- 31 January 2008 | Windsurfing
Conditions lightened today for the final day of racing at the 2008 Oceanic and Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships. The race committee again got the maximum of four races underway over the day in 12-14 knot winds which later moderated to 8-11 knots for the final two races. The lighter winds allowed some sailors the opportunity to climb the rankings after three days of high winds and big seas.
As two-time Formula Windsurfing World Champion Steve Allen (AUS-0, Gaastra/Gaastra) entered the event as favourite, he confirmed his status as one of the best formula racers in the world by winning seven of the twelve races, ending the event with a total of 9.25 points, rightfully achieving first place overall in the regatta.
Jesper Vesterstrom (DEN-111, Starboard/NeilPryde) put in a last minute effort to take the title from Steve, winning two of the last four races today, however it was not enough to take the lead from Steve and in the end he achieved a clear second place with 13.00 points.
The fight for the final spot on the podium became a close battle today as two-time defending champion Sean O’Brien (AUS-120, Starboard/Gaastra) closed the points gap between his rival Jesper Orth (AUS-10, Starboard/Severne) beating him in three out of today’s four races. It wasn’t enough to take third spot from Jesper overall and the Western Australian took third place by a mere 1.25 points finishing on 29.75 points with Sean on 31 points.
Sam Parker (AUS-3, Starboard/NeilPryde) consolidated his 5th place lead over Brett Morris (AUS-8, Starboard/NeilPryde) and became the Masters division champion at the end of today’s racing despite retiring from the first race of the day with gear failure. New Zealand RS:X sailor Antonio Cozzolino (NZL-131, Starboard/NeilPryde) put in a strong performance considering he used a smaller sail than the rest of the fleet (9.5m RS:X sail) and managed to hold onto his 7th position overall and took out the Lightweight division.
In the Grand Masters division, Rick Murray (AUS-4, Starboard/NeilPryde) took a convincing lead over his next rival to take the division win. Mitch Stephenson (AUS-195, Starboard/Severne) took out the Youth division and Greek sailor Jason Roditis (GRE-200, Starboard/North) took out the newly introduced Formula Experience Plus division.
- 30 January 2008 | Windsurfing
A long lasting friendship between Levi and team Quatro will now be amplified by a professional relationship between one of the most style inspiring windsurfers of our time, and one of the most avant-garde board brands in the industry.
The sail number USA-0 has become synonymous with long and powerful wave riding, connected by smooth transitions from one maneuver to the next - which is pretty much the Quatro design ethic.
Levi has a magical way of finding and doing the right thing at the critical section of the wave. Plus, he shares an equal perspective on spending as much quality time on the water as his new sponsor.
- 29 January 2008 | Windsurfing
After weeks of independent testing, Kevin Pritchard finally chose Gaastra from the stack of sail brands hunting for a multiple world champ. Not only that but Kevin, 31, now gets to work alongside his brother Matt once more, though this time round big bro Matt’s the team manager as well as a tuning buddy.
It’s the third time for Kev back on the ‘The Big G’, after starting out as a junior team rider in the 90s with one of windsurfing’s truly legendary superbrands.
Kevin seemed over the moon about the switch at his Blog. ‘I am super stoked on the sails, they are working really good, and everyone at Gaastra is very supportive and ready to take the brand to the top. I am happy to be working with Matt again and feel like there is some real positive energy pushing us forward. Dan Kaseler is keen on designing some new fast gear, along with a great group of team riders, it will be fun to see where it can take us.’