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Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, May 7, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015   (Image © PWA Bellande)
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Yesterday was the final day of the PWA World Tour Slalom at Ulsan KOR, and the men started the competition, but without completing a race. Lateron in the day, it was the ladies' turn, and they successfully finished two Eliminations. The rankings with Antoine Albeau FRA and Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) as winners did not change.
More on the PWA website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015   
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Today begins the second round of the newly-launched EUROSAF Champions Cup 2015 with participants from 55 nations and 5 continents (among them El Salvador or Bahrain). North America is represented by USA and CAN teams in a majority of events. Top attention have above all the two Laser fleets. All Olympic classes are present, except the Finns, as their European Championship begins in Split CRO on Saturday. The variable weather forecast does not favor the 'Lake Garda wind-machine', as the announced rain will hinder the filling in of the afternoon thermal Ora breeze.
All entry lists and the official preview.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015   (Image © PWA Bellande)
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The PWA Freestyler waited in vain for wind on Lake Neusiedl AUT over the past weekend (see our news), and the Slalom specialists in Ulsan KOR had to be patient as well during four days. Only yesterday, the wind was strong enough for two Eliminations. With Antoine Albeau FRA with the men and Sara-Quita Offringa NED (Aruba) in the women, the favorites are already on top of the rankings.
See the report and results on the PWA website and the video of the day on youtube.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, May 4, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015   
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Different conditions at the Almanarre Beach on the last day of the Speed-Crossing with wind from the East and therefore flat water. Four runs were completed all won by the Worldcup-experienced Maxime Nocher FRA bringing him on top of the overall rankings ahead of the youth kiter Axel Mazelle FRA. The news.
Monday, May 4, 2015   
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The calm conditions persisted also on the final day of the second 2015 Freestyle Worldcup event on Lake Neusiedl and the 48 entrants had to return home without valid results. At least, another Tow-In-Session to entertain the public was organised. Winner Kiri Thode NED.
All other information on the PWA-website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, May 3, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Dream conditions at the Almanarre Beach with sun and a 25 kn breeze, where over 100 kiters participate in the first Act of the French Annual Kiteboarding Championship Tour. Leader after six runs yesterday is Axel Mozella FRA ahead of Maxime Nocher FRA and Jean-Guillaume Rivaud FRA. Sébastien Quenay FRA on rank 29 is the best non-foiler.
The results, the daily report and the video of the day.
Sunday, May 3, 2015   
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Promises, promises ...... the Freestyle PWA World Tour professionals waited yesterday again in vain for the announced breeze. Up to now, only a few preliminary runs of the First Elimination have been completed.
The event website.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, May 2, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015   (Image © John Carter)
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Again no wind on Lake Neusiedl yesterday and the Freestylers enjoyed another Tow-in-Session. A fresher breeze has been announced for today. The report.
Saturday, May 2, 2015   
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Not enough wind for the kiters either off the Almanarre Surf Beach. There was just one short gust for a kite-foiling show to entertain the public. For today, a 20 -25 kn West wind has been announced. A video report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Friday, May 1, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015   (Image © John Carter)
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Long waiting for the PWA-Tour Freestylers again yesterday, and only in the evening, two more heats were completed. The report and the video of day one have been posted on the PWA website.
Friday, May 1, 2015   
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The Kiteboarding Speed Crossing French Championship at Almanarre Beach FRA began yesterday in perfect conditions with sun and a 20 kn breeze. Over 100 kiters from allover France are on the entry list, among them top names such as the World speed record holder Alex Caizergues FRA or Maxime Nocher FRA. It was Nocher on top at the end of the day with 3 wins in 4 heats. Closely behind is Axel Mazella FRA finishing three times 2nd and a race win.
The results and the report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Thursday, April 30, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015   
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The Austrian Act of the PWA-World-Tour began yesterday on Lake Neusiedl, again with the Freestylers. Among the 44 participants from 14 nations are top cracks such as Steven Van Broeckhoven BEL, José Estredo VEN or Taty Frans NED (Bonnaire).
