Boardseeker Windsurfing Magazine en Boujmaa Guilloul Is The AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic Pro Champion! Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:39:57 +0000 Amy Carter Over in Maui the second day of the AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic has taken place, crowning Boujmaa Guilloul the champion! 
Boujmaa Guilloul with event organiser Sam Bittner. Image credit Si Crowther/AWT.
Boujmaa Guilloul with event organiser Sam Bittner. Image credit Si Crowther/AWT.
Today we have all been treated to an incredible spectacle of windsurfing, on the second day of competition at the AWT pro bracket of the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic. Massive sets rolled through all day making it the ideal playground for true waveriders to shine. In the end it was Boujmaa Guilloul who took the win with Kevin Pritchard in second. Josh Stone took the final podium position, with Jason Polakow in fourth. Completing the pro bracket of the AWT also meant we could crown the overall AWT Pro champion for 2014 – Kevin Pritchard. Levi Siver took second place overall, with Morgan Noireux in third. Full tour results and more on this coming tomorrow.

Stand Out Riders

17-year-old Maui local Casey Rehrer sailed a few unbelievable heats today taking out top riders including Brian Talma and Scott McKercher. Another local to make it through to the final eight by sailing some of the best heats of his life was Russ Faurot. It was incredible to see these guys and many of the Maui locals really stepping up their game and taking down/challenging the top seeds.

The Final Eight

The final eight riders were: Kevin Pritchard, Josh Stone, Morgan Noireax, Keith Teboul, Jason Polakow, Levi Siver, Marcilio Browne and Boujmaa Guilloul. All eight riders had sailed exceptional heats to make it this far and round six came down to wave selection, hacking turns, massive 360s and pushing it just far enough. Pushing it too far meant a trip down to Lanes and broken gear, not far enough meant a chance of not progressing as everyone was pushing it; it was all about smart sailing. In the first quarterfinal KP and Stone did just this and both sailed solid heats, rounding them off in style. Keith and Morgan couldn’t quite put together what they needed in the hardest of conditions. The second saw an insane spectacle with 360s and lip smacks being laid down by JP and Levi, but then Levi suffered a gear breakage and Boujmaa stepped up his riding, securing his spot in the final. Marcilio also showed moments of brilliance, but it was again the best put-together heats that made it through (that and managing to avoid the rocks!).

The Final Four

Now the stage was set for the final showdown, almost. After a show-stopping performance in the quarters JP struggled to replicate this in the semi-final, taking forth spot. Just ahead of him was Josh Stone who showed his formidable style and class, riding wave after beautiful wave. But it was again the two who sailed the smartest heats that made it through; KP and Boujmaa both showed a huge amounts of awareness and heat planning, combined with critical turns to take first and second respectively. One more super final would follow – 20 minutes with just Pritchard and Guilloul on the water and everything to play for. It was the closest of heats with both riders scoring huge wave after huge wave. Boujmaa closed his heat with a wave with a few turns, a head dip aerial AND a goiter. KP came straight back with another great wave, finishing it with a 360. This heat came down to the wire but it was Boujmaa Guilloul who came out on top. It has hands down been one of the best days of competition on the AWT and at Ho'okipa, now we will look forward many more days of top level competition as the rest of the AWT fleets will do battle and the PWA register tomorrow morning to join the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic competition. Stay tuned to all the AWT social media for more updates and lots more images coming from today's action.

Rider’s Views

Boujmaa Guilloul:

"I was pretty stressed at the beginning of the day, but I tried not to take and risks and just sail as classy as possible, not pushing any limits. I think this paid off. It was tricky conditions, quite sideonshore and the waves didn’t have much of a lip so it was hard to find the perfect wave. Through the day I relaxed and little and I just sailed with no stress. I was really surprised about where I got to; I couldn’t believe it. By the time I made it to the final I didn’t care, as I knew the worst I could get was second, so I just sailed and had fun. Apparently I sailed better than KP who was absolutely ripping, which I just couldn’t believe. "I love coming to Maui, it is one of the most consistent spots in the world to get wind and waves at this time of year and it’s beautiful. It’s so easy to get into a routine full of sport and forget about all the other stuff at home, you can combine surfing, windsurfing and SUPing; it’s perfect! Maui is also just the heart of windsurfing, being here just helps me improve and I love being here."

Josh Stone:

"Us local guys love these kind of conditions, when it gets big; especially us older local guys! It really evens the playing field, at other times the younger guys can bust out all their moves but here today it was all about just pure vertical, hard-hitting waveriding, so I think it really was lucky for us guys. It was a spectacular day and I’m really just blown away to be on the podium, it’s crazy and I’m so stoked! "I did the event last year and I got smoked in the third round! So it was a nice little comeback for me, it’s probably been eight years since I’ve been on a podium for windsurfing. I really just had fun and that’s what the AWT’s all about, just having fun. Nobody’s out there fighting for a million dollar contract, everyone’s just out having a blast. It would be nice to get into the PWA next… I’m not sure if I’m in yet, we’ll have to wait and see, I think I’m qualified to qualify! "The county of Maui has done a phenomenal job really stepping up to the plate for the event and it is huge deal for us to have the Starboard Severne Aloha Classic right here on the north shore of Maui."

Jason Polakow:

"Amazing waves all day today! I think I might have peaked too early though, I had a really tough heat with Levi and Brawzinho and then in the semi I tried to keep the flow going but it just didn’t happen. I was trying to set-up a 360, I had a nice wall on the inside but then it kind of dropped out and I couldn’t seem to pick the best waves. I didn’t see the other guys waves but I’m sure they got some great ones, so congratulations to Kevin and Boujmaa for making the final. "I haven’t competed for a while over here but I was just back and didn’t have any obligations and I mean I love to windsurf so why not! I love to support the AWT and the PWA and I just want to be part of fantastic event. It’s great to be part of the event back on Maui and I think if we keep working hard we can just build the event bigger and bigger."

