Following on from last weeks Brazilian Championships the Worlds best in Formula racing gathered in Fortelaza for the Formula Windsurfing World tour final.
From the outset it was clear which guys would be in the running. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel, Ross Williams, Brazilian Champion Gabriel Browne, Willhelm Schurmann and Paulo Dos Reis. The 5 sailors were basically sharing the top 5 spots in each race, with positions changing all the time as they battled for victory.
However coming out on top was the current world leader Gonzo, who put in the best set of of results to take the win. A string of first places throughout the week saw him in a solid position by the final day, winning by a clear 6 points. This consolidates his position at the top of the World Ranking, completing a very good year.
Behind him however the race for the remaining podium positions was intense and eventually came down to the final race. 17 year old Gabriel Browne continued his winning ways after the Brazilian championships. Full of confidence the youngster fought to the end and just managed to get ahead of European Champion Ross Williams. Gabriel is the younger brother to the 2007 PWA Freestyle Champion Marcillio "Brawzinho" Browne, and looks set to follow in his brothers very successful footsteps. With the confidence of these 2 back to back results it will be interesting to see how he fairs next year on the PWA circuit.
Ross by his high standards didn\'t have the greatest event. A couple mistakes together with some bad luck saw him finish the event in 3rd but it was enough to move him into 3rd overall on the Formula Ranking. This in our eyes makes Ross the unofficial overall World Champion, with 3rd in the formula, 4th in the PWA racing and some solid results in the waves too. Not many guys are managing to do everything these days so respect to Ross for all his efforts.
The 2008 Formula World tour comprised of 4 events: Portugal, Sopot/Poland, Leba/Polad and Brazil. The final results were:
1st Gonzalo Costa Hoevel 2nd Steve Allen 3rd Ross Williams 4th Jesper Vesterstrom 5th Willhelm Schurmann