PWA Sylt 2008 

A fresh 11-16 knot breeze accompanied by clear blue sky provided a promising start to competitions second day in Sylt. Unfortunately, the prospect of racing in the perfect North Sea conditions was to be short lived.
Just moments after the sailors of heat ten hit the water to resume racing, the wind backed off, forcing the heat to be abandoned. The subsequent heat had more luck, and successfully secured the only result of the day, when Ross Williams (Tabou, Gaastra), Gabriel Browne (Mistral, MauiSails), Finian Maynard (RRD, NeilPryde) and Jimmy Diaz (Starboard, North Sails) qualified from heat 11, and proceeded into the following round of race one.
Despite the race committee’s repeated efforts to restart competition, the wind refused to play ball, and ultimately resulted in the day drawing to a close with just one heat completed.
While competition was on standby, we took the opportunity to ask Micah Buzianis (JP, NeilPryde, MFC), one of slaloms most emphatic stars (and Sylt’s celebrity commentator), about his injury, and outlook on the 2009 season.
PWA: How’s your recovery progressing?
MB: “It’s going well, but slower than I’ve have liked. I still haven’t been able to go out on the water. Just before coming out here I had some x-rays taken, and the doctors said I should be ready to get on a board again in a week or ten days, but that’ll be real gentle cruising to see how it goes. It’ll take some time before I can really push it again.”
PWA: Do you expect to be fully fit for the start of the 2009 season?
MB: “Ah, yeah, I’ll be fully fit before the end of this year, and back to full strength for next season.”
PWA: Was there ever a possibility that you were going to compete in the Sylt World Cup?
MB: “That was my goal, and I probably could have, but the repercussions may have ruined my training over the winter or even some of next season. Up until a week ago I was seriously considering it, I figured if I could get a week or so of sailing in, in Maui before coming here, that I might have just about been ready. But, if I couldn’t do that, I didn’t want to come here without any sailing under my belt.”

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Kaspar Aasa 

Under the alliance of Baltic Sea countries Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Russia, the Baltic Cup was staged for the first time in 2008. This year the three events that took place where Liepaja, Sopot and Tallinn.

The classes that participated in the Cup were the Bic Techno 293 (juniors) and the RS:X 8,5m2 (Youth)  and the aim was to give young racers the opportunity to gain more international experience at the lowest possible cost.

98 different competitors from 6 countries competed in the events. Sopot saw as many as 81 windsurfers, whereas Liepaja 39 and Tallinn 44.

Techno293 6.8 class had 29 sailors (16 boys, 13 girls), Techno293 7.8 class – 43 sailors (27 boys, 16 girls) and the RS:X youth class – 26 competitors (14 boys, 12 girls). During the regattas there were senior RS:X races staged both in Sopot and Tallinn.

The first edition of the Baltic Sea Cup has proven to be a great success, the level of competition being very high and young windsurfers competing to the very last race for the overall Baltic Sea Cup victory. Next year the Baltic Sea Cup will be staged in Liepaja (LAT), Warnemuende (GER) and St. Petersburg (RUS). This event has raised the level of competition in all participating countries, next year’s three stages will allow even more windsurfers to compete at international level.

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Danny Bruch 

Maui Fin Company has recently welcomed its latest edition, Spaniard Danny Bruch to their international team. Danny started competing as a teenager, and was crowned Spanish junior Champion in 1997, going on to win the Junior World Wave Championship title in 1998.

In 1999, Danny began competing on the PWA World Tour, finishing up ranked 33rd overall for his first season. Since then, the 27 year old Spaniard has climbed the ranks where he only recently finished 3rd in the waves at Pozo, Gran Canaria, and is currently ranked 8th overall.

MFC have commented, “MFC Hawaii is excited to have Danny on the team and we’re looking forward to designing and developing products with such a talented sailor. Watch out for great things to come from Daniel Bruch and MFC Hawaii!”

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