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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2009 PWA Turkey in Alaçati

A perfect start to Alaçati as race 1 sees Ross Williams and Sarah Hebert take the early advantage.

A strong morning wind and glorious sunshine gave competitors the perfect opportunity to get tuned up and registered in the beautiful Alaçati bay in preparation for the afternoon of racing ahead. The atmosphere on the beach was fantastic, with a local DJ banging out the tunes and the crowd relaxing on sunbeds.

Race 1 kicked off at 2pm with a 4-gybe downwind slalom course, in 25kts of wind. Most competitors selected sails around the 7.0-8.0 range and boards around 100-110 liters, and the racing was intense from the outset.

Standout performance of the early rounds was local hero Bora Kozanoglu (Starboard/NeilPryde). In the first heat of the day he flew into the lead, holding off Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne) for the entire race, winning in front of a cheering home crowd. Having just finished 1st in the Turkish Championships, he is clearly going well and was unlucky to go over the line early in the quarterfinals.

Other local standout was Enes Yžlmazer (JP/NeilPryde) who was sailing well all day. At only 18 years old and already 2 times Youth World Champion, he is clearly one to watch for the future.

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