FW Champions

Today was the last day of the 2008 Portimão Formula Windsurfing World Championships event! According to yesterday’s forecast, the wind had a very week presence, which prevented the running of a last farewell race... but not even because of that did the competitor’s team feel discouraged! After all, the day of the prize award and also of the so expected dinner has finally come.

During the afternoon, everything was carefully arranged for the Finishig Ceremony... but most of the competitors and the public couldn’t help enjoying a perfect day at the beach.

The Finishing Ceremony took place at 07:00 p. m., with the prize award. José Guimarães, Chairman of the Overpower Club, said some nice farewell words, appointing all the names that rendered this event possible. Afterwards, the trophies and pay checks were awarded to the athletes.
The winners march had the following sequence:

1º Men Division: Wojtek Brzozowski POL 10
2º Men Division: Gonzalo Costa Hoevel ARG 3
3º Men Division: Michal Polanowski POL 16

1º Men Division /Light Weight: Wilhelm Schurmann BRA 999
2º Men Division /Light Weight: Lukasz Konieczny POL 320
3º Men Division /Light Weight: Miguel Martinho POR 5

1ª Women Division: Marta Hlavaty POL 111
2ª Women Division: Allison Shreeve AUS 991
3ª Women Division: Olga Maslivets UKR 9

1º Júniores: Jules Denel FRA 41
1º Masters: Martin Ervin EST 202

This chance was also taken to call to the stage the organizers of the next 2009 Formula Windsurfing World Championship, which will take place in Spain, in the Beach of Santa Pola.

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FW World Championships 2008 

The first day of the event started yesterday with the applicantions and equipment registrations. Guido Verlaeckt from Belgium, the ISAF [International Sailing Federation] Official Measurer, did his verification job on boards and sails and, as it could be easily expected, everything complied with the standards required by the Class. The registrations’ formalization went on through this morning, as the extended number of participants - 100 sailors – forced the staff to make an extra effort.

The Portimão Formula Windsurfing World Championships 2008 gathers in Portugal, from September the 8th untill the 14th, the elite of the world windsurfing. In this ISAF [International Sailing Federation] event, we’re counting on the presence of the most relevant sailors of the five Continents, in order to award the best of them the titles of World Champions in the Men and Women divisions.

According to the schedule, at 11:00 a.m. Claudio Alessandrello - Director of the 2008 Portimão Formula Windsurfing World Championships – has started the skippers meeting before the presence of all the sailors, who waited patiently for the forecasted wind. A first possible start was immediately settled to 04:00 p.m., as long as the weather forecast would come true.

In effect, at that time, a slight Atlantic breeze came in Alvor, allowing the setup of the regatta field with the same format as the Olympic triangle, adapted to the requirements of the Class and prepared for the two races to be disputed in the Women Division.

The first race was won by Marta Hlavaty [POL 1] from Poland who, nevertheless, had to fight fiercely against Allison Shreeve [AUS 911] – the Australian, current World Champion, who finished in second - and Olga Maslivets UKR 9 from Ukraine, in 5th. However, the Women Division showed a lot of surprises and turned out to be hotly contested, as in the 2nd race Marta won once again, closely followed by Allison and Olga.

This Championships promise lot of surprises as well in the Men Division! With only one race disputed, a lot of the new world windsurfing stars started to show their best performances in a limitless competition, fighting for the title.

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Boujmaa Guilloul 

Morocco’s Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard, Severne) has taken the reigns of windsurfing’s new era of combination moves, with the creation of another brand new move, The Black Shot. After mastering the Seadi-invented push-forward, the Moroccan saw the opportunity to invent his own combo move. The Black Shot links a Crazy Pete with a switch stance forward loop. The result is something quite breath taking.

Boujmaa: “I remember the first time i landed a Crazy Pete, i thought it might be possible to make a combo by linking in a forward, but i never had the courage to go for it, and never tried it really. But lately I’ve seen so many freestylers that constantly invent new moves, so i realized it was still possible to do freestyle in the air, and that there was potential to come up with something new. I still have more ideas to come, i just need to step up and overcome my fear.”

For those aspiring to attempt a Black Shot, Boujmaa claims, “it’s an easy move. I think people who are not scared of heights can do it really easily. The only secret is to not let go and not think too much, it's easier than doubles and push forwards.”

Watch it here.