The greek event was a big success. The slalom ran on
Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the freestyle ran on Saturday and Sunday, with
the single elimination on Saturday and the double elimination on Sunday
morning. The action on the water was insane, since the wind was gusting up to
45-50 knots both days. I was sailing my heats with my 63lt board, 3.0/3.4 sail
on Saturday and 3.0 full power on Sunday.
I had to compete with the guys, since there were no other
girls that took part. For me it was really fun because I like strong wind
conditions, since that’s the only chance that we get good waves here in Athens. The conditions
that we competed in were the only chance that I could get a good position
against these guys, who have been training so hard all year long on their
freestyle boards. If we were competing with light wind, I would never have a
chance to do that good. The format was “5 best moves”, and in some of the heats
I could land all of my jumps. Especially during the double elimination on
Sunday, the waves in the competition area were quite good, so I could land
pushloops, tabletop forwards, tabletops, forwards and big shove its. I passed a
few heats with this repertoire but then the waves started to drop and there
were a lot of people sailing in the competition area, so after a point I could
not find any ramps. And of course my 63lt board was too small to land any
freestyle moves, so I had to settle for 5th place in the men’s
division, for which I am very happy. I was also 1st woman.
I was really impressed with the guys that were landing some
really difficult freestyle moves in these conditions, such as esliders,
punetas, flakas, clew first punetas, along with ponches, big forwards and table
forwards. They were also trying insane shakas and getting some of the most
impressive wipeouts I have ever seen. We definitely saw some impressive stuff
over the weekend and it was definitely the windiest event that we’ve ever had
There were also two young guys that were competing, who were going for it
without being scared, for sure they have a lot of potential to become really
The full results for both slalom and freestyle have been
uploaded by the organizers (www.karavi.gr).
Freestyle results here and slalom results here .
There was also a kite contest running, with top greek
kitesurfers competing in airtime. Noise productions and Dj Clo Clo were there
as well, playing great music both days.
Thanks to everybody that contributed for this event to
happen and mostly to the organizer, the main sponsor (“Shark” energy drink) as
well as the judges. Let’s hope there are more events like this coming !!!
Greek National Championships 2009
This weekend, 30th-31st October and 1st
November 2009, the Greek Sailing Federation and the Athletic Sailors
Association of Schinias Marathon (ANOSM) are organizing the greek national championship,
FUN class (slalom & freestyle).
Categories will include general, men, women, adolescents,
young sailors, etc.
The championship will consist of 2 separate categories,
slalom and freestyle.
The forecast looks really good for this weekend and the action
is guaranteed to be intense!
Actually, looks like will have wind in Greece after almost 2 months of
really bad conditions…
Fingers crossed that the conditions will materialize and see
you all there!!!
Mpampis Maniatis, the event organizer
Pics: Eleni Maniati, Karavi Schinias Club
NeilPryde & Fanatic equipment for sale!!!
22nd October, 2009
For 2010 I will be sailing on completely new
equipment, both boards and sails, so I have put up my 2009 equipment for sale:
Neil Pryde 2009 sails
NeilPryde Combat (custom made) purple, NEW, 310 Euro
4.5 NeilPryde The Fly, NEW, 300 Euro
5.1 NeilPryde The Fly purple, LIKE NEW, 260 Euro
Neil Pryde X9 Masts 2008 & 2009
cm 2008 like new (barely used), 290 Euro
370 cm 2008 used, 230 Euro
370 cm 2009 used, 250 Euro
Neil Pryde X9 Carbon Booms
NeilPryde X9 carbon 135-185, very good condition, 260 & 290 Euro
Fanatic NewWave Team Edition 69lt,
Construction technology: Technora Kevlar Double Sandwich/Light Finish
Fin: Fanatic NW G10 Fin 21,5cm US Box
Sail sizes: 3.3 - 5.4m²
3S magazine, Gran Canaria article
Here is my
article for the PWA Gran Canaria Grand Slam in the greek action magazine 3S.
