Posts Tagged ‘Marco Di Gianvito – ACTIVEYEPHOTO’

Friends at Lac Bay

July 24, 2009
Photo Courtesy of Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photo Courtesy of Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

I met Steve Thuell, a lovely Brit in 2001. He was working at Jibe City and sported a platinum blonde Mohawk and reminded me of Billy Idol. Jayson, well I met him the same time same place. We have hung out a lot over the years sailing during fool moons, talking shit on the beach and just hanging. He comes and goes but when he is back it’s always great to see him.

Steve was working press for the event and Jayson was just being Jayson.

Please note the hat I am wearing…a gift from another Elvis, this one the owner of Elvis’s Beach Bar in Sunny Anguilla, my next stop Aug. 1 for Regatta. See http://www.anguillabliss.com for updates on my next adventure.

This incredible photo reflects the talent of Marco Di Gianvito. Thanks Marco!

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Pro Kids Freestyle Day 1

July 19, 2009
Photo Courtesy Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photo Courtesy Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Day 1 of the 5th Annual Pro Kids Freestyle follows on the heels of the IFCA Bonaire World Slalom Event. It seems like the winds shut down a bit making the order of the day, light wind freestyle and flowstyle.  There were 23 competitors from the ABC islands ready to compete. The sailors were tossing between old school moves and new school with the Bonaire Flowstyle, crazy unique moves. Kiri Thode is back from the PWA Tour to defend his title. He and Caesar Finies, the light wind freestyle kind duked it out with two very different styles. Kiri was throwing Funnels. Grubby’s, and Ponch’s making it look effortless to get into a plane in light winds. Caesar was up to his old tricks with his classic sail creations flowstyle. His sail was in the air more than it was attached to his board. He is the master of this technique. Sara Quita Offringa from Aruba went up against her teammate talented Nicole van de Velden. Nicole was doing some old school gymnastic type moves with sail spin combinations. Sara was able to pump into a plane and push out some Spocks and Vulcans. Andrea Simal Nava stuck with her classic freestyle moves to impress the judges. Bonaire’s Bjorn Saragoza and Victor Wederfoort  from Curacao duked it out in a heat with Archuendro Finies and Hendryck Balentien. Archuendro had some smooth moves and Hendryck followed but Bjorn and Victor dominated the double eliminations for day 1 tossing some swift planning moves.  In the 14-15 grouping Bonaire’s Amado Vrieswijk dominated over Rich Cicilia from Aruba and Dylan Robles of Bonaire. These three talents showed off their planning freestyle in incredibly light winds. Amado took the top spot today. In the 12-13 category it was neck and neck Aruba with Nick van de Erenbeemt vs. Mathias Ver Ploeg. Mathias has been training but it was Nick who took over to place first today. Kaj van der Lubbe from Curacao put forth an admirable effort. In the 10-12 age group Steven Lageveen held the reigns in the top spot. This talent from Curacao has been on tour 6 weeks competing in Holland, Sardinia, Aruba and now Bonaire. He’s not done yet and has his eye on the top spot for his age group. He was seen chatting with Jeff Henderson from Hotsails, his sponsor. Jurgen Saragoza from Bonaire has been training and it shows. He was throwing some aerial freestyle with Curacao’s Mitchell de Palm choosing old school techniques to follow. Rover Dullart from Bonaire is the one to watch in the youngest group. He was showing some smooth moves including a few flawless gecko flacka’s the trademark Bonaire move. Oscar  Etmon from Curacao was also on fire today. Serginho Finies shows off the Finies tradition with his freestyle finess. Christopher Thuis from Curacao was not giving up and stayed with the heat showing off his talent.

At the end of the day there was Bolas competition and music into the wee hours. Today is day 3 of competition and a grande finale party at Sorobon.

