Windsurfing Magazine





The Official opening of the Inaugural RS:X Windsurfing World
Championship is scheduled to start today in Torbole, Lake Garda,
Italy. Emerald green water, soaring mountains on either side
make Lake Garda one of the most picturesque venues in the world.
Coupled with the the fact that this will be the biggest one
design fleet to race in possibly 25 years. Currently we have 250
registered competitors, with more suspected to trickle in this
morning as the measurement continues. As well as the Championship
we are launching the official RS:X website today, with links to
video, photos, daily reports, featured athletes and behind the
scenes. Just click on for all the daily updates,
as well as breaking news as it happens.

The competition kicks off with the practice race scheduled for
12:00 mid day followed in the evening with the opening ceremony.
The host club is the Circolo Surf Torbole. A club that was formed
in 1978, with a very long history of running windsurfing races,
having run numerous world and european events. Flanking the club
are a splattering of windsurf centres, eagerly catering to the
windsurfing public. Windsurfing tourism is a major part of
Torbole, historical windsurfing equipment and autographed posters
and photographs can be found in restaurants, bars and hotels

Lake Garda is only 200ft above sea level. In comparison to the
highest peak to the east Monte Baldo at 6000 plus feet. Typically
the wind conditions vary from northerly, (Peller) in the morning,
and the southerly (Ora) in the afternoon. With wind strengths
consistently in the 25 knot range The Talent field is stronger
than ever, with multiple World Champions and Olympic medalist,
ready to battle out for the chance to be the First RS:X World
Champion, 2006.



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