PWA Fuerteventura Gran Slam

Saturday sees the start of the PWA and Fuerteventura speed and slalom competition. The freestyle competition starts a week later. One thing is for sure, it is very windy and is going to remain so. Everyday you have to scrape the sand out of your ears, nose and cracks in your permanently squinting face. In front of the grandstand the Freestyle sailors are practising in an area that is horribly gusty.

Sail choice is a problem. Today Taty Frans was on a 4.0 on a freestyle board, his brother Tonky was on a 5.2 – it is that irregular. Slightly upwind the racers are practising on 6.3 metre sails. Practice is needed, that is for sure. There is one thing that everybody agrees on, it is horrendously choppy and apparently the best freestylers are struggling – not that a normal windsurfer would notice this, the diversity and complexity of the windsurfing is absolutely mind blowing and amazing too watch. Gollito from Margarita is one of the guys sailing flawlessly – he must be a hot tip for the event. We saw him land a big, big air chacho today. This was possibly bettered by a clew first air flaka off a decent sized ramp from Thomas Traversa.

All the slalom sailors including Finian Maynard, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Micah Buzianis and Antoine Albeau have been out on the water. The speed is breathtaking. Ahh Speed. The speed course is downwind of the main sailing area (if that is the proper description, since the wind seems quite offshore). The course is less gusty and amazingly windy, for you and me this mean 4.0 metre weather. But, the course is stupidly broad, so broad that in order to get down it you are on bigger than a 6.0 metre and you are pretty much on a run by the end. If you haven’t spun out off the wind, which is a pretty strange sensation.

All in all, there is going to be quite a spectacle of an event here. Luckily we are going to be recording the best bits for the next issue!

Photo Credit: Boardseeker/Waite


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