- 04 March 2009 | Windsurfing
More than 30 participated in the 27th Micronesian Open Windsurfing Cup held over the weekend on the shores of Micro Beach.
Windsurfers, who mostly came from Japan, were divided into four divisions, namely the men's open, masters, women's open, and beginners. A fun race featuring selected participants from the four divisions was added into the two-day event.
Hideaki Otake bested 18 other participants in the men's open division after collecting 8.9 points in nine heats.
Otake received a wooden plaque and a windsurfing board during the awards ceremony held Sunday night at Kili Café at Hyatt Regency Saipan.
Also receiving wooden plaques were runner-up Masataka Hattatori and third placer Daisuke Inaba.
Masataka earned 10.2 points and besides the wooden plaque, he also took home a set of windsurfing sails. Inaba settled for third and a harness after scoring 16.8 points.
The Top 10 finishers in the men's open also received prizes from tournament organizer Seawind Marine Sports. The list included Kazuo Oura, Shinya Anami, Pacific Islands Club's Sergei Bargamotos, Naohiro Oota, 12-year-old Kensuke Kaku, Hiroshi Tajima, and Yoshiaki Udagawa.
Masao Hirota ruled the masters division and the fun race. He netted 13.9 points in nine heats to beat eight other participants.
Joining Hirota in the Top 3 in the masters division were Hideo Yamazaki (22.4), and Mamoru Mouri (27.4). Others who competed in the masters were Yutaka Kuboto, Kenji Hayakawa, Nobru Iisuka, Ryo Okawa, Saburo Aoki, and Shigeru Tomita.
In the fun race, completing the Top 3 were Wada and Mouri. Six others joined the side event. They were Mouri, Oura, Udagawa, Tonegawa, Otake, Oota, and Iizuka.
- 04 March 2009 | Windsurfing
We were expecting some action around Corralejo today, but the wind finally has decided to switch from NNW to North direction, that means a bit better around Cotillo's area.
As waves started to build up slowly after lunch time, it's been a warm-up for all the riders as local Jaume Coll started to catch some logo high sets in Puertito, in cross onshore moderate breeze...
Mostly all the guys then jumped in the water to test their skills on a wave they gonna ride on the next days, as the forecast still announces NNE winds with a bigger swell. Unfortunately today, the swell dropped down too quickly. Anyway, all of us feel pretty confident for the next 3 days...
- 03 March 2009 | Windsurfing
Today was a strange day with wind changing direction since early morning, not much swell and a bit of rainshowers.
At 2pm, all the teams were here in El Cotillo for a security briefing done by the Syrcanarias rescue staff.
The riders have been pretty attentive because we expect some big waves on friday and if action happens around Puertito, we all must be really attentive about security rules and know how a rescue can be operated with a Jetski with a "slide" (platform boogie).
Some riders then went around Puertito, just for cruising and to see how the spot looked like as there was some North wind in the area. The wind was well oriented and the swell was picking up, but not enough to allow a cool session. Furthermore, rainshowers arrived on the spot.
A small group finally went surfing in the waves of Cotillo's beach till the end of afternoon.