- 20 July 2008 | Windsurfing
Challenging conditions and an ample dose of surprises marked the start of competition in Fuerteventura, and set the scene for the forthcoming four days of race action.
First to christen the racecourse was the men’s fleet. The opening rounds tested the nerves of all involved, with the wind gusting from the minimum required 7 knots, all the way up to over 20 knots.
Returning to the Professional circuit after an 8-year break, Jamie Hawkins (Exocet, NeilPryde) was one of the day’s first casualties. He false started in the very first heat of the competition. Kurosh Kiani (Starboard) made the same mistake, meaning the pair failed to qualify for the semi final.
There was more upset in the opening round, when the fiercely competitive Josh Angulo (MauiSails, Dakine) struggled to dial into the fluky conditions, and ended up finishing last in heat two. Adding to the surprises, seasoned racers Ross Williams (Tabou, Gaastra) and Arnon Dagan (Fanatic, Gaastra) slipped up when they false started in heat four, denying them a chance to compete in the next round.
- 18 July 2008 | Windsurfing
Leaving the shores of Pozo behind, the PWA World Tour makes a short leap over to Fuerteventura for the third and final stop in the Canaries. The event takes place in the southeast corner of the island, on Sotavento beach.
Hosting the action is the world famous Rene Egli Windsurfing Centre, which sits in prime position just a stones throw from the waters edge. The idyllic location, with its white sands and azure backdrop proudly boasts a wealth of heritage, being one of the most enduring fixtures on the PWA world tour, with a history of epic contests stretching back over more than twenty years.
2008 sees both the men’s and women’s fleets competing for top honors in the slalom and freestyle disciplines.
- 16 July 2008 | Windsurfing
The Tiree Wave Classic 2008 is on! The new dates are Saturday 11th to Saturday 18th October. The PWA event is yet to be confirmed but the UK event is going ahead and this year there will be:
Substantial prize fund for the pros and amazing prizes and goody bags for all other fleets. Full on GMFCo. run event with foodie theme nights from An Talla Hall, plenty of discos and the odd celidah thrown in for good measure!
It is essential that we all support the biggest UK windsurfing event on the calendar by turning up so get planning.