- 31 May 2009 | Windsurfing
The wind was still too light to start competition, so the fleet had to wait till noon that the wind picked up and the competition got started.
In Heat 1 Brazilian Souza de Pedro (RRD/Simmer) sailed against the local hero Lorioli (RRD/RRD) and Meir (Fanatic/Simmer) from Israel against Sardinian local Varrucciu (Naish/Naish). The Brazilian rider showed a solid heat and also the local Varrucciu (Naish/Naish) advanced over Meir (Fanatic/Simmer), who crashed a couple of his moves.
Heat 2 showed only 2 riders on the water, because Paskowski (Fanatic/North) had no oponent in the first round and advanced automatically. Brazilian Teixeira (RRD/RRD) was facing Slovenian newcomer Zan Sude and performed his samba show on the water. Teixeira (RRD/RRD) showed a bigger variety of moves and made in into the next round.
Heat 3 set the EFPT premiere for Team Estonia with Aava (Starboard) against Chico Bento (Fanatic/North) from Brazil and Greek rider Promponas (Fanatic/North) facing German young gun Lachauer (Starboard). Unfortunately the wind started dropping during the heat which needed to get resailed. Also on the second try the wind was lacking and the heat got canceled. The fleet was kept on stand by for the rest of the afternoon, but the wind didnt increase to sufficient force to run any more heats.
So tomorrow skippers meeting is sheduled for 9.00. Locals say that anything can happen with the actual weather situation, so lets see what sunday will bring for the competition.
- 29 May 2009 | Windsurfing
For 2010, MauiSails introduces a specialty, ultra-light, Technora wave sail called the GHOSTXT.
The name says it all. The GHOSTXT provides surreal, barely there, light weight handling, together with good power for light wind wave sessions.
Co-Sail Designer Art Szpunar had these comments about the new and exciting design:
"After using the Technora scrim in our XT series race sails for the past two seasons and noticing the material's excellent combination of ultra-light weight and good durability, we couldn't resist making some wave protos. I ended up using a 5.3 GHOSTXT proto for countless big wave, light wind sessions this last winter and fell in love with the sail.
The GHOSTXT will be the perfect sail for those light wind days, smooth surf, and for all sailors looking for that extra edge while wave sailing.
- 28 May 2009 | Windsurfing
The season began in Uslan, Korea, for the women's fleet from June the 16th to the 22nd. Over the course of the week long event, there were two full days of racing, powered by the local south western thermal wind, which was gusting up to 50 km/h both days.
Women's riders had to wait until competition’s third day before Jinha Beach awoke to show its true colours, delivering side shore wind under blue sky.
In first position after 8 races in Korea, French Valérie Ghibaudo feels really good with this first victory, showing that our young mum is still in great shape! Windsurfing is also a matter of experience and at 37 years old she is more than ever at the top.
Well done for the first event of the season... But Karin Jaggi, who took the 2nd place on this first slalom world cup, did not say her last word and everything seems still possible for our 2008 Slalom World Champion. Karin has just changed her sail brand, and maybe she needs a little bit more time to be at ease on her new equipment.