Monday, July 5, 2010


So the great wind blew at Lanzarote, where PWA Freestyle World Cup 2010 was held.
We had fully completed the Single Elimination of both men and women fleets. And we had only several heats of Double Elimination before the judges have decided to cancel it.
The 1st place in men’s was taken by Gollito Estredo, the 2nd by Kiri Todd, the 3rd by Tonky Frans and the 4th by Philip Soltysiak. And the 5th place was shared by Steven van Broekhoven, Bjorn Saragoza and João "Janjão" Henrique and ...  me!!!!
I want to congratulate everyone with the results, and especially Sarah-Quita Offringa, who became Freestle World champion for the 3rd time!
I almost did not train this winter and spring as there was no wind in Egypt, I'd injured my knee in Maui and also had missed the first freestyle event of PWA in Austria. But now I've got a good chance to climb on top of the overall ranking of PWA Freestyle World Tour 2010!
Now I`m in Fuerteventura to train there for 3 weeks in hardcore conditions of Sotavento beach before the next event that will take place here.
So keep in touch and wish me best of luck!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Today great wind blew in the afternoon and organizers started the first single elimination. The judges decided to appoint 7 minutes for a heat. We have to do 6 moves on each tack and 3 of the best of them will be counted. Also, we can fall 3 times on each tack. We were lucky to have heats up to the semifinal and the spectators were lucky to see what the modern freestyle is. 
I had a really good day, as I managed to pass two rounds and now share the fifth place. In the first heat I was against the Frenchman Damien Potier and passed quite easily with my Shaka, Culo, No hand Flaka and switch moves. In my second heat I had to deal with freestyler from Aruba Quincy Offringa (№ 11 PWA 2009). I managed to win as made a few of good tricks - Shaka Diablo, Double Spock, Planing Forward, Flaka Diablo and a few tricks in switch stance. Than I had to sail against Gollito Estredo, but the miracle did not happen and he won our heat with his new crazy move Matador (Bob jumping back to the sail).
I am satisfied with my performance today, and I think that it compliles with all the goals i'd set.
Also I want to note excellent sailing of Brazilian João "Janjão" Henrique who passed through 2 heats as well. And of course I want to congratulate my Canadian friend Philip Soltysiak who's sailing was unbeleivable today and who managed to reach the semifinal. Good job, Phil!
Tomorrow the skipper's meeting will be at 09:30 with a first possible start of 10:00.


The second event of freestyle World Cup PWA Costa Teguise 2010 in the Canarian island Lanzarote started today.
34 men and 9 women had registered and elimination ladders are posted on the information board. I have a good chance in the first single to go through two rounds, but then Gollito Estredo is on my way. There was only slight wind today and we had no way to start the first heats. But everyone had an excellent opportunity to practice and to get some photos from official photographer of PWA John Carter. So tomorrow the skipper's meeting will be at 09:00 with a first possible start of 09:30.
Be ready for more news tomorrow!