The wave competition in Sylt was left unfinished as the strong winds forecast at the end of the week never materialised. With all competitors in the Men and Womens wave left in the competition. Joint first place is awarded. This means that Kauli Seadi and Daida Moreno become the 2005 World Champions.
It was also a great sight for us brits, as 2nd and 3rd Place went to Nik Baker and Robbie Swift. Both from the south coast of England now ranked 2nd and 3rd in the world. And from the evidence that they have shown here and on the rest of the tour there is no reason why they will not be somewhere on the podium next year.
The women saw Daida take her 6th title, her sister Iballa in second and Karin Jaggi in third place. However, I don\’t think that Daida actually got onto the water which is a great shame. There is still no doubt that Kauli and Daida deserve their titles even though there has not actually been a full double elimination completed. Kauli has won 3 events this year, and place 2nd in the other all in very different conditions. He said it was his best achievement ever!
A funny thing also happened in the Racing. We now have joint world champions Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Micah Buzianis. Bjorn won this event quite convincingly despite struggling in the lighter conditions. He never slipped off the top of the leader board. Micah crept up as the event went on to 2nd and Antoine came in at third. Had Antoine finished above Micah in the last race then the overall title will have gone to Bjorn. With Bjorn winning this event and Micah the Fuerteventura event it was one all! There are no rules in place just yet to decide who just win in such a scenario.
And to Slalom 42, it seemed to work well and covered a broad range of conditions, however a lot of sailors are calling for more sails and boards to be allowed, since they bring them all with them anyway and only make the decision what to register at the last minute. 5 sails and 3 boards seems to be a popular choice. Windsurfing going round in circles again!!
As the big men were presented with their prizes, including Champagne and the biggest glasses of Fosters you have ever seen you can imagine what the plan was lurking in the amongst the fleet armed with Dom Perignons finest…
Bjorn just scanned them all with a glare that saide “dont even think of it”,!!! Dan Ellis and Kauli Seadi had other ideas…
Photo Credit: Clyde Waite