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Honestly I was super happy to improve my personal top speed at my homespot Lake Neusiedl up to 67,24 km/h in the late autumn of 2010. The small gear, iSonic 86 plus Reflex 6,2 on an Enigma 430 works brilliant. I used my smallest Slalom fin of Pfaffi´s S1 Slalom, with 31,5 cm. This fin has a bit more rake and can produce some extra speed combined with the necessary control.
For a moment the gusty southern wind dropped a bit and picked up 10 minutes later again. The little waves were more in order and I felt good acceleration in the middle of the lake. Check out the article on star-board.com.
By the end of 2010 we met KP at Semmering, an Austrian ski resort, where his girlfriend Resi Stiegler took place in the FIS night slalom, what´s the highest league in skiing compareable to the PWA in windsurfing. Was cool meeting KP in the snow – it was freezing cold despite 5 layers – and not at one of the worldtour stops. We took a cup of hot spiced wine while KP drank an almost frozen can of beer. We spoke about the near future and our goals in windsurfing. Was super interesting!
Resi, who already qualified twice for the second run in her comeback season, tried all to qualify for the second run – the top 30 make it into the next round – but missed it very close. Next time you will make it Resi, it´s your comeback season!
© Chris Pressler, Pics by Kerstin Reiger 2011
Kevin Pritchard is one of the guys on tour, who gives me a lot of inspiration and support as well. He tought me how to circle jibes towards the marks and helped me out with several trainingsessions. While the last years event at Jinha beach, South Korea, he filmed me while sailing and took an interview. Later he edited the clip quite nice! Thanks a lot to him and as well to the PWA for the support and publishing the clip. I look forward to a great season and really hope to compete in many events on the 2011 PWA Slalom tour. There are events in Vietnam, South Korea, Spain, Aruba, Canary Islands, Turkey and Sylt.
For all, who were interested in the iSONICs from 2010 and for which conditions, sailsizes and weights they are suited well: check the link with a nice overview from Remi Vila, Jimmy Diaz, Kevin Pritchard and Cyril Moussilmani.
They all are super experienced. The weights of the top Starboard guys are in between 85 kg and 93 kg. The most heavy one, with more than 100 kg, is Björn Dunkerbeck. Let´s see which sizes he will choose. In 2009 he registered 133/ 111 & 86.
Most of the PWA sailors try to cover an extremely big windrange with the 3 boards they are allowed to register at their first event.
I am around 85 naked and tend to go with 86, 111 and 131, but will test the 131 against the 121 a little bit more. I really love the style of the 121, but guess that I can go in extremely light wind with the 131.
Definitely the 86 has a wide range. I use the strongwind board and lightwind speedboard from 5,0 up to 6,7. It´s the board for the Canaries or for events, where it can get rough. Perhaps at Costa Brava with Tramuntana wind, at Lake Neusiedler, in Croatia with Bora winds or in Sylt. In South Korea or Alacati it´s more the 111 or one size bigger.
On the 111 I can put 6,7 up to 8,1.
On the 131 I can use 8,5 and bigger up to 9,8.