Photo Courtesy of Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photo Courtesy of Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Slalom Showdown and Finals

July 17, 2009
Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Today was day 5, the final showdown of the 2009 IFCA Junior, Youth and Masters Slalom World Championships in sunny Bonaire. After a 10 AM skippers meeting the IFCA committee commenced racing at 11 AM sharp. The Masters Division was a highly competitive group of skilled athletes. Markus Poltenstein earned 1st place sailing for Austria. Markus is a passionate and dedicated sailor who came to win. Thomas Fauster was neck and neck with Markus much of the event but fell in the last lap of the final heat putting in second.. Thomas sails for Italy. Sergio Mehl A 21 placed in the 3rd position. This man is a speedy force blasting around the course with his trademark white face thanks to some much needed Zinc Oxide. He was very happy for his place representing Argentina.  Bonaire’s own former Olympian Constantine Saragoza placed 4th. His island is proud of his efforts. Next he travels to Cabarete to compete.

The Junior Division had many talented competitors. Gutek Kurczewski POL 75 stayed on top throughout the event putting on the top for first place. This highly dedicated young man really earned his top spot as he sailed flawless throughout the course. Following Gutek was 15 year old Luigi Romano ITA 911. Luigi has been a very positive addition to the competitor’s fleet. He always has a smile and is confidant for a young man. On the water he is tough flying around the buoys and planing to the next round.  Morane Demont FRA 59 stayed with the pack placing a well earned 3rd in the Junior Division. She loves racing with the boys and feels she earned her place. She was disappointed she did not place in the 2nd position but is looking forward to future events.  Hawaii’s champion Connor Baxter US 333 placed 4th and local Amado Vrieswijk placed 5th in U 17 and first in U 15.  Nik Van den Erenbeemt ARU96 placed 2nd in U 15 and Jean Patrick Van der Wolde CUR 191 placed 3rd in U 15.  Jurgen Saragoza from Bonaire placed 1st in U 13, Mathias Verploeg ARU 20 placed 2nd and Steven Max Lageveen placed 3rd sailing for Curacao.

In the Youth Division Enes Yilmazer TUR 2 stayed on top throughout the event placing him in the well deserved first place. He came to win far from Turkey with many travel woes but made it here and left his mark. German Sebastian Kordel placed second after sailing well during all of his heats. His parents were on site cheering him on throughout the event.  Malte Reuscher ITA 7777 won 3rd place. His black Point 7 sail was seen clearly contrasted against the Caribbean blue and his smooth sailing and beautiful jibes earned him this spot in Bonaire.  It should be noted 4th place went to Turkish sailor Ege Kurt. He was very proud of his place and hopes to continue slalom course racing.

It was very challenging for the Europeans, Turkish sailors and South American sailors to come to Bonaire. Air travel was costly as well as gear transport. They all persevered lending a part in creating a new piece of Bonaire’s history. This was the island’s first professional slalom event. The camaraderie amongst the riders was astounding. By day they shared gear as some had missing luggage. They helped each other rid and de rig. Rides were shared in vehicle for the underage competitors. At the parties they danced and sang. There was exuberance in the mood as well as competition. At the end of the day they sailed. Gutek was last seen taking photos of British sailor Richard Jones, a great talent. Enes spent time sharing his windsurf story to me. He wants the world to know about the Turkish windsurf community and share his national pride. Sergio’s son Yannick walked side by side with his Dad quite proud. And as always the Bonairean island hospitality shined throughout the event.

In the grandmaster’s division some amazing seasoned veterans took to the water and added to the incredible racing comraderie. Patirk Schmelzer from Germany lead the pack winning first place. He was followed by his friend, Andreas Tezzele from Austria. The shining star of the event was one time Windsurfer of the Year (USA)  Beth Winkler. Beth owns a windsurf school in the US has been racing and coaching her entire windsurf life. She now calls Bonaire home and took to the water to place third.

The darlings of the event are the Superkids, emerging talent putting out their best in their heats. The winners were Stepherd Gustowski from Bonaire in first, Sam Timmers from Bonaire in second and Sam Dem Besten also from Bonaire in third. In group B Sven Scheper from Curacao took first place, Tuur Buendts from Belgian took second and Tim Den Besten from Bonaire placed third. We are sure to see these kids in podiums in future years.

