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2011 Cabo Verde trip

BOA VISTA

Winter time in Europe is difficult for windsurfers. Those more desperate are looking for a way to escape from cold and score some nice wave conditions. Our marketing guy, Bogo, together with friends, went for month long trip to Cabo Verde, Boa Vista island. Check out the great conditions they had there in January.


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LEGEND

GHOSTXT

GLOBAL

LOCO

SWITCH

2.9 | 3.3 | 3.5 | 3.7 | 4.0 | 4.2 4.5 | 4.7 | 5.0 | 5.3 | 5.7 | 6.1

4.7 | 5.0 | 5.3 | 5.7 | 6.1 | 6.7

4.0 | 4.2 | 4.5 | 4.7 | 5.0 5.4 | 5.8 | 6.2 | 6.8

4.0 | 4.4 | 4.8 | 5.2 5.6 | 6.0 | 6.4

4.8 | 5.2 | 5.6 | 6.0 6.4 | 7.0 | 7.5

SIDE-SHORE WAVE

TECHNORA WAVE SAIL

ON-SHORE WAVE

FREESTYLE

BUMP’N’JUMP


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ALOHA

PURSUIT

TITANGS

TR-7

TR-7XT

4.5 | 5.0 | 5.5 | 6.0 6.5 | 7.0 | 7.5

5.5 | 6.0 | 6.5 | 7.0 7.5 | 8.0 | 8.5

6.0 | 6.5 | 7.0 | 7.5 | 8.0 8.5 | 9.0 | 9.5 | 10.0 | 11.0

4.7 | 5.1 | 5.5 | 5.9 | 6.3 | 6.6 | 7.0 7.6 | 8.4 | 9.2 | 10.0 | 11.0 | 12.0

5.9 | 6.3 | 6.6 | 7.0 | 7.6 8.4 | 9.2 | 10.0 | 11.0 | 12.0

RECREATIONAL FREERIDE

NO CAM FREERIDE

FREERIDE/FREERACE 2/3 CAMS

RACING/SLALOM

LIGHT WEIGHT RACE SAIL TECHNORATM VERSION OF TR-7


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WA for January January started off great with over mast high surf at Margaret River main break New Years day, claiming the best conditions I have ever seen there over all the years. The waves were pumping and even with a slight hangover it was impossible not to go for a quick tow followed by an epic wave sailing session in the afternoon. Luckily the tavern shut already at 2 a.m. the night before, but you have to love celebrating the new year with good friends! I have been using the Legend wave sail with the same mast and boom for the last two months and everything held up with no breakages. I think its worth a mention, especially thinking back to some of those gnarly wipe outs I’ve had to endure and some fairly long swims still being able to rely entirely on your gear. Happy days! It has been quite an amazing summer with just friends visiting and having hardly any obligations for awhile. Western Australia this time of the year is simply unique, great adventures, relaxing atmosphere and fun times. Although normally staying longer down under, this year I caught the first plane on January 23rd to start preparing for an early start of the PWA season in Vietnam, heading out to Maui to pick up my new production TR7 race sails. In October/November testing they seemed quite a lot quicker and more efficient then before, so looking forward to an interesting season with some more new events on the calendar. See you soon Peter Volwater

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At the moment Anthony Ruenes is on Bonaire to train with us and so is Davy Sheffer. I’ve booked my ticket and will fly on the 17th to Bangkok stay there for 2 days them fly to Vietnam on the 21st. Conditions look good here on Bonaire for February and I still have 17 days to get myself ready for the first PWA freestyle event. I am really excited:)

I had the time to also get my 6 month old daughter on the board with me... she’s so cute and love the sea:).

Catch y’all on the next one. Have a nice time sailing, Ciao Taty Frans.

Island boy

It’s been a great month for me. I have a only missed eight days of windsurfing. Nothing much happened, but i’ve been sailing ALOT, training the air moves and spending as much time on the water on the Loco 4.8 and my Starboard Flare 88 as this could be the quiver that I would use at the first event in VIETNAM.


