- 23 July 2009 | Windsurfing
Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) has opened the Fuerteventura Grand Slam in style, smashing his way to two consecutive victories, and leaving his competitors for dead. Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne) snatched the final victory of the day, whilst Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) and Micah Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde) continually dominated at the head of the fleet.
It was a glorious day at Sotavento Beach, where a full tide lapped at the shores of the turquoise lagoon. A cross-offshore trade wind build throughout the day, peaking at 35 knots, allowing the slalom elite to use their fastest equipment and put on an incredible display.
There were three full rounds of slalom today, each one containing a breathtaking mix of action, excitement and drama.
Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) was outstanding once again, showing that he will stop at nothing to take home the World Title this year. It was a great day in the office for the defending champion, who took two great victories early on. Albeau was made to fight for fourth place in the last final, where an epic display of speed took him from eighth to fourth in just two reaches. He finished the day on top of the leader board by a comfortable margin.
Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) and Micah Buzianis (JP/NeilPryde) looked very strong this afternoon, finishing up just one point apart, and with everything to play for. Both sailors were focused, consistent and incredibly fast, and they will be pleased by their performances today.
- 21 July 2009 | Windsurfing
After an epic week in Pozo, the world’s best windsurfers will arrive on the white sands of Sotavento Beach from Wednesday 22nd July. This is the final stop on the grueling Canary Islands tour, where both Slalom and Freestyle fleets will be competing fiercely.
Once again, the event is hosted at the world famous Rene Egli Windsurf Centre on the south eastern shores of the island. This amazing location is moments away from the waterfront, where cross-offshore winds blast across the beautiful blue ocean. The Fuerteventura event has played a great part in the history of the PWA, and it was the birthplace of the modern freestyle discipline.
Competition this year will start with the men’s slalom, and go into men’s and women’s freestyle. Running between the 22nd July and the 1st August, this event promises to be a great eleven-day spectacle.
As the race for the overall title heats up, the top sailors will be giving everything they can to get their hands on crucial tour points.
After a classic performance from Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde) in Pozo, the defending champion, and current Tour leader, will be headlining the event. He will be joined by the biggest names in the sport: Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra/Dakine), Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne) and Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde).
Also pushing the challenge for the title will be the excellent Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard/North Sails), Ross Williams (Tabou/Gaastra) and Peter Volwater (F2/MauiSails).
- 19 July 2009 | Windsurfing
15-year-old Philip Köster (Starboard/NeilPryde/Dakine) has proven that he has what it takes to be the next big name in windsurfing by winning the 2009 Pozo wave event in a convincing style. Daida Ruano Moreno (North Sails) retains her title, and is on course for the number one spot in the overall rankings.
The atmospheric final day in Gran Canaria demonstrated the incredible new level that Professional Windsurfing has reached. A solid swell peeled into the bay, and a 50-knot wind ripped through the contest zone throughout the day. The final day of the Grand Slam proved to be everything we had hoped for.
After an epic fight in the double elimination, the stage was once again set for the ultimate show down between the event’s two dominant challengers. Philip Köster (Starboard/NeilPryde/Dakine) and Victor Fernandez (Fanatic/North Sails/MFC) went head to head, once again, to decide who was going to take the crown as the King of Pozo.
In a breathtaking heat, Fernandez opened well with a routine of high scoring jumps, and a smooth wave ride. Köster responded brilliantly with a massive forward, and a one handed backloop. Both sailors were getting incredible height on their jumps – often above the line of the horizon, and jumping for six seconds before they started a rotation. The crowd cheered as these two incredible men matched each other evenly.