Freestyle is the order of the day, tomorrow July 18.

The committee, Aquaspeed  that puts together events on island is a full on volunteer group. Many use vacation time to be available to stand in the blazing sun scoring points, setting up and running the various aspects of this huge infrastructure. The committee wishes to thank IFCA for believing in Bonaire and sanctioning the event.  Bonaire welcomes everyone back next year for more sailing and beach culture.

The night at Taste of Bonaire was simply magical. There was a food extravaganza with local restaurants spotlighting local and ethnic cuisine. Local music entertained all and then the awards ceremony was held for the Slalom series. The treat of the night was the most spectacular fireworks display. The entire audience was wowed by the finale.

Photo by Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photo by Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photos Not To Miss

July 17, 2009
Photo by Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photo by Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

In the first image see Victor Wederfoort from CUR and Endro Finies from Bonaire. I cannot make out the two on the left.  The dog ate my readers, seriously.

Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Day 3 Wed. Squalls and dead zone

July 16, 2009

The weather contrast from yesterday to today is vastly different.  An 11 AM squall during the heats created a wild frenzy on the course. Then, the wind was gone. The winds are well below the wind minimum for racing so heats were postponed. The riders are taking a break from two days of course racing working on email correspondence, listening to music, catching up on windsurf news and tuning gear. Many are taking to the sea to enjoy the Caribbean blue.

In the Master’s Division Sergio Mehl A 21 is creeping up to the 3rd spot.  Thomas Faust ITA 106 still earns top spot but Markus Poltenstein, AUT 30 knows it’s not over yet. In the Youth Division Enes Yilmazer TUR 2 is determined to hold the top spot in his division. He is a confident talent riding for JP Australia and North Sails.  Sebastien Kordel GER 220 is focused on remaining in the top 3 positions. Malte Reuscher ITA 7777 is the most easily visible sailor with his black Point 7 sail. He is a worthy opponent to watch in future heats.  In the Junior Division Luigi Romano is still on top despite a disqualification. Sail ITA 911 is riding for RRD and Simmer Sails.  Gutek Kurzewski POL 75 was resting during todays no wind afternoon in preparation for future heats. He is confident and determined.  Morane Demont from France is a driving force staying in the top 3 against her male opponents. Morane rides for Starboard and Severne Sails.

Everyone is gearing up for the big night in Rincon tonight. At 5 PM the Paranda Party Bus leaves Sorobon for an island tour. At 7 the villagers of Rincon will host a night of music and culture at Magazina di Rei. Once the site of grain and food storage in the days of slavery, this is a historic building steeped in history. There will be traditional fire dancing, local food and music.

Tue. night the freestyle under the stars was phenomenal. This a fun informal event spotlighting local talent. It was a brisk windy night. Judges Ro Mayer, Mac, Jaeger and Elvis coordinated single ladder 3 min heats to see who would be crowned King of the Night. Kiri Thode won the title King of the Night for planing freestyle while Caesar Finies won the title for non planing. There was a lovely chicken BBQ and local music.

Photo by Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Photo by Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Day 2 IFCA Slalom World

July 14, 2009
Photo Courtesy of Marcos at Seaelement

Photo Courtesy of Marco Di Gianvito - ACTIVEYEPHOTO

Today is Day 2 of the IFCA Bonaire Slalom World event. The winds are howling and our first race of the day is slated for 11 AM. I will be on the press boat so will have results and information online by 9 PM EST.

Wind junkies and wind watchers, check out http://www.windguru.cz/int/prokids.php for the latest weather report and our very own IFCA Bonaire Slalom World. Thanks to our sponsors, Windguru.

We have riders representing:
Turkey, Italia, Austria, Germany, France, Denmark, USA, Argentina, UK, Netherlands, ABC Islands, Venezuela and Poland.

Ann Phelan

Press/PR Hospitality Volunteer

Aquaspeed

www.bonaireslalomworld.com

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