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The surf & action Walvis Bay Speedweek 2007

09-03-2007 01:52 PM CET | Sports

Press release from: International Speedsurfing Association

"Blackman" Jose Bahadour from Gouadelupe

"Blackman" Jose Bahadour from Gouadelupe

Walvis Bay, Namibia is hosting the speed windsurfing world cup finals for the third time in a row, starting from the 2nd of September and delivering adrenaline-packed, thrilling action until the 9th of September.

For the crème de la crème of speed windsurfing, now the battle is on for the world championship titles and new records.

In the men’s fleet, all eyes are set to the reigning world champion and 500m world record holder Finian Maynard (F2) from the British Virgin Islands, who clearly dominated last years season. The only sailor who was able to defeat him this year is French Antoine Albeau, but only a few points ahead of him after the seasons first two events.

Also very close behind is "Blackman" Jose Bahadour (Fanatic) from Guadeloupe, who dominated in the light winds of Karpathos. Can he also stand the hard conditions in Namibia ?

Ready for the shot to the top are also 36 time world champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck (T1, North), now starting for Switzerland, and Italian Patrik Diethelm (F2, North). Both are always good for some first places at their favourite spot.

In the ladies fleet, Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) is only a few points ahead of Karian Jaggi (SUI, F2, North). Zara Davis has a safe third place, but after breaking the nautical mile world record here in Walvis Bay last year she knows the place very well and will attack for the event title.

It is very clear, that who ever will be the next world speedsurfing champion has to win this event and keep his opponents on distance !

The ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix is sanctioned by ISWC (International Speed Windsurfing Class) on behalf of ISAF (International Sailing Federation). The organization will be done by the Free Air Sports Centre in cooperation with the International Speedsurfing Association.

During and after the competition, we will have available for all national and international media, press releases, video packages with broadcasting quality images and high resolution pictures.

You can also follow the daily action through our live ticker on the website www.speedsurfing.org

For further details please contact isa@speedsurfing.org

Official Schedule

All times subject to be changed on short notice due to weather conditions.

September 1st
14:00 – 17:00 Registration
20:00 Opening Function at the Yacht Club

September 2nd - 8th
10:00 Skippersmeeting
11:00 First possible Start

September 9th
10:00 Skippersmeeting
11:00 First possible Start
16:00 Last possible Start

September 10th-12th
possibility for Nautical Mile racing and record attempt

Media Contacts

International Speed Windsurfing Class (general information)
Platanenstr. 4
14612 Falkensee
Germany
Fon: +49 171 3819139
Fax: + +49 12125 10602902
Email: media@speedsurfing.org

For more information about the ISWC, ISA, and the ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix TOur, please contact
International Speedsurfing Association
Secretary General
Platanenstr. 4
14612 Falkensee
Germany
Fon: +49 30 2461 6930
Fax: +49 1212 5 10 60 29 02
email:isa@speedsurfing.org

For direct media inquiries, high resolution pictures and video feeds, please contact directly
Jan Cas Smit
Fon: +31625587756
email: media@speedsurfing.org

The International Speed Windsurfing Class is the successor to the International Speedsurfing Association, which was administering the discipline of speed windsurfing in the last three years on behalf of IFCA.

Effective May 2007, the ISWC has become an ISAF international class, and thus is entitled to control all aspects of the sport and award the official world champion titles in the discipline of speed windsurfing.

The ISWC is a riders association, which means that the riders itself control the development of the sport. Beside the organizing people behind the scene, the executive committee is thus completed with the riders elected representatives. Its current and past members are the “crème de la crème” of Speedsurfing worldwide.

Elected chairman of the board is Peter Davis from Great Britain, enthusiastic rider and organizer of the famous Weymouth Speedweek. Executive Secretary Markus Schwendtner from Germany already controlled the speed discipline business as ISA Tour Manager, and will continue this successful task for the ISWC now.

The ISWC events go from exceptional action in Namibia to more cosmopolitan spots such as Fuerteventura - the historical European Speedsurfing Capital, to huge shows of extreme conditions on small islands like Karpathos. In all, there are 200 to 300 members of the association at the same time, from places like Australia or Brasil, to Germany or Norway.

The Tour has to offer: dynamic, thrilling action, and bring the most visually dynamic aquatic sports to the audience, making it a perfect vehicle to locate sponsors logos; a sport that is set outdoors, healthy and environmental friendly.

Superb action on the water, combined with an interactive and exciting life experience, that creates an atmosphere where the fans and the media are face to face with the most radical and intense competition and the biggest personalities of the sport.
Besides being a sport of radical action, Windsurfing is a way of life. This type of life is formed by several elements to which many aspire, but that few can really achieve. Most of, if not all of these aspects of the sport are represented in the Speedsurfing Grand Prix Tour.

The ISWC is entitled to hold World, Continental and National Championships and is always looking for partners, local organizers as well as national associations, to propagate this exciting and thrilling discipline all over the world.

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