- 05 May 2009 | Windsurfing
Trading freestyle for slalom, the 2009 Dwarf8 PWA Surf World Cup will mark the official start of the men’s PWA race season. Following a turbulent winter of sponsorship changes and new PWA regulations coming into effect, this inaugural event will act as benchmark for the season that lies ahead.
The Low Down
Running from the 5th to the 10th of May, the Dwarf8 PWA Surf World Cup takes place on Lake Neusiedl’s 315 square kilometers of fresh water, located between Austria and Hungary. With two predominant wind directions (N-NW and S-SE) the lake can produce anything from howling side-shore gales to super technical cross-offshore conditions, leaving sailors at the mercy of the ever-changing Atlantic fronts that track over central Europe.
For 2009, PWA regulations stipulate that during event registration, all sailors competing in the slalom discipline will have to register three boards and six sails, which they will use for the duration of the season. This decision may well have implications that echo throughout subsequent events, as the slalom fleet trade months of research and testing for several minutes during the event’s equipment registration period.
True to form, the Dwarf8 PWA Surf World Cup has attracted a huge international following. In total, 72 riders from all four corners of the globe have signed up to compete in Slalom’s curtain raiser.
As expected, all the big names will be out in force to kick-start their campaigns for the 2009 season. Headlining the monster slalom fleet is 3 x World Champion Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), who’ll no doubt be looking to secure his first event victory for new board sponsor, JP-Australia.
Likewise, 2008 runner-up Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne) will be aiming to extend the form he enjoyed in the latter part of 2008 with his new sponsors, Starboard and Severne.
Ever consistent stable mates, Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / Gaastra / Dakine / MFC) and Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) are a pair likely to excel in the potentially testing Austrian conditions. While both are capable of sustaining their respective 3rd and 4th positions from 2008, they’ll be setting their sights on toppling the heavy weight contenders, Dunkerbeck and Albeau.
A shock departure from the event standings is American race specialist Micah Buzianis (JP / NeilPryde / MFC). Continuing a run of bad luck following an injury sustained mid way through last season, the Buzianis camp announced that the Denver born racer will have to miss out on the first event of the season following a recent injury to his foot. Should recovery go to plan, Buzianis should be back competing in the next slalom World Cup in Korea.
As you’d anticipate from a location that has the potential to serve up an unpredictable mix of conditions, the Dwarf8 PWA Surf World Cup crown could fall to any number of riders.
Throw in the additional variables that many sailors are on new sponsors’ equipment, there are new PWA regulations governing equipment selection, the location is a new stop on the slalom tour, and you have all the ingredients for some dramatic race action.
- 29 April 2009 | Windsurfing
After the first two events of the 2009 season (French Open and Belgium Open, both held in the south of France) the rankings have been updated with the latest results.
The world ranking is a "rolling" ranking system which includes all events from the past 12 months. A previous event is deleted as soon as the current years event finishes, or after 12 months latest.
Anders Bringdal gained the most from the participation in both events, as he did not score in 2008, and thus is ranked 2nd in the world now, just behind 2008 World Cup winner Cyril Moussilmani.
Valerie Ghibaudo is still leading the womens ranking, with another first place in the French Open event.
ISWC Overall Men
1. C. Moussilmani, FRA
2. A. Bringdal, SWE
3. B. Dunkerbeck, SUI
4. C. Bordes, FRA
5. D. Garrel, LUX
ISWC Overall Women
1. V. Ghibaudo, FRA
2. Z. Davis, GBR
3. M. Raisi, FRA
4. K. Jaggi, SUI
5. B. Hoefer, GER
ISWC Board Manufacturers Ranking
4. Carbon Art
ISWC Sail Manfacturers Ranking
1. North Sails
2. Loft Sails
3. KA Sails
5. Neil Pryde
ISWC Nations Ranking
IKA Overall Men
1. Alexandre Caizergues, FRA
2. Sylvain Hoceini, FRA
3. Rob Douglas, USA
4. Chris Prin-Guenon, FRA
5. Jerome Bila, FRA
IKA Overall Women
1. Charlotte Consorti, FRA
2. Sjoukje Bredenkamp, RSA
3. Melissa Gil, USA
4. Caroline Adrien, FRA
5. Jemma Grobbelaar, GBR
3. South Africa
4. Great Britain
- 29 April 2009 | Windsurfing
It is already a tradition that Estonian surfing season is starting with the Surf fair.
It really does not matter weather you are interested in getting started or surfing is your life style this is the place to be. Today's polluted world everybody should cherish the mother nature and find ways to think and act green.
We are doing it by organizing re-use fair for surfing gear. This is an open market where everybody can sell - buy or trade their surfing gear, participation of the fair is free.
Surfing fair will take place on 2nd of May in Tallinn at Pirita beach next to Hawaii Surf surfing club (address: Merivälja tee 1F). Fair opens for visitors at 12 o'clock.
Everybody who want to sell something should gather around 10 o'clock. Surf fair is organized by Estonian Windsurfing Association and will be full of interesting actions and chill.
The fair is opened until 16.00 All sun, sea and surf loving people will come together to celebrate the opening of the new season. The coolest after party will continue in club Bonbon at 23.00. Welcome!
The first competition in this season is Estonian Open Championship in Slalom that will take place between 9-10th of May.