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Racing season started last weekend at Lake Neusiedl. For the first time we had a Slalom event at the most northern spot on the lake, at Neusiedl. The WSA (Windsurfing Austria) held the Austrian Nationals 2015 during the last weekend at the Austrian Sailing Center at Lake Neusiedl, who allowed us to use all the fantastic facilities of a modern trainings center. The wind was great on Saturday and the motivated race crew ran 8 full rounds of downwind racing in chilly conditions. I had to use gloves, booties and a hood. Most of the competitors didn’t care much about the cold wind and enjoyed the good speed at the beginning of the season, but I needed a bit of a “Rambo mentality” to resist the cold. The fingers were freezing cold and when returning to the shore – this area was a bit more protected from the wind – all the blood made it back in the tips of the fingers. Everyone, who windsurfs in the cold, knows that feeling.
Fully powered up on 7,8m and iSonic 107 (Pic: Pfaffi/WSA)
We had 15 to 25 knots from northern direction with heavy rain squalls in between. It was tricky to choose the right gear. I crashed my 8,6 during the first round and then wasn’t allowed to make no more faults to save a podium ranking. The wind picked up and I had three nice races with the fantastic iSonic 107 and 7,8m. During the next 4 races I saved my 2nd place overall fighting hard on the overpowered iSonic 120 and 9,0m with my main rivals Matthias Höller (AUT-154) and Markus Pöltenstein (AUT-30). I am really happy about that result,a s I didn’t train on the water during the cold winter months. Big congrats to Marco Lang (AUT-66), who won the fantastic event with brilliant starts, great acceleration and very high speed. Nobody had any chances to hinder him winning 7 out of 8 rounds. I only was leading one race after a good start at the pin, but he picked me up half way of the first reach. It really paid off to run the Nationals during April. It’s the most windy month at Lake Neusiedl, Austria. Now it’s time to prepare for further events during May and June. Let’s hope for a lot of wind, action and fun during the next events at Podersdorf, Lake Traun or Lake Waller. The Austrian scene is alive! The WSA with Manuel Zugsbratl as the new front man did a great job organizing this event.
Just a few meters to the finish line in the final race 8 (Pic: Pfaffi/WSA)
1. Marco Lang (4,2 points)
2. Chris Pressler (15 points)
3. Matthias Höller (16,7 points)
Masters Class result:
1. Chris Pressler (15 points)
2. Markus Pöltenstein (17 points)
3. Tom Böhm (36 points)
Marco and I on the course, when the wind was up (Pic: WSA)
Made it on the podium, yeahh (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)
My gear for the 8 races
Harbour view in the late afternoon (Pic: Kerstin Reiger)
We had a long winter in Austria, but the April saw great wind conditions. Still chilly, but sailable with gloves and hood. The water level is nice, what allows to sail behind the little reed islands. Kerstin took a few shots recently, riding the lake with the 82 Twinser and a 4,7 m. That was real fun! There is still snow on the mountains in the background…Now the season will really start with warmer temperatures. Welcome spring, it’s about time after almost 5 cold months!
©Kerstin Reiger 2015: two shots from a windy sunny day at Podersdorf in the full dry suit
Pablo: "Between the 2nd and the 5th of April, the Spanish Slalom Championship got started in Almería, with an overall of four events programmed in Almería, Múrcia, Cataluña and Tarifa.
Unfortunately, there was only wind on the first day (Thursday). So, we could manage two full proceedings and a half of the third.
With a high level fleet, the three first places were disputed by Pablo Ania ( Fanatic/ North Sails/ION), Alejandro Alcázar(Fanatic, North Sails/ ION) and Fernando Martínez del Cerro.
Pablo Ania, reached the first place in the two finals after having catched the first buoy in the third place because of a non good starting.Second place was contended , in a nice hand to hand fight between Alejandro and Fernando.
It should be highlighted the strong presence of the North/Fanatic team, that made a clean sweep of the first places. As a part of the team, Emilio Galindo, Fran Pérez and Óscar Ania, carried out a very good championship too.
Eventually, the third place was for Junior sailor Marc Paré, who fulfilled a really good championship and got favoured with the oficial decision of punctuate the part taken of the third proceeding - in which Alejandro Alcázaar didn't managed to reach the starting line.
Final classifications were the following:
Pablo Ania (North/Fanatic)
Fernando Martínez del Cerro
Pablo Ania feelings:
"I'm very happy with this starting of my season. I have to say that since the first trainings I realised the qualitative leap of the current year material. I'm so satisfied with the running of my team and I look forward to continue the same way, achievieng new good results."
Just had a great week teaching young motivated windsurfers at Lake Neusiedl to become windsurfing teachers (VÖWS windsurfing teachers). We had 15 participants joining the course at Podersdorf during the easter holidays for six days. Most of them were from, but we had even participants from Slovakia and Slovenia this year. The Mission to Surf Windsurfing center was the perfect location to run the course. We had wind conditions from 1 to 7 Beaufort and all participants improved their skills. It was definitely fun to windsurf in strong wind conditions with the big beginner boards with dagger boards. Luckily there is a little reed island just next to the center, which protects stormy wind and allowed us to practice the important basic moves even during the high wind days. I am already looking forward to run the next course in 2016 again.
Here are a few impressions of the 2015 course (all pics ©Chris Pressler 2015):
A lesson on the beach
Group action on the final day
Motivated instructors give it all on the water
Fun board games
Daggerboards still exist in 2015
The new dynamic instructors are ready for the big world
Pierre Mortefon just finished 2nd at the first stop of the French Championships in Le Jai, Marignane. Congratulations Pierre! Check out his report:
"The first Stop of the French Champ. took place on the spot of Le Jai in Marignane. We get some really nice racing conditions for this Easter week-end, during the 3 days we could have run 5 races ! At the end I took a second place, I have the same number of points of the 1st rider but with more points in total after a mistake on the second race.
We began the event on saturday afternoon with a good first race where I took the second place after a hard battle. A good entry for me, I took my marks on this hard spot. During the second race, I made a bad mistake and went down on the first and cannot come back on a qualifying position before the finish line, that means a 33th place. New game was ON, I had to go to the discard without taking risk and still managing to get good results. On Sunday we went early on the water and finished a 3rd race quickly and it was a victory for me, perfect to be back in the race and keep the head in the match. But the wind died around midday, that means no discard for the moment. But luckily it came back late in the afternoon and we can finally run the 4th race synonym of discard. And after really big fight I can pass my principal opponent 20m before the finish line (can check one of the picture). This victory was awesome because I was back at the top with 2 victories and my bad race was out, so I can finally take the lead of the event. At 7.00 pm the race director decided to send us back on the water for the ultimate race. The story was the same of the previous one but I cannot win this last race and I loose the victory because we get exactly the same points with Pascal but I had more total points due to my mistake on the second race…
I am really happy with this 2d place because I could have used a lot of my stuff during this event and I am ready and super fast in real races with most of it ! That means the winter training was great and the big R&D which was done last year was good too ! We still have 3 more events in the French Champ. but my eyes are now focusing in Korea direction where the World Cup is opening and that will take place in less than 3 weeks. I am currently in Mauï-Hawaii for the photoshooting of my partners Fanatic and North Sails but I will be back soon in France for the Mondial du Vent in Leucate !
Big Thanks to all my partners and to all of you for your reading and your support !"
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