First EVER Norwegian Wave Champs!
|| 6-8 October
|| Refsnes Beach, nr Stavanger, Norway
|| Vidar Jensen
||The first ever Norwegian Championship in waves and freestyle was held outside Stavanger on the Norwegian south west coast. We asked top Norwegian windsurfer, Hans Kristian Waarum, all about it:
Why has it taken till 2006 to have the first ever Norwegian windsurfing Wave Champs?
I think it has taken so long because in Norway there is a rule that you need to have at least 30 sailors to apply to the Sailing Foundation to have an official Norwegian Championship. We’ve had a contest for 20 years now called Jæren Wave, but not before last year did we have over 30 sailors registering for the event. That’s why we could have an official contest this year. We were also lucky to have PWA Judge Thijs von der Meer with us this time as head judge.
Is there any racing competition in Norway?
Yes, there is a lot of racing going on in Norway. We have the Norwegian Formula Cup and two or three slalom events every year.
Is the beach that the event was held on the beach to wave sail in Norway?
The direction we had for the contest was a little too onshore, but Refsnes is the place that we sail the most. It works on both south and northerly winds, and actually has two reefs that give down-the-line conditions in both wind directions.
Vidar & Orjan Jensen are the most famous Norwegian windsurfers but they live in Gran Canaria. How often do they get back to Norway to compete?
The Jensens don’t spend much time in Norway but they came here for the Jæren Wave last year. I think this time Vidar and Ørjan were very keen on getting the national title – that’s why they came.
So other than the Jensens, who also rips it up for Norway?!
Well Rolf Gregersen, who came third, is not professional but has been driving a lot to Varberg in Sweden to sail and also spent some time in South Africa this winter.
As for me (I came fourth) I have been competing in the PWA this season in the wave events. Also I am going to be in the Red Bull Storm Chase together with Ørjan Jensen this Autumn. After that I go to Chile and maybe Maui in April. So you can say that I am a half professional at the moment although I also study religion this semester as well as making a windsurfing DVD – I’m a busy guy!
1st Vidar Jensen
2nd Ørjan Jensen
4th Hans Kristian Waarum
The contest was sponsored by srfsnosk8, and the organiser of the event was Sola Brettseilerklubb.