PWA Catalunya, Spain June 9-14th, 2015

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PWA SLALOM WORDLCUP, CATALUNYA – SPAIN

JUNE 9TH – 14TH, 2015

After the long drive from The Netherlands through Belgium and France we arrived in the early hours of June 8 at Camping La Ballena Alegre and we had the rest of the day to get confortable around the mobile home, rig our equipment and explore the event site. This is my first event on the Spanish mainland.

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TOGETHER WITH TATY FRANS AND ARON ETMON READY TO REPRESENT BONAIRE IN SPAIN !!

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June 9, registration-time but no action on the first competitionday. We had rain, thunder and lightning and we could relax, prepare for the next day and enjoy a good cooked dinner made by Petra Etmon. Her chicken with rice is the best !!! Thanks Petra.

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Day 2 here in Costa Brava started with sun, clear skies and a breeze. At 2 pm the green flag went up for the first elimination. I was in heat 3 and finished in 4th place to advance into the quarter finals. In the quarter I finished 8 because of a bad start and ended the first round in 27th place. I was really happy with my gear : JP Slalom 78 and Severne Reflex6 8.6 , fin 44 cm.

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The opening round of the second elimination was also completed before the wind became to light and patchy for the competition to continue. I managed to advance again into the quarterfinals and was very satisfied with my first day of racing.

June 11 was a long day, a waiting game, the wind never came and also day 4 started with heavy rain. I had to race the first possible heat when competiton should resume so had to stay alert all the time. Maxime , Taty, Aldair and I played games and were chilling in and around the mobilehome.

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Also Saturday, day 5 of the event started slow, but with clear skies and the wind teasing us all between 5-12 knots and increasing we had a start at 14.44 but got cancelled during the races as the wind dropped again. This was again frustrating but could not keep us from having fun on the beach and the Camping-site of La Ballena Allegre.

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In the evening we decided to have our first โ€œmobilehomeโ€ cooked meal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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The last day, Sunday June 14th was an exciting day. Finally we could finish elimination 2 and even start a 3rd one. The beach was full of frustration and excitement as big names were or disqualified, or did not pass the first round so the ranking was like a wave.

The organization decided to start even a 4th elimination but the wind was gone at 18.30 and everybody started packing and prepare for the award ceremony.

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My first PWA-slalom event of 2015 was a success. I ended in 22nd place out of 64 outstanding slalom-riders from all over the globe. Itโ€™s still a long way for me to reach to top, but to gain experience in slalom besides fighting in the top 5 of Freestyle windsurfing is my goal this year. Congrats to the winner : Matteo Iachino ITA-140

 

Now packing and heading to France. Taty and Aldair will leave for Bonaire / The Netherlands and Maxime and I will hit the road again !!

Next stop Plage Borely, Marseille for the SOSH Freestyle Cup !!

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Thanks to the organisers of the event here in Costa Brava, Camping La Ballena Allegre, and all my sponsors : JP-AUSTRALIA, Severne Sails , LSD fins, SWINIE, I Love Bonaire and all the Bonairian sponsors.

Thanks to Maxime to for her support and her patience the whole week ๐Ÿ˜‰