2009 European Raceboard Championships 

With a near faultless display Patrik Pollak (SVK 1) took the 2009 Raceboard European title. In the first race of the day he was sailing true to form with yet another win; but even champions can make mistakes!  In the second race of the day Patrik sailed to the wrong mark and a lengthy detour meant he could only make fourth place.

The fight for second and third places on the podium was very close. Three good races today by Juha Petri Blinnikka (FIN 6), including a first place in the final race of the series, meant he tied with youth racer Rihards Akmentins (LAT 30).  However the tie break went in favour of the younger man.

Ex olypmic racer Vita Matise (LAT 1) finished very strongly today to complete the series in 6th place overall and first woman.

The raceboard championship was the premier event of the 2009 Liepaja Windsurfing Festival which also included round one of the Baltic Sea Cup. The BSC comprises 3 events for Techno 293 junior and RSX youth racers, and hosts this year include Latvia, Germany and Russia.

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Windsurfers and kiteboarders celebrate 21th anniversary of the Aruba Hi-Winds

Since its early years in the mid-eighties, when windsurfing greats like Robby Naish and Bjorn Dunkerbeck raced in Aruba year after year, the Aruba Hi-Winds has remained one of the biggest names in windsurfing events in the Caribbean, including freestyle windsurfing and Kiteboarding.

Aruba is blessed with almost ideal wind- and water conditions for windsurfing and Kiteboarding. Whether you’re a traditional down-wind slalom racer, a fearless freestyler or if you’ve joined the newest craze in watersports: kiteboarding, the Aruba Hi-Winds is there for you!

Besides being a first-rate windsurfing and Kiteboarding event, the Aruba Hi-Winds is renowned for having an extensive and exhilarating entertainment and social program for its competitors and friends. Participating in the Aruba Hi-Winds means partying from start to finish! Don’t miss the fun!

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Shahar Zubari 

Israeli star Shahar ZUBARI and Spain's Blanca MANCHON top the leaderboard as light winds prevailed during the opening three day's of racing at the RS:X European Championships in Tel Aviv, Israel.

With six races in the bag, all in light conditions, everyone is very pleased to be able to take a break during the lay day on Wednesday and gather themselves for the last three days of intense competition.

Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) is determined to take gold on his home waters. He is already a celebrity after winning the bronze medal in Beijing. Cameras are attracted to him like bees to honey so winning here will only add to his appeal. Just remember that Israel have only ever won six Olympic medals; three of those have been in windsurfing.

The holder of two, Gal FRIDMAN (ISR), bronze at Atlanta 1996 and gold in Athens 2004, paid a visit to championship earlier in the week and may well be returning to the Olympic windsurfing circuit for another shot at Olympic glory. Currently thought he is playing his cards close to his chest, although more is expected to be revealed in Weymouth at the RS:X World Championships in September.

Meanwhile Julien BONTEMPS (FRA), silver medallist at Beijing, is seven points adrift in second with João RODRIGUES (POR), the defending European Champion and current leader of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings, in third a further nine points back.

The battle for the podium will continue on Thursday. The Forecast is for more of the same. Light to moderate sea breeze. ZUBARI excels in these conditions. He is a cool customer and rarely gets excited. All those around him may be feeling the pressure but at the moment he looks to be taking everything in his stride.

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