The day before yesterday, a storm front with up to 50 kn gusts passed over the lake, lasting until yesterday morning. But to finish more as the first round of the Single Elimination was not possible up to now.
All other details on the PWA website.
At the same time as the PWA tour, the Kite-Surf-Worldcup is taking place at Podersdorf.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015   
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Last Sunday, the 'Mondial du Vent', a 10-days' happening of kiteboarders and windsurfers took place at Leucate at the French Mediterranean coast with a full program of activities on the water and ashore.
The PWA professionals had their inaugural participation with the first Freestyle-Contest of the year. Steven Van Broeckhoven BEL was the winner ahead of José Estredo VEN and Kiri Thode NED (Bonaire). The results, videos and reports as usual on the PWA website. Today, the PWA-Freestylers will start to the next round of the 2015 Worldcup on Lake Neusiedl AUT.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015   
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Some changes occurred in the World Rankings after the Hyères Worldcup, ....... and some astonishing ones. Panagiotis Mantis/Pavlos Kagialis GRE in the 470 men replaced the leading Olympic Champions Belcher/Ryan AUS even though the Greeks were far behind the Australians in the South of France. New leaders in the 49ers are David Gilmour/Rhys Mara AUS followed by Delle-Karth/Resch AUT. Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL dominating race after race and undefeated this year are only 5th ! With her 8th final rank in Hyères, Allison Young GBR replaced Evi Van Acker BEL on top of the Lasers Radial. And even more astonishing: Giles Scott GBR, undefeated for months in the Finns was overtaken by his compatriote Ed Wright GBR. The new number 1 in the RS:X windsurfers is Byrony Shaw GBR and Lilian de Geus NED, winner in Hyères, moved up on rank 2.
The North Americans in the top-10 are:
. 470 women: 6th Anne Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
. Laser Radial: 7th Isabella Bertold CAN
. Finn: 5th Caleb Paine USA
All World Ranking lists and the [url=wxw.sailing.org/news/40112.php]ISAF report/[URL].
Tuesday, April 28, 2015   
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It took two months of reflexions (?) for the International Sailing Federation ISAF after the news that the Rio Administration stopped the water cleaning activities due to financial problems to come up with a statement. Unless there are immediate and efficient actions to solve the water quality problem sufficiently, ISAF will relocate the race area on the open sea outside the Guanabara Bay. However, the boats would have to cross the poisoned bay every day and the water quality on the open sea is not beyond concerns either. To be noted, that every year, swimming is prohibited for several months at Copacabana Beach because of the dangerous water quality. Wind and waves on the open sea would be more challenging, especially for the 49er skiffs and the Nacra-17. For months, Lars Grael BRA double Olympic medalist, has been proposing that Olympic sailing would be moved to Buzios, the dream venue of Brazil 150 km North of Rio, away from any city.
The report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Monday, April 27, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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Perfect sailing conditions prevailed for the Medal Races on Hyères Bay yesterday with sun and a 18-20 kn East wind. In five events, the overall winners were known prematurely before the Medal Races, but the fighting for the prize-winning podium ranks were intense (overall prize money 72'000 EUR).
After competing on medal race day at ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, the US Sailing Team finished with four boats in the top eight overall. All American athletes sailing on Sunday finished in the top half of their medal race, with the highlight being a wire-to-wire medal race victory in heavy air by top-ranked US Laser Charlie Buckingham.
Here the overall results of the North Americans sailing the Medal Races:
- 470 women: Haeger/Provancha USA 5th
- Finn: Caleb Paine USA 7th
- Laser Radial: Paige Railey USA 7th
- Laser Standard: Charlie Buckingham USA 8th
- Nacra-17: Ramsey/Girke CAN 9th
For details, go the US Sailing Team or the Sail Canada reports.