Full results:

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30 Years Of The Aloha Classic - A History and Philosophy Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:31:42 +0000 Amy Carter Pietro Porcella, proud Sardinian and pioneer windsurfing journalist since 1978, has been to all the Aloha Classic competitions since 1984, he is now serving as the official commentator out in Ho'okipa, but first here he shares his memories of an incredible 30 years of the Aloha Classic. Photos by Erik Aeder.
The Aloha Classic is the longest existing windsurfing wave event (together with Sylt in Germany). 2014 marks 30 years since the very first event and the 25th edition of the Aloha Classic. Let me rewind back to when I was a young journalist, following the evolution of windsurfing, back then windsurfing was called ‘the fastest growing sport’… Maui in 1984 was becoming the Mecca of windsurfing and Hookipa the beach the place where waveriding really happened. A few years before Mike Waltze, Fred Haywood and BK (Bill King) started the Maui Grand Prix the first wave contest in the sport, which was dominated by Mike Waltze and Matt Schweitzer. Then, their busboy and flagman Paul Ehman decided to detach from his boss and to go ahead on his own with a new contest: The Aloha Classic. The philosophy of the event was very simple: Aloha spirit on land, in an amateur atmosphere, great waves to be ride on water with a sportmanship manner. Alex Aguera, the newcomer kid from Florida, was the first winner that year.
While the Maui Grand Prix faded after its third edition, the Aloha Classic in its early November spot established itself and become the most important event in the windsurfing community. It was the final event of the season and all the pros, busy with the World Cup, started to enter the Aloha Classic as it was the most challenging wave contest of the season. 1986 was the first time that Robby Naish won in Hookipa and people will also remember that edition for the first 360° rotation presented in a wave contest – the ‘cheese roll’ by Cesare Cantagalli. Before that the only jumps scored were high jumps, long jumps and some tabletops! As the years go by the Aloha Classic became more and more serious, with higher prize money and more recognition for the champions. Naish, Cabrinha, Aguera and the superstars of the PBA World Cup had to fight with the ‘local boys’ for supremacy. In 1987 it was wonder boy Mark Angulo that surprised the audience with his gu screws and ran away with the trophy and the lei on his neck. In 1990 his buddy Rush Randle took the crown; he had the power, the class and the style. In 1991 Ian Boyd one of the ‘Kihei kids’ was the local teenager to steal it to the pros.
Meanwhile, the PBA tour was growing and they started to include the Aloha Classic as the final leg of their long world tour. There was not only a wave competition at the Peter Stuyvesant Aloha Classic, but also slalom and course racing. Bjorn Dunkerbeck the blond kid from the Canary Islands initiated his World Cup dominance in all disciplines at the Aloha Classic, but it was still Robby Naish that took the wave title. In 1992 the newcomers had to win at Hookipa to become superstars, the media and tourists packing into Hookipa like never before. The event was televised worldwide and the incredible pictures graced magazines for a whole year.
In 1993 a new phenomenon arrived from Australia. His name was Jason Polakow. Jason was, and still is, a super surfer and super guy with an awesome spirit. He cleaned the pack and to celebrate his happy father Nick rented the all ‘Wunder Bar’ (now Flat Bread) in Paia for one of the most amazing wild parties of the Aloha Classic. It was Jason’s 21st year birthday party so he could have his first drink and two girls on his side. And he did… Whatever was going on at the other waves around the world during the season, people knew the last stage of the season, the Aloha Classic, would determine the best riders in the world. ‘Maui no ka oi’…that statement became a password way before the Internet. The history of the now PWA Aloha Classic was written by three guys in the nineties: Jason Polakow, Robby Naish, but most of all, Bjorn ‘The Terminator’ Dunkerbeck. Epic fights, unbelievable rides, historical new jumps, new maneuvers and loops, plus new party locations enriched the book of the Aloha Classic until the end of the new Millennium. Then 2000 arrived and I moved to Maui with the family. The Swatch Aloha Classic was the most touching edition I remember, because I ended up crying with joy; this had never happen to me before. The joy was for seeing one of the most devoted and honest riders, Francisco Goya, conquering his wave world title after ten year of sacrifices to reach the top. The joy was to see my son Francisco winning the trials and entering the main contest at 14-years-old. The joy was to see Kevin Pritchard, the first true American to win the overall PWA World Title after two decades of Naish/Dunkerbeck dominance. In 2001 finances and sponsorships dropped down, the PWA left and Dominican Tony Garcia won a slow edition with no wind, no flags and almost no people. Paul Ehman, after 18 editions, decided to cancel the event and for two long winters the wave contests, the pros, and the Aloha Classic were not on Maui anymore. How sad. We could not stand it. I finally decided to bring it back in 2004, starting from the roots; an amateur event with age groups and the old ‘windsurfer spirit’. For the first time in wave events we launched the ‘junior’ and the ‘kids’ division. The 19th Aloha Classic can be remembered for that ‘kids’ division and the family spirit supporting that. Most of them come from a noble name in sport. It was the first time in competition for people that are now dominating the watersports Kai Lenny, who was 12 back then, won in the kids. Behind him were: Zane Schweitzer, Connor Baxter, Spencer Haywood, Hunt and Kerbox. My son Francisco won the junior division in front of Graham Ezzy, who also received the Julie De Werd sportmanship award. Anders Bringdal won the master division, in front of Alex Aguera. The blessing of those days came from a monk seal, called Makana, that landed on the beach the opening day and left the last day and we had to go around her, sending a kiss before touching the water. In 2005 Mark Lefebvre who also brought the PWA back into the picture ran the 20th edition of the Aloha Classic. Josh Angulo took the top spot on the podium, 17 years after his big brother. But the pro competition didn’t last long; it was just too costly to be kept alive. Back to null for another four years until St. Sam Bittner took it by hand with her American Windsurfing Tour. With her grace and professionalism lots of good things of the Aloha Classic have come back. The event first of all, the name – The Aloha Classic – and the original windsurfer spirit (50% fair competition 50% serious fun in the evening). There is also the age group format to give all the amateurs a proper group, from juniors to grand masters. The PWA and the pros have been back since last year, choosing the Aloha Classic as the final stage of the World Tour. The touching moment that lived with Goya in 2000 was back last year when Levi Siver was finally the king of Hookipa after a decade of attempts. The monk seal was also back to bless us. Even another seal, the ‘talking Seeler’ was back with me on the mic entertaining (or annoying) the public. What else?


