Day 2: First blood Alberto Menegatti
A slow and sunny start to the day led to the wind starting to build around lunchtime and by 14:20 the first elimination had been resumed in 8-13 knots. The winners’ final was completed just in time as Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7) claimed the first victory of 2014.
Tomorrow’s action will kick off bright and early with the skippers’ meeting being called for 7am. The latest forecast promises the infamous Tramontana wind – which last appeared here back in 2011, producing exhilarating slalom with gusts of up to 50 knots – so tomorrow should see frantic, adrenaline fuelled racing with a first possible start at 07:30am.
Day 1: The opening round of race one completed before the wind halts play
The inaugural day of the 2014 PWA Catalunya World Cup saw a hazy and chilly start, however it wasn’t long before bursts of sunshine started to burn through the cloud and 6 heats were completed.
Dunkerbeck reflects on day one:
“The wind started off pretty good 10-12 knots and sunny, up until my heat no. 6 it was on the limit but ok, then a cloud came, the wind dropped and changed angle, so even on my 10m2 Severne reflex 5 and 130 Litre Starboard I was underpowered. I’m really happy with the sail but in no wind there is a limit…! A few heats later the day was called off for not good enough wind for slalom! Looks like there will be Tramontana in a few days… I really hope to get some better wind for windsurfing soon (;-))) AND SOME FUN SLALOM!”
NeilPryde slalom team spent three months in Maui this winter preparing for the PWA slalom season ahead. They created a short video series documenting their experience and providing racing tips and tricks for slalom windsurfers. In Episode 1, Antoine Albeau talks us through racing sail tuning.
Episode three for the Tourists of the Sea, featuring Kevin Pritchard and Graham Ezzy is here!
Windsurfing, discovery, fun, photos, stopping the car in the middle of the road to take pictures, that is the joy of being a tourist. The boys find a sweet little sailing spot near Pismo Beach. Check it out.
The KSB Collective released this clip from a project they where working on 2 years ago featuring Dario Ojeda. 2 years may seem like an eternity ago, and it may seem like a lot has changed, but a board is still a board, and action is still action.
2 years ago we made a little focus on Dario Ojeda during the Fuerte Wave Classic. After that we had the project to do a complete video about him and start to look for money and time to build this project. We didn’t find what we want to accomplish our goal properly. We don’t give up and for now, have a look at this rebuild interview which was a part of our “Project production file”. For sure you already saw some of this footage, and some informations are no longer valid, but this video was not intended to be broadcast.
Third episode of the Juban brothers adventure is here.
Camille and Tom Juban came to Chicama, in the Peruvian desert to beat the Guinness World Record for longest wave ever windsurfed. But before they do that they have to get the right swell, test the cameras, make sure the GPS is running and figure out how the waves at Peru’s (the world’s?) longest point really work. Will it be possible to break the record? Stay tuned for the answer. This Is what It’s Like to Ride the Longest Waves in the World | Endless Ride, Ep. 3
The second episode of the Juban brothers Endless ride is here.
After arriving in Chicama, Peru the brothers Juban can’t wait to hop into their wet suits and go for a surf. After a morning session they grab a lunch of the local delicacy, ceviche, which is delicious local fish ‘cooked’ in lime juice. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. In the afternoon the wind comes up so they are back in the water on their windsurfing boards to test the waves and see how likely it is that they will get the magic, world-record-breaking ride at this legendary spot. The potential is there, but will the swell arrive? This Is one of the most Amazing Waves in the World | Endless Ride, Ep. 2