RS:X Youth World Championship 

The competitors in Pattaya awoke on the final day of the 2008 RS:X Youth World Championships, postponed because of the sit in at the main international airport in Bangkok last December, to a calm sea and for the first time, a light breeze blowing directly on shore. The boy’s fleet race were scheduled to start first, followed by the girl’s fleet and the boy’s Medal Race last. The postponement flag went up at 10:00 and stayed there for an hour as the convected wind filled in and steadied.

In the 11th girl’s race, Maja DZIARNOWSKA (POL) won convincingly in 12 knots of wind. Laura LINARES (ITA) finished second with Agnieszka BILSKA (POL) in third and Victoria CHAN (HKG) fourth.

LINARES just needed to sail a conservative race, make no mistakes and victory would be assured. Like a true champion, she went out into the best racing conditions of the week in a relaxed frame of mind. This race was a formality in every sense.

Five Youth World Titles For LINARES

LINARES went out for the final race on Sunday knowing that she could become a five-time Youth World Champion. She has won gold three times at Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship (in 2006, 2007 and 2008), as well as two bronze medals (in 2004 and 2005) and she had also won the RS:X Youth World title in 2004.

Sunday was the final day she raced as a youth. She now moves up to the Olympic fleet and new challenges. For now, let us dwell on her remarkable achievements as a youth. Her record is truly exceptional.

At this championship, she took time to get her head into the racing. The results in the first four races show this. Then she found her usual grip and moved up a gear. From that moment on, no-one stood a chance of heading her. LINARES finished with a six-point cushion and declared herself satisfied with her performance.

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Mattia Pedrani 

Casting sexual connotations to one side, Italian freestyler Mattia Pedrani has recently updated his blog with news of sponsorship changes, and the release of his latest music and video media.

With the windsurf transfer season still very much in full effect, 23 year old Pedrani has announced that he’s changing both board and sail sponsors. After competing on equipment from Mistral and North during the 2008 season, Pedrani has now made the move across to Starboard and Simmer sails.

While there’s been no official word from either brand about their latest signing, Pedrani, who finished 13th overall in the 2008 PWA freestyle discipline, has been quick on the case to publicise his new sponsors.

In addition to the Italian’s new sponsors, Pedrani’s also released footage of his winter’s exploits in Lake Garda. Ripping in his now trademark dry suit, the video, ‘Iron man on a Mission’, which refers to the models of his new Simmer sails, shows the cold’s no reason to hold back from throwing down literally every move in the book.

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2009 Longboard Windsurfing Festival

LBWS & Windsurfing NSW present the 2009 Longboard Windsurfer Festival, Friday 23 Jan – Monday 26 Jan - It’s all about fun, friends, competitive racing, great blasting and cruising.

This event will be a great opportunity to catch up with other longboard windsurfers from around Australia and check out some of the new longboard equipment that will be on show.

There will also be some great racing as the Festival will include the Windsurfer One Design and Raceboard Oceanic Championships.

Don't forget the festival is held over two locations. The Oceanic Raceboard Championships will be held at Illawarra Yacht Club and the Windsurfer One Design National Championships be at the Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club.

Pull out your Wally or Raceboard and get involved, we are expecting around 100 entries.

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