Ross Williams wins the 2009 Sao Paulo Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix

Another full days racing at the 2009 Sao Paulo Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix with 4 races completed on the final day, and a total of 12 races in the series. Ross Williams continued where he left off on day 4, with 2 wins to his name, to ensure top position on the podium.

However the first race of the day did not go according to plan - uncharacteristically Ross lost the early lead and the result was another fine win for Gabriel Browne (BRA50) - closely followed by DEN111 and BRA999 who were having a private battle to secure the final two positions on the podium.

Ross won races 10 and 11 - but both Jesper and Wilhelm slipped up race 11. A win for Willhelm in the final race meant he overhauled Jesper to finish the series in second place.

Full results and photos from the final day are available on both the formula and WindBrasil websites.

Result Summary:
1st - Ross Williams (GBR83) Gaastra/Tabou
2nd - Wilhelm Schurmann (BRA999) Starboard/Pryde
3rd - Jesper Vesterstrom (DEN111) Starboard/Pyde
4th - Alberto Menegatti (ITA4) Starboard /Simmer
5th - Paulo Dos Reis (BRA3333) - North

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European Surf Festival

The first time for the European Surf Festival Makkum from 09.10.-11.10.2009 was a very great success! 18 exhibitors were presenting the latest stuff over 3 days on the beach.

Not only the new equipment for 2010 was a reason to visit the festival but also to meet the World Champion Josh Angulo, Kauli Seadi or Klaas Voget.

11.000 visitors had a lot of fun and a good mood at all the event days.

On Saturday in the evening was the big and great premiere party of “Four Dimensions” in the big party tent with a big screen and about 700 windsurf-fans directly on the beach. 

On Sunday the weather was very nice with good wind conditions and nice sunshine - perfect for testing the ne stuff!

And also the F2 Speed Challenge was able to start. The fastest guy of the weekend was Otto de Jong with a topspeed of 68,86 km/h. Way slower, on the second place was Jan Willem Baan with 59,47 km/h. On third place Erik Loots with 57,27 km/h. The winner could happy about the first price - a F2-Missile sponsored by Open Ocean.

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Sao Paulo Grand Prix 2009

Thrills and spills on day 4 of the 2009 Sao Paulo Grand Prix on the beautiful tropical island of Ilhabela.

The first 2 races of the day seemed to follow the pattern of the previous day - with Ross Williams (GBR83 ) winning both races and extending his lead on his nearest rivals.

However Jesper Vesterstrom (DEN111) posted a 2nd and 3rd - which he followed up with 2 bullets in races 7 & 8 giving him the best results for any salior on the day.

Wilhelm Schurmann (BRA999) had put in another consisant performance - ensuring he moved up the overall rankings into 4th place.

However - it was not to be Alberto Menegatti's lucky day. Everything was ok until race 7 when Bambi got snarled up in the fishing lines, being cast from the back of boats fishing in the course area, resulting in a DNF!

His day got worse when just after the start of race 8 he was involved in a pile up - it looked bad , but it could have been a lot more serious! Pride and equipment was damaged - but no serious injury!

Most of the fleet started on port - an accident waiting to happen - and it was Alberto and Ross in the firing line. Both were disqualified after a protest hearing - resulting in Alberto relinquishing his overall second place to Jesper.

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