The PWA Fuerteventura wrapped up yesterday as the freestyle double elimination was completed. Winds were questionable at best for a large part of the event, but howling winds returned on the last day, allowing the best freestylers in the world to show off there skills. Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic / North) had won his second successive event of the year, as he continued his perfect start to the season in his quest for a fifth world championship title. Whilst Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / Gaastra / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins / Chris Benz) stomped her authority over the women’s fleet by winning the opening female freestyle event of the year in convincing fashion.
It’s the “Wylde Life”…Hood River Oregon style. Tim Becker reports on a father-daughter combo compete at the 2012 U.S. windsurfing nationals in their own back yard in Hood River. Fiona’s a 15 year old firecracker who started riding on the front end of her dad’s boards when she was just a little kid.
Kai Lenny is up for the AWSI Windsurfer of the Year Award. The AWSI (Association of Wind & Watersport Industries) is a non-profit association that represents the manufacturers, retailers, and schools in kiteboarding, windsurfing, and stand-up paddle surfing (SUP). Check out his 90 Second submission here.
Andy McKinney of Wind-NC brings us this clip of lassic summer windsurfing conditions on Cape Hatteras- Southwest winds in the mid 20 mph range and some fun windswell to play with, every afternoon! This video was shot at Ramp 30, just a few miles north of Avon.
The final day of the slalom looked as though we would see another day of classic Fuerteventura conditions, as the morning started in much the same fashion as yesterday. However after an eleven O’clock start, which allowed three heats to be completed, the wind unexpectedly disappeared. On several occasions the wind did threaten to return but it was never for a prolonged period meaning that the sailors endured a frustrating day on standby with no more heats being completed. Shortly before 4pm the sailors were released for the final time, which means that Finian Maynard (RRD / Avanti) is crowned the King of Fuerteventura after a simply brilliant performance yesterday. Maynard won two eliminations and finished third in the other yesterday to claim his place at the top of the podium ahead of Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic / Different) and Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde). The event site was still surrounded by a vibrant atmosphere as the crowds poured into the event tent to see the closing ceremony of the men’s slalom, as well as the live music and dancing.
Read the full report on the PWA Website Here, with a brief interview with Finian Maynard.
The Freestyle portion of the event begins today with the guys scheduled to hit the water first followed by the girls. Check Back here for all the action later.
More 2013 gear, the 2nd incarnation of Fanatic’s dedicated Quad range.
“It will boost your Wavesailing to a different zone. 6 stylish pintail shapes suit any level of wavesailor in either steep or sloppy surf. Pick from 69, 75, 81, 87, 94 and 101 models in awesome Innegra Carbon Light Team Editions (TE).” – Fanatic
But either way enjoy the awesome wave action in this Video.