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I’m sure some of you have heard of the Los Barriles Lord of the wind by now. Well, on January 10th, that’s where Casey and I were heading; down to Baja, Mexico, for the 1st annual international windsurfing, kiteboarding, and SUP competition. With its announced $19,000 cash prize and full schedule of day and night events, I had a feeling it was worth going down for. But one needed to walk up the beach to really get how much was put into this event: countless amount of volunteers setting up stage, tower, buoys, volleyball nets, and couple hundred of feet of beach of vendors and sponsors tents. Internet and TV being wired to the beach (in Mexico!) to allow livestreaming… I was “wowed”.

Casey and I flew in a couple days prior to the event to Los Cabos, with (as little as we thought we could get away with) freestyle and slalom gear. We checked in to our hotel “Palmas de Cortez” an hour later and were already blown away by the hotel accommodations and the view of the Sea of Cortez. We were welcomed by sunshine and wind and got on the water almost right away; Casey on his 5.0 ghost, me on my 4.4 loco. Windsurfing in Los Barriles is no flat water. The blowing “el norte” and the deep sea of Cortez can create huge rollers making it a far-from-boring place to windsurf with great port ramps and challenging freestyle and slalom conditions. As we sailed up from the hotel to the actual event site, the swell was even bigger, the water choppier, and waves were breaking on the beach. The forecast was calling for 20+ knots for the next couple days. This was going to be fun!


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People started showing up quickly, from photographers to magazine editors, race directors, pro windsurfers and kitesurfers, all mostly staying at the same hotel “Palmas de Cortez” (http://www.vanwormerresorts.com/palmasdecortez.htm) where the hut tubs soon became the hang out place of choice after hours spent on the water. Registration day was already setting up for what would be a fun 4 day-event, from “cofradia” offering free shots of tequila and corona girls, to Live music on the hotel stage and hula dancers. Day 1 of competition was going to be a busy one. The wind forecast being predicted to be on the decline, it was evident that as much events as possible needed to be run on that 1st day with kiteboarding big air and windsurfing freestyle being a priority. Heats were then called from 10 to 5, wrapping up the windsurfing freestyle, kiteboarding big air to the exception of the final, and completing one slalom heat for all categories for both disciplines. But the day didn’t end there. Beach party with bonfire and battle of the bands was on the schedule until way past my bedtime.

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Day 2, despite the “so-so” forecast, wind quickly picked up again to 20-25 kts, and slalom races were on, allowing both kiters and windsurfers of all categories (amateurs, masters and experts for both women and men) to get enough races in to complete the slalom part of the event. Course races then followed, and, due to great wind, allowed many of us who didn’t have formula equipment to race. I stayed on my 6.0 switch, and Casey continued using his TR-6 7.0. After yet another busy day on the water, we all gathered around the Vela pool for the 1st round of bikini contest. The place was packed with people watching the dozen women showing off their bikini bods as they walked, danced and even cart-wheeled around the pool to the beat of the music. The rest of the night consisted of eating pig roast around a bonfire, and listening/dancing to live band and DJ music, which went on, again, until little hours of the morning (so I heard).


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Day 3 and 4. Wind blew again in the 20+ kts range to the surprise of everyone, forecasters included. Two more days filled with continuous water action; between SUP races, completion of big air contest, freestyle expression sessions, “final SHOWDOWN” and several different kite and windsurf course races. Never having course raced before, nor really having any course racing gear, I am glad I adopted this “I’m here so might as well” attitude. It was super fun racing with all windsurfers together at the start! The final “showdown” a long distance race with windsurfers and kitesurfers all competing for a single $3500 prize consisting of an upwind then straight downwind leg of nearly 3 miles seemed to be clearly advantaging for kiters who voted against the option of splitting the cash between 1st place of each discipline. On the afternoon of the 3rd day, a handful of windsurfers and a dozen kitesurfers aimed upwind to the “way-too-far-to be seen” buoy for a chance at the big prize. I decided to stay on the beach since it was obvious that my 6.0 and 34 cm fin (thanks to Makani fins!) would make for a long and tiring race. But I must admit that being there at the finish line to witness Kevin Pritchard coming in first in front of all kitesurfers and winning the “lord of the wind” title was quite exciting. That was for sure a great moment for windsurfers! (check out http://www. windsport.com/news_article?news_ id=1075&uniqid=1993 to get a good laugh at interviews – including one with Casey - about this windsurfer vs kiter defeat)

