European Surf Festival

The first time for the European Surf Festival Makkum from 09.10.-11.10.2009 was a very great success! 18 exhibitors were presenting the latest stuff over 3 days on the beach.

Not only the new equipment for 2010 was a reason to visit the festival but also to meet the World Champion Josh Angulo, Kauli Seadi or Klaas Voget.

11.000 visitors had a lot of fun and a good mood at all the eventdays.

On Saturday in the evening was the big and great premiere party of “Four Dimensions” in the big party tent with a big screen and about 700 windsurf-fans directly on the beach. 

On Sunday the weather was very nice with good wind conditions and nice sunshine - perfect for testing the ne stuff!

And also the F2 Speed Challenge was able to start. The fastest guy of the weekend was Otto de Jong with a topspeed of 68,86 km/h. Way slower, on the second place was Jan Willem Baan with 59,47 km/h. On third place Erik Loots with 57,27 km/h. The winner could happy about the first price - a F2-Missile sponserd by Open Ocean.

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Sao Paulo Grand Prix 2009

Thrills and spills on day 4 of the 2009 Sao Paulo Grand Prix on the beautiful tropical island of Ilhabela.

The first 2 races of the day seemed to follow the pattern of the previous day - with Ross Williams (GBR83 ) winning both races and extending his lead on his nearest rivals.

However Jesper Vesterstrom (DEN111) posted a 2nd and 3rd - which he followed up with 2 bullets in races 7 & 8 giving him the best results for any salior on the day.

Wilhelm Schurmann (BRA999) had put in another consisant performance - ensuring he moved up the overall rankings into 4th place.

However - it was not to be Alberto Menegatti's lucky day. Everything was ok until race 7 when Bambi got snarled up in the fishing lines, being cast from the back of boats fishing in the course area, resulting in a DNF!

His day got worse when just after the start of race 8 he was involved in a pile up - it looked bad , but it could have been a lot more serious! Pride and equipment was damaged - but no serious injury!

Most of the fleet started on port - an accident waiting to happen - and it was Alberto and Ross in the firing line. Both were disqualified after a protest hearing - resulting in Alberto relinquishing his overall second place to Jesper.

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The competition to be the world’s fastest wind-powered craft heated up this month, and all eyes are on Namibia. The UK based sailboat, Vestas Sailrocket, is currently doing speed trials in Walvis Bay, the largest port city in the country, in an attempt to break the current outright speed sailing record.

Sailrocket and its crew have been in Namibia since October 2 and plan to stay there until October 29, determined to leave with a new world record, seizing it back from the French yacht team, l’Hydroptère.

Just over a month ago this sophisticated hydrofoil trimaran set a new world outright speed sailing record of 51.36 knots, taking the crown of ‘world’s fastest’ away from the kiteboarding community and establishing a new standard for all wind powered crafts, especially sail boats, which have not held the title since 1993 when it was taken by windsurfers for the next fifteen years.

“It’s the outright record that we all strive for,” says Sailrocket pilot/project manager Paul Larsen on their website  “This means that ultimately we have to beat the board riders as well.  Now, thanks to l’Hydropterè, the boat record IS the outright speed sailing record.”

With just a little over a week to go until the start of the 2009 Lüderitz Speed challenge, and good weather forecasted for Sailrocket and it’s crew, the highly contested title of ‘world’s fastest’ seems all but secure for them.

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