The 2007 ISA surf & action Walvis Bay Speedweek: Day 6
Bjorn Dunkerbeck (SUI, T1, North) dominated the Walvis Bay speedstrip setting the best speed of the day with a 41.98 knots run. Antoine Albeau (FRA) and Finian Maynard (BVI, F2) followed closely behind. Local South African hero Hennie Bredenkamp (Fanatic) had an unbelievable day and finished in fourth position. He was on top form and sailed a flawless heat. Perhaps having the support of his father, who came to watch for the day, gave him that extra boost. In the ladies race it was once again Valerie Ghibaudo (FRA, Loft Sails) who dominated.
In the Overall ranking, Bjorn is clear ahead with a perfect score of 3.5 points after seven races and two discards. Second is Antoine, which brings him into the world leadership at the moment, and Patrik Diethelm (ITA, F2, North) is third, but only 0.7 points behind. Another race tomorrow can bring him into second, if he can manage to beat Antoine. Finian Maynard is fourth now, and it doesn't look like there is enough time left to strike back.
Valerie Ghibaudo is also in first position with a perfect score of 3.5 points, and straight on the way to her first world title. Karin Jaggi secures a safe second place, Maaike Kallenborn (NED) is in third now after Zara Davis (GBR) had to stop racing after injuring herself in a bad crash yesterday.
Tomorrow is the last official day of racing in the 500 meter category before we move on to the Nautical mile event. So tomorrow the world champions will be decided and announced at the prize giving in the evening.
You can follow the daily action live on www.speedsurfing.org.
For more information about the ISWC, ISA, and the ISA Speedsurfing Grand Prix TOur, please contact
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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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