Saturday, July 9, 2011
I'm back stateside, so I wasn't able to watch the last few races, but I found this video by Miguel Rodriguez, a windsurfer from PR that was helping with the organizing and photography. The video shows the craziness that happens during a FW start- it really puts the difficulty of winning one of these races into perspective and the nerves of steel required for one of these starts!
Friday, July 8, 2011
The third day of the FW world championships had rainy weather and even though the organizers and the competitors tried to get a race going, the wind didn't cooperate and it had to be called off. So instead of videos, I scoured the internet for some related stories and pictures. Here's the story of the aftermath of Casper Bouman's (NED-52) accident at the starting line during the first day as related by Sean O'brien (AUS-120)
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Today was as good as yesterday: Windy and sunny, up until 12PM. The first race had a squall come through which made the wind flukey, but it was still fun to watch. The second race had Gonzalo Costa Hoevel hot on the heels of Antoine Albeau at first, but in the end Antoine pulled away decisively; it seems almost unnatural how fast he is compared to everyone else.
I put together a few minutes of the video I took between yesterday and today so you can see what's been going on down here: Excellent conditions combined with world class competitors and great organizing for the first time in this hemisphere. I hope this is more than a one time thing!
Remember, results are here.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Greetings from sunny and WINDY Puerto Rico! I'm hugely impressed by the ability of professional windsurfers to hold on to 11 and 12 meter sails in 20-25 knots of wind. On the 4th of July, I went out on a 5.8 and 111L board and felt my board was way too "big" while these guys were screaming up and down wind on Formula boards and 11 meter sails. I honestly don't know how they do it.
Today I was fortunate to spectate from a boat for the first races of the world championship and I managed to get some pictures and video. Right now all I have is raw video that needs to be edited, but here's a couple of pictures so you can see what's been going on. Looking at the video, it is hard to see the mayhem that ensues when the racers that started on starboard tack converge with those that started on port tack. These starts were action packed and full of crashes and trashed gear, but the camera got none of it because of the movement of the boat and my less than steady hand. Crazy fun stuff to watch though!
Results and links to official pics at http://www.formulawindsurfing.org/