- 17 August 2009 | Windsurfing
In the weekend of 22 & 23 August 2009 Project44 organises the 6th edition of The Mission, one of the biggest amateur windsurf events in the world, held at the Kabbelaarsbank, at Sail and Surf Centre Brouwersdam, the Netherlands.
The event is open for all ages and will be held with the Olympic spirit in mind: participating is more important than winning.
The course sailed is a downwind slalom format, the rules are easy: just go for it, jibe and get your way to the finish line! For non-participants the event will certainly also be interesting: during the whole weekend the brand new 2010 windsurf equipment of Fanatic, F2 , MauiSails, Choco Fins and ION will be available for testing and teamriders will be on site to answer all questions about the new gear.
The event will be attended by many professional windsurfers amongst whom Laure Treboux, Tonky Frans, European Champions Steven van Broeckhoven and Andre Paskowski, Peter Volwater, F2 Shaper Dani Aeberli, and others). Of course national top riders from Holland and Belgium will attend to.
In the Battle of Giants the pro’s will show all the latest moves. For this edition of The Mission the jump competition is there again, where the riders will use The Red Bull ramp to make huge jumps. Who jumps the highest, who makes the best move, who crashes his entire windsurf kit? The first day of the event will be finished off in style with a BBQ and a big party. The next day it is back to business with another series of racing, battles and ramp action.
- 16 August 2009 | Windsurfing
Its party time, Turkey style, as the Pegasus Airlines World Cup draws to an exciting climax. Antoine Albeau and Valerie Ghibaudo predictably take the titles.
It was a long and hot day in Alaçati, as the competitors sweated it out on the beach, nervously waiting as the wind hovered around the minimum. With 5-15kts on the course, light wind patches were making life exceptionally difficult for race director Juan Antonio. Eventually at 16.30 he was forced to admit defeat and the show was finally over.
However on the beach, a huge crowd had gathered, the carnival atmosphere aided by the free flowing supply of Fosters beer. The obviously decision for the organization was to run a fun event, so the top 8 men were called forth once again for an encore.
The format was simple. A beach start in front of the growing audience, up to the first outside gybe mark, before continuing around the 4-buoy slalom course to finish back on the beach.
Allen proved he continues to be a powerful force in the lighter airs by dominating from start to finish. Behind Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde) and Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) scrapped for second, but for a change it was Albeau that came out the loser, taking third place.
- 14 August 2009 | Windsurfing
The majestic sun rose slowly over the Cezmi Peninsular, casting its warm glow upon the glassy waters of the Alaçati bay; Just another perfect morning in the paradise of Turkey.
Just one important difference to every other day however: No wind.
With local predictions varying all hope hung on a late thermal wind kicking in after lunch. As the day wore on however, expectations dropped and slowly the reality of the situation hit.
However the day was saved with the introduction of the ROZI LADIES CUP. A team challenge generously organized by event partner, Rozi. Team Turkey versus team France versus the World team, in a relay battle in front of an enthusiastic and energetic crowd.
Team Turkey consisted of their finest athletes. Çagla Kubat (Starboard/North Sails), Lena Erdil (Starboard/The Loft) and Melek Toraman (Starboard/North Sails).
Team France included event leader Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft), Alice Arutkin (Starboard/North Sails) and Marion Raïsi (Naish/Naish).
The World Team incorporated three of the event top four, with Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde), Sarah Hebert (Starboard/Naish) and Karin Jaggi (F2/Severne) making up the seemingly invincible dream team.