affair.

Taking place between the 11th to the 18th of October, the organisers are hoping for 80-100 young guns to attend the event, which has opened its doors to the international windsurfing community for 2009, allowing a global crowd of kids and their families to mix and mingle.

The aim of the YGC is for windsurfing’s youth to socialise and learn together, with the added option to compete in wave, freestyle and slalom contests over the week. The level of sailing covers everything from those wanting to get to grips with the harness, right through to looping and wave riding.

Also in attendance will be JP / NeilPryde team rider and 3 x World Wave Champion, Kauli Seadi, who’ll be on hand to offer tips, advice and clinics throughout the event.

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