Brazilian Formula Windsurfing Championships

The final day of the Brazilian Formula Windsurfing Championships, part of Wind Brazil 2008, finished this Sunday, 23rd of November at the waterfront of Marina Park Hotel.

Gabriel Browne (BRA 50), known as Biel, was declared the winner.

At 17 years of age he showed great maturity and determination to take the title, a revelation and inspiration for the young generation.

On the final day of racing, four races were completed over a course of approximately 3 kilometers.

The championship had strong winds every day, around 19 knots, and an atmosphere of high expectations among the competitors. Paulo Reis (BRA333) from São Paulo, after a slow start, achieved a good result and finished in second position.

Willhelm Schurmann (BRA999) fought hard on the last day to reach a good position, and finished the competition in third position.

João Henrique Barros from Ceará, known as Janjão, was the Champion of the Sport category.

Other locals sailors that had complete the championship in excellent position: Marcelo Otoch (2º position Sport category) and Mônika Veras (1º position female category).

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Red Bull Big Days

After two months of waiting the Red Bull Big Days finally started on november 20th in Weißenhaus Germany.

A mixture of cold 8 degrees air temperature, rain, hail and gusts up to 40 knots demands the full concentration of all 45 participants in a spectacular wave event.

15 years old Philip Köster convinced with awesome moves and took first place. Local guys Lars Gobisch and Matze Bade got 2nd and 3rd on the podium.

Our young teammate Holger Beer also performed well and safed 9th place.

Holger was sailing the 4,5 Legend of 2009 and was surprised about the handling in really difficult conditions so that he could try table top-frontloops easily and smacked some nice waverides.

Next year Holger looks forward to compete the German Tour and hopes to show solid performances in his favorite discipline wave/freestyle.

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Andy Chambers 

The cream of the UK’s windsurfing talent descended on WPNSA this weekend to receive their trophies and receive applause from their peer’s.

All windsurfing disciplines were represented including Olympic RSX, Slalom, Speed, Freestyle, Course Racing and Wave.

The UKWA windsurfer of the year was also crowned. The candidates are drawn from the best national and international competitors and are then voted on by the windsurfing public.

They included, Ross Williams 4th place in world PWA slalom, Robbie Swift 5th in world PWA wave, Farrell Oshea the new UK Speed record holder at 44.7 knots, Andy Bubbles Chambers UK freestyle champion and world PWA top ten Freestyler.

After 2 months of voting the winner was presented by Bryony Shaw, Olympic bronze medalist and last years winner of windsurfer of the year. Andy “Bubbles” Chambers won on night but unfortunately was not able to attend as he was in Brazil competing.

He sent a Video from the event to the evening saying a big thanks and that he was really taken aback on winning and thanked everyone who voted for him.

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