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The award ceremony was no disappointment to this intense 4-day event with awaited cash prizes, “lord of the wind” special edition tequila (given to 1st place of all category), fire throwers and drummers. Event organizers Dan Holbrook and Chris Rogers really did an outstanding job at making this a fun event for everyone, competitors and spectators alike. In the end, not only did I win women freestyle, expert slalom and expert course racing, cash, and 3 bottles of fine tequila, but really had an amazing time and can’t wait to go back next year! You should mark your calendars too! Check out the LOTW recap videos at www.epicsessions.tv and for a complete list of results go to www.lordofthewindbaja.co#2822CA. Ingrid Larouche CAN 66

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Lets work on 2012 toys Another year has passed and we are already fully immersed in 2012 wave sail development. The first round of samples has arrived and so far we’ve been pretty stoked with the results. We’re experimenting with some outline adjustments partly based on some of the knowledge gained during race sail development and also on the never ending pursuit of that magic blend of perfect handling, power and range. Our first test sessions are showing some excellent results and I’m starting to get that feeling where just when you thought your sail couldn’t get any better, a new break through appears. I’m starting to wonder how other sailmakers get by with out a load cell for measuring rig tension as we are constantly referring to ours, especially when developing new designs. It’s great when you can get a hunch about whether a sail is too stiff or soft after sailing on it and then you analyze the curves in your design file and finally prove it all by measuring the tension on the rigged sail. It’s nice when the pieces of the puzzle fit. In addition to the design evolution we are working on some exciting new materials that will lower weight as well as complement the sails visually. The new sail graphics sneakily combine structurally effective seam and cloth orientations with stylish appearance. Aloha, Artur Szpunar

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Go to Sydney and pimp my van Got to enjoy downunder for the new year and hanging on the harbor with my family, including my daughter. Huge fireworks on Sydney Harbour, some of the best apparently anywhere in the World.


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Arrived back onto Maui early January to catch some light Kona winds and some scattered days of Trade winds. In fact, we had some decent conditions towards the end of January, with big surf on the Northshore and a good North East Trade wind blowing. Other than the old sailing day, it’s been a good time of the year to organize things at the loft and garage. Oh yeh, I spent quite a bit of time building racks for my van as well as spraying the inside with waterproof Gator Guard, in fact that was a huge job in itself. Aloha, Phil McGain


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Begin it again 2011. What will this year hold for us? While the fireworks were going off in Lahaina, I sat on the foredeck and pondered all the good that had been 2010, and imagined it all better in 2011. It will be a year of great success, a year of expanding opportunities for everyone, and I expect great results all over the world. It will be the Year of the Rabbit as well, and that generally means good things for us Dogs. Lots of bunnies to chase in our dreams. This month, Art and I have been concentrating on the refinements to the wave and freestyle ranges. Taty has been involved with small changes to the Loco that should improve ’POP’ and tighten up those crazy twisting moves. It’s interesting to see how he ends up tuning the sails he has now, and this is driving what we will do to make them a bit tighter and flatter without giving up the juice. In addition, we have been working on three new materials that should add a lot of value to the Legends and Globals. One is a lighter weight laminate with a surprise, and the other is something we worked on some time ago and were not able to execute in time. This will really be easy on the eyes. Cornelia now has a beautiful harbor awning with functional side curtains made from a mesh that lets through air and some light, but is tight enough to keep out all but driven rain. Adding those parts makes the whole deck more livable, and you can walk along the side decks without bending. Now that we have the sewing machine set up on board, down below, all kinds of little sewing projects are taking place. Little bags, a binnacle cover, and all the side curtain sewing were done right there. We don’t even have to break the machine down to go sailing, which has now become a whaley treat. The giant friends have been leaping and splashing, even just outside the surf break at the harbor. We also had a huge rain storm that shut most of the island down for a day. There were floods everywhere. My deck bucket filled to the top, about seven inches, in three hours. Boats broke loose, a large catamaran went on the reef, and everyone was pretty much in emergency mode.


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Peter just arrived and this will begin lots of race sail testing too. He has ’partnered’ up with Finian to train and tune, so we are also getting a good idea about how competitive the new sails are, and I have to say from what I have already seen, we are very close. Of course, competition will prove it all. Sadly we missed a chance in Lancelin because of a fluke with the starting time, but Vietnam will soon turn up the heat. Aloha, Barry Spanier


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