2009 PWA Catalunya

Round 3 of the PWA World Tour Slalom is all set to kick off next week in the beautiful Costa Brava region of Catalunya, Spain.

Set on the Ballena Allegre Camping resort inside the Bay of Roses, this is a slalom sailing paradise ready to test the worlds best.

The Men
Leading the tour going into Round 3 is the 2008 World Champion, Antoine Albeau (JP/NeilPryde). Having dominated slalom for the last 3 years, the big Frenchman is clearly still hungry for victory after finishing 2nd in Austria (Round 1) and 1st in Korea (Round 2). However Costa Brava can serve up a real mix of conditions, testing everyone and forcing mistakes.

If there are mistakes, you can be sure Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard/Severne) will be there to capitalise on them. He has more World titles under his belt than any other windsurfer in history and will be determined to get back to his rightful place on top of the podium.

Currently lying in 3rd place is Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Exocet/MauiSails) from Argentina. Gonzo is one of the hottest of the younger generation slalom sailors and is finally starting to put in consistent enough performances to get the results he deserves. If the winds are light next week we could see him move up even higher.

Just behind the top 3 are a whole host of names keen for their piece of the prize purse. Finian Maynard (RRD/NeilPryde) has put speed sailing on the back burner to focus more on slalom.

A lighter more agile physique means early planing and better gybes and at the moment it seems to be paying off. Kevin Pritchard (Starboard/Gaastra/DaKine) in 5th position can be lethally dangerous when things go right for him. Despite a poor start to the season by his standards, nobody would be surprised to see him come out on top next week.

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Windsurfing 4 Cancer raised more than £20,000

Welcome to Sunrise Sunset 2009 with details of the first major fundraising event from the new charity, Windsurfing 4 Cancer Research (W4CR). This fun event took place on the 3rd May, the Bank Holiday Sunday and included venues across the UK, Ireland and other parts of Europe.

What a day! Various descriptions have been heard "Fantastic", "Monster day", "Emotional" but perhaps the Mayor's observation summed it up well. "Everyone is obviously having fun AND doing something so worthwhile"

The BBC broadcast from Hayling Island is online but please note that the '20 windsurfers' was the number at Sunrise!

By midday there were more than 120!

Donations and sponsorship now exceeds £20,000 (15th May). Well towards the target of £25,000.

The prize draw will take place on the 8th June, if you have raised more than £25 and the money has reached us by 6th June then you will be eligible for the draw.

2009 East Coast Windsurfing Festival

The 2009 East Coast Windsurfing Festival will be held at Heckscher State Park on June 6th and 7th 2009. Competitors flock from all over the East Coast to compete in this huge competition. Racers and freestylers alike will have their chance to prove themselves as King of the East.

The ECWF is all about having fun. For this reason there will be no wind minimum for any of the events. As long as there is enough wind to move a windsurfer forward we’re competing.

It’s much more fun getting out there and doing something than sitting around waiting for wind. Since there is a potential for running races in light wind, bring everything. We could get 5 mph or we could get 35 mph. Whatever the wind does, we’ll be ready for it.

Checkin will start at 9:00 am on Saturday June 6th at the judges stand on the right hand side of the parking lot when you’re looking at the water. The first Races and freestyle heats are expected to run around noon on Saturday, so make sure you’re rigged, sails are numbered and you’re ready to race by noon.

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