Ben van der Steen wins 2006 Red Bull Storm Rider After a week of waiting for the right conditions to arrive, Bat Galim finally went off providing the 2006 Red Bull Storm Rider with an epic setup. In hammering 25-30 knot conditions and waves up to three meters, it was Dutchman Ben van der Steen (H-57, Fanatic/Neil Pryde) who beat local hero Arnon Dagan (ISR-1, Fanatic/Neil Pryde) in the final.
In the battle for third place, Cyril Moussilmani (F-71, Fanatic/North Sails) defeated another Israeli sailor Eyal Shelef (ISR-43, Quatro/Neil Pryde).
The Red Bull Storm Rider event has been another successful contest at Bat Galim, proving the excellent potential this place has to offer. Sadly the existence of Bat Galim beach has been under threat from real-estate developers, planning to build a huge marina and destroying the reef in the process. For more information on preserving one of the greatest windsurfing venues in the Mediterranean, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next up on the PWA calendar is Maui for the kickoff of the 2006 wave competition. Stay tuned to www.pwaworldtour.com for the latest information on this and other events.