Archive for Mai, 2019

Catalunya Costa Brava PWA World Cup

Posted: 31st Mai 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Day 4 of the Catalunya PWA World Cup produced the most racing of the week thus far with three more eliminations being completed in light winds - 6-13 knots. The opening race saw the fleet split in half, while the next two eliminations were run as a full fleet, but the usual suspects still prevailed. While the top sailors, so far this week. were generally still battling for top honours, each race produced a different winner, while the long courses today meant to field were well strung out.

Men’s

Foil

For the first time this week there’s a different name at the top of the leader board with long time leader - Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) - being replaced by Thomas Goyard (FMX Racing / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) at the top of the event rankings. The 27-year-old secured back-to-back bullets by winning the opening race of the day, which allowed Goyard to discard a 24th place from the second elimination. Goyard started the day in 6th place, but ends it with a 11.3 point advantage over Bontemps and his brother Nicolas Goyard (Tabou / GA Sails / Phantom Foils - who are tied on 22.7 points.

Nicolas Goyard surprisingly missed out on the opening winners’ final, but bounced back with a third before going on to win the last race of the day, which potentially brings him back into contention for the event tile as after the completion of the next race, the second discard comes into play, which means he could potentially discard a 13th place and make significant inroads to his brothers’ lead.

For a while, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) moved up into the top 3 after the reigning world champion claimed his first bullet of the season in Elimination 5. However, a 13th place in the next means the Argentine drops to 5th for now, while Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde), who started the day in second, falls two places to 4th - after a 19th and a 3rd today.

Elsewhere, Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils), drops one place to 6th, while Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne / Starboard Foil) rises into 7th from 10th after recording his best result of the week - 2nd - in the opener, followed by two more top 10 finishes - 8th and 9th - as the Bonairean continues to show why he is one of the best all round windsurfers in the world.

Sebastian Kornum retains his place in the top 10 - 8th - with the Dane enjoying an excellent day after recording a 9th, 6th and a 5th from the 3 eliminations completed today.

Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Shamal Sunglasses / Starboard Foil) and Kiran Badloe (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) move into the top 10 with both men enjoying two excellent races (a second and a 5th for the Italian & a second and a 4th for Badloe) and one mediocre result, while both stand to gain plenty from the completion of the seventh elimination.

Tomorrow looks very promising on the latest forecast with 11 to 19 knot southwesterly winds and clear skies predicted for Saturday, which should ensure an action packed day of racing. The sailors will meet again tomorrow morning at 10am for the skippers’ meeting with a first possible start at 11am. 

You can stay up to date with all the latest developments from Costa Brava — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Current Ranking 2019 Catalunya PWA World Cup - Men’s Foil
*After 6 Eliminations

1st Thomas Goyard (FRA - FMX Racing / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) 
2nd Julien Bontemps (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Nicolas Goyard (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails / Phantom Foils)
4th Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)
5th  Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)
6th Alexandre Cousin (FRA - Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
7th Amado Vrieswijk (NB - JP / Severne / Starboard Foil) 
8th Sebastian Kornum (DEN - JP / NeilPryde)
9th Matteo Iachino (ITA - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)
10th Kiran Badloe (NED - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)

Benjamin Beholz shows us 3 tricks beginners should give it a try: the beach start, the handslide and the heelside-toeside jibe. Take a look!

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Catalunya PWA World Cup

Posted: 30th Mai 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

The wind teased the competitors on several occasions today as the Tramontana fought with the local thermal effect for several hours. Eventually, as the temperature dropped the wind finally swung to the southeast and stabilised enough during the early evening to allow the third Foil elimination of the week to be completed in 5-13 knots.

