Bjorn Dunkerbeck

One of windsurfing’s most enduring partnerships has come to an end with the announcement that Bjorn Dunkerbeck has split from his long-time friend and shaper, Peter Thommen.

The move comes after Dunkerbeck sailed to victory on Starboard’s isonic boards at the 2008 PWA Alacati World Cup. Peter Thommen commented:

“I am stunned by his sudden choice to switch gear mid season. I cannot but close a chapter – not only in my professional life, but in windsurfing’s history books as well. Yet there is always a new beginning; change is good. I am not one clinging onto times and memories past…”

At present, the Dunkerbeck camp has not announced a new board sponsor for the upcoming PWA Super Grand Slam in Sylt, from 26 September – 5 October.

St Francis Yacht Club San Francisco

The St Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco have lodged their bid for the 2010 RS:X Youth World Championship which they would like to run as a combined event with the Bic Techno World Championship making a festival of windsurfing.

For strong windsurfing nations like Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan flying to San Francisco through Los Angeles would be much less expensive than having to make the trip to Europe. For Europeans, it is a 12 hour flight but the route to Los Angeles is well served by airlines so, if bookings are made early enough, costs would be manageable.

St. Francis Yacht Club offers one of the most recognizable and spectacular venues in the world with racing close to the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island and with the San Francisco City skyline as a backdrop. An awesome venue!

Race management is nothing less than the best. The SFYC employ a full time race manager who knows his business!… and the wind?

There are fourteen nearby hostels, one within walking distance from the St. Francis Yacht Club (located at Fort Mason with beds from $22 and run by Hostelling International). The Club is working with local colleges for dormitory housing.

There are a number of hotels in the Marina District of San Francisco walking distance from St. Francis Yacht Club (with room rates starting at $85 from the Coventry Motor Inn utilizing the club’s discout rate). Depending on demand, the club is happy to look into reserving a block of rooms for the event.

This is a great opportunity and one that the RS:X class should not pass up. The acceptance of this bid should be made a priority.

Tiree Wave Classic

The world’s best windsurfers will compete against each other at one of the most challenging of UK sporting events, the Tiree Wave Classic 2008. Running from 11 to 18 October, the competition is set to attract over 700 visitors to the island, with a dedicated half hour television program, which makes it the island’s biggest economic driver of the year.

Set up in 1986 and sanctioned to World Cup level in 2007, the competition showcases Scotland as a world-class events destination. Tiree’s rugged coastline, superb waves and £5000 prize fund will provide the riskiest and most adventurous challenge yet for windsurfing’s elite competitors.

The Event Village will offer a variety of activities open to everyone including cliff jumping, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, blo-karting, zapcat racing, surfing, trade exhibitions, craft exhibitions, island tours and food tastings making the island a perfect destination for families and groups.

A host of other activities and events will also take place throughout the duration of the competition including whisky tasting, traditional live music performances.

From its modest beginnings, owners of the Tiree Wave Classic Competition GMFCo Marketing, have delivered a marketing and sponsorship solution to major brands for over twenty years. Now one of the biggest events on the Scottish sporting calendar, GMFCo expect this year’s competition to be the most challenging yet.

Gordon Ritchie, Director of GMFCo Ltd, the event organisers, said: “The Tiree Wave Classic is now in its 22nd year and is the significant economic driver for Tiree and for Scotland.

The island is a stunning location for the competition, its diverse natural assets help to put Scotland on the map. This event is one of the most difficult to organise due to its location and the resources available. But this is what makes it so special, we have to work hard to create it, competitors have to work hard to get there.

But when they are there, they realise the adventure of Tiree and the Tiree Wave Classic. This competition is not for the faint hearted.”

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