Thirty years later, the Hookipa wave theatre re-opens its doors to another powerful edition of the Aloha Classic. The American Windsurfing Tour with their joyful age groups of amateurs and the PWA World Cup with their selected pros will be melting together for another long battle that will make history again and keep the same well established philosophy alive. Follow all the latest from the AWT Severne Aloha Classic on the AWT Facebook page here.      ]]>
AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic - Day One Wrap Up Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:22:53 +0000 Amy Carter All the details from the first day of the AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic and it was time for the pro division to hit the water. 
Image credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
Image credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
The first day of the AWT Severne Starboard Aloha Classic starts in style as Ho’okipa produces excellent conditions and the competition for the Pro Men gets underway. The day started early with a traditional Hawaiian blessing, welcoming everyone to the beach and setting the wheels in motion for a fantastic contest. As the ceremony continued the wind started to blow and straight after the skipper's meeting it was straight on with the pro men competition.
Image credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
Image credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
A combination of the AWT regulars and Ho'okipa masters meant a lot of tricky heats, with previous and current world champions all battling hard to make it through the first round. It was Morgan Noireaux who kicked off proceedings winning heat one convincingly with a smooth taka off the section and some rail-to-rail riding that really impressed the judges. Robby Swift lost out in the second heat to the on form Marcilio Browne and Kai Katchadourian, Swift couldn’t seem to get it together and just did not get the waves he needed. Swift did however redeem himself and in round two where he was back to his regular self, landing goiter after goiter to advance convincingly. In the third and forth heats it was Graham Ezzy and Laurent Guillimen respectively that took the heat wins, while heat five saw Ho’okipa legend Josh Stone showing the younger guys how it’s done, with Jake Miller hot on his heels.
Image credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
Graham Ezzy. Image credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
Kevin Pritchard scored one of the best waves of the day in heat six to put himself comfortably through to the next round, and then previous youth champion Casey Rehrer stepped up his game in the seventh heat to win ahead of Russ Faurot. But the best was yet to come as, in heat ten Keith Teboul pulled out the highest scoring wave of the day, a 7.9 (just behind Morgan Noireaux’s 7.86) to see him straight through to round three, along with Jason Polakow. Heat eleven saw Patrick Bergeron take the win and another exceptional heat was to follow, with Levi Siver and Pascal Hardy both racking up high scores and taking first and second respectively.
All images credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
Image credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
Image credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
Image credit AWT/Simon Crowther.
It was then onto the second round, giving the third and forth placed riders from round one a second chance to advance. At heat sixteen the wind dropping significantly, calling a halt to competition and leaving the riders to swim for the shore. We will pick up with a re-sail of this heat and the competition could continue tomorrow morning, if the forecast provides what it is promising. If the conditions play ball, we could see the Severne Starboard Aloha Classic AND the 2014 AWT Pro champions crowned tomorrow afternoon! 1904241_990336754316371_7046292071695795046_nStay tuned to the AWT Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and search #AWT for all the latest from the beach tomorrow. Many apologies for the lack of live cast today, we unfortunately had technical difficulties with the set-up but hope the live cast will be running at as soon as the action gets underway tomorrow. Full updated bracket of the AWT Pro Division - scroll to the bottom of this email for full scores of every heat from round one: Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 21.58.12  Chris Freeman, AWT Head Judge: “Reviewing the individual heat scores provides insight into how the judges are interpreting the riding here at Ho’okipa. "We can see that the judges are rewarding the quality of turns highly; riders getting vertical and completing rotational moves off critical sections are scoring very highly. Riders hitting aerials without solid turns are receiving only average marks and while big moves are scoring well they are seriously limited if not as part of a combination of turns or off a critical section. "As in the early rounds in Peru, Hot Sails Maui rider Morgan Noireuax is currently topping the standings for heat total with 15.233 in Heat #1 while Quatro’s Keith Teboul left the shaping room long enough to show his rail and claim the highest wave score with a 7.9. "As we move towards the later rounds it will be interesting to see how the riders adjust to the conditions and how the judges respond.”

Schedule for October 30th

09:00: Rider Briefing 09:15: Judges Meeting 10:00: First start   Order of heats: Pro Round #2, 16 – 20 (5 heats) Pro Round #3 (8 heats) Pro Round #4 (4 heats) Pro Round #5 (2 heats) Pro Round #6 (2 heats) Semi Final (1 heat) Final (1 heat)   On Hold Champions for Charity (ON HOLD) Women (ON HOLD) Youth (ON HOLD) All other divisions released for the day.