And here the final report on all events:
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO finished first in the 470 men, but with a victory in the double points' Medal Race, Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS advanced on rank 2 overall. Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR took Bronze. In the 470 women, the clear winners were Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luisa Barbachan BRA, finishing the Medal Race on rank 2. Jo Aleh/Polly Powrie NZL moved up on rank 2, Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance earned Bronze.
Outstanding Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL in the 49ers starting to the last race as already confirmed overall winners, but nevertheless, they demonstrated their superiority with a smashing win yesterday. Nathan Outteridge/Iain Jensen AUS on rank 2 are 49 (!) points behind. Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER advanced on rank 3 on the last day. Leader change in the 49ersFX, as Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN finishing 2nd overtook Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA. Giulia Conti/Francesca Clapcich ITA took Bronze.
No change on the podium brought the Medal Race of the Finns: Giles Scott GBR was again the winner, and Vasilij Zbogar SLO defended rank 2 ahead of Ed Wright GBR on rank 2.
Dominating victory also for Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA in the Nacra 17 and they concluded the Hyères week with a 25 points' advantage on Mandy Mulder/Coen de Koning NED. Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED took Bronze.
Rank 7 in the Medal Race did not remove Pierre Le Coq FRA from rank 1 in the RS:X male windsurfers. Piotr Myszka POL progressed on rank 2, Byron Kokkalanis GRE finished 3rd. The Medal Race podium of the RS:X female windsurfers was identical with the overall rankings. Lilian de Geus NED finished first ahead of Charline Picon FRA and Paricia Freitas BRA.
All ranking lists and the final report.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Sunday, April 26, 2015
Sunday, April 26, 2015   (Image © Jesus Renedo)
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The Qualification Series of the Hyères Worldcup event ended yesterday with the full program by class. In 4 of the 10 events, the overall winners are already known prematurely before the Medal Races.
Once more outstanding the 49er World Champions Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL, uncatchable with a 45 points advantage on the former Champions Nathan Outteridge/Iain Hensen AUS. Suspense is on for rank 3, where David Gilmour/Rhys Mara AUS have to defend themselves against Erik Heil/Thomas Plössel GER 8 points back.
Also in the Nacra 17, the dominating winners are known with Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA once more on top 25 points ahead of Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED. Renée Groenveld/Steven Krol NED are 6 points behind on rank 3.
Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO, in 7 of the 8 470 men races in the top six, have a 25 points' lead over the 2nd-ranked Luke Patience/Elliott Willis GBR and are the premature overall winners as well. The fight for Silver and Bronze however is fully open, as the English are only one point in front of the Olympic Champions Matthew Belcher/Will Ryan AUS, and Ferdinand Gerz/Oliver Szymanski GER are only 5 points behind rank 2.
Practically through is Giles Scott GBR with a 19 points' lead in the Finns and all he has to do ist to finish the Medal Race. Vasilij Zbogar SLO, winner of both races yesterday is 2nd only 4 points ahead of Ed Wright GBR.
A solid lead of 15 points for Pierre Le Coq FRA in the RS:X male windsurfer is a safe cushion for a final victory, leaving Byron Kokkalanis GRE, Piotr Myszka POL and Julien Bontemps FRA fight for Silver and Bronze.
The situation is still open in all five other events. Only two points separate the first four in the 470 women with Oliveira/Barbachan BRA, Mills/Clarke GBR, Lecointre/Defrance FRA and Aleh/Powrie NZL.
Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA have now taken the lead in the 49erFX , but Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN are only one point behind.
9 points is the lead of Lilian De Geus NED on Charline Picon FRA in the RS:X female windsurfers.

