Jules Denel

Jules Denel is the latest addition to the Exocet international windsurf team. Exocet have signed several new riders over the winter period, though Denel is far and away the youngest signing at just 18 years old.

It seems fitting that the French board manufacturer have turned to their own shores to snap up their new young gun, who already has a solid reputation on the French national circuit.

Having already dominated the youth scene, winning both the French youth wave and slalom titles, Denel is looking to turn his focus to the international stage, and more specifically the PWA World Tour. He gained his first taste of the highly competitive PWA circuit in 2008, notably placing 29th in the Cabo Verde World Cup.

Pledging his next 10 years to windsurf competition, this future talent looks to have all the ingredients to make a major impact on the PWA World Tour. We wish him the best of luck in 2009.

Jules Denel is sponsored by Exocet Boards.

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Cabo Verde 2009 wildcards announced 

The 2009 Cabo Verde PWA World Cup event organizer, Cabo Verde Investments along with their local advisor, Josh Angulo, have come to decisions on who will receive the organizer wildcards.

Three of the four wildcards have gone to local hotshots Mitu Monteiro, Djo Silva and Titik Lopes with the last remaining slot being given to windsurfing legend Francisco Goya.

Event spokesman Josh Angulo commented on the choice “Seeing all the requests for wildcards coming in from abroad both to the organizers and the PWA, I certainly wouldn’t want to be in the position of the PWA board members in having to choose the 4 remaining slots.

On our side the decision was relatively easy as Djo, Mitu and Titik are the 3 hottest local guys and we by all means will continue to invest in and push our local youth.

The decision to issue Francisco a wildcard was also an easy choice. Francisco, a World Champion, proven Ponta Preta ripper and windsurf legend, he was the first international sailor on our wildcard list and as a country and event we await his presence and look forward to him once again bringing his incomparable style to Ponta Preta….. Welcome Francisco !”

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2009 Langebaan Downwind Dash

The world’s biggest kite and windsurf race! Main Beach Langebaan was a kaleidoscope of colour and activity yesterday, as it played host to the world’s biggest kitesurfing and windsurfing race – the Resolution Downwind Dash in conjunction with the Saldanha Beach Sailing Club and Gust Magazine. The small town’s lagoon was lit up with a splendor of kites and sails, as a record 320 sailors sped their way from Langebaan Main Beach through the 20 kilometer course to the finish at Dial rock, Saldanha.

The event, now in its 24th year, has grown from strength to strength each year leading it to be the biggest mixed race in the world. Event originator and race Director, Malcolm McGregor had no idea that what was once a couple of mates racing each other for a couple of beers would turn into a world class event. The event is now sanctioned by both the International Windsurfing Association (IWA) and the International Kitesurfing Association (IKA) and points count towards the world slalom series.

Resolution proudly joined the event, along with support from Redbull and Voila Travel there was a handsome prize purse of R70 000 in cash and travel vouchers. With the points and great prizes available, the event drew the attention of some of the worlds best sailors such as five times world freestyle champion Aaron Hadlow (UK), Sebastien Cattelan (FRA) – first sailor to ever break the 50knot barrier, Alex Caizergues (FRA) – outright world speed record holder, Sjoukje Bredenkamp (RSA) – outright women world speed record holder, world champion slalom windsurfer Ross Williams (UK), and Ben Moussilmani. There were a host of international riders and a whole spread between professionals, families, amateurs, girls, guys, kids and characters like pirates and team Primi Piatti.

Everybody finished with smiles on their faces and the personal battles that went on amongst friends to see who would make it to the end first was enjoyed by all.

Malcolm McGregor, the race director, would like to thank all participants be they competitors, officials, rescue crew, sponsors and spectators for their support of the event.

Participants enjoyed the evening at the Club Mykonos marina terrace with a fish braai and live entertainment from Nungarin and Shy Guevaras. Special thanks to Resolution for making the event possible, to Malcolm and the Saldanha Beach Sailing Club, Red Bull, Hunters and the rest of the sponsors.

RESULTS:
1 Williams Ross 
2 Benoit Moussilmani 
3 Greg Thijsse 
4 Alex Caizerguerus 
5 Klaas Voget 
6 Seb Cattalan 
7 Steven Rhodes 
8 A. Carl 
9 Andy Lanfer 
10 Wayne Louw 
11 Eli Zarke 
12 M. Derman 
13 Colin Heckroodt 
14 Luke Gillewie 
15 N Zwager 
16 Ben Van Der Steen 
17 Mike Nothnagel 
18 James Busse 
19 Martin Prest 
20 P. Goeschl 
21 Andre Myberg 
22 Aaron Hadlow 
23 Hennie Bredenkamp 
24 Jason Fornes 
25 Jandre Fraser 
26 Anthony Berzak 
27 Jake Scrae 
28 Hugo Stoltenborg 
29 Tiaan Van Niekerk 
30 Herve Rousseau 

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