Italian windsurfing star Davide Beverino dies in diving accident

Today it's time of sorrow for all Italian and international windsurfers. Yesterday late afternoon, during a breath-held diving for fishing in Poetto Gulf, Cagliari Sardinia, our great friend Davide Beverino died.

Davide, aged 28, played a leading role in the history of Italian windsurf in the last ten years. He distinguished himself since late 90's in young people regattas and he won four times in succession Formula Windsurfing Italian Cup from 2005 to 2008.

He stepped on to the podiums several times from 2000 and he was really one of the best Formula Windsurfing and Slalom competitors, well-known at international level.

But Davide was especially a nice friend for all people involved in windsurfing world too and we like to remember him smiling when he celebrated his last success.

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Kiran Badloe wins the 2009 Dutch Youth Regatta

856 competitors from 19 different countries divided over 755 boats and boards, spread over 9 classes competing on 4 course areas. The Dutch Youth Regatta in Workum was again a huge success.

For the first time the Techno293 class joined the competition in, what is known as, one of Europe's biggest youth events. Four days racing in a wide range of challenging Ijsselmeer conditions.

The Techno293 fleet completed 8 races during the weekend. Although the top 3 boys switched positions continuously during the races, at the end Kiran Badloe still dominated by winning 5 of them.

The battle for the 2nd and 3rd place had to be decided during the final race, Jort Min (NED 707) and Marc van Santen (NED 211) were on equal points since the event start.

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Antoine Albeau

The 2009 PWA Ulsan World Cup proved to be a showcase of French windsurfing talent, as Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) and Valerie Ghibaudo (Loft Sails / Tabou) delivered outstanding performances to claim victory in their respective fleets.

The event is now in its third year on the PWA World Tour, and is currently the only event to take place in Asia. Competing from the 16th-22nd of May, racing took place on the waters off Jinha Beach, in south eastern Korea.

Over the course of the week long event, there were two full days of racing, powered by the local south western thermal wind, which was gusting up to 22 knots both days.

Competitors had to wait until competition’s third day before Jinha Beach awoke to show its true colors, delivering side shore wind under blue sky.

The women’s fleet were first to christen the race course, with Sarah Hebert (Starboard / Naish) setting the early pace: “The first race was really light, but I got a good start so I was leading from the beginning. After that I managed to stay in front and make some good gybes. I was pumping a lot to make sure I was going fast. It’s the first time I’ve won competing against Valerie (Ghibaudo) and Karin (Jaggi).”

The second women’s clash saw Valerie Ghibaudo muscle her way to the front of the pack to claim her first race win: “I got a really nice start, but it was hard conditions. Sometimes it was really light and then there were really strong gusts. Luckily I managed to hold on and win, but I think I made a lot of mistakes”.

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