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2011 Reno World Windsurfing Cup
The tension is rising on the island of Sylt as the greatest windsurfing event on the planet and the dramatic conclusion to the 2011 slalom, wave and freestyle competition season draws ever closer.
For 28 years running, the Sylt world cup has been the largest and most spectacular windsurfing event on the planet. Featuring all three of the main disciplines, competition is spread over ten days. The event attracts well over 200,000 spectators to witness the world’s best slalom sailors hurl themselves around the race course, see the freestylers spin their way through each heat and watch the wave fleet launching into the most death-defying jumps.
Due to the exposed location of the island, the weather conditions on Westerland beach can range from ferocious wind and waves to flat calm freestyle and slalom heaven. Sylt is the final challenge for many of the worlds best and it takes a true all-rounder to secure a victory on its testing waters.
Off the water there will be plenty to keep the crowds entertained including clinics from the pro’s, a multitude of surf shops, autograph signings, the Panasonic surf simulator, plenty of parties and much much more.
What’s the deal?
The ten day super grand slam will take place between 23rd September to the 2nd October, marking the seventh and final event on the men’s slalom and freestyle tour, the fourth event on the men’s wave tour and the third stop on the women’s wave tour. The sailors will be spinning, flying and going full throttle for a taste of the €105,000 prize money and those super important end of season world ranking points, that will determine once and for all where the sailors finish.
Over in the women’s fleet, the current tour leader Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) unfortunately has not registered for the event, therefore opening the door up to her sister, Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne). However Iballa will has to pull her cleanest stalled forward loops and her slickest wave rides to earn the title and fend of the advances from super stylish Nayra Alonso (Fanatic / Severne), wave ripper Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) and super-powerful Evi Tsape (F2 / North).
Also fighting for a place in the top five will be Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North), Alice Arutkin (Starboard / North), Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) and Heike Reimann (Hot Sails).
The brands have also been in fierce competition throughout the year, and as the competition season draws to a close the top dogs at the board and sail companies will be keeping an eye on their riders and how they perform on their equipment. Currently leading the board brands is Starboard, with three world title to their name in Slalom, Wave and Freestyle. JP is sat in second place with Fanatic, Tabou, and RRD close behind. Over on the sail brands, NeilPryde currently leads the pack with Severne, North and Gaastra in hot pursuit. Everything will come down to the final event in Sylt so keep your eyes peeled for who is performing well and on what.
What’s the plan?
With so many competitors the 2011 PWA Reno world cup promises to be a spectacular show, registration day will kick off at 11:30am-2pm on Friday 23rd September and the skippers meeting will kick off at 9:00am on Saturday 24th September with the first possible start to competition at 9:30am.
We are proud to announce the 2011 PWA Reno World Cup will be streamed live, weather depending broadcasting should commence at 9:00am on Saturday 24th September. There will be loads to keep you entertained throughout the week, including interviews with the professionals and of course all the insane action in the competitions.
Scope the action
For more information on all the entrants, and to keep up to date with every piece of the action, click on www.pwaworldtour.com
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