Peter Volwater

It’s now been announced officially that Dutch PWA competitor, Peter Volwater has signed with MauiSails. The wave and slalom all rounder moves from his previous home at North Sails to join the likes of designer Barry Spanier and PWA veteran Phil McGain.

Volwater’s always been a consistent performer, finishing 6th overall in Slalom for the 2008 season. MauiSails will no doubt be looking for the flying Dutchman to better himself and focus on the podium in 2009.

Volwater has commented:

“It’s official I am joining Maui Sails and its a special celebration for the company Maui Sails - with 30 years of sail making! Congratulations to the crew and thanks for this great opportunity!

With Barry I got a chance to try the new TR5 racing machines and was impressed with the speed and stability. I look forward to working together with the team and now I’m off to Perth, Western Australia with a brand new quiver of sails.”

Peter Volwater is sponsored by MauiSails and F2.

Brazilian Freestyle Windsurfing Championship 2008 

Edvan Souza (Jericoacoara) was the champion of the World Freestyle Windsurfing championship, held today 23 December, on the beach of Icaraí de Amontada. In the great final, Edvan focused on maneuvers and established her great phase, winning the most important championship for your career. Edvan won all rounds for the 1st stage (single) of the championship, devolting himself with competence and waiting to beat his adversaries at the grand finale.

At recap (Double elimination), the favorite was Ian Mouro (Jericoacoara), professional athlete of the World Circuit, held incredible maneuvers, beating each opponent, up to the challenge with Edvan Souza. According to the president of the International Windsurfing Association - IWA, Bruno Wannamaker, "Edvan could won the title at 1 confrontation with his adversary Ian , but his biggest rival, Ian, had a impeccable and perfect round, worthy of world champion, cheering up the audience and going to a new final with Edvan, "analyzed Bruno.

In the female division, Spanish girl Vicky Sanchez, who had the best results at the first day, was consecrated as the best of the year, winning all rounds. The locals sailors Thereza Silva (Jijoca) and Tainã Fernandes (Jericoacoara) finished the championship at the 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.

The emotions of the World Freestyle Windsurfing Championship had the support of the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Tourism, Government of Ceará State, through the Department of Sports and City of Amontada. The event was sponsored by Arrow Marketing.

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 Alice Arutkin

Alice Arutkin and Philip Köster are awarded the prestigious 2008 PWA Rookie of the Year titles.
Unveiling one of the most prestigious accolades to be awarded by the PWA, Jimmy Diaz, the association’s President has formally awarded the 2008 Rookie of the year awards to Alice Arutkin (Starboard, North Sails) and Philip Köster (Starboard, NeilPryde). This time-honored tradition recognizes outstanding achievement by newcomers to the Professional Windsurfers Association.
Jimmy Diaz personally wrote the official citations for both athletes:
Alice Arutkin:
“Your commitment and dedication to competition this year has been admirable and your performance, particularly in the Slalom discipline, has been exceptional for a young sailor, especially when you take into account the level of competition you were up against. To do so well whilst also putting in a strong performance in the Wave discipline is to be congratulated!”

Philip Köster:
“Through your performances on tour this year, you have displayed not only incredible natural talent, but also incredible courage and confidence in tough conditions. To find these attributes in such a young sailor is unusual to say the least, but to find them in someone so unassuming and courteous is a true testament to your character.”

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