Alice Arutkin

Alice Arutkin and Philip Köster are awarded the prestigious 2008 PWA Rookie of the Year titles.
Unveiling one of the most prestigious accolades to be awarded by the PWA, Jimmy Diaz, the association’s President has formally awarded the 2008 Rookie of the year awards to Alice Arutkin (Starboard, North Sails) and Philip Köster (Starboard, NeilPryde). This time-honored tradition recognizes outstanding achievement by newcomers to the Professional Windsurfers Association.
Jimmy Diaz personally wrote the official citations for both athletes:
Alice Arutkin:
“Your commitment and dedication to competition this year has been admirable and your performance, particularly in the Slalom discipline, has been exceptional for a young sailor, especially when you take into account the level of competition you were up against. To do so well whilst also putting in a strong performance in the Wave discipline is to be congratulated!”

Philip Köster:
“Through your performances on tour this year, you have displayed not only incredible natural talent, but also incredible courage and confidence in tough conditions. To find these attributes in such a young sailor is unusual to say the least, but to find them in someone so unassuming and courteous is a true testament to your character.”

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Nicolas Le Gal 

The prestigious Sail Melbourne regatta, part of the ISAF Sailing World Cup, has concluded with New Zealanders claiming podium finishes in nearly every class entered, as well as a number of top ten successes.

Andrew Brown won the International Moth division, winning three races. He was three points ahead of second placegetter Robert Gough of Australia.

Mike Bullot placed second in the Laser Full Rig class, after two wins in the eleven race series. The division was won by Matias Del Solar of Chile. David Weaver and Max Andrews of New Zealand placed seventh and eigth in the 39-strong fleet.

In the RS:X Men’s boardsailing class, Antonio Cozzolino placed second, two points behind the Frenchman Nicholas Le Gal. Antonio won four of the eleven races during the regatta.

Kate Ellingham placed third behind Blanca Manchon of Spain and Jessica Crisp of Australia in the women’s division, and Benjamin Mackay was fifth in the RS:X Youth class.

Three New Zealanders in the top five in the Laser Radial Men’s – Tim Coltman was third, Josh Porebski Fourth, and Jackson Macfarlane was fifth. Sara Winther placed sixth in the Laser Radial Women’s division. She was set up on points for a third placing but an OCS in the final race cost her the podium finish. Team-mate Rachel Basevi placed ninth.

17 year old New Zealand disabled sailor Joshua McKenzie-Brown was third in the 2.4m class, and David McDiarmid and Andrew Archibald placed third in the 49er class despite missing four races.

“Kiwi sailors have preformed creditably at this event on whole… the performance is on par with our expectation and in some cases has exceeded it,” says Yachting New Zealand’s High Performance & Youth Director Martin Watson.

Laser Coach Clifton Webb says of Mike Bullot’s second placing, “The objectives were simply to get some much needed race practice after a bit of a break late in 2008. So far so good, everything seems to be on track, however there is a long road ahead to the World Championships next year.”

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Florian Jung 

Florian Jung is the first man ever to windsurf in the Alaskan cold waters.

The pro athlete was accompanied by a marine biologist and experienced winds and water temperatures below zero degree Celsius.

Jung tested the windsurfing conditions near the Chenega Glacier (located in Prince William Sound, Kenai Peninsula, USA), a very unstable ice rock.

Because of the low temperatures, Florian Jung wore a special neoprene wetsuit.

He is sponsored by HiFly, Fiat, Gun Sails, Dakine and Surf Action.

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