- 15 January 2009 | Windsurfing
The first and best long distance marathon race of the year takes place in West Australia - Lancelin.
It is the Guinness book of records longest running windsurfing event and this year around 160 competitors from all over the world started at the beach of Ledge Point to take on the challenge. To enter is more important then winning, lots of familiar happy faces from people that have made this tradition. There is different classes - women, junior, open, masters, grand masters and elite.
Some people do the race on wave boards making it even more of an accomplishment to make the pub down wind in Lancelin - 25 km’s away. For full results check the event homepage, surf around and make sure to come out next year for the 25th LOC!
There was a fine wave event held at South Passage won by Jaeger Stone with impressive manouvres.
In the elite division it was a very tight race with Chris Lockwood. I had a difficult starting position in the middle of everyone, and couldn't get planing at first. But it was no write-off and got up to speed quickly enough realizing that it was a fast pace. The brand new Maui Sails TR-5 7,6 together with F2 SX M proved to be a solid combination.
While overtaking several guys, I finally got Chris at the 5th cray boat, but lost 1st position again at the next one - cause the reach was soo broad and far we couldn't see where they had anchored, to the advantage of Chris.
But at the last boat he went too wide and I could pass him back (re-spritzed him) pulling a swift gybe on the inside. Leading the last reach back all the way to the finish line in 29 minutes and 16 seconds, I was followed closely by ’08 gps speed champ Chris Lockwood and Patrik Diethelm in 3rd.
- 15 January 2009 | Windsurfing
At 1100hrs racing started in a shifty 8 knots of breeze. Both Thiseas Kambas (GRE3) and Leung Ho Tsun (HKG2) the top two on the leader board put in a bad one finishing in the high teens.
Mateusz Hoppe (POL41) who has not been on sparkling form to date benefited by taking the gun with Songkram Singsart (THA4) taking second place and Michalis Malekkides (CYP9) 3rd.
Life was not looking if it was about to improve for Thiseas when in the second race of the day he rounded the top mark deep in the fleet just behind Chang Hao (TPE8). However the wind gods were about to play their hand. A new breeze lifted them onto the plane. Before the middle of the last down wind, they had both passed 15 others.
Thiseas was smiling with some relief when he hit the shore, knowing that he could drop the first race now that the discard has kicked in and his 9th in the second would let him retain his position at the top of the leader board and his two point cushion.
Chang moves up a place overall to 4th thanks to his blast on the last downwind but has lost ground in his battle with Liran Moshe Machlev (ISR111) who now moves up to third overall thanks to his consistency and his third place in race 6.
The last race in the boys’ Youth World Championship will be a medal race for the top 10. Oliver Tom Schliemann (GER1001) who has now dropped out of the top 10 thanks to a disasterous day on the water (26th & 18th) has also used the last throw of the dice. He sought redress against the Race Committee saying that conditions were not suitable for racing. His witnessses had also all had an awful first race.
- 14 January 2009 | Windsurfing
Roberto Ricci Designs have just announced the latest addition to their international windsurfing team. Joining the line up for the 2009 season is Brazilian freestyler, Edvan De Souza. The 21-year.old moves to RRD from his previous board sponsor, Mistral.
Hailing for the much-hallowed windsurfing Mecca of Jericoacoara, De Souza will be representing RRD on the PWA’s freestyle circuit. Following his World Tour debut in 2008, RRD will no doubt be calling on De Souza to bolster their PWA freestyle rankings; arguably the brand’s least represented discipline.
Additionally, and not widely publicized, De Souza is also a talented wave sailor, and one to look out for in the future if he ever decides to pursue this aspect of his windsurfing.
On joining RRD, the Italian brand have commented:
“The RRD Family welcomes Edvan Souza, a young freestyle wizard from Jericoacoara (Brazil) that is already shooting his infinite string of tricks on stylish RRD boards. Edvan plans to attend all the PWA freestyle events of the income 2009 season. Welcome Edvan!”
Edvan De Souza is sponsored by RRD boards and Simmer Style sails.