Score sheets:

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PATRIK Celebrates Campello's Maiden Victory Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:52:24 +0000 Online Editor Official press from PATRIK Diethelm, read on for both the English and German version. PATRIK TEAM RIDER Ricardo Campello captures maiden victory at the PWA wave event in La Torche as title race is thrown wide open. LT14_ls_Ricardo_Campello_at_sunset La Torche only produced one day of wind over the nine days, but the one day of competition was one to remember as La Torche produced some of the best conditions of the year, for the wave sailors, with 20-30 knot winds and powerful, peeling, clean waves. At the end of an amazing single elimination, PATRIK team rider Ricardo Campello celebrates his maiden victory on the PWA Wave World Tour in front of thousands of adoring fans, which propels Campello into the title race for the 2014 PWA Wave World Tour. LT14_wv_V111_0452Having come so close on so many occasions, Ricardo Campello, finally celebrated his maiden victory on the PWA Wave World Tour, after producing a superb performance in the single elimination. Victory in La Torche rockets Ricardo Campello into third in the overall rankings but more importantly victory throws him into the title race with just one event to go. The whole PATRIK TEAM crosses its fingers that Ricardo Campello will be able to capitalize on the momentum he has created and rock the 2014 wave world championship. Ricardo Campello had this to say after capturing his maiden PWA Wave event victory: “This event has been absolutely amazing for me. This is the first time that I’ve won a PWA wave event, so it’s a special one. I’ve been fighting for it for many years and have been close on several occasions, so to finally win is great. The level on the tour at the moment is amazing, all the boys are sailing unbelievable.” LT14_wv_Ricardo_Campello-1 “I’d also like to thank everyone who has believed in me and of course my new sponsors - PATRIK, Point-7, Powerex and MFC - who have offered me unbelievable support, I’m really, really happy. And lastly I’d like to dedicate this victory to two really good friends of mine who passed away. 4 or 5 years again one of my good friends past away and then last year the windsurfing world lost André Paskowski, who was also one of my best friends. So this is for them. …" After winning the wave competition Ricardo was still hungry for another victory and rocked the show of the radical tow-in contest. After rotating through a crazy double pushloop / inverted pasko he earned 29.5 points out of a possible 30 to claim a well deserved victory. LT14_wv_V111_0095_s For the final PWA wave event in Hookipa Oct. 29 – Nov. 11 the PATRIK TEAM will send Ricardo all its energy for a glory season final! Thank you so much Ricardo for your outstanding performance in La Torche! Let's go German, check the next page. PATRIK Teamfahrer Ricardo Campello sichert sich seinen ersten PWA Sieg in La Torche und kann jetzt sogar noch Wave Weltmeister werden. LT14_ls_Ricardo_Campello_at_sunset In La Torche herrschte nur an einem Tag Wind aber dieser Tag bescherte die besten Bedingungen des Jahres – 20-30 Knoten Wind und kraftvolle, saubere Wellen. Am Ende einer fantastischen Single Elimination konnte sich PATRIK Teamfahrer Ricardo Campello seinem ersten Sieg auf der PWA Wave-World Tour vor tausenden von begeisterten Fans sichern. Ricardo Campello bleibt hiermit im Titelrennen der PWA Wave-World Tour 2014. LT14_wv_V111_0452Nachdem er in den letzten Jahren mögliche Siege knapp verpasste, konnte sich Ricardo Campello, endlich seinen ersten Sieg auf der PWA Wave-World Tour durch konstant hervorragende Leistung in der Single Elimination sichern. Der Sieg in La Torche katapultiert Ricardo Campello auf den dritten Platz der PWA-Wave-Gesamtwertung und bringt ihn ins Titelrennen im letzten Wave-Event. Das ganze PATRIK TEAM drückt Ricardo Campello die Daumen und hofft, dass er die Kraft des Sieges nutzen kann um sich den PWA Wave Titel 2014 zu sichern. Ricardo Campello zu seinem PWA Wave-Event Sieg: "Diese Veranstaltung war für mich absolut überragend gewesen. Dies ist das erste Mal, dass ich ein PWA Wave Event gewonnen habe – Das macht es so besonders. Ich habe dafür seit vielen Jahren gekämpft und ich hatte schon mehrmals die Möglichkeit dazu. Endlich zu gewinnen ist großartig. Das Niveau auf der Tour im Moment ist unglaublich, alle surfen auf einem extrem hohen Level. " LT14_wv_Ricardo_Campello-1 "Ich möchte mich auch bei allen, die an mich geglaubt haben, bedanken und natürlich meinen neuen Sponsoren - PATRIK, Point-7, Powerex und MFC - die mich unglaublich unterstützt haben. Ich bin wirklich, wirklich glücklich. Und schließlich möchte ich diesen Sieg zwei wirklich guten verstorbenen Freunden von mir widmen. Vor 4-5 Jahren verstarb einer meiner besten Freunde und im letzten Jahr verlor die Windsurfwelt André Paskowski – auch einer meiner besten Freunde. Also – dieser Sieg ist für sie. ... " Trotz seines Sieges in der Wellenwertung war Ricardo noch hungrig nach einem weiteren Sieg im Tow-In-Contest. Mit einem sagenhaften doppelten Pushloop / inverted Pasko mit 29,5 von möglichen 30 Punkten sicherte sich Campello auch den Sieg in dieser Disziplin. LT14_wv_V111_0095_s Für das finale PWA Wave Event in Hookipa vom 29. Oktober - 11. November schickt das gesamte PATRIK TEAM Ricardo all seine Energie für einen erfolgreichen Saisonabschluss! Danke Ricardo für deine überragende Leistung in La Torche! ]]> Interview - 25,000 Flock to Witness Campello Win Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:08:16 +0000 Online Editor BS: Ricardo, how was it to win here? RC: "I'm so stoked, winning here in front of such a large crowd is just amazing. There were so many people, I signed more autographs and had more photos with people then at any event this year. The people here really seem to know the sport and know what it is about, I can't believe how many people showed up during the middle of the week like this. The crowd were really cheering and they seem much more involved then at Sylt, I think mainly because they all seem to be windsurfers here, whereas in Sylt a lot of people come over because it is also the holidays, which is great but here the feeling is also really amazing. BS: You really seem to feed off the crowd, you do better when more people are watching? RC: Haha, yeah I don't know, I think it was amazign to have so many people here, for sure it is motivating to see them but I think all windsurfers are the same, the love a crowd. Well all competitive windsurfers, right?? LT14_wv_Ricardo_back_loop BS: Everyone was talking about that huge stalled double crash? RC: I'm completely stoked with my result, yeah I had a huge crash from a stalled double, the wave was pretty big and during the heat it felt like the wind swung much more onshore, which made it especially hard to ride but I wanted to go for this double and I just got thrown too high up with a bit of a kick from the lip that I did not expect, it ended up being more like a killer loop. I even lost track of where I was when I hit the water, I swam out to find my gear but then realised it was behind me. LT14_wv_Campello_on_fire BS: It looked like it was hard to ride, with the waves changing a lot? RC: During the competition the conditions changed a lot, during my earlier heat it was actually much easier to sail, as we progressed further through the rounds it became harder to ride, I felt like I was losing a lot of power on that inside bottom turn and I had to really adapt for each wave. Sometimes it was hard to know where each one would peak as sections appeared all over the place, once you were throwing the top turn it was then difficult to read the wind. But actually these are little things and if we had more time to practice at this spot I think it would be less to think about, it is really providing great conditions. We've had such diversity in the last week, it's incredible! LT14_wv_Campello_takes_the_single BS: You seem to have a new fire in your belly after changing to Patrik and Point-7? RC: Yeah, I really have to thank Patrik and Point-7, this change has been a big motivation and these guys are really supporting me. I had Patrik at the beach supporting me in Pozo and being my caddy, I have Andrea Cucchi being my caddy here. They are both super great I also have to say that Powerex are really providing me with great masts, these new Bamboo masts are incredibly strong, I haven't broken a single one yet and Maui Fins are a great help with the fins and harness also. I think I really have to say that this new sponsorship change has actually made me more relaxed than fired up and by being more relaxed I become more fired up. Both of them were like 'hey, it's not all about results, we know you can do well but it's more about the person you are' and this is what I really think sponsorship is about. Unfortunately I really think many of the brands in our sport are totally focused on results and I don't really like this philosophy you know. I think the more relaxed you are the better you are going to do, pressure, from sponsors, from yourself or even your mum doesn't help, sometimes I tell her to stop talking to me during a competition because I don't want that pressure, haha. LT14_wv_Campello_smacks_the_lip BS: Starboard tack, it's been a while since we saw a starboard tack with this much jumping and wave-riding in one event, tell us more? RC: It's really epic, the tour this year has become much more rounded. We are seeing a lot of changes and you know we had such a port tack biased tour in recent years. Now with Maui coming into