Amado Vrieswijk

On Friday the 4th of December 2009, Amado Vrieswijk was crowned Bonairian Sportsman of the Year 2009.

He was completely surprised and of course very honored and happy to receive this prestigious reward. The whole program and event was live on radio and will be broadcasted on television in Bonaire and Curacao.

In addition, Kiri Thode, Tonky and Taty Frans also received awards for being in the top of the professional windsurfing and Bjorn Saragoza also received an award for being dedicated to the windsurf sport.

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Olga Raskina and Russian friends

Over in Dahab, top PWA female freestyler Olga Raskina (JP, NeilPryde, MFC) and her friend Sveta Martynova, recently organised the first ever Russian women’s windsurfing camp, which was suitably named ‘Windsurf Beauties’.

We’re told it was a huge success and that they’re intending on holding another camp during the spring of next year. Over 30 women flew into Egypt from all over Russia and Ukraine in order to learn from these highly skilled women.

If you’re interested in taking part in the next camp, which will be held in both English and Russian then feel free to email the girls.

If you’d like to know what the camp was all about, watch the video. There’s a bit of Raskina showing us watch she’s capable of, and another section to give you an idea of what happens when a group of 30 young women get together on a ‘Windsurf Beauties’ camp!

If that’s got you interested and wanting more, why not check out their blog. Currently it’s only available in Russian, but Raskina assures us that it’ll soon be translated into English.

Tom Ashley

Tauranga's windsurfing scene is set to get an Olympic-sized shot in the arm over the next 10 days.

Beijing Olympic board sailing champion Tom Ashley will headline next week's inaugural North Island championship for both Techno and RS:X classes, while the city's rookies have also got a major boost.

Six brand-new Techno boards will arrive tomorrow in Tauranga, courtesy of the Bay of Plenty Sailing Academy and funded by TECT. At $5800 apiece fully kitted out, the boards aren't cheap but spokesman Stuart Pedersen is adamant they'll be a great investment for the sport's future.

"Getting these boards is huge - they'll provide a pathway from learning to windsurf through to getting into serious racing without having to commit to buying your own gear," Pedersen said.

Although kitesurfing has taken a big chunk of windsurfing's market, Pedersen explains the Olympic aspect is the obvious attraction.

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