2008 ISWC World Cup

Cyril Moussilmani (FRA, Fanatic, North) and Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) take the victory of the 2008 ISWC World Cup Ranking. The final stage of the Production Speed World Cup 2008 was held in Dungarvan Bay, Waterford where the winners were announced on Saturday Dec 7, 2008.

After 12 events, three of them categorized as continental or world championship grade, the actual ISWC world ranking incorporates a total of 394 sailors from 22 nations, representing 3 continents.

With four events sailed, Cyril Moussilmani was able to defeat Ben van der Steen (NED) and reigning world champion Antoine Albeau (FRA, Starboard). In the ladies division, Valerie Ghibaudo discarded the last event of the season in Dungarvan and still took victory over Zara Davis (GBR) and Marion Raisi (FRA).

The ISWC world ranking is a "rolling ranking", which includes the results of every competitor in the past 12 month and reflects the current status of each sailor and brand. With more national events to be included to the world ranking in 2009, the challenge for the 2009 world cup title will become even more thrilling.

Several of the fastest men and women on water in the entire world converged on Dungarvan, County Waterford, since November 28, for the final stage of the World Production Speed Sailing Cup 2008.

Commenting on the event, Irish Speed sailing Vice Champion and event organiser Martin Waldron said, “Unfortunately the winds were unusually poor for the week of the competition so an official stage didn’t take place, but many of the sailors took to the Irish waters and had lots of fun enjoying their time in Ireland for the week.

We are however planning on hosting the World event in 2009 including the Kite Surfing World event again; as Dungarvan Harbour due to the sand spit and the lack of currents would be ranked in the top ten speed sailing venues in the world, so we are looking forward to planning the event for next year and hopefully we’ll get lots of wind!”

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PWA 2009

The PWA proudly releases the 2009 provisional World Tour calendar. With thirteen events pencilled into the schedule, all three disciplines look to have a healthy year of competition in the season that lies ahead.

Kick starting the 2009 season will be the third successive Cabo Verde men’s wave world cup (Feb 14 - Feb 21). Needing no introduction, this event sets the bar high, and the ball rolling for the 12 subsequent events.

The 2009 calendar includes two new locations, Madrid, Spain, and Reggio Calabria, Italy. Madrid returns to the PWA calendar after a lengthy break, to once again play host to windsurfing’s spectacular Indoor discipline.

Bolstering the ’09 event count, the brand new venue of Reggio Calabria will provide an additional stop for the racers in the latter half of the season.

Also changing for the coming season, Podersdorf, Austria will be switching disciplines from freestyle to racing.

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The Windsurfing Movie II 

After the phenomenal success of what has been dubbed windsurfing’s defining film, there has been great speculation about the possibility of a sequel to The Windsurfing Movie being produced.

However, rumour can be cast aside as word is now officially out. The Windsurfing Movie Two is going ahead. Fronted by the same award winning team from Poor Boyz Productions, the double act of cinematic masterminds, Jonny Decasare and Jace Panebianco have already set to work on TWM2.

Production started recently in Maui, with a forecasted release date being pencilled in for spring 2010. Though the finer details of the project are still to be confirmed, Quatro International have pledged their support towards the movie. No surprises then that windsurfing’s king of style, Levi Siver will again team up with the Poorboyz windsurfing team.

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