Clube Naval de Portimao will host the 2009 Formula Windsurfing Iberic Championships\

The Clube Naval de Portimao will organize the Iberic Championship (Portuguese National and Copa de Espanha) of Formula Windsurfing, from 5-7 June 2009 in Portimao, Algarve, Portugal, near where the last World Championship was held.

We are expecting 40 windsurfers, including top riders, Miguel Martinho (POR 5) and Fernando Martinez (ESP 71).

From this Championship will be the Iberic Champion, the Portuguese Champion and the Spanish guys that will go to the World Championship and the European, and also the Champion of the Spain Ranking.

If any one in Europe or other continent want to come to this Championship all are welcome, only have to contact the Club.

EFPT Freestyle Grand Prix kicks of in Porto Liscia

The wind was still too light to start competition, so the fleet had to wait till noon that the wind picked up and the competition got started.

In Heat 1 Brazilian Souza de Pedro (RRD/Simmer) sailed against the local hero Lorioli (RRD/RRD) and Meir (Fanatic/Simmer) from Israel against Sardinian local Varrucciu (Naish/Naish). The Brazilian rider showed a solid heat and also the local Varrucciu (Naish/Naish) advanced over Meir (Fanatic/Simmer), who crashed a couple of his moves.

Heat 2 showed only 2 riders on the water, because Paskowski (Fanatic/North) had no oponent in the first round and advanced automatically. Brazilian Teixeira (RRD/RRD) was facing Slovenian newcomer Zan Sude and performed his samba show on the water. Teixeira (RRD/RRD) showed a bigger variety of moves and made in into the next round.

Heat 3 set the EFPT premiere for Team Estonia with Aava (Starboard) against Chico Bento (Fanatic/North) from Brazil and Greek rider Promponas (Fanatic/North) facing German young gun Lachauer (Starboard). Unfortunately the wind started dropping during the heat which needed to get resailed. Also on the second try the wind was lacking and the heat got canceled. The fleet was kept on stand by for the rest of the afternoon, but the wind didnt increase to sufficient force to run any more heats.

So tomorrow skippers meeting is sheduled for 9.00. Locals say that anything can happen with the actual weather situation, so lets see what sunday will bring for the competition.


Maui Ghost XT

For 2010, MauiSails introduces a specialty, ultra-light, Technora wave sail called the GHOSTXT.

The name says it all. The GHOSTXT provides surreal, barely there, light weight handling, together with good power for light wind wave sessions.

Co-Sail Designer Art Szpunar had these comments about the new and exciting design:
"After using the Technora scrim in our XT series race sails for the past two seasons and noticing the material's excellent combination of ultra-light weight and good durability, we couldn't resist making some wave protos. I ended up using a 5.3 GHOSTXT proto for countless big wave, light wind sessions this last winter and fell in love with the sail.

The GHOSTXT will be the perfect sail for those light wind days, smooth surf, and for all sailors looking for that extra edge while wave sailing.