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.
The 2014 American Windsurfing Tour Schedule dates is now available and for a limited time, they are offering a 2014 Season Pass for $350, which gets you into all wave events. Buy your pass before December 25th, and they will send out a free 2014 Calendar full of great photos from the AWT events. To buy the calendar only, check out the AWT Online Shop.
Santa Cruz: June 5-8
Pistol River: June 12-15
Peru: August 3-10
Baja: August 16-23
Hatteras: September 15-20
Maui: October 29-November 11
More details can be found on the AWT Registration page.
The AWT and PWA will soon be bringing us the JP Aloha Classic Presented by Kuau Store. Read the press release and details from the AWT below, 92 competitors are already registered.
The AWT is happy to welcome the PWA to Maui for the JP Aloha Classic at Ho’okipa October 24th-November 6th. AWT divisions will run as usual. Top 2 AWT ranked riders automatically advance to the PWA bracket as well as top 6 ranked riders from the AWT Pro division at Ho’okipa.
We have a great crew lined up to run the event including PWA Head Judge Duncan Coombs. The judges panel will consist of many local knowledgeable and trained judges such as Pascal Hardy, Chris Freeman, Alex Bitoun, Michael Archer, Griffin Freysinger and Neil Turpin.
Kai Katchadourian will once again be entertaining the world commentating for the live cast. He joined by several guests throughout the contest.
Local comedian Chris Seeley will be joined by Pietro Porchella announcing on the beach for spectators at Ho’okipa. Porchella has been present at all wave contests on Maui since the Maui Grand Prix in 1981. He has worked all 21 previous editions of the Aloha Classic. We are looking forward to his knowledge on the beach.
Our fearless Beach Marshal Dane Dingerson will be at the beach the entire contest keeping all competitors in check for their heats.
Red Bull is the official sponsor of water safety and rescue which will be led by DK Walsh.
Maui Nerd Productions led by Kevin Pritchard will be producing quality short video clips of the action throughout the contest.
Professional Photographer Si Crowther is the official photographer for the entire event.
And for all of you who can not attend the event, Stephan Boeker from Live Maui Webcasts will be producing a live cast for the world to watch all AWT Pro, and PWA heats from home. Tune in on the action at AmericanWindsurfingTour.com and post your comments on twitter and facebook to stay in the loop.
Contest Window: October 24th-November 6th
8pm: Notice for next day’s possibility of running contest based on forecast
9am: Skippers meeting at lifeguard tower with a first possible start of 10am
11am: Final call if contest will run for the day
Fall and Winter and fast approaching in the Norther hemisphere, that means down under summer is just approaching. Check out this preview for the NSW Wavesailing tour which includes 5 events, and looks to attract new and seasoned wavesailors. If you’re down in Australia check out one of the events and have fun!
The event dates are as follows:
Event 1 – Flat Top Ballina; Saturday 5th – Monday 7th October
Event 2 – Windang (Based in Windang); – November 16th – 17th
Event 3 – Wanda; December 7th – 8th
NSW State Titles – Gerroa; Thursday February 13th – Sunday 16th
Event 4 – Gerroa; March 1st – 2nd
Found out more at nswwavesailning.org
If you’re going to be at one of the events get in touch with us, we’d love to share your story!
NeilPryde has announced the TeamPryde’s Philip Köster, Jules Denel, Robby Swift and Steven Van Broeckoven will be attending and competing at the 13th edition of the Defi Wind.
TeamPryde riders are excited to compete in the greatest worldwide windsurfing event and will enter every race, facing 1,000 amateurs. – NeilPryde
Here’s your chance to be on the same line as the pros and see how you stack up.
You can find out more at defiwind.com
The Aloha Clinic dates are set with professional instructor Shawna Cropas andMatt Pritchard. No matter what level of sailor you are, get ready to step up your game with this dynamic duo who will guide you through the process in a safe and fun environment. Come join them on the sandy, windy shores of Maui, where the wind blows and the sun shines!
May 25th-June 1st
More details and bookings at Vela Windsurfing
The MIAMI PRO-AM 2013 is set for January 19 – 20 at the Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, Florida, USA. The event is organized by WINDSURFINGTOUR.COM and SAILBOARDS MIAMI in co-operation with the International Formula Windsurfing Class (IFWC) and is an International Windsurfing Association sanctioned event.
