Longboard Racing at Exmouth 

Wednesday 5th August was the sixth of eight race nights that have been planned by Waterfront Sports Exmouth.

Since the beginning of the year the race night has been gaining momentum and now regularly has over 15 competitors.

Our last race night was a huge success that saw Dave Hackford from Tushingham start the event with a very detailed talk about tactics and tuning, This was then followed by a number of practice starts to get the races in tune with how to start a race.

We then had 3 races around a pre planned course and finally ended up in the Beach Pub for a well deserved de brief.

The racing was very close considering the diverse range of kit and ability. The 14 sailors on the water were of all standards and that included an Olympic squad member from Holland ( who happened to be holidaying in Exmouth).

I would like to thank Dave for his help and all our racers for turning up and supporting our long board resurgence. It is fantastic to see young children from the local comprehensive getting involved and well done to Shane for making it around the course. We some how need to let more people know about the Long Board come back and get the children involved from an earlier age.

We have two more race nights and a marathon cruise planned please visit our website for more details.

Results Race 1                 Race 2       

1st  Mark Taylor               1st Pete Manfield
2nd Dave Hackford           2nd Mark Taylor
3rd Alex Burges               3rd Dave Hackford         
4th Pete Manfield            4th Alex Burges

Exmouth provides a super safe environment for all levels of racers. The club scene is growing and the fun is as much off the water as on the water.

2009 PWA Turkey in Alaçati 

Twenty to twenty five knot thermal winds here in Alaçati gave the race director the perfect chance to put the worlds best to the test. Three exciting races gave the results an interesting twist as the first discard came into play. In the men’s racing Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) has moved into pole position while yesterday’s winner Ross Williams (Tabou/Gaastra) had a disastrous day and dropped back to 13th overall. Former world champions Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/ Severne) and Micah Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde) have moved up into second and third respectively.

Taking maximum advantage of the discards was Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou/The Loft) who after a devastating start on day one regained control with three straight bullets. Coming into the event, only a major catastrophe could deny Valerie her first PWA World Title and she will certainly be sleeping easier tonight.

Valerie Ghibaudo, “Yesterday was a bad day for me, but today is my day here. I need to do well here to be World Champion and, if I can win, it is even better. I liked the conditions today and my gear was working well. I hope the wind stays the same all week, but it’s not over for sure.”

Karin Jaggi (F2/Severne) moved into second place but her body language and attitude demonstrated that hope was disappearing quickly for her chance to win back her PWA World Title.

Karin Jaggi. “I think it’s too late for the title. She has been going really well all year and has been super focused. My only chance now is for her to go over early in every round!”

Sarah Hebert (Starboard/Naish Sails) remained consistent and together with yesterdays top performance she holds onto the final podium position. However the standout performance was Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde). The freestyle World Champ showed all round skills to mix it with the best on the racecourse. Some costly errors throughout the day held her back, but a second place in race three proves she has what it takes to make the podium.

Local lady, Çagla “Miss Turkey” Kubat (Starboard/North Sails), had a impressive day too, making all three finals and moving into fifth overall, just one point behind the flying French girl Alice Arutkin (Starboard/ North Sails)

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Clayton Dougan in the Taranaki Wave Classic 

The Taranaki Wave Classic is New Zealand's premiere windsurfing event.

Held at 4 possible locations around the legendary coastline of the Taranaki peninsula, the Labour weekend event will sample some of New Zealand's best wind and wave conditions.

All skill levels are welcome with fun being the main focus, or you can come along, chill-out and watch the action.

Epic down the line wave sailing, barbies, and a few beers what more could anyone want. Maybe the chance to win a state of the art Carbonart Windsurf Board as well as sails, masts, booms and other wonderful prizes.

Total prize pool of over $7000 dollars.

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