Date: 24 January 2002
The Boracay Funboard Cup, the fourth event on the Adecco Asian Windsurfing Tour,
Presented by Foster’s, ended today on Bulabog Beach. After four previous days
of racing in wind speeds of up to 34 knots, the wind finally gave out and there
was no action on the beach today. The main event is the downwind slalom and
seven full rounds of slalom were held. After these seven rounds it was Australia’s
Robbie Radis that takes the title of Champion. In the end Radis was comfortably
clear of Korea’s Sung Soo Yoon who pushed compatriot Suh Yong Kuen back into
third by just one point. Fourth and only two points further back was yet another
Korean Hae Kwang Youn. Top filipino sailor was Manny Cabili who finished well
Says Robbie Radis "This is one of my favourites on the Adecco AWT.
The island is beautiful and the people welcome you like you’re family. And this
year we had awesome conditions. It’s been a blast with strong onshore winds
and flat water. This is world class..."
Winning the ladies division was local sailor Nenette Graf, owner of the local
Green Yard Funboard Centre and winning the Masters Division for over 40’s was
George Gesner from the United States.
Radis, who also won the previous two events on the Adecco AWT, was announced
the Action Asia Speed Trials Champion too. Yesterday the slalom action was put
on hold and the Speed Trial Course moved centre stage on Bulabog Beach. A day
earlier Radis broke the 6-year-old record with an astounding 35 knots or 64.4kph.
Despite hundreds of runs by the fleet through the course the speed was not going
to be bettered and Radis was confirmed as winner.
Because of the lack of wind over the last two days of the event the Foster’s
Forward Loop contest and the Winduro event could not be staged.
Parties are also a major part of the Funboard Cup and the fleet will gather
one more time tonight at Sandcastles Resort after an excellent week of awesome
conditions, record-breaking sailing and carnival atmosphere. The Adecco AWT
then moves on to the Pacific Island of Saipan where the last event on the Tour
begins on February 6th.
The Adecco Asian Windsurfing Tour, presented by Foster’s, began in November
in the windy isles of Penghu, Taiwan. The Tour then moved to Kuantan in Malaysia
in January before the third event on Bintan, Indonesia last week. From here
in the Philippines the Adecco AWT travels to Saipan in February for a fitting
climax. Each event on the Adecco AWT is filmed for international broadcast to
an audience in excess of 170 million households in over 100 countries worldwide.
The Adecco Asian Windsurfing Tour is Presented by Foster’s with Official Magazine
Action Asia. The Boracay International Funboard Cup is supported by Neil Pryde,
Maui & Sons, Philippine Airlines, The Philippines Department of Tourism,
Asian Spirit and Green Yard Funboard Centre.
1. Robbie Radis, Australia 5 pts
2. Sung Soo Yoon, Korea 12 pts
3. Suh Yong Kuen, Korea 13 pts
4. Hae Kwang Youn, Korea 15 pts
5. Manny Cabili, Philippines 22 pts