play things were already changing and with this event it was nice to get these conditions. For me, I really like to jump on port tack and ride on starboard, but for the first time today I felt really comfortable on starboard, it's really one of the first times I've felt good about moves like double forwards on this side. LT14_wv_Campello_Forward BS: This year it looks like the winner of the PWA World Tour may really be the most all rounded wave windsurfer in the world? RC: Yeah totally, the tour has everything this year, thanks to this event, we now have two starboard tack events, two port tack with a mix of onshore, side-onshore and side-offshore. LT14_wv_Ricardo_back_loop BS: So let's be honest, you'd rather the double wasn't complete now? RC: No, I mean of course that would be nice for my result, to win my first PWA wave event would be a dream but to be second, which is the worst I can do now, wouldn't be so bad, but for sure I want to win, haha. Anyway, let's see, for now I am so stoked, super happy and have to thank my sponsors again, they are offering me a lot of support. LT14_ls_Ricardo_Celebrates Photos - Carter / ]]> 5 With Fanatics Best - Fernandez and Voget Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:52:20 +0000 Online Editor PWA La Torche, did you ever sail here before, what are you expecting from the conditions? VF: It's the first time ever for me in La Torche. I only sail here the first 3 days of my trip and this evening. I was expecting difficult conditions and big waves and I think it is. The waves get big very fast here and the spot changes a lot with the tides but I really like the location. KV: I sailed there yesterday for the first time. It was pretty light and a solid swell, challenging, but I quite like that kind of stuff.
Victor Fernandez warming up the week before the competition
Victor Fernandez warming up the week before the competition
Tell us a little bit about the competition year for you so far? VF: So far I'm very happy how everything is going for me. It's so difficult to stay up in the podium and I can't really ask for more. 1st in Pozo, 3rd in Tenerife & 2nd in Denmark. Conditions are always the same for everyone in contests so I just prepare myself and my equipment to sail as good as I can during the events. I just want to keep pushing my level as far as I can and if I sail good winning or losing is fine for me. KV: It’s not really been great conditions wise so far, but I think we made the most out of it. I’m in the top 5 – so yes of course I’m happy! Now I hope we get firing waves for the last two events!
Klaas Voget in Sylt
Klaas Voget in Sylt
The last two events are set to go off, the forecast for La Torche is incredible and Maui promises to deliver perhaps the best conditions of the year, are we about to see an epic showdown and are you looking forward to these events? VF: Of course, this 2 events will be amazing. I'm really looking forward to them. I think that this year the PWA Tour is probably the most complete tour in the past 7 years with 6 events on the calendar. The forecast for La Torche is great and Maui always delivers. I'm happy to be part of it. KV: I’m really looking forward to it! La Torche is back on the calendar after something like 20 years and should kick off right on the first day with solid waves and wind. And then Maui – which place could be better for a final!?
Just to give you a taste of the conditions - Antoine Albeau catches the wave of the day yesterday with a huge set rolling in.
Just to give you a taste of the conditions - Antoine Albeau catches the wave of the day yesterday with a huge set rolling in.
Do you feel prepared for these last two stops, have you done anything special to train for them? VF: For La Torche I prepare myself coming straight after Sylt and I scored some good days so I have more knowledge of the spot. I always like to come much earlier to every contest we do. For Maui I prepare myself spending four or more months a year tuning my boards/sails for Hookipa and sailing many hours there. KV: I’ve worked a lot on my gear this year and I think that is part of why I’m doing quite good this season. Especially when the conditions are tricky, it’s important to have the right stuff. I’m always in favour of bigger waves and this is what I’m hoping for for the two final events.
The week could see a range of conditions, Victor Fernandez has been here long before the contest to test the spot.
The week could see a range of conditions, Victor Fernandez has been here long before the contest to test the spot.
Will you be World Champion this year? VF: Still to early to think about it but I for sure would love to get the World title, I will try my best. KV: No – I guess I’d have to win both events and Victor has to finish last. I don’t really see that happening ;-)
Klaas clocks the hours in the cold spots of Scandinavia
Klaas clocks the hours in the cold spots of Scandinavia
Get Windsurf Fit in 10 Easy Ways Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:18:50 +0000 Online Editor IMG_7545 1Before we go any further let's clarify what these fitness requirements are not. It is far too easy to watch extreme sports videos and be mislead by the likes of Laird Hamilton, Jason Polakow, Kai Lenny and Kelly Slater training hard in the ocean all day every day. But the reality is that taking part in these sports is most certainly not about four minute breath holds whilst running along the sea bed, 50 feet below the surface, with a 50kg slab of reef in your arms. We are talking about learning to windsurf here, so these 10 easy exercises should get you ready for your first lessons right through to an intermediate level. Many of these are even used by the top professionals themselves, just with certain variations to increase the difficulty. First and foremost, we must highlight the muscle groups that you will be activating the most and thus, need our attention in these early days, these are; the core muscles, arms, upper back and legs. Click through the next few pages to read about these muscle groups and try out our RECOMMENDED WORKOUT We strongly recommend you read the muscle groups before jumping straight to the exercises, but if you really want to fast-track then click here. Core We all know our core muscles wrap around our stomach area, situated between the lower ribs and upper pelvis, this power house of closely knit muscles is our biggest aid in balance. Having a strong core is a big step into the right direction to aid us windsurfers through many manoeuvres. It is even more fundamental at a beginners level because we have less flow of water across the underside of the board. The flow rate of water is dependant on how fast you are travelling forwards and essentially the higher this flow rate, the more stable the board is as a platform to stand on. So as a beginner, you will be starting off slow and will need as much balance and core stability as possible to counteract this lack of stability offered by forward momentum. Exercises include: Leg Raises, Plank and Criss-Cross Sit-ups IMG_7550 2 Arms It's probably the most obvious of the muscle groups. Anyone who has seen an image of windsurfing will know that we have to hang on to the sail, via the boom, all day long. Well this is true but there is one big factor that will help your motivation to pass the beginner stage as quick as possible, a harness. The harness allows us to hook into the harness lines which are attached to the boom and allows us to rest our arms, however there are still plenty of times we must unhook and no matter what the level, windsurfing is seriously good arm workout. So we will make sure you are prepared for your first day with these simple exercises. With which you can begin to add a certain degree of difficulty. Exercises include: Handstand Holds and Ring Rolls ( also Push-ups and Dips) IMG_7533 1 Upper Back The silent killer, you do not notice it when you are on the water but your upper back is working at full force, you will discover muscles you never realised you had, but unfortunately you will only discover these the next day when DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) sets in. We've all been there, the muscle ache after a long walk/jog/bike ride, don't worry you will learn to love it. In addition to this is that windsurfing actually stretches our back muscles a lot and turns our shoulders inwards, it is not the most sexy look when you are five years in and walking around with a hunch that would put that beast of Notre Dam to shame. So it's important to work on the upper back from day one, you will get so much more from your sessions. Exercises include: Push-ups and Dips (and Ring Rolls) IMG_7552 1 Legs - Stability The reason for the word stability in this sub-title is because this is all we need our legs for really, windsurfing is quite a lazy sport on the lower half of our body and you will see many top professionals supporting the oh so classic 'chicken leg' look. It is similar, yet directly opposite to a road cyclist or mountain biker who has big legs but small arms, this is why these sports compliment each other perfectly. With this in mind, our aim is to actually work on the small and more stabilising muscles within the legs, around the knees, ankle and hip joint and not the huge amount of power the legs can provide. This said, it is always important to work on all muscle groups in proportion, and considering as our legs take up a huge percentage of our muscle mass, there is plenty of benefit in working out our legs despite the lack of use during windsurfing. The most obvious benefit is that when we utilise and train such a large muscle mass in the body it sets off specific endorphins and hormones that actually aid other muscle groups all over the body to grow even stronger. Exercises include: Burpees, Lunges and Jumps to One Leg Spot. Scroll on through the following pages to see the exercises one by one. Extend until your other knee touches the ground and work hard on keeping the skateboard under your front knee. CORE - Leg Raises As simple as the name says, Leg Raises will tighten up the core muscles and help get rid of any unnecessary poundage. 