Four Medal Race qualifications (and a near-miss) for the US Sailing and an unexpeced CAN team qualifier ! Here the best by nation:
470 Women: 5th Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
470 Men: 11th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 25th Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA
49erFX: 16th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 17th Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA
Finn: 7th Caleb Paine USA
Nacra 17: 10th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 25th Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA
RS:X men: none qualified
RS:X women: 25th Demita Vega MEX. 35th Farrah Hall USA
Laser Standard: 10th Charlie Buckingham USA, 35th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 8th Paige Railey USA, 14th Isabella Bertold CAN,
For more details, go to the www.ussailing.org/us-sailing-team-sperry-qualifies-for-medal-races-espn3-broadcasting-live-on-sunday/ [/URL] and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists and the daily report.
The Medal Races will take place today from 10 to 16 h UTC to be transmitted with live stream on the Internet and a number of TV stations.
Wind- & Kitesurfing – Saturday, April 25, 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2015   
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Moderate winds of up to 10 kn provided for another light-wind day yesterday.
Inspite of a failed race (rank 23), Sime Fantela/Igor Marenic CRO extended their lead in the 470 men on 11 points. Zandona/Trani ITA remain 2nd, but new on rank 3 are now Xammar/Herp ESP. Leader change in the 470 women where Fernanda Oliveira/Ana-Luiza Barbachan BRA moved up on rank 1 thanks to a race win, closely followed by Haeger/Provancha USA. The best of the day (2/4) Camille Lecointre/Hélène Defrance FRA advanced on rank 3.
Peter Burling/Blair Tuke NZL are a class of their own in the 49ers, as their advantage after 9 races is already 37 points. Warrer/Thomsen DEN and Outteridge/Jensen AUS keep the ranks 2 and 3. The best of the day (1/13/2) Heil/Plössel GER moved up on rank 5. A solid lead also in the 49ersFX, where Ida-Marie Baad/Marie Thusgaard DEN extended their advantage on 17 points. The day's best Lisa Ericsson/Hannah Klinga SWE with two race wins progressed on the 2nd place. Martine Grael/Kahena Kunze BRA are now 3rd.
Giles Scott GBR is on the way to another victory in the Finns, as his last persuer Ed Wright GBR is now 14 points back. The 3rd-ranked Ivan Klijakovic CRO has already a backlog of 32 points.
The Nacra 17 sailed only one race and the first-placed Billy Besson/Marie Riou FRA defended their position with a 12 points advantage on Lin Ea Cenholt/Christian Lübeck DEN 2nd. The best of the day Mandy Mulder/Coen De Koning NED moved up on rank 3.
Pierre Le Coq FRA (1 and 3) is first in the RS:X male windsurfers, closely followed by Nimrod Mashiah ISR and Julien Bontemps FRA. Lilian de Geus NED firmly leads in the RS:X female windsurfers, where - thanks to the light wind - the Chinese Jahui Wu CHN and Victoria Chan HKG are again the first chasers.

With the light air returning to the Worldcup race courses on Friday in France, the US Sailing Team is now in the top ten in three classes, and just outside that marker in two more. Remarkable performance by the Canadians in the 49erFX and Nacra-17. Here the best by nation:
470 Women: 2nd Annie Haeger/Briana Provancha USA
470 Men: 14th Stu McNay/Dave Hughes USA
49er: 21st Brad Funk/Trevor Burd USA
49erFX: 15th Erin Rafuse/Danielle Boyd CAN, 21st Paris Henken/Helena Scutt USA
Finn: 8th Caleb Paine USA
Nacra 17: 11th Luke Ramsay/Nikola Girke CAN, 23rd Sarah Newberry/Matthew Whitehead USA
RS:X men: none qualified
RS:X women: 23rd Demita Vega MEX. 32nd Farrah Hall USA
Laser Standard: 12th Charlie Buckingham USA, 34th Robert Davies CAN
Laser Radial: 7th Paige Railey USA, 13th Isabella Bertold CAN,
For more details, go to the US Sailing Team Report and the Sail Canada website.

All ranking lists, the report of the day and two video interviews with the skiff giants Outteridge/Jensen AUS and Grael/Kunze BRA.
 
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