The event is open to anyone wanting to attend, and has 6 classes; Formula, Open Formula, RS:X, Kona, Techno 293 and Open Long Board.
for questions email [email protected].
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN : http://www.miamiproam.com/online-entry/
Close your eyes and imagine a perfect tropical island in the middle of the Pacific with miles of white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and off shore breeze up to 20 knots…
Imagine a place where you will race with your family or friends during the day and then relax with a cocktail in front or the most beautiful sunset you will ever see…
Imagine the perfect one-design race where 120 brand new RS:One sets will be available on site for an unforgettable World Championships featuring new windsurfing race formats such as long distance or the dynamic Pulsar course…
NeilPryde, the RS:One Class and the Philippines Windsurfing Association will be turning this dream into reality with the first RS:One World Championships to be held on the paradise island of Boracay, Philippines, from 10th to the 15th of December.
For more information go here: goo.gl/FrOkF
The RS:One Class is the brand new ISAF One-design universal allowing windsurfers of all levels, ages and genders to compete together.
The 2013 Lord of the Wind Showdown will be hosted by Rotary Cabo Este, at Los Barriles, Mexico, from the 11th-13th January 2013.
The Lord of the Wind Showdown pits windsurfers against kiters in course races, downwind slaloms, freestyle windsurfing contest, big air competition and the Lord of the Wind Downwinder. The warm waters of Baja, along with the consistent winds, makes this event a must for the windsurfing or kiteboarding competitor.
The registration for the contest closes on the 9th January 2013.
After racing, on the 12th January, come down to the beach and party with a great Mexican pig roast followed by the legendary bikini contest and bands rocking into the night. On the 14th and 15th January, demo days will have 10 major manufacturers showcasing their latest equipment and offering riders the opportunity to test ride their newest, greatest equipment.
Check out the 2012 Lord of the Wind Video above to get stoked for the event!
The first day of the Kia Cold Hawaii PWA Worldcup is complete. The best wavesailors in the world got warmed up with 6 more days to go riding on the now legendatry North Sea in Klittmøller. Winds where on the lighter side, as the riders began to battle in the single elimination. Brunch, Koester and Ferdanaz all impressed as did other riders expected to advance, advancing, with no big upsets or surprises.
Enjoy the video by Fanatic for high lights of Day 1. And check out a full write up of the Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Day 1 from Chris Yates at the PWA.
If you’re in Hood River be sure to check out the 2nd Swap Meet of the season, on August 5th hosted by the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association.
Swing by the Hood River Expo Centre by Waterfront Park. Sellers should show up at 7Am ($10) and if you are looking to pick up some sweet deals, check it out at 8 for free.
As stated by PWA commentator, Ben Proffitt, the PWA Tenerife has now officially been confirmed. It will take place from July 12th to the 18th, just after the PWA Gran Canaria event which was also recently confirmed.
More information about the event can be found on the event website http://tenerife-pwa.com/. The website will also feature a live stream of all the event heats.
The PWA have finally confirmed that Pozo will be happening. That’s pretty last minute. but it sounds like they will be making up for it in terms of the event. There will be live streaming through out, and tons of social media coverage! And we of course will bring you up to the date coverage fop the entire event! Check out the the event facebook fanpage at facebook.com/GranCanariaWindWavesFestival.
The biggest news of all however, is that the event will now be run by the Moreno twins. The Moreno twin’s are two of the best female windsurfers, and they intend to bring a fresh new look to the PWA tour stop. They have already re-named it the PWA Pozo Wind & Waves Festival. A strong prediction is the emphasis on growing the event to a scale that is similar to PWA Podersdorf or PWA Sylt.
The ECWF is all about having fun. For this reason there will be no wind minimum for any of the events. As long as there is enough wind to move a windsurfer forward we’re competing. So Bring all your gear! Check in will start at 9:00 am on Saturday June 9th, adn competitors should be ready to race by noon.
Found more at ecwindfest.com
The Pistol River Wave Bash takes place June 13th to June 17th. And it’s sure to be an awesome event. The AWT has just announced prize money as follows, Pro Men, 1st Place $1100, 2nd Place $500, and 3rd Place $300. For the Women it is, 1st Place $600, 2nd Place $300, and 3rd Place $200.