1. Start by lying flat on the ground, hands by your side and engage your core muscles by clenching your abs and trying to pull your belly button in towards your spine. Begin to raise your legs with slightly pointed toes keeping your head and back on the ground. Do not let your lower back arch upwards away from the floor. IMG_7549 2 2. Raise the legs further keeping them straight at all times. Again make sure the lower back does not arch up away from the floor and keep your hands tucked in by your side. IMG_7546 2 3. As you raise your legs to the highest point make sure you lift your hips and your hips only. As you lift give a little clench of your bum and abs to really tuck your hips up in the air. Point your toes towards the sky and try to reach the ceiling. Don't over extend, just as far as you can see in this example below and then finish off by lowering your extended legs slowly back down in exactly the same way you brought them up. IMG_7550 2 Advanced Option In the gallery below you can see a more advanced option should you have a pull-up bar or somewhere safe you can hang from.
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CORE - Plank The Plank has been around since the dark ages, a classic exercise that will never get old, it engages the core muscles to the maximum and gives you a good test of how much stronger you are getting by seeing how much longer you can hold it. To hold the Plank position set yourself up like you see in the image below. Make sure your elbows are directly below your shoulders, hands are pointing forwards and you have a 90 degree bend in your elbows. Ensure your body is fully extended and you are balancing on your toes. Don't let your butt go too high in the air and make sure you have one straight line from your shoulders, bum and heels. The last thing to do is clench your bum and your abs and try to pull your belly button up to your spine. Hold this position. IMG_7497 1 CORE - Criss-Cross Sit-ups One of the best sit-up variations out there. Whilst a classic sit-up will focus on your abdominal muscles, a criss-cross sit-up will focus on both this, your obliques and other rotatory core muscles, of which we utilise a lot during windsurfing manoeuvres. 1. Simply find a firm but comfortable floor area, or if you plan to do a lot grab a fitness matt from your local sports shop. Once on the floor raise one knee to 90 degrees and with your hands behind your head and elbows pointing to the side try to touch your knee with the opposite elbow. As you do so point your toes with your extended leg and raise your shoulders off the floor. IMG_7501 1 2. From this position rotate your core and bicycle your legs so you are touching the other knee to the other elbow. Keep your shoulders up off the floor the whole time and give a little clench as you reach with your elbow to your knee. Watch out that your elbows do not collapse inwards, really keep them pointing to the side and rotate your core to get your elbows to touch your knee. IMG_7502 1 ARMS - Handstand Holds Everybody has tried a handstand at some point but did you know it is an extremely good way to work on your arms and shoulder strength. Similar to a Plank, this Isometric exercise will see you hold position for as long as possible or a targeted time. To initiate this exercise find a wall you can hand stand against, once you have your feet up clench your bum, push into the ground with straight arms tense your core and try to point hard to the sky with your feet. Hold this position for as long as possible, focusing on your arms a lot and pushing hard into the ground. IMG_7545 1 ARMS - Ring Rolls You will require a small amount of equipment for this one, if rings are a problem then get creative, in the worst case a bar will do and still offers a great variation of this workout, rings just give you more comfort and range. 1. Start this exercise by hanging off the rings at 45 degree angle to the floor. Straight arms, straight legs, feet flat on the floor and clench your bum and core to keep a stiff body throughout this exercise. Keep your chest up and shoulders back, don't let your shoulders roll in and forwards. IMG_7532 1 2. Pull your body to the rings maintaining a locked straight core and body. Pull the rings to your chest and keep your shoulder blades flat and pull them down towards your bum to really push your chest out. Too easy? Start lower by walking your feet away from the rings a few centimetres at a time. IMG_7533 1 Advanced Options Still too easy?
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UPPER BACK - Push-ups Since the dawn of time the push-up has been considered one of the most effective body weight exercises for your arms, shoulders, chest and upper back. It really covers a wide range of muscles and suits the needs of windsurfers very well. Be sure to include this in your workout as often as possible. 1. Adopt the position below; hands directly under your shoulders and pointing forwards, keep your body straight and don't let your bum go up in the air. IMG_7552 1 2. As you lower body so that your chest touches the floor make sure your elbows are pointing behind you and are tucked in close to your body. Keep your head up, don't let it hang down. IMG_7551 1 UPPER BACK - Dips Again some equipment for this will make the exercise more comfortable and target the muscle groups that we want to just that little bit better, however there are alternatives. 1. Ensure the rings are high enough off the ground so that you will not touch with your knees as you go down. Get into position and make sure you are leaning slightly forwards. Lock your core muscles and begin. IMG_7523 1 2. Lower your body by focusing on bringing your lower arms and elbows forwards and your upper arm and shoulder should touch the ring, then push yourself back up, again keeping your lower arm and elbows forwards. IMG_7522 1 No Rings No Problem You can also do it on a box, bench, chairs or a fallen tree. Whatever floats your boat.
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LEGS - Burpees Although not the most enjoyable exercise, it is perhaps the best for our legs, stability and conditioning. As you push up and raise your body you have to focus on clenching your bum. Then jumping and landing on the same spot each time gets us to focus on our balance. Flick through the gallery and read the pointers, then give it a try for yourself.
Start on the floor, hands by your side pointing forwards
Push your shoulders up and leave your hips down
Feet to your hands and raise your hips
Jump in the air and clap your hands above your head.
LEGS - Lunges Working on our legs, particularly with Lunges, allows us to focus on our stability around the ankle, knee and hip joints. By doing this we will gain much better balance before jumping on a board for the first time. What's more, if you have an old skateboarding kicking around then you can make even better progress, read on. 1. As you step into the lunge from a standing position make sure to step far enough that when you bend your knees they are both at 90 degrees at the lowest point. As you drop aim to tap your knee on the ground and keep your back straight, try to keep your feet in one line to work on balance further. IMG_7473 1 2. It is important that you do not bring your front knee too far forwards by ensuring that it does not pass over your heel. IMG_7484 1 Action Sports Alternative Our action sports alternative requires a skateboard, if you have one lying around then go grab it, it will improve your balance immensely. Check out the gallery below.
Start in a standing position with your feet close together
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Extend until your other knee touches the ground and work hard on keeping the skateboard under your front knee.
LEGS - Jump to One Leg Spot Probably our most basic exercise this one will get you working on your balance without the need of extra equipment. Talking of which, if you are keen to try out a balance board then there are all sorts of options out there but keep in mind that science states balance boards to only be effective as a training tool for six weeks. After this you obtain very little to no further benefits. For this exercise you really need to focus purely on landing on that spot perfectly. Start about a metre back from the spot, there is no need to jump far. The main aim is to stick the landing. Land flat on the spot, don't let the knee cave inwards and keep your knees over your feet. Don't forget to alternate legs.
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Recommended Program - 10-for-10 x 3 Keep it simple at first, completing this program 4-5 times per week and then increase your repetitions by about 10-20% on a weekly basis. This is our program for a sedentary adult who does minimal additional exercise but is mobile and agile enough to complete these workouts. Three sets (rounds) of the following program: Leg Raises x 10 Plank x 2x10 seconds Criss-Cross Sit-ups x 10 (each side) Handstand Holds x 2x10 seconds or as long possible up to 45 seconds Ring-Rolls x 10 Push-ups x 10 Dips x 10 Burpees x 10 Lunges x 10 Jump to One Leg Spot x 10