Having been disqualified for a starboard tack infringement during yesterday’s final, Thomas Goyard (FMX Racing / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) responded in the perfect fashion by securing his first bullet of the week as he beat Kiran Badloe (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) and Nicolas Goyard (Tabou / GA Sails / Phantom Foils) to top spot in Elimination 3. Goyard’s victory puts him right back in contention, as when the 4th elimination is complete, the Frenchman will be able to discard a 24th place, while his other counting result at the moment is second place, which potentially puts him in pole position for the event on current form. Goyard rises from 9th to 6th after today's performance.

Meanwhile, Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde), who has led the event since the opening day continues to set the pace at the top of rankings, but sees his lead at the top reduced from 5.3 points overnight to 3.3 points with Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) moving into second place after an excellent 4th place today and cutting the Frenchman's advantage.

Nicolas Goyard, who finished 3rd in Elimination 3, is only two points further back and also stands to gain a great deal from the discard as he currently counts a 13th from yesterday after dropping his gybe when in the lead. The Goyard brothers are a serious threat and both are now prominently placed to attack the top moving into the second half of the event. 

Elsewhere, Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) is just one point outside of the top 3 after another solid showing - 6th - and the Argentine remains in 4th. 

Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) started the day in second place, but drops 3 places to 5th after a 12th place today, while fellow countryman - William Huppert (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) - falls two places to 7th after his worst result of the week so far 18th, but can obviously look to discard that moving forwards.

Another Frenchman, Antoine Questel (I-99 / S2Maui / Starboard Foil) breaks into the top 10 - 8th - after his best result this week - 9th, while defending champion - Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne / Starboard Foil) completes the top 10 after an 8th place today. Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde) falls to 9th.

Yesterday, Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) won his first bullet on the world tour and he built upon that performance today to secure 5th place, which sees the 25-year-old rise to 12th in the overall rankings, while he is one of the sailors who could benefit the most with the discard as he is currently counting 36.5 points from the first race. 

Both Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) and Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) drop out of the current top 10 after they both missed out on the winners’ final in Elimination 3. Albeau, in particular, will be kicking himself as he was leading his semifinal but was forced to tack back after failing to correctly round a buoy, which cost Albeau dearly as his missed out in 13th place with the top 12 qualifying. That result leaves Albeau needing at least two discards to have any hopes of mounting a comeback as he is also counting a 24th from the opening elimination.

The forecast for tomorrow doesn’t look particularly promising on paper, but as always anything can happen. The sailors will meet again at 9am tomorrow morning with a first possible start at 10am (GMT+2).

You can stay up to date with all the latest developments from Costa Brava — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Current Ranking 2019 Catalunya PWA World Cup - Men’s Foil
*After 3 Eliminations

1st Julien Bontemps (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)
3rd Nicolas Goyard (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails / Phantom Foils)
4th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)
5th Alexandre Cousin (FRA - Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
6th Thomas Goyard (FRA - FMX Racing / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
7th William Huppert  (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
8th Antoine Questel (FRA - I-99 / S2Maui / Starboard Foil)
9th Sebastian Kornum (DEN - JP / NeilPryde)
10th Amado Vrieswijk (NB - JP / Severne / Starboard Foil)

2019 WIND VOYAGER TRIPLE-S PRE SHOW

Posted: 30th Mai 2019 by Jake Sacks in Videos
Original Post: https://www.triplesinvitational.com
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Check here the results of the final day of competition in China, at the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships.

IKA Report:

POLISH TEENAGER GRABS HER FIRST TITLE WHILE RUSSIAN VETERAN CRUISES TO VICTORY

Poland’s Magda Woyciechowska landed her first international title when she sealed victory in the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships “open” division with a steely performance in fickle breezes in China.

The 14-year-old was able to see off a strong challenge from her training partner and fellow countrywoman, Julia Damasiewicz, also 14, over four intense days of competition and 16 hard-fought races off Guangxi province’s Beihai city.

Both finished ahead of China’s Jingle Chen who racked up a formidable haul of bullets and looked as if she could storm to victory at one point. But she stumbled in the light airs, failing to finish some races. It proved costly and she ended fourth, though it was enough to secure the Formula Kite Asian crown.

