Windsurfing Magazine




The light winds of yesterday have remained here in Sylt for another day.  This
has kept most of the sailors busy tuning their equipment for the light conditions,
especially with the prospect of the Lipton freestyle/wave super session.  The
forecast looks good for the next few days, with 15-20 knot NE winds expected
it looks like the spectators will at last see some of the worlds top windsurfers
in action.

The conditions expected in a NE wind at Sylt are normally flat water, if this
happens the organisers are very likely to run the Lipton Super Session.  The
flat water conditions will suit the competitors who also specialise and compete
on the World Freestyle Tour.  Competing in Sylt are many of the worlds
top freestyle sailors including newly crowned World Freestyle Champion Antoine
Albeau (AHD, Pryde), Antoine has been a long time campaigner on the PWA World
Tour and has always been tipped to become a future World Champion.  His
victory in freestyle has really shown that freestyle is not just a discipline
for light winds and featherweight sailors as Antoine is one of the Œgiants¹
of the Tour standing 6¹3¹¹ tall and weighing in at 95 kilos.  Also present
at Sylt is Kauli Seadi (Naish), Kauli from Brazil won the last freestyle event
in Fuerteventura and is one of the competitors who has packed his freestyle
gear just in case of the above scenario occurring.  Other favourites for
the Lipton Super Session are Robby Swift (JP, Pryde), Greg Allaway (JP, Pryde),
Nik Baker (Mistral, North) and Vidar Jensen (North).  The sailors really
look forward to the added bonus pay cheque that having such a super session
can provide, Josh Angulo (RRD) was rewarded last year by walking away with $2,000
after his victory in the wave super session.

The most action on the beach today was at the beach volleyball site where many
of the sailors showed of their ball skills and showed why their profession is
windsurfing and not volleyball!!.  The light winds have also allowed the
sailors to sample the free supply of Jever beer, this year¹s event sponsor.
Being true sportsmen they have kept this sampling to a bare minimum, depending
on who you speak toŠ!!

The event organisers at Sylt certainly know how to put on a good show even if
the wind gods do not cooperate.  The beach front is lined with fresh food
stalls, beer tents, In Line skating and a radical display of skating and BMX
on the Half Pipe.  The next few day should hopefully see the action turning
to the water, with the freestyle super session most likely followed by full
on, hardcore wave action towards the end of the week.


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