A testing week for the nerves of many of the finest slalom windsurfers in the world. However, on the second to last day the wind came through and racing got under way. In the end it was Ben van der Steen who managed to take the top of the podium with a perfect start and flawless skills on the gybe marks. Check out some top tips from Ben on how to get a clear start and stay ahead, check it out by clicking here.
All week we’ve been stoked here on Boardseeker to have multiple times Youth World Champion in both slalom and freestyle join us throughout the competition for continuous updates. Once again Amado Vrieswijk takes the youth world title despite sustaining kit failure and a fairly painful
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On the last day (yesterday) we had skippers meeting as usual at 9am. Right after that, the rain came down and the sea was a mirror. No wind at all the whole day. At 14.30 the event here came to an end. I must say, the event was very well organised. From pick-up at the airport until the very end at the prize-giving ceremony. The crew in the equipment tent and on the water were very professional and friendly.
Terceira is a beautiful island, green, lots of cows, flowers. Not only for watersports, but a perfect destination also for hikers and mountain-bikers, it is really worth a visit. At 20:00 last night the prize giving ceremony started with speeches and handing out the awards. I received a trophy for IFCA Youth (U20) World Champion. Which, to be honest I was quite surprised about but super happy and proud to stand on the podium with the Bonairian flag.
Of course a big applause for the World Champion Ben van der Steen. After that we had a great dinner with the organisers, officials and all the competitors. Looking back it really was a great experience; meeting new people and a great event at a very nice destination.
Tomorrow I will fly back to Amsterdam vi Lisabon and on Tuesday back to Bonaire.
Home sweet home.