Double elimination and 5th overall waves 2009
4th October, 2009
Pic: John Carter/PWA
Yesterday we had the double
elimination in waves, in even bigger conditions than those of the single
elimination. When the tide was pushing, it was pretty big. Duncan (the head
judge) decided to start with the girls in the morning, since it was low tide,
the waves were smaller and the shorebreak less punishing. We were sent out at 8
in the morning, it was quite cold but I could not feel anything from the rush
and the stress of competition. A had a bit of bad luck when I was getting all
my stuff ready, and had no time to walk upwind to the beginning of the
competition area and launch from there, so when the red flag was up I had to
run for my heat and start from the most downwind part of the area, next to the peer
of rocks… which is the worst place to start, and where the shorebreak is really
hard to get past, since you also have to avoid the peer when going out.
Anyways, I struggled a lot to get
out, which left me pretty tired, but I made it past my first heat against Heike
with forward, tabletop forward and some good waverides. Then I had to face Steffi Wahl, who is a really strong sailor and knows
this beach so well, since she is sailing here all year long… I had to walk with
my equipment all the way upwind to the start of the competition area, which was
very exhausting… and there was hardly any time between the heats, because they
were just running the girls and we aren’t so many… so there was only one heat
break before the next heat. By the time I reached the launching place I had to
go out for my heat… I was thinking “man, I cannot do this for long”, sail for
14 minutes then walk for 10 minutes and then sail for 14 minutes, over and over
again… anyway I sailed good against Steffi,
I did forward, tabletop forward, backside aerials on the wave and 3 nice
waverides in quite good sized waves, I could make a few turns on the same wave.
And I made it past. Next up was Alice Arutkin, and I had to sail against her
for 5th-6th place and for a chance to go against Nayra
Alonso who was waiting on the 4th place. Starting the heat, I got
dumped by the shorebreak and got washed really far downwind, where it was
almost impossible to launch from, but I just could not let her win. I summoned
all the power I had and managed to get out, and could win the heat again… I was
too tired to go big but I could still win by playing it a bit safe and keeping
strength for when the shorebreak would punish me again. My waveriding was quite
good, though, it seems that I picked the right waves and could do two or three
turns on them.
And then was the hard part. After
winning against Alice,
I had to face Nayra for the 4th place. I had been competing since 8
in the morning, and had been sailing, swimming, getting punished by the
shorebreak, pumping, walking upwind and all that for almost two hours non-stop.
I was really starting to feel tired now, and I had cramps in my forearms and
legs. I ran in the tent to drink some water and made it back to the launching
spot 4 minutes before the green flag for my heat. I started to go out, but was
unlucky with the shorebreak. I was tired, which made me a bit “not too
concentrated” maybe, and I was punished by the shorebreak, again… Man, it was
really hard. I was caught in the shorebreak for quite a while, I could see
Nayra sailing the heat and I was so pissed off. I got really punished this
time, I even went over the peer with waves breaking over me, lucky not to break
my neck or completely trash my equipment. When I stepped my foot on the shore,
really downwind of the competition area, there were 6 minutes left of the heat.
I literally RAN upwind to the competition area, dragging my equipment against
the wind, jumped in the water and strived so much, just to get out there. When
I started going out, completely exhausted and out of breath, I looked at my
watch and it was 3 minutes before the end of the heat and I remember thinking, “what
the heck, I’m not giving up”. I made it out, jibed, sailed upwind to gain some
ground (I was almost at the downwind end of the competition area), jibed, did 2
jumps in one go and still had to find two waves in 1.5 minute. I then took a
good wave to ride as I was coming in, I did 3 turns on it. I still had 1
minute, so I get out again to find another wave to ride, I needed one more
waveride to complete my scoresheet. But no sets were coming in, so I had to get
a small wave, not so good …. I came in knowing that I had lost the heat of
course, gutted. And when I checked the scoresheets, I was even more gutted,
because I had lost for just half a point. I sailed for 3 minutes, hardly, and
lost for 0.5 point, so I think if I was out for the whole 12 minutes of the
heat, I would have made it. But that’s life, you can really get unlucky
So that leaves me 5th in
the Sylt competition, and 5th overall in waves for 2009, which is
the best result I’ve had so far, so I’m quite happy.
