- 10 March 2008 | Windsurfing
Kauli Seadi makes a perfect start to the season with a crucial single elimination victory over Cabo Verdian favorite Josh Angulo, Jason Polakow and Robby Swift. 25-yr old Brazilian Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) thundered into the event lead with a skilled display in tricky, light wind conditions, to give an instant return on his new sponsor’s investment.
Day 2 started with smaller surf and light breeze meeting the early high tide. The head judge chose to run the early heats of the double elimination first to give the finalists the best conditions later in the morning.
Eventually he opted for a 40-minute heat duration for that final, counting the best two wave rides from each of the final four. The fluky wind truly tested the finalists’ fitness and ability to catch waves and not get caught inside on the razor sharp reef. Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde) went for it with his aggressive vertical attack, but paid the price for pushing it with a couple of trips to the rocks.
Polakow’s big-wave partner Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde) pressured his teammate hard for third position with a smoother style, but in truth he also struggled in the smaller swell.
- 09 March 2008 | Windsurfing
Ponta Preta turns it on and the top four of the single elimination are decided. Jason Polakow, Josh Angulo, Kauli Seadi and Robby Swift all make tomorrow’s single elimination final. Sal’s legendary pointbreak delivered good-sized swell with sets breaking up to mast high fanned by a light offshore breeze.
With a limited 32-man format there were no easy heats, and nearly all today’s heats were really tight with some particularly positive performances from the trials event qualifiers.
Dany Bruch (F2 / Gaastra) sailed out of his skin to advance from his first round heat to earn a top-16 place against Vidar Jensen (North), Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde) and reigning world champ Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde).
But the best un-seeded display came from Francisco Porcella (Mistral / Simmer) who used his expert surfing knowledge to advance to the last 8. The only Italian in the line-up was visibly glowing over his day’s work. ‘I came all the way from Maui to ride this wave, and I’m so stoked to have made it this far.
- 06 March 2008 | Windsurfing
Antoine Albeau has set a new outright sailing speed record of 49.09 knots on the canal in Saintes Maries de la Mer, France, subject to ratification by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).
After months of waiting for the big mistral winds, the speed canal on the shores of the Mediterranean sea came to life again. Strong mistral winds with 45-50 knots hit the speed strip at a perfect angle, and although the conditions were quite gusty several riders set personal best speeds.
Early on the first runs of the "big three" Antoine Albeau (FRA), Patrik Diethelm (ITA) and defending world record holder Finian Maynard (IVB) showed, that this day would have the potential to become historic.