FW Brazil 2008 

Three races were scheduled for today; with a wind forecast of between 20-25 knots.

Nerves got the better of Hubert Mokrzycki (POL 25) with an OCS on the first start of the day.

There was drama also for event favourite Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG3 ). Shortly before the warning signal the mast went through the head on his 9.8, forcing him to race on 10.7. Clearly overpowered, Gonzalo considered himself fortunate to finish the race in 5th!

Recently crowned Brazilian Champion, Gabriel Browne (BRA 50) overhauled the race leader, and European Champion, Ross Williams (GBR 83) to take 1st place in race 1. Top ranked Brazilian racers Paulo Dos Reis (BRA 3333) and Willhelm Schurmann (BRA 999) completed the top 5 with 3rd and 4th place respectively.

The next 2 races followed a pattern, at least for the top 5 - although places were exchanged and we saw different winners for race 2 (Paulo) and race 3 (Gonzalo). Only Fabio Melo (BRA 74) made an impression on these top 5 with a 3rd place in race 2.

Clearly local knowledge was an advantage as was race readiness, with many European sailors struggling with form since many had not competed on their formula equipment since the September worlds in Portugal.

However both Paulo and Gabriel put in very consistent performances, coping better with the gusty and shifty conditions, to finish tied on 6 points. On the tie break Paulo edged "Biel" into second place.

Gabriel was satisfied with his first day: "I started slowly at first but gradually I started putting in my tacks at the right moment, gaining places and holding on to my position. I had a poor start in race 3 so was happy to climb back into 3rd place. I guess I am happy - a good start to the grand prix."

Hubert remained philosophical about his "not so good start, lack of race practice was telling for me. It was very gusty, with winds reaching 32 knots at times; but tomorrow’s another day.


Brazilian Formula Windsurfing Championships

The final day of the Brazilian Formula Windsurfing Championships, part of Wind Brazil 2008, finished this Sunday, 23rd of November at the waterfront of Marina Park Hotel.

Gabriel Browne (BRA 50), known as Biel, was declared the winner.

At 17 years of age he showed great maturity and determination to take the title, a revelation and inspiration for the young generation.

On the final day of racing, four races were completed over a course of approximately 3 kilometers.

The championship had strong winds every day, around 19 knots, and an atmosphere of high expectations among the competitors. Paulo Reis (BRA333) from São Paulo, after a slow start, achieved a good result and finished in second position.

Willhelm Schurmann (BRA999) fought hard on the last day to reach a good position, and finished the competition in third position.

João Henrique Barros from Ceará, known as Janjão, was the Champion of the Sport category.

Other locals sailors that had complete the championship in excellent position: Marcelo Otoch (2º position Sport category) and Mônika Veras (1º position female category).


Red Bull Big Days

After two months of waiting the Red Bull Big Days finally started on november 20th in Weißenhaus Germany.

A mixture of cold 8 degrees air temperature, rain, hail and gusts up to 40 knots demands the full concentration of all 45 participants in a spectacular wave event.

15 years old Philip Köster convinced with awesome moves and took first place. Local guys Lars Gobisch and Matze Bade got 2nd and 3rd on the podium.

Our young teammate Holger Beer also performed well and safed 9th place.

Holger was sailing the 4,5 Legend of 2009 and was surprised about the handling in really difficult conditions so that he could try table top-frontloops easily and smacked some nice waverides.

Next year Holger looks forward to compete the German Tour and hopes to show solid performances in his favorite discipline wave/freestyle.