By contrast Russian veteran racer Denis Taradin barely put a foot wrong. He seized a remarkable 12 bullets that gave a commanding points lead by the finish that landed him the 2019 International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) Formula Kite Asians “open” title.

Italy’s Mario Calbucci pushed Taradin and pounced on any error by the Russian, snatching three bullets to add to his haul of high-placed finishes that saw him cruise to the podium’s second spot.

Ejder Ginyol (TUR) traded blows with Calbucci in an enthralling battle on the water in breezes that varied between 6kts and 10kts. Ginyol’s gritty performance earned him the third podium spot.

The regatta’s youngest racer, Max Maeder (SNG), 12, found a turn of pace and tactical assurance to challenge and occasionally beat the leading trio, finishing sixth overall and securing the Formula Kite Asian crown.

But on the final day of the scheduled six, unsettled tropical conditions over the track off Beihai city beach meant the wind failed to build, preventing any racing.

By then, however, with 16 races each for the men and women on the rhomboid windward-leeward course, the victors had done enough to prove worthy winners in the sometimes marginal conditions.

Still, on the regatta’s second and fourth days race officials managed to get six races away each for the men and women. The ideal foiling conditions of 8kts to 10kts for the competitors’ 19m and 21m kites sparked breath-takingly quick action.

For women’s champion Woyciechowska, who revels in the lighter airs, the conditions were perfect. She was a model of consistency, racking up four bullets and a raft of seconds with few of the costly errors that undid her rivals.

“I’m really, really happy,” said a delighted Woyciechowska. “But it hasn’t really sunk in yet. This is the first international competition where I’ve won. I had many second places and Jingle Chen was good, but unlucky when her kite went down. It’s so important to be consistent.”

Chen was slightly subdued despite lifting the Asian championship title, realising that her Achilles heal had been the lighter airs. In slightly stronger breezes she had looked unbeatable.

“I’m a little bit disappointed,” said Chen. “But now I know I have to do a lot of practice in the lighter winds. I got eight bullets, but also many poor scores when I didn’t finish the races.”

Taradin used his experience to the full grinding out wins in all conditions, but acknowledged that his ability to make the most of the lighter breezes gave him the edge.

“It was a great regatta,” said Taradin. “I can’t remember the last time we had 16 races, so it was nice. It was good racing. I felt for me it was extreme because of the light wind. But with my experience I could make it work even in 5kts or 6kts when it was difficult for the others. I’m pleased with the result.”

2019 IKA Formula Kite Asian Championships

Men (Open)
1 Denis Taradin (RUS) 14pts
2 Mario Calbucci (ITA) 30pts
3 Ejder Ginyol (TUR) 39pts

Women (Open)
1 Magdalena Woyciechowska (POL) 22pts
2 Julia Damasiewicz (POL) 32pts
3 Natalie Flintrop-Clarke (AUS) 41pts

Men (Asia)
1 Max Maeder (SNG) 57pts
2 Qibin Huang (CHN) 86pts
3 Zhang Hao Ran (CHN) 95pts

Women (Asia)
1 Jingle Chen (CHN) 44pts
2 Benyapa Jantawan (THA) 55pts

Source: formulakite.com

A short recap video from Day 5 of the 2019 Formula Kite Asian Championships. Take a look!

Foil Wing – New by DUOTONE

Posted: 30th Mai 2019 by Paula Pintão in Allgemein
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Duotone presents the new Foil Wing. It’s a new and easy way to enjoy the ocean. Check it out!

Catalunya PWA World Cup

Posted: 29th Mai 2019 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

After howling through the night, the Tramontana continued to blow at full force throughout the second day of the 2019 Catalunya PWA World Cup, meaning there were only two very brief periods when it was possible to safely race on Foils. Just to try and put into perspective how windy it truly was, the maximum recorded gust today was 59.9 knots as the Tramontana showed its face for the first time since the 2011 edition.

