With strong swells today off the coast of Lancelin in Western Australia, local and international wave sailors competing in the Lancelin Ocean Classic had a good time on the waves but would have preferred a bit more wind to really show off their skills.

Karin Jaggi - Pic: John Carter

In divisions of Masters, Women, Junior, and Open, 33 sailors took to the waves to out-manoeuvre each other with the highest aerials and radical wave sailing under clear blue skies. While it is too early to know results for the day’s wave sailing, competitors said they had a good time out on the water with a swell of four metres and winds of up to 13kn.

World’s best female windsurfer, Karin Jaggi from Switzerland, said she caught some good waves in the light onshore winds. “I had a good time on the waves but found the wind conditions pretty hard as I prefer more offshore conditions, but I think it would be the same for everyone.”

Ben Severne - Pic: John Carter

The elite competitors including titleholder Ben Severne from Perth and 2010 second place winner and European Champion Peter Volwater will have to wait until tomorrow to compete for the wave sailing title.

Volwater is looking forward to the Ledge Point to Lancelin Marathon: “It will be like the lion showing up and being harassed by the fly! I’m looking forward to getting out there again. It’s always a bit crazy at the start with hundreds of us out there, but once we get going it’s great fun – but always good to get back to the beach at the end. It’s great to be in Lancelin again for the event, catching up with windsurfing friends to start the year and enjoying the great welcome the town puts on for us.”

Peter Volwater on his Racing Sail - Pic: John Carter

The organisers are expecting more than 200 windsurfers to compete in tomorrow’s 25km event, all hoping to take home a share of the $25,000 prize pool. Winds are expected to be stronger with speeds of up to 25kn forecast and a slightly smaller swell.

For more event details visit www.lancelinoceanclassic.com.au

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