Christof Kirschner reports from the beginning of the 2011 JP / NeilPryde Young Gun Camp on Prasonisi…
Registration Day: Wind gusts over 30 knots swept over the sandy beach at the opening of the JP / NP’s Young Gun Camp! You could literally see the tension written on the kids’ faces before their first ‘performance’ on the water… But to start with the participants had to sign in for the camp and take their lycras and caps . After a first grouping of the camp participants and a few explanatory words from Steve and Manuel (coaches), the Young Gun’s were ready for the water. For some the strong wind was hard but they didn’t give in and were fighting all day with the tough conditions. The level of the camp participants has become much higher and so we saw right from the very first day Air Jibes and Spocks. And we are indeed very curious what what we will see at the end of the week. The first star to arrive at the camp was Youp Schmit (NED 27). He came in for lunch but when he saw the great conditions he didn’t lose a minute to rig up his kit to show us a number of cool moves on the flat water side just in front of the Pro Center! A promising start and a huge field of Young Guns dominated the first day of the camp. The forecast for the next few days promises strong and stable windy conditions and tomorrow after the official opening and the final grouping we let it rock.
Day 1: Yesterday evening, the last participants and Andy Chambers arrived in Prasonisi. Andy was afraid that his windsurf kit had remained in Athens, but after he had spent 2 hours of waiting time at Rhodes’ airport his kit finally showed up. The official opening, the introduction of the coaches, the camp doctor and the video team was the first item on our agenda after breakfast. Thereafter each group briefly discussed its daily programme and out they went on the water. Again Prasonisi is at its windiest side. And the forecast for the next few days looks very promising. Fully concentrated the kids practice their moves. Again and again the little groups gather around their coaches on the beach to get new instructions which they put right away into practice out on the water. The second day of the camp is over, exhausted but happy faces come back from beach and all kids are alredy looking forward to seeing the new video!
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