Happy Monday to you all…I trust your weekends were all fun filled and action packed.
That is only partially true for the lucky boys and girls who are strutting their stuff at the Reno World Cup in Sylt.
Saturday was day one and almost inevitably, after such a build up, the wind turned party pooper and didn\’t show up. It blew around six knots most of the day – that\’s just one knot short of the minimum for slalom competition but nowhere enough to get the freestyle or wave fleet interested.
But every windless cloud has a hot and sunny lining and having a day on the beach gave the crowds the chance to mingle with the sailors and test their skills on the surf simulator. Check out the full day one report at www.pwaworldtour.com.
Day two was similarly glassy and flat but that provided the perfect opportunity for the top men to hit the water for a tow-in freestyle session. The format: Four man heats with one sailor going through. The prize: 1000 Euro.
In heat one newly crowned freestyle world champion Steven Van Broeckhoven got proceedings underway with a huge air funnel on his sparkly, golden board. That turned out to be enough to see him through at the expense of Bjorn Saragoza and Anthony Ruenes.
Heat two saw Yegor Popretinskiy blow the judges away with a floaty air funnel. Taty Frans, Nicolas Akgazciyan and Rick Jendrusch battled hard but couldn\’t live with the Russian, who advanced to the final.
2007 world champ Marcilio Browne made a guest appearance in heat three but it was four time world champ Jose Estredo who proved irresistible to the judges, pulling a huge burner off a ramp, followed by a maximum point scoring burner 900.
Heat four saw Tonky Frans come up against Ricardo Campello. Tonky opened up with a switched kono and sealed his place in the final by landing an air funnel into funnel as clean as a whistle.
The boys cranked it up a notch in the final. Van Broeckhoven bagged 28.5 points out of a possible 30 with an air funnel but it was Estredo who secured the prize money ith an insane one-handed burner into funnel.
At the time of writing it looks like day three (Monday) could be a race day. The freestyle fleet has been released and the forecast is looking pretty decent for some afternoon racing. The live ticker on the PWA website is definitely worth keeping tabs on.
As are the Twitter pages of some of the sailors. The windless start hasn\’t gone down too well with Andy \’Bubble\’ Chambers. He wrote: “Up at 6am this morning, it was still dark!! Got to the beach and guess what?… No wind!! Love tooooooo! Not looking great either.”
Danish racer Kurosh Kiani has been a busy boy. He\’s been working with the PWA to come up with a better way to analyse heats and results which should help sailors and commentators alike. I\’ll let him explain more.
“The idea is that every element of data from windsurfing competitions, whether it is heat results, weather conditions or points allocated, is stored in the database and will be made readily available for the user, to allow us to see things that we have not seen before,” he said.
“For example, if we wanted to look up Philip Koster, we could find out exactly what heats he has competed in, if he were to face Ricardo Campello, we could see how many times he has done so and the outcome of those battles.
“It will be a fantastic tool to use when the commentators are trying to find out certain information about a competitor and it will really bring depth to the live programmes.” Sounds good we reckon.
Your movie offering today comes from Adam Sims. According to Adam, this took one day of filming in 50 knots and one day of editing. The result: One minute of cracking West Wittering action. Enjoy.