In the end, it was only possible to complete one Foil elimination, and for the majority of that time it really was a survival mission with many of the eventual finalists still qualifying after falling multiple times. 

The final itself proved to be an exciting affair with the lead changing hands several on several occasions. Current world tour leader - Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) - led the race to the upwind mark, but Nicolas Goyard (Tabou / GA Sails / Phantom Foils) soon picked up pole position, only to be hunted down by Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), who showed incredible speed on the downwind leg. However, Albeau then ran super wide when gybing, which he blamed on the media boat interfering, which allowed Goyard to retake the lead and open up a decent advantage. However, the Frenchman then fell on the gybe meaning Tristan Algret (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) would come through and collect the lead, but the man from Guadeloupe was hard pressed by Albeau, who flew down the donwwind leg again, which led to a photo-finish. 

The decision went in the favour of Algret, who managed to just hold on was absolutely delighted upon returning to the beach after winning his first ever elimination on the world tour, building upon claiming his first ever podium last week in South Korea. Albeau came to complain about the press boat incident, but his pleas fell on deaf ears this time around.

Upon completion of the second race, Julien Bontemps (JP / NeilPryde) has extended his lead at the top of event rankings to 5.3 points after a solid 6th place - adding to the bullet he claimed yesterday.

Bontemps closest rival at this stage is fellow countryman - Alexandre Cousin (Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) - who continues his fine start to the season. Cousin is the day’s biggest mover within the top 10 - improving from 8th in the overnight standings to second place after finishing 4th in today’s race.

Mateus Isaac (JP / NeilPryde) climbs into the top 3  having finished 9th in Elimination 2, while Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) rises to 4th in the overnight rankings ahead of William Huppert (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), who moves into 5th place after another 7th place today and Nicolas Goyard, who falls to 6th from 3rd after crashing that gybe - meaning he eventually finished 13th today.

Pierre Mortefon breaks into the overall top 10 - 7th - after a 5th place - while Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde) sits in 8th. The Dane could only manage a 20th place finish today having been stung by a weaver fish earlier in the day.

Thomas Goyard (FMX Racing / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) looked set to remain in second place in the current event rankings after finishing 10th in the second elimination, but was later disqualified for a right of way infringement with Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails), which means the Frenchman drops to equal 9th with Antoine Albeau, who along with Mortefon was the only other sailor to break into the top 10. 

Losing their place in the top 10 are Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails / Starboard Foil), who was forced to retire after the opening lap of the final due to the German thinking he had suffered a suspected slipped disc, and defending event champion - Amado Vrieswijk (JP / Severne / Starboard Foil)  - who drops to 15th.

Elsewhere, Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil), who was one of the sailors pushing to race, finished 3rd in Elimination 2 to climb into 12th place and is now just 2.5 points outside the top 10.

At the time of writing the Tramontana is still howling and the forecast predicts for It to continue tomorrow morning, so we will just have to wait and see what conditions await. The sailors will meet again at 9am on Thursday for the skippers’ meeting with a first possible start at 10am (GMT+2).

You can stay up to date with all the latest developments from Costa Brava — including elimination ladders, entry list, images and live ticker simply click HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Current Ranking 2019 Catalunya PWA World Cup - Men’s Foil
*After 2 Elimination

1st Julien Bontemps (FRA - JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Alexandre Cousin (FRA - Patrik / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
3rd Mateus Isaac (BRA - JP / NeilPryde)
4th Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG - Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil)
5th William Huppert  (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
6th Nicolas Goyard (FRA - Tabou / GA Sails / Phantom Foils)
7th Pierre Mortefon (FRA - Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL)
8th Sebastian Kornum (DEN - JP / NeilPryde)
9th Thomas Goyard (FRA - FMX Racing / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils)
9th Antoine Albeau (FRA  - JP / NeilPryde)