Photos & text - Adam Sims (6x National Windsurfing Champion, European Windsurfer of the Year and BSc Sports Science). Athlete Models & special thanks - Hanna Poschinger, Boris Zupa and Crossfit Pantheon ]]>
Gollito Estredo - 6x Freestyle World Champion Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:57:38 +0000 Online Editor It’s a dream to win my sixth world title. It feels amazing, I never expected it in my life - Gollito After a long week in Sylt the freestylers finally managed to score good conditions to complete a full single elimination, during which, Gollito Estredo showed that he wanted that World Title back and was leaving nothing to chance by taking the victory straight out of the bat.
Gollito on fire in the light winds
What's more, a shock upset by way of Anthony Ruenes taking down the 2014 World Champion Kiri Thode, saw Gollito jump to the top of the World Tour rankings.
A shock upset saw Kiri take 5th place
A shock upset saw Kiri take 5th place
However, the double loomed and conditions provided suitable wind to fire through the early rounds, unfortunately for the former World Champion the forecast didn't look too favourable for Thode, and before long it was too light to continue competition. This meant that the results of the first round would stick for anyone above 17th place. SY14_ls_Champagne_moment_for_Gollito_Estredo SY14_ls_Celebration_timeAt the prize giving Gollito stated -It’s a dream to win my sixth world title. It feels amazing, I never expected it in my life. I’m really happy to have won again and be back at the top. I hope I can continue like this in the future and I will keep training hard over the winter to make sure I can keep up.SY14_ls_2014_PWA_Freestyle_World_champion_Gollito_Estredo Want to see some video action, then check the official event video by clicking on the link below.


