BWA Cornwall: crazy air time

It was dark when the Pros met for Skippers Meeting this morning! But once daylight emerged, Gwithian was looking very tasty; cross offshore, mast high in the sets.

It took a while to drag flags, judges and kit upwind where the wave had a better shape, but then the 18 Pros started off just after nine in the morning with 18 minute heats, two waves to count.

A welcome return to the Tour for Jan Sleigh who is now living in Newquay, but he was up against the Giant Slayer of the day, Dave Horrocks (younger bro of Phil). Dave was on fire in the port tack/Cape Town ish conditions. He then went into a heat with Timo Mullen (Starboard), Sam Neal (JP/NeilPryde) and Ben Proffiit (Simmer) and came second, knocking out the current BWA tour leader. But his fine run was stopped in the next round by Andy Chambers (JP/NeilPryde).

The usual suspects got through to the last eight; Andy King (Goya), James Cox (Ezzy) Jamie Hancock, Chris Murray (Starboard/Tushingham). This was Jamie's first BWA event of the year and he was looking good the day before but landed an aerial late into the pocket in his heat and damaged his calf muscle and had to pull out the competition.

So into the last eight and Andy King and Phil Horrocks got past James Cox and Chris Murray (who was really going for it and getting some of the biggest aerials) and Timo Mullen won over Andy Chambers and Dave Horrocks.

It was decided to hold a four man final so after one heat break the four were sent out.

Phil was ripping, his bottom turn and top turns were linking nicely, choosing the right wave and had a cracking aerial to confirm his first place. Timo did clock the biggest aerial of the competition but didn't gather enough points to make it into second.

That place went to local boy Andy King who got plenty of very controlled aerials and towards the end of the heat trying backloops of the lip! Chris Murray came fourth, really consistent and more ballsy than normal, his fourth finish is much deserved and of course he could do better as the double has already started.

South-westerly winds are forecast fot Saturday and of course the amateurs, masters and ladies register tonight at the SandSifters in Gwithian.

Lorenz Forstenlechner: way to go, dude

The Austrian Windsurfing Championships have successfully been concluded. The event took place on Lake Neusiedl, in Podersdorf.

The weather conditions were not perfect, but the organization and athletes did their very best to reach the final standings.

According to event organizer and Naish team rider Tom Hartmann, “in total over 120 participants attended the event and all the disciplines had a final result - that was a truly cool event.”

Results
1st — Lorenz Forstenlechner (Naish Sail)
3rd — Daniel Bikich (Naish Board/Naish Sail)

Jersey, Channel Islands: lots of space to windsurf

The Guernsey windsurfing team has won the Channel Islands Windsurfing Championship, held in St Ouen’s Bay, UK.

Andrew Hutchinson took the first place, Matt Le Poidevin was second and Matt Stark got third place, which means a full podium for Guernsey.

The competition was held with more than six winds with 10-15ft waves. The Jersey team was playing in home waters, but will have to wait for the next competition to reconquer the title.

This time, judges decided to score control and style of waves jumps.