- 17 September 2009 | Windsurfing
We're happy to announce you the final results of this wave contest by teams in La Reunion after 3 epic days of hardcore wavesailing in powerful waves of Ravine Blanche, and 3 rounds completed.
From the start, the team of local Steven PICHOT showed a great potential in strong wind and massive waves. His partners Victor Fernandez and Julien Taboulet were on top in conditions they enjoy, while Colin Sifferlen surprised everybody with a fluid and fast efficient surfing style. The first points were scored by On day 1, Taboulet and Fernandez won their heat and scored the first points to this team... The day after, Fernandez striked again and win his heat, allowing his team to keep its advance. Finishing 1st of their heat on day 3, Taboulet again and Sifferlen brought the extra points that showed the great potential of this Reunion Wave Classic's "dream team" ! Pichot can be a happy guy. He has shared his spot with the best windsurfers of the World and wins this team contest alongside top names like Fernandez, Taboulet and Sifferlen.
1st - PICHOT/FERNANDEZ/TABOULET/SIFFERLEN. Total = 34 pts
2nd - VOGET/GODET/CASTE/JUBAN. Total = 31 pts
3rd - McKERCHER/ZABALA/MUSSOLINI/BRUCH. Total = 28,5 pts
4th- TRAVERSA/GOFFINET/CLANCY/VAN WOERKENS.Total = 26,5 pts
Voted by all the riders of this contest during the Closing Ceremony, Camille JUBAN has been crowned as the "best rider" of this 1st Reunion Wave Classic for his commitment & style in the big ones. Congratulations!
- 15 September 2009 | Windsurfing
This monday did not start good as we woke up this morning, thinking there would already be some wind, but it was completely glassy! Still some good lines outside predicted something could happened though. The wind came in lately and we finally moved to Ravine Blanche around 2pm.
Unfortunately, even if there were some pretty nice logo high waves, the wind was not strong enough to launch a 4th round.
Camille Juban, after he's been interviewed by local TV RFO, finally jumped in the water first but broke his mast outside without even having caught a wave! Straight after, as the wind started to pick up, Thomas Traversa could show his surfsailing skills in light wind conditions, but that was not enough to convince the riders to join as it was a bit messy and tricky to catch the sets.
We took advantage of this journey to make some portraits and pictures of the teams. The wind finally picked up around 16.30, with some crazy high mast sets coming in suddenly that allowed local Steven Pichot & Camille Juban to go for a late nice evening short session. It was unfortunately too late to launch the first heats.
- 11 September 2009 | Windsurfing
Marina Alabau (ESP) adds the World gold to the European crown she won at Tel Aviv in June, while Nick Dempsey’s (GBR) victory helps sweeten the bitter disappointment of missing out on an Olympic podium spot in Beijing a year ago, and sees him become the first Brit to win an Olympic Class windsurfing world title in 18 years.
The women’s Medal Race was the first to get underway in ideal conditions at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on Thursday, with Alabau enjoying a 12 point buffer over her teammate Blanca Manchon (ESP) in silver heading into the final showdown.
Alabau remained in control, just as she has throughout the regatta, with a sixth place in the medal race more than enough to hand her gold, while Manchon finished fourth in the final 10-board race to make it a Spanish one-two in the women’s fleet.
“I’m super, super happy,” Alabau said.
“It was not such an easy week – I had to focus hard on the beginning of the week as I knew it would be more windy then which I had trained for so I had to do well early on.