The Mother of All Teahupoo Sessions Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:44:26 +0000 Online Editor DCIM111GOPROMathieu, what just happened, out of no where, images of Kauli have exploded on to Facebook, what were you guys doing there? Spikyshots: Actually it was more of a coincidence, my good friend (the one riding Naish) Charles Vandemeulebroucke has been living there for 2 years now, waiting for these conditions, waiting to score the perfect session, for 2 years... Perhaps it was no surprise that he wasn't the only one on the water that day. When Kauli showed up he had a small film crew with him who were shooting for some kind of reality TV show.

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The conditions look like they were pumping, we've rarely seen windsurfers on Teahupoo when it is this big, what kit were Kauli and Charles using? Spikyshots: Yeah it was really pumping, I definitely captured the biggest set waves on photo, as you can see here. They were both out on sails around 4.7 and quite small boards, about 75-80l. image-5 Did you get your own session? Spikyshots: Unfortunately not, my RRD gear didn't show up in time so I did the right thing and picked up the camera, it was incredible to see these guys ripping on such perfect waves but I wanted to be there so bad. image-6 Any big wipeouts? 10653419_710954188972989_1180682757094973259_nSpikyshots: For sure, Kauli went over the falls on his last wave, he got sucked over really bad. We saw him heading in after that and then didn't see him again but we heard he twisted his ankle quite bad, possibly even broken. I think anyone in his position would say whatever it was, it was worth it. image What about Kauli's equipment, did it survive? Spikyshots: No for sure not, nothing survives the power of this wave. We heard everything was totally destroyed, the wave even had enough power to break the board in two. That kind of shows you how strong it is for those that get sucked over the falls. We are happy to hear that nothing worse happened to Kauli and are looking forwards to the video footage coming online. image-4 Check out the gallery below to see even more incredible images plus the ones already featured, blow them up, check them out in the biggest possible size you can, they are seriously impressive.
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