BSA Master Blaster: sunny windsurfing in Tenby

Easter Saturday saw a gathering of windsurfers at South Beach, Tenby for the first ever BSA slalom event. Competitors travelled from far and wide, with some arriving early to take in Ant Baker’s clinic on Friday and others blasting across overnight after the Round Hayling event.

Moderate winds greeted the forty or so competitors and it was decided to run a master blaster, which turned out to be a Master Disaster for most, with the tide becoming stronger than the wind, making it impossible for all but the leading riders to make the mark. Alan “Twinkle Toes” Jackson wobbled his way to victory in far from perfect conditions.

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2010 Curacao Challenge: freestylers of the Caribbean

After 5 days of competition, months of preparation by the organization and the volunteers, the 2010 edition of the Curacao Challenge is over. We had some tough weather conditions making for some tough decisions throughout the week. But one thought remains on everybody’s minds: it was great.

The event proved again successful with hundreds of spectators on the beaches, thousands worldwide on the Internet, a hundred competitors from all over the world, local & international press and excited sponsors.

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2010 Curacao Challenge: freestyler's happy hour

The Curacao Challenge Freestyle competition is off to a good start. With wind speeds picking up in the afternoon the competitors were able to pull off some big moves. The Freestyle competition makes use of a Double elimination with the first rounds completed today.

Youp Schmit from Bonaire is competing in the Under 18’s and is also trying to see if he can keep his ground in the 18+ category. Surprisingly he managed to do even better between big boys beating Quincy in the semi-final. But his no-handed shove-it didn’t prove big enough to defeat the wide variety of moves by Bjorn Saragoza in the final.

Pictures of Day 4 will follow on this website soon.

Results Day 1

1. Bjorn Saragoza (Bonaire)
2. Youp Schmit (Bonaire)
3. Hendryck Balentien (Bonaire)

Under 18
1. Felix Martina (Curacao)
2. Amado Vrieswijk (Bonaire)
3. Youp Schmit (Bonaire)

Under 14
1. Ethan Westera (Aruba)
2. Steven Max (Aruba)
3. Kaj van der Lubbe (Curacao)

1. Xenia Kessler (Denmark)
2. Hilde Tuinbeek (Curacao)
3. Arrianne Aukes (Netherlands)