Nayra Alonso: pretty face, top windsurfer

We are proud to present to you the latest addition to the Fuerteventura Wave Classic concept, top pro riders Daida Moreno, Iballa Moreno and Nayra Alonso, together with local rider Nicole Boronat will join the FWC.

In yet another innovative concept, on monday evening we will add their names to the heat to draw the four teams which will now be formed by 4 guys/1girl. We are stoked to launch this new idea with 4 of the best and most radical female pro riders in the history of windsurfing.

All riders, girls and guys, will be competing against each other in the same conditions making for an amazing contest. We look forward to seeing all 4 on the water!

The participation of the women in this event has been a long time project of the organisation and now that is finally done we are sure that not only enrich the great spectrum of the professional windsurfers taking part, but also make evident the importance of the female rider in a minority sport, such as windsurfing.

We hope that with this addition, the event will prove to be more well rounded and will not only serve as a media to promote the island of Fuerteventura, but also to continue the development of the female side of the sport.
Talking to the “girls” the other day we had a great morning just chatting over a nice cup of coffee and this is what came out:

FWC: Hi guys, what do you think of your participation in the FWC?

Iballa: I think its good to be part of an event like this...for me its not just a conmpetition, but a good promotion for the sport. It goes beyond a normal comp and for sure adding women in their format gives them a perfect look and a very complete event. We will be participating mixing men and women and its a good combination to show the sport if for everyone! I am happy to be one of the choosen women and participate in a place like Fuerteventura ......a second home for me.

Daida: I wanted to take part in the event last year in Fuerteventura, and luckily this year we have a great opportunity to enjoy an event totally different to anything else we are used to. To compete in a team with great team members will be a challenge. The idea is great, I think it is an idea that goes out of the same path that everybody else follows, so it will give an exotic air to the event. Overall, the conditions of Fuerteventura, the organisation and the idea of the event will be a success. We hope to be able to really
enjoy, have fun and push more people to join our “windsurfing World”.

Nayra: I am super happy and honoured about takingpart in the Fuerte Wave Classic. I thank Orlando a lot for inviting the girls to take part in the event. I think this is the way these special events should have always been, and not discriminating the women.

Nicole: I am sponsored but since years I m not competing.Long time ago I left the PWA with Stephane, my longtime boyfriend and we are free from depending on the tour, we show the lifestyle largely through photo trips and articles for magazines or webpages, video , and helping ours sponsors in Festivals or special day promo. For me it s a honour to be invited and to be in the water with the Twins ..those girls are now part of the windsurf history and Nayra she is the 3 rd best girl in the PWA World tour , what else to say..

FWC: You all know the north shore here,what do you spect in terms of windsurfing conditions?

Daida: Because of the waiting period we have, I think that we will be able to get good conditions one way or another. We will have waves and we will have to move to get the ideal wind/wave conbination, but as a matter of fact, that will be the fun part of the event.. For sure Fuerteventura won´t let us down.

Iballa: Fuerteventura northshore has a great potential in wave and I spend lots of time here when I can ....So i cannot expect anything but great winds and perfect waves for sure!

Nayra: I hope we get some really good conditions to compete and have a good time in the water. It will be a new experience and it is always good to do new things!

Nicole: Some good wavesailing with friends , it s what I like.

FWC: In this new format that put men and women in the same group, do you think is positive for the sport?

Iballa: The fact of including women into this format its something new or at least I´ve never been part in anything like this, so in my personal opinion its a great format and something more than just positive for the sport! It shows respect and I´m glad to be here and be part of this new experience.

Daida: I think it is something super positive!. It is not a PWA event where you are fighting for a World title. It is an event organized by people with hardly any budget for the love of the sport, mixing male and female riders in a draw the day before the event. The important thing here is to enjoy and have fun with your team mates during the competition. Individual actions are not as valuable, but the team performance in general. If I understand correctly we will be a good number of riders with a high level so it will be an intriguing and fun competition and the same time.

Nayra: For sure!! It think it is really good! Everyday we sail together in the same conditions, and it is good to show this “officially” in a competition. I am sure it will be a great experience. It is a big step for the womens side of the sport and I really hope this will set a standard for all the events to come. I am sure it will be a great event!!

Nicole: Every thing is good for windsurfing, the World tour, the Special events like this one. The more you show differents angles of windsurfing , the better is it..Right? And if you add the girls , you can show that in other mags , not just windsurfing mags, and through the girls your access to another public.. In my opinion. One day, one athlete from the Rugby French national team who windsurfs also , told me "Nicole, in somes years ,its the women who gone make a good impact for the sport...And he added , it happens in differents sports. Wait and see! Thanks to the FWC crew Orlando and Pierre for inviting some girls for this special event...

