- 14 January 2010 | Windsurfing
Following some great results on the French slalom circuit, and moments of excellence on the PWA Tour in 2009, Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic, North) has found some new sponsors to help him realise his dreams in 2010.
“I’m really happy to be joining the FANATIC / NORTH / ION team this year. I’ve already tested my new equipment and I’m very happy with it. To summarise, it’s extremely fast and easy to use! Moreover, the relationship with my team manager is excellent. They have put plenty of trust in me for this season, giving me the means to meet my ambitions. This year promises to be busy now with the PWA Tour and the FFA. I would like to thank both the JP and NeilPryde teams for the last 3 years. However, this change gives me a boost of motivation, and I'm going to invest 100% in myself and hope to not disappoint anyone!”
Fanatic Brand Manager Craig Gertenbach commented:
“We've been watching Pierre's progress the last few seasons and were very impressed with his fast progress, especially his 2009 season was very impressive! Pierre is the perfect addition to our slalom team and will re-enforce our continued support of slalom racing, in both the French Tour and the PWA World Tour. We look forward to Pierre's results this season on our Falcon slalom boards, and a bright future together!”
North Sails Product and Brand Manager Raoul Joa commented:
“We've been looking for a second young French Slalom rider besides Cyril Moussilmani (Fanatic, North) during last year as France is still the biggest Slalom market in the world plus most of the top riders come from France. In the end we have chosen Pierre as we feel he is the newcomer with the greatest potential. During the PWA events that he entered this year he already showed really great results. We are convinced that with his new Warp F2010 sails he will show his full potential. So we are really happy to welcome Pierre to our team!”
- 13 January 2010 | Windsurfing
The Midwinters Festival will continue its tradition of bringing together World Cup Pros, Olympic Class Competitors, Beginner sailors and all other levels in between. We will have classes for all skill levels and type of equipment – A Fleet / Sport Fleet / Workshop Fleet (learn to Race) // and many Youth, Junior and Kids classes to choose from along with Masters and Seniors.
Whether you like racing a long, hybrid or short board, we have a class for you. The 2010 event will include the Kona North Americans and the Bic Techno 293 North Americans which will be a qualifier for the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in Summer of 2010.
Racing will be held in the Banana River with launching from Kelly Park in Merritt Island, FL.
The Midwinters will be governed by the ISAF Rules (2009-2012) and the rules of Formula Windsurfing (as of 1/1/10)– with regard to the Pro & A Formula Fleets – the specified sail size limitations and the listing of approved production equipment. New Weight Divisions will be used if more than 20 competitors in a division.
- 12 January 2010 | Windsurfing
The New Year is upon us and with it comes the start of a new season. 2009 was made more difficult than it should have been by current worldwide economic circumstances, but with that taken into consideration, it was a reasonably successful year.
Although we do find ourselves facing similar circumstances for the year ahead, we are already starting to see signs of increased investment and new events being brought to the tour.
There have also been a few significant changes made since last season, that will affect many of you, but these are all positive and will help to bring increased prosperity to the tour.
As agreed at the Sylt AGM, men's Slalom Prize Money, at single discipline Slalom events has been raised by €10,000 to €40,000. This change has no come into effect and we have already secured the additional funding for both the Korean and Costa Brava events.
As part of this raise, prize money will now be split amongst the top 24 at events with the increased prize fund.