Windsurfers and kiteboarders celebrate 21th anniversary of the Aruba Hi-Winds

Since its early years in the mid-eighties, when windsurfing greats like Robby Naish and Bjorn Dunkerbeck raced in Aruba year after year, the Aruba Hi-Winds has remained one of the biggest names in windsurfing events in the Caribbean, including freestyle windsurfing and Kiteboarding.

Aruba is blessed with almost ideal wind- and water conditions for windsurfing and Kiteboarding. Whether you’re a traditional down-wind slalom racer, a fearless freestyler or if you’ve joined the newest craze in watersports: kiteboarding, the Aruba Hi-Winds is there for you!

Besides being a first-rate windsurfing and Kiteboarding event, the Aruba Hi-Winds is renowned for having an extensive and exhilarating entertainment and social program for its competitors and friends. Participating in the Aruba Hi-Winds means partying from start to finish! Don’t miss the fun!

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Shahar Zubari

Israeli star Shahar ZUBARI and Spain's Blanca MANCHON top the leaderboard as light winds prevailed during the opening three day's of racing at the RS:X European Championships in Tel Aviv, Israel.

With six races in the bag, all in light conditions, everyone is very pleased to be able to take a break during the lay day on Wednesday and gather themselves for the last three days of intense competition.

Shahar ZUBARI (ISR) is determined to take gold on his home waters. He is already a celebrity after winning the bronze medal in Beijing. Cameras are attracted to him like bees to honey so winning here will only add to his appeal. Just remember that Israel have only ever won six Olympic medals; three of those have been in windsurfing.

The holder of two, Gal FRIDMAN (ISR), bronze at Atlanta 1996 and gold in Athens 2004, paid a visit to championship earlier in the week and may well be returning to the Olympic windsurfing circuit for another shot at Olympic glory. Currently thought he is playing his cards close to his chest, although more is expected to be revealed in Weymouth at the RS:X World Championships in September.

Meanwhile Julien BONTEMPS (FRA), silver medallist at Beijing, is seven points adrift in second with João RODRIGUES (POR), the defending European Champion and current leader of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Standings, in third a further nine points back.

The battle for the podium will continue on Thursday. The Forecast is for more of the same. Light to moderate sea breeze. ZUBARI excels in these conditions. He is a cool customer and rarely gets excited. All those around him may be feeling the pressure but at the moment he looks to be taking everything in his stride.

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Germany prepares for the 2009 IFCA Slalom Youth & Master European Championship

From August 11th to 16th 2009 the eyes of the European windsurf scene will look towards the north of Germany where the IFCA Slalom Youth & Master European Championship 2009 will take place at Schoenberger Strand / Kiel.

More than 120 competitors from all over Europe are expected to take part in the categories Youth (U-20) and Master. The event will be one of the biggest windsurf events of the year in Germany. 

The IFCA Slalom Youth & Master European Championship 2009 is sanctioned by the International Funboard Class Association (IFCA) and the international sailing federation ISAF. The agency Choppy Water is responsible for the organization of the event.

Choppy Water has got a great experience in organizing such events as it hosts the national windsurfing series "German Windsurf Cup" and the well known "Surf Cup Sylt". Choppy Water also exclusively markets the European Championship 2009. The event is organized in close cooperation with the German Windsurfing Federation (DWSV) and with the support of the municipality of Schoenberg.

It is the first international championship of the IFCA in Germany for the past years. In a long selection process the venue Schoenberger Strand/Kiel stood up to several national and international applicants. Besides other advantages the great windsurf spot and the excellent infrastructure of the venue were the deciding factors for the choice of Schoenberger Strand/Kiel.

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