With 63 competitors from Europe and the Americas, the second leg of the Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix, held in Sopot Poland from June 4th-7th was regarded by all as "a great success".
 
The host club - SKZ Hestia located on the beach front town of Sopot on the Baltic Sea - organized a superb regatta with 8 races over 4 days.

Generally, racers found themselves confronted with light winds and a steep chop for close racing held in front of the Sopot Pier.
Steve Allen, AUS-0, from Australia walked away as the winner closely trailed by ARG-3 Gonzalo Costa Hoevel in 2nd and DEN-111 Jesper Vesterstrom in 3rd.

Debuting in its 2nd event this season, womens winner, AUS 911- Allision Shreeve showcased the proposed Formula One Design concept. The new class is being proposed as an alternate to the hybrid RSX class for the 2012 Olympics.

Source: Formula Windsurfing Class

Norbert MARIN, ISAF Technical Officer, spent two days at The Neil Pryde factory in China inspecting masts, sails and booms for the RS:X equipment. The inspection then moved on to the Cobra factory in Thailand for five days for the inspection of the RS:X boards, fins and centreboards.

David MEAD, Production Manager Neil Pryde Windsurfing, co-ordinated the project with assistance from Bruce WYLIE and Prayat VIBOONTUN, Manager and Quality Assurance Manager respectively in Cobra’s Windsurf Business Unit.

The visit to manufacturers forms part of ISAF’s responsibility for technical control and direction of the sailing competition. The equipment is inspected in preparation for the allocation of equipment to the sailors who will compete at this year’s Olympic Games.

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Finnish wave sailor Tuomo Naalisvaara (Starboard, Severne) continues to show defiance in the face of adversity and rip harder than ever, despite hailing from the cold shores of the Baltic Sea, which are known to freeze during the coldest periods of winter.

Tuomo had his chance to showcase his skills to the international audience at his first PWA event in Tiree, Scotland in 2007. Following this event, Tuomo spent the winter hard at work training in Maui, and flies to Pozo this month in preparation for the PWA Gran Canaria event.

Helping him on his crusade are four big companies that believe in Tuomo’s goal to reach the top of the sport, and have pledged their full support to make what once appeared unreachable, a reality.

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