Zara Davis victorious in the Greek Speedsailing Open Championships

The Island of Karpathos in Greece has a reputation for strong winds.

It delivered in spades for the recent Greek Speedsailing Open Championships.

With winds of over 50 knots on the 1st day Zara Davis, the British No 1, had a tough battle to win overall with a top speed of 34.65 knots.

Her closest rival  Birgit Hofer from Germany gave Zara a real battle in the strong but gusty winds, which even made some of the men stay off the water.

It was down to the final day and Zara had dropped to 2nd in the fluky conditions and needed two wins to secure the win which she did with style clocking consistent 33.5 knot runs.

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2009 PWA Fuerteventura

After a day full of expectations, the two best freestylers in the world have held firm in Fuerteventura. Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic/North Sails/MFC) and Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde) punched the sky as they were officially announced as the event’s winners at the packed beach. The wind, once again, refused to blow enough to run a contest.

As well as the event title, the most highly acclaimed award in women’s windsurfing went to Sara-Quita Offringa (Starboard/NeilPryde), who was crowned the 2009 PWA Women’s Freestyle World Champion for the second year in succession. This incredible achievement is made even more unbelievable when we consider the extent to which she has taken the world by storm since her debut last year: the style-mistress from Aruba has not lost a heat in two years.

Yesterday, the kind words by Nayra Alonso (Fanatic/Severne/MFC) neatly summarized her astonishing abilities. Offringa was described as an untouchable, and the sort of talent that only comes around in sport on a very few occasions. To add to this already glowing report, she is also a wonderful person, always humble, always full of praise for her opponents, and always incredibly modest.

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Antoine Albeau will defend the 2009 Speed World Cup title in Karpathos

The Pro Center Chris Schill at the beautiful island of Karpathos in Greece prepares for five days of spectacular action.

The creme de la creme of Speed Windsurfing has arrived to battle for the 2009 world championship title of the International Speed Windsurfing Class.

The likes of defending World Champion Antoine Albeau (FRA) as well as last years winners Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, Starboard, Severne) and Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) are already training in app. 40 knots of wind and get used to the course.

The Greek Open Championship, which ended yesterday, produced already speeds of more than 42 knots, so there is hope to beat last years spot set by Antoine Albeau with more than 43 knots.