The girls continued competing as
the swell was building up, Nayra did well against Karin but then lost against
Daida and had to settle for 3rd. I was caddying for Iballa for a bit
for the final and the waves were quite big already, she launched two massive
jumps, pushloop and backloop, they were pretty impressive. I was watching the
twins compete in the final, going big and getting punished at times, as the
shorebreak was growing bigger and bigger... In the end, Iballa finished first,
followed by Daida, Nayra and Karin. And then they had to re-sail for overall
standings for 2009, which left Daida 1st, Iballa 2nd,
Karin 3rd and Nayra 4th.
The men were competing in insane
wind and building swell. Klaas Voget, Peter Volwater, Robby Swift and Danny
Bruch made it to top eight and in the end it was Klaas who went through to face
John Skye, who was waiting in 4th place. Klass sailed brilliantly I
must say, as he must have been pretty tired after all these heats in these hard
conditions, winning against Skye in 4th, Albeau in 3rd
and even Angulo in 2nd, only to be stopped by Alex Mussolini who was
waiting in the final. So the guys finished: 1st Alex, 2nd
Klaas, 3rd Angulo, 4th Antoine and overall for 2009 1st
Josh Angulo, 2nd Kauli Seadi, 3rd Robby Swift, 4th
All in all, Sylt was quite an epic
event this year, really cold, with really massive shorebreak and really good action.
And really good parties, probably, but we never made it there… We were too
tired, I guess, and since skippers meeting was so early in the mornings of
competition, we went out only one or two nights and came home quite early.
Today they’re running a jumping super
session, but not for the girls, as it is a bit too big for us to go out. And I
am really looking forward to go home !
5th place in the single elimination
2nd October, 2009
Pics: John Carter/PWA
After almost one week of waiting for the right conditions,
yesterday we finally had the single elimination of waves here in Sylt.
It was quite hard to sail, the wind was almost dead
onshore, a bit starboard tack, so it was quite hard to go out. The shorebreak
was quite heavy and together with the current, which is incredibly strong, it
was a mission just to go over the breaking waves and make it out there. The
only way was if you would take slightly bigger sail and board than you would
normally need for sailing in this wind, and that’s exactly what I did. I had to
take 4.0, which I left a bit loose to have more power and my 72lt twinfin, so I
would make sure I would be planing on the inside full power, to get past the
I started to go out one heat before mine, so I would make
sure I would actually make it out in time and not lose my heat. If you didn’t
find your way between the waves and you got nailed, it was really hard to get
back out. A lot of the competitors spent half of their heat trying to go out
again after getting nailed on –or after- a waveride. I started as upwind as
possible within the competition area and was lucky to get out, really, I was
pumping my sail like crazy. A lot of the girls did not even make it out, I
think in the first heat of the women only Laure made it out, she was sailing
the heat by herself, which was really unusual to watch.
First I was against Sarah-Quita, the freestyle champion,
they were counting 2 waves and 2 jumps. I made 2 jumps and then started to look
for waves to ride, keeping in mind that I should stay as out the back as
possible, but there weren’t any waves on the outside, so I decided to take the
chance and ride a wave all the way to the inside. I did a proper ride, not so
bad for the onshore conditions, but then I could not make it out anymore, I was
getting nailed again and again in the shorebreak. Sarah had a harder time than
me, though, so I made it past that heat to face Daida Moreno.