Portimão Trophy/Iberian Cup 2010: the Formula Windsurfing visits the Iberian Peninsula

The Portimão Trophy/Iberian Cup 2010 for the class of Formula Windsurfing will be held in the Praia da Rocha, Portimão, from 01 to 04 of April, 2010.

The Organising Authority will be the Clube Naval de Portimão with the collaboration of the Portuguese Federation, the Real Spanish Federation, the Portuguese Formula Association and the Spanish Formula Association.

The Entry Form must be submitted by 22nd March 2010, before 18 hours. The entry can be sent by mail, by fax or by email, to the organizer Clube Naval de Portimão.

Dakhla Festival: windsurfers and kitesurfers will battle for one victory

Windsurf and kitesurf stars will be in Dakhla to take part in this amazing contest: the Dakhla long distance race, with its famous 40 kilometers course from the north to the south of the lagoon.

The best windsurfers and kitesurfers in the world are invited to race and challenge each others on the water: who will be the fastest, windsurf or kitesurf?! The race direction will be managed by Phillipe Bru, the famous organizer of the Défi Wind in Gruissan (which actually is the biggest windsurfing event) promising us a great show!

Foum Labouir waves

With the participation of the Morrocan Federation of Surf and Bodyboard, this spot will welcome the 16th best surfers of Morocco and the greatest name of international longboard and shortboard surfing for an ambitious contest mixing together young guns and professionals.

On-site some windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand up paddling contests will be organized and our watersports stars will show up to the public during water sports action shows, interviews and signing sessions.

A legendary battle on the water

For more than a decade, Bjoern Dunkerbeck and Anders Bringal, two international windsurfing stars, were fighting for the first place on the windsurfing world cup. Dunki managed to keep really often his sweedish “double” but this edition of the festival will allow us to be backstage of this incredible revival fight!

This long distance out of time will stage the best women riders too, with Kitesurf against Windsurf again and the world speed record women Sjoukje Bredenkamp vs top 3 in the windsurfing worlds Sarah Hébert.

DAKHLA FESTIVAL 2010
February 22nd - 28th

THE STARS

Bjoern Dunkerbeck / Windsurf / Denmark
12 times Windsurfing World Champion between 1988 and 1999, the Danish star became legendary and got in the Guinness Book as the most qualified windsurfer ever. Still at the top, Bjoern was last year 3rd in the Windsurfing Slalom Championships. In Dakhla he will have the chance to show us once more his supremacy, facing his very old rival Anders Bringdal.

Anders Bringdal / Windsurf / Sweden
Several times Windsurfing Slalom World Champion too, Anders is also a talented waverider. In fact, his sailing and surfing sessions in Jaws, on one of the biggest wave in the world, have made him very famous worldwide. Then he will take the best out of Foum Labouir's waves to impress the locals!

Boujmaa Guilloul / Windsurf / Morocco
Born in Essaouira, an other amanzing windsurfing place in Morocco. He's from far the best Moroccan rider and represents his country proudly, by being at the top of the Waveriding Windsurfing World Championships. He's actually a professional windsurfer and travels all over the world to ride the best places possible.

Alex Caizergues / Kitesurf / France
Dethroned last year from his position of “the fastest man on the water”, Alex begins 2010 with a new challenge : break the “wind barrier” by going even more faster and take back his sailing world record. He still hold the kitesurfing world record from 2007, and went over the mythical barrier of 50 knots in 2008 with a new record of 50,57 knots on a 500 meters course. Let's see
what he's going to do in the huge bay of Dakhla against the best windsurfers...

Ben Skinner / Longboard / England
If this English surfer feels comfortable with both a shortboard or a longboard, he triomphs in the longboard discipline for two years. He became two times European Champion in 2008 and 2009.

Ludo Jossin / Windsurf / Spain
This french windsurfer is Spanish for several years now, and last year he became both French and Spanish Windsurfing Champion! He has set up in Tarifa, a real paradise for windsurfing. He will also be on the starting line of the Dakhla long distance race, with his 4th place at the Windsurfing Slalom World Championships, to fight at the top!

Sebastien Josse / Open sea race / France
This famous French sailor, in love with huge water crossing, established himself as a leader in different important open sea races (he actually won the Vendée Globe in 2008/2009). During the festival, Seb will be crossing the great lagoon of Dakhla beside our champions to give the best of himself on a windsurf equipment.

And other local champions will be there : Alexis Deniel (surf, longboard – French Champion), Pascal Toselli, Bieuzy Mauffrey and Cédric Bordes (top 3 French windsurfers), Jochen Krauth (German champion)...

On the women's side we'll have Sarah Hébert (3rd Windsurfing Slalom World Championships), Sjoukje Bredenkamp (fastest women on the water), Ainhoa Garcia (Kitesurfing World Champion), Fabienne D'Ortoli (Kitesurfing Champion) and many other figures...