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The Australian pro racer and computer- and videoexpert Sean O´Brien filmed some really cool clips while the PWA Slalom at Jinha, Costa Brava. I talked about my lightwind board, the iSonic 117 wide and why I am so convinced choosing this board. Recently I won the Croatian Championships only using this model in 7 to 20 knots of wind with 9,2 and 8,6. Read an article here! In between the interview Sean put some clips from the this year´s racing at Jinha.
Thanks a lot Sean for your great effort and so nice editing!!
This morning I was walking down the beach and through the green forest of pines. It was my last relaxed morning walk here at Jinha. Still I have a lot of memories in my mind of an event, which was fun and challenging at the same moment. For the very first time I made it in all quarter finals at an event since I started Slalom racing back in July 2005. But this time it was not only a cool windsurfing experience. I also found enough time to follow the South Korean lifestyle and see some other places thanks to Mr. Han, the event organiser. And today I saw the Island of Myeoungseoudo covered in real fog! We really were lucky with the wind as the wind never reached suitable conditions since the event came to an end!
Overall it really paid off to come to Korea in 2012. We sailed 5 full eliminations in attractive conditions. But it was a last minute decision while the event in Italy. Due to the fact, that two events, Aruba and Marseille got cancelled. 4-5 more events will follow and hopefully some strong wind conditions. So far I only used the Reflex III in 7,8/8,6 and 9,2 and the iSonic 117 wide or the 107. It´s time for the 87 with 7,0 and smaller.
Overall I finished 27th here at Jinha and this result makes me happy.
My plan is to compete in Croatia on the island of Brac in the beginning of June and then straigt travel to Costa Brava.
Korea was always a lucky place for me. I could finish once 17th and once 19th. But so far I took the wrong trains. But some days are left to go!
I got some shots for you from South Korea. Some of them are mine, some are by John Carter. We had one day with racing: I started good in my first heat. It was the first heat of the event and the 2010 season. I felt surprisingly good on my new Reflex 9,6, but went for a pin end start in the second heat and got covered.
In the second race I missed to advance in round 2 by 1 meter against Icingir Ertugrul from Alacati. But felt great in the heat fully powered on 111 and 7,8. Definitely I have to speed up my jibing a bit.
In Race 3 I had a great start near the boat fully powered on 111 plus 8,6, what is a great combo. But my fin broke after 10 seconds So far we had no more racing and I am far back from where I would like to be. But looks promising for tomorrow. Right now it´s raining quite strong. Yesterday we had light wind conditions, which gave an ideal situation for testing and tuning the iSonic 131 plus the Reflex 9,6.
Overall the racing was fun and it looked like the level got better again from 2009 to 2010. 11 different riders made it in 3 rounds into the finals, but just 3 of them made it into all 3 finals. Right now it seems like 4 sailbrands – Gaastra, NP, Northsails, Severne – plus 3-4 boardbrands – RRD, JP, Starboard or Tabou will have a realistic chance to win a constructors title and take the crown in the racing discipline. The 63 rule seems to work better than ever, especially in light winds. Race number 1 has been started in quite light conditions. Most of the sailors registered sizes in between 9,0 and 10,0 m and wide boards around 85 cm width.
To make it from the hotel to the beach or the other way around it´s a nice walk. Below are some shots I catched while these walks and mixed them up with the professional pictures of JC and Victor Couto….