Brazilian racing supremo Wilhelm Schurmann aced the windsurfing racing portion of the Highland Spring HIHO 2011 event in the British Virgin Islands. The 6-day event saw windy conditions test the competitors as they toured the BVI’s on a series of island-to-island races. While Schurmann won every race he was hounded by Swiss competitor Andrea Colombo. “He was pretty close to me on one or two races,” conceded Schurmann.
Colombo took 2nd overall and won the Grand Master division. Third overall went to Andrea’s son Elia who was also first in the Junior division.
UK racer Rupert Rhodes won the Masters division and finished 4th overall.
Racers competed on identical NeilPryde V8 sails and BIC Techno 2 boards.
The annual Highland Spring HIHO race sees windsurfers and stand-up paddlers race through the British Virgin Islands for 5-days. Participants are accommodated aboard captained catamarans and there are nightly parties. The fleet visits new islands every day. The event attracts racers and non-racers from all over the World.
“It’s my favorite event of the year,” added Schurmann. “Great racing and great parties. I feel like I am in Brazil but I’m in the British Virgin Islands.”
Check out this video of the event: