On the Neilpryde website you can find fresh information about their ultimate racing machines. The RS Racing EVOII and the RS Slalom MKIII are updated with a some new features which makes them even better then last year. (According all the marketing info :-)).
In the speedsailing world they are also dedicated to break records. A few days ago another attempt ended in a big crash. The Vestas Sailrocket went ballistic when hitting the 52 knots!! Here you can watch footage of the crash.
These words are from te Vestas Sailrocket team after the crash
In the end it was no doubt a combination of effects brought on by the newfound speed and high apparent wind speeds that come with it.
The speedwindsurfers have to watch out because the speedkiters and speedsailors are very fast at the moment. Until the next attempt!
Again, very interesting news around North Sails and pro windsurfer Bjorn Dunkerbeck. He will leave North Sails for Severne Sails! Actually, it is not a big surprise since Starboard en Severne Sails are working close together.
This switch is in my opinion a remarkable choice. Before he was windsurfing with Neilpryde and North Sails. Both these brands are the biggest in the industry and thus have a lot of resources and knowledge in-house. I don’t expect Severne Sails to be on the same level as those two brands. Maybe it is a bit prejudice… for example, there are hardly any locals windsurfing with Severne Sails at my spot.
On the other hand, it’s great for Severne Sails. Bjorn is a personal brand like no other windsurfer and that will certainly have a positive influence on the sales. I also hope he will perform very well with these sails and can show everybody there are more sail brands than the few dominating the market.
Another remarkable sponsor switch in the windsurfing world. World champion Antoine albeau will leave his Isonic Starboards and switches them for the Slalom boards from JP Australia. Rumors about Antoine switching were everywhere, especially after dunkerbeck switched to Starboard. Antoine Albeau signed a three years contract with his new sponsor. A quote from himself:
This was a rather big decision for me. I am glad that I went for it and I am very happy that I will be part of JP next year. I really look forward to work with Werner Gnigler and the whole JP team. I will be very involved in the development of the performance oriented boards within the JP line and I can’t wait to get started.
I am really looking forward to the new PWA world tour season to see how all the sponsor switches will effect the rankings.
Professional windsurfer Peter Volwater (NED-24) has a new website. You can find photos, videos and reports from his trips. His blog looks very up to date but the design is not completely my thing. Mainly because the designer used several fonts instead of just choosing one font. Nonetheless is Peter Volwater one of the best Dutch windsurfers ever and is always competitive at a very high level. So we can expect great windsurf stories from him.
The Volvo Ocean Race has started again. This big sailing event is always delivering a lot of spectacular moments. Everything about the race is high tech: The sailing boats, the means of communication and the event reporting. I want to talk more about the reporting. Because I am missing this kind of reporting at windsurfing events.
Off course, you can’t compare the budgets available for the Volvo Ocean Race and the PWA World Tour. But still, here is a small comparison between the sailing world and the windsurfing world. [click to continue…]
Kelly Slater secured the world title for the Ninth time. This surfer is also the youngest and oldest world champion the tour has ever known. Kelly seems to be some kind of Bjorn Dunkerbeck :-). Not windsurfing related but a remarkable achievement which is worth mentioning.
I spotted the new North Sails Warp F2009 on a french site. The Warp has a beautiful design and there is probably nothing wrong with the performance of this sail.
The top brands in the industry are all producing high quality windsurfing sails and there are almost no sails that are a waste of your money. It all depends on your personal preferences and budget. You can check here all the pictures. Windsurfonline.fr has also posted a short movie (in French) in which they give an impression of the new North Sails Warp F2009.