Broken masts at the Fuerteventura Wave Classic 2012

March 20, 2012 | Windsurfing
Fuerteventura Wave Classic 2012: watch where you land

The forecast for third day at the Fuerteventura Wave Classic 2012 looked really promising. The plan was to run a second elimination at one of the North Shore spots.

As the wind blew from NE direction, "Majanicho" did not work to run a competition. The riders were waiting till midday, but the conditions did not improve, so they all drove further west to check the Hierro spots.

None of them was working. The wind was too inconsistent and the waves were not in order. So, only two options were left: "Punta Blanca", a Starboard tack jumping spot, just a bit West of "Hierro", as option 1, or "Cotillo" as option 2.

A decision was taken. It was "Cotillo". "Cotillo" saw strong wind conditions with 20-to-25 knots of relatively gusty side-to-side offshore wind. Sometimes a bigger set hit the shore.

The conditions were not ideal to run a competition, but a photo and video expression session got started. Many sailors were out. Dutch lady Amanda Beenen, who recovered a bit from a pain in the ankle, Iballa Moreno who impressed with aggressive aerials and massive crashes.

Fanny Aubet improved a lot over the winter months. Also, Nicole Boronat sailed well at "Cotillo" this afternoon. So, all ladies were out and tried to show their best.

In Men's fleet, the Denel brothers were out, as well Austrian Tom Hartmann, Jose Romero, Federico Infantino, Francisco Casas Garcia, Andrew Fawcett, Stepane Etienne, Albert "Mandrillo" Ferroni and Will Ward.

Yannick Anton had to go for a break today, as his cut from yesterday is quite big. Will Ward took a lot of risk, went for Takas and Goiters off the heavy shorebreak lips, but unfortunately his session ended with a broken mast. Amanda Beenen also broke a mast, when crashing after a cutback.

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