Formula Windsurfing

The first North Sea Cup event of 2009 was already a big success.

In total 86 competitors from France, United Kingdom, Holland and Belgium travelled to Ostend this weekend for some exciting international competition.

The Techno293 and Raceboard fleets completed seven races during the weekend, from patchy light wind with strong current on Saturday up to 16 knots and big fun planing conditions on Sunday.

The FW fleet managed 4 races.

Stuart Hards (GBR 597) showed a great overall performance in the T293 class; with strong performances also from Julien Boutilleux (FRA 67) and Koen Sonck (BEL 2) respective winners in the Raceboard and FW fleets.

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PWA Ulsan

Nestled in the south east corner of Korea, Jinha Beach has gained an international reputation for windsurfing over recent years. Having attracted mainstream media attention following its inclusion on the PWA’s World Tour, this once little known windsurfing location is fast becoming something of a Mecca to Korean windsurfers.

Now in its third year on the World Tour, the PWA Ulsan World Cup is undoubtedly one of the most colorful locations the slalom fleet visits over the course of the competition year. Combining a rich and diverse culture with white sands and consistent trade winds, Jinha beach is guaranteed to serve up a unique competition atmosphere for the week long World Cup.

Running from the 16th – 22nd of May, this year’s event has lured all of slalom’s big players to Korea’s shores. Following his victory in last week’s Dwarf8 Surf World Cup in Austria, Britain’s Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) leads the men’s fleet as they prepare for battle in Ulsan.

Hot on his heels is Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), who’s working towards his fourth overall slalom World Title this year. Barging their way in behind him are new faces to slalom’s highest echelons; Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Exocet / MauiSails) in third, and Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) in fourth. They’ll be working to hold on to their positions from the old guard, fronted by Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne), Finian Maynard (RRD / NeilPryde) and Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / Gaastra / Dakine) in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

The Ulsan World Cup will also see the women’s fleet embark on their opening event of the 2009 season. Following a ferocious battle for the top spot in 2008, Karin Jaggi (North Sails) and Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / Loft) will no doubt entertain another explosive fight for pole position.

Sarah Hebert (Starboard / Naish Sails) is another face to look out for. A consistent run of form in 2008 saw her secure third overall for the season. This year she’ll be hungry to make inroads to Jaggi and Ghibaudo’s dominance at the top.

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Christofer Kalk

Estonian Windsurfing Championships first series in Freestyle and Pro Kids Qualifications for World championships were held yesterday in Topu, West Estonia.

The weather was nice, sun was shining and wind was getting stronger.

The main question for everybody was: can Christofer deliver again. Christofer Kalk, Estonian young gun is the one who owns the 2008 World champion title in U17. There is more than just this guy in Estonia who can freestyle with style.

The first two elimination rounds were 100% owned by Christofer, no mistakes were made there. But when it come down to the super session the heat was on. Super session: everybody on the sea, showing off the best tricks they got.

Five best ones were counted and all the buckets were dismissed, this round was equal with one of the elimination rounds.

Here the winner was Robert Koppel with the best trick Voquech, Tony Mõttus took the second place with fantastic E-slider and the young 2008 Freestyle World champ Christofer Kalk was third with not so great double spock.

Due to the first two winnings and the fact that the second and third places varied in elimination rounds between Tony and Robert, it became impossible for these guys to catch Chris with their successful super session round.

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