IFCA Slalom Worlds – Lay Day – 3 tips to stay planing in the lulls

Maybe it was the curse of the Editor or the forecast just wasn’t up to it, but yesterday saw teasing winds in the Azores. Just enough to lure the competitors on the water but not quite enough to start competition. With gusty conditions it was deemed unfair to kick things off and so competition remained on standby throughout the whole of the second day. We catch up once again with multiple times youth World Champion Amado Vrieswijk to get a report on the day and also for his own top tips on how to stay planing from one gust to the next.

Over to Amado…

(for a brief account of day 2)

Today we had the skippers meeting at 9am, there was a good forecast predicted and the wind started to pick-up from 3pm, however, it didn’t build beyond this and was not sufficient enough to start the races. I rigged my 8.6 Severne Reflex 5 and my starboard Isonic 110 and went out on the water. It was quite a pumping session and at 4:30pm it looked like the wind was picking up so I hit the water for a session with Chris Pressler and Aron Etmon. At the same time everybody was packing up for tomorrow because we will leave the beach with trucks and buses at 8 am.

Tips on how to stay planing in the gusts over the next 3 pages – read on.


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