- 05 March 2009 | Windsurfing
A bit of action has started today here on Fuerteventura's North Shore after yesterday's warm up in Puertito. On this sunny wednesday, the conditions looked pretty better down there at Cotillo's beach. Around 2pm, riders were invited to select one rider of their team to go on the water for the first heats of the first FWC.
After a quick check in the morning in Puertito where we thought today's action would be, we finally came down to Cotillo's beach, right after a briefing by Thomas and JB about the judgements. Cotillo was already sailable with clean logo high sets, a bit closing out but offering some cool sections to play with! Thomas, pretty motivated, was the first on the water to show the other guys that a sursailing session was possible, even if he broke his mast a few minutes later doing a 360 on a hot lip.
Around 2pm, FWC project initiators Thomas & JB agreed with FWC organizers Orlando Lavandera & Pierre Bracar to launch the first heats of the contest. Quickly, each team had to choose which rider will go in the water first. As wind was pumping, perfectly side shore oriented, official start for heat #1 was done at 2.30pm.
Heat #1 : Klaas, Jonas, Robin, Antony & JB were on the run for a 30 mn heat, each one of them representing their team on the water, while they were judged by their partners. 5 judges attributing notes from 1 to 10 but who can't judge their own team partner. 2 best waves count. Action went on pretty well as logo to head high sets were coming through Cotillo's bay with a good frequency.
From this 1st heat, Klaas finished 1st, thanks to a perfect wave selection and some really nice off the lips and aerials. In 2nd came Jonas who certainly chose the best option as he stayed on the right of the spot, scoring some fat opening sets. Frenchy Robin Goffinet finished 3rd, with clean aerials on some good waves too. 4th, JB Caste did not operate the best wave choice and could not express himself on these small waves, while Antony stayed stucked down the spot, certainly due to a bad equipment choice : 5th...
Heat #2 : Aleix, Jaume, Stephane, Francisco and Thomas were out just 20 mn after. Because of a too small board, Aleix could not make it and got stucked down the spot, so as Francisco who did not make it to come upwind... During this time, Stephane and Jaume scored the best waves of the day! Jaume charging hard in the critical sections, and Stephane using his experience and choosing some bigger sets he could then run with nice curves, rollers off the lips and some aerials.
- 04 March 2009 | Windsurfing
More than 30 participated in the 27th Micronesian Open Windsurfing Cup held over the weekend on the shores of Micro Beach.
Windsurfers, who mostly came from Japan, were divided into four divisions, namely the men's open, masters, women's open, and beginners. A fun race featuring selected participants from the four divisions was added into the two-day event.
Hideaki Otake bested 18 other participants in the men's open division after collecting 8.9 points in nine heats.
Otake received a wooden plaque and a windsurfing board during the awards ceremony held Sunday night at Kili Café at Hyatt Regency Saipan.
Also receiving wooden plaques were runner-up Masataka Hattatori and third placer Daisuke Inaba.
Masataka earned 10.2 points and besides the wooden plaque, he also took home a set of windsurfing sails. Inaba settled for third and a harness after scoring 16.8 points.
The Top 10 finishers in the men's open also received prizes from tournament organizer Seawind Marine Sports. The list included Kazuo Oura, Shinya Anami, Pacific Islands Club's Sergei Bargamotos, Naohiro Oota, 12-year-old Kensuke Kaku, Hiroshi Tajima, and Yoshiaki Udagawa.
Masao Hirota ruled the masters division and the fun race. He netted 13.9 points in nine heats to beat eight other participants.
Joining Hirota in the Top 3 in the masters division were Hideo Yamazaki (22.4), and Mamoru Mouri (27.4). Others who competed in the masters were Yutaka Kuboto, Kenji Hayakawa, Nobru Iisuka, Ryo Okawa, Saburo Aoki, and Shigeru Tomita.
In the fun race, completing the Top 3 were Wada and Mouri. Six others joined the side event. They were Mouri, Oura, Udagawa, Tonegawa, Otake, Oota, and Iizuka.
- 04 March 2009 | Windsurfing
We were expecting some action around Corralejo today, but the wind finally has decided to switch from NNW to North direction, that means a bit better around Cotillo's area.
As waves started to build up slowly after lunch time, it's been a warm-up for all the riders as local Jaume Coll started to catch some logo high sets in Puertito, in cross onshore moderate breeze...
Mostly all the guys then jumped in the water to test their skills on a wave they gonna ride on the next days, as the forecast still announces NNE winds with a bigger swell. Unfortunately today, the swell dropped down too quickly. Anyway, all of us feel pretty confident for the next 3 days...