I knew I would
have to do well to win against her, she’s always faultless… Although it was
blowing something like 35 knots out the back of the waves, I still took my 4.0
sail to have power on the inside, and changed my board to 69lt single fin, so
as to be a bit less overpowered in my jumps. But I was quite overpowered,
again… Anyway I did a few jumps and then made a wrong choice of a wave (again)
and had to ride it all the way to the beach… I shouldn’t have… The thing is,
it’s my first time sailing this spot and I never really had full awareness of
where I was, related to the judges tower and the beach. I was always more on
the inside than I thought. So I take this wave, ride it, and then step my foot
on the beach. And all these sets were coming… Really heavy ones. And I wait a
bit and then start to make it out again. I almost made it, and then on the last
wave, as I go full speed against the whitewater, to get past, boom! my mast
separated from my board.. I was so scared, I could not even swim towards the shore,
I was between the peers and the current was taking me here and there and I
could do nothing. Thank god there was a surfer swimming close to where I fell,
so he caught my board and we swam together to the shore… It was completely
ridiculous. That was the end of my heat, as you can imagine, I had to walk back
upwind to the sailors area, took me like 10 minutes.
There were a lot of surprises in the guy’s fleet, quite a
few broken masts and booms, since the guys take bigger risks and go bigger when
they are competing. In the end, Alex Mussolini took first, followed by Josh
Angulo, Antoine Albeau and John Skye. Quite a few surprises here, but in these
conditions, anything can happen.
In the women, Iballa came first, followed by Daida, Karin
Congratulations to everybody!
I took 5th place in the single elimination,
quite happy, although I can always do better…
Check Victor Fernandez in the shorebreak pic below !
Now we are waiting for the storm that is predicted for this
weekend, it’s supposed to be really big and really windy ! Epic conditions to
run the double elimination, so let’s see what happens.
Skippers’ meeting tomorrow at 7.30…
Ready for the competition in Sylt
25th September, 2009
Pic: John Carter/PWA
I’m in Sylt,
the 2nd and last competition for waves for 2009. It’s my second time
here and it’s windy this year, looks like we’re going to have waves, too! The
first time I was here in 2006 I didn’t even have the chance to go in the water,
let alone compete, so I’m happy it’s going to be windy this time. It’s going to
be cold though, I’m with my jacket and everything and I think it’s going to be
really cold in the water. The event started today with registration, and on
Sunday it looks like it’s going to be windy.
Check out the PWA website for the live ticker, I will also
try to keep you updated!
Evi on Brunotti.com
12th September, 2009
Hello everybody !
I have my page on www.brunotti.com (riders section). It's nice to be part of the Brunotti family.
I also have a Brunotti blog there, which I will try to update as often as possible.
Check it out !
3S magazine, 2nd girls camp
We have an
article in the greek action magazine 3S about the girls windsurf camp that my
sister and me ran in the end of May.
Sailing in Paros
I am back in Greece since the 19th
of July and I’ve been working for 3 weeks non-stop. Now it’s time for a break! Since
a week we are on Paros Island in Greece, relaxing and sailing for fun. The
conditions are ok, not really good for jumping, but there are some nice waves
to play with on the reef so we’ve had the chance to waveride, although the
waves are small. We sailed 4 days in a row and after 2 days without wind, the “meltemi”
started to blow again today and we were back on the water. We are sailing at
the beach of “Tsoukalia” on the east side of the island, which mainly works
with North-Northeast wind. The conditions are pretty similar to Pozo, only the
wind is a lot lighter - I’ve been on 4.0-4.5 mostly- , and the waves are a lot
smaller. Also, the waves are not breaking outside, only on the reef which is right
on the beach, which is a pity because it’s such a nice wave, but it’s breaking
so close to the beach that you cannot do more than two turns on it. If you stay
more on it then you hit your fin on the reef.
The forecast is really good for the
next days, actually it looks like it’s going to be blowing non-stop the whole
week! Let’s see if we get some good conditions!