- 12 November 2009 | Windsurfing
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.“
- 11 November 2009 | Windsurfing
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.
- 10 November 2009 | Windsurfing
The RYA’s best young windsurfing talent took to the waters of Weymouth and Portland between 31st October and 1st November where they scooped the crop of titles up for grabs at the annual RYA/UKWA National Windsurfing Championships.
Held at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), the event which traditionally rounds up the competitive windsurfing season, saw over 120 of the UK’s top windsurfers battle it out for National titles in their respective classes with RYA squad sailors picking up an impressive haul.
Hampered by impossible winds gusting up to 40 knots on the second day of the event, the championships were decided by Saturday’s racing which saw contrasting light shifty winds making for some challenging conditions across the classes.
Making the most of his preferred light wind conditions, Skegness’ 13-year-old Robert York, put together an impressive four race performance finishing eighth overall in the Techno class securing the boys 6.8 class victory and National title comfortably ahead of fellow RYA National Techno Squad sailors Oliver Bradley-Baker and Max Bushell.
In the girls 6.8 Techno class 13-year-old National Squad sailor Imogen Sills started her National title campaign well beating World champion twin sister Saskia in her first race. Her success however was short lived unfortunately and after being struck down by illness at lunch time and rendered unable to compete in the afternoon, Saskia was able to race ahead and cruise to glory adding the National title to her World victory.