Dungarvan

Wind on the very last day brought finally results for the speed windsurfers and kiteboarders in Dungarvan, Ireland.

There was just enough time to complete a few fast runs along the speedstrip, with the fastest speed of the event set by Dave Williams (GBR, Best) at 44.2 knots over 250m.

Andrea Baldini (ITA) set the top speed in the windsurfers fleet with slightly over 40 knots, and Zara Davis (GBR) took victory in the womens fleet.

In the Kiteboarding fleet, Jason McCaffrey (GBR, Cabrinha) and Jemma Grobbelaar (GBR, Flexifoil) were on top after two completed rounds.

The event came to an end with the pricegiving ceremony held in the Dungarvan Harbour Yacht Club, and a party that is lasting until the late night.

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Peter Volwater

Peter Volwater (Fanatic, MauiSails) is the latest PWA tour member to file a sponsorship transfer. Volwater had been with his last board sponsor for quite a few years, but having seen Fanatics line up for 2010, he couldn’t turn them down.

Fanatic had been lacking a top 10 PWA slalom sailor, and now they have one. Volwater ended the year ranked 8th after some impressive racing in 2009, which included an excellent 5th place finish in the relentless winds of Pozo.

Fanatic Brand Manager, Craig Gertenbach commented:

“I'm very happy to welcome Peter to our Fanatic team. Peter and I first shared waves together in my hometown of Cape Town when he was just starting his world cup career. I knew then he would be one of the world's best and he proved me right. So I’m really glad to have him on our team, he will be a great boost to our new range of Falcon Slalom boards, but also as a top wave sailor we can expect a lot from him in the future, both in results and R&D!”

Volwater also commented on his transfer:

“I'm very happy to be with Fanatic. An important reason for deciding to change is the new Fanatic board range presented for 2010, and the prospects of competing on these boards in the upcoming season.“

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Antoine Albeau

After a year of fierce competition on the PWA tour, France is the best windsurfing nation overall, with Spain and Brazil 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The top spot for the best wave sailing nation was a closely fought affair between Spain and Germany, but the Spanish managed to steal the show by just half a point.

After failing to get any points in Cabo Verde, four Spaniards sailed extremely well in the men’s fleet at Gran Canaria including Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, North, MFC), Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC), Dario Ojeda (F2, Simmer, Mormaii, Dakine, MFC), and Alex Mussolini (Tabou, Vandal), banking the nation stacks of points.

Add to this the Moreno twins (North), and Nayra Alonso (Fanatic, Severne), and you’ve got a Spanish pot of gold. And then of course factor in Mussolini’s outstanding display in Sylt and the Spanish just edge ahead.

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