After the 2012 Olympics Neil Pryde will submit, to the ISAF and the RS:X Class, a new improved version of the RS:X which will weigh 3 kilos less: a 20% reduction in weight. Ex Olympic sailor, Mr.Neil Pryde, explains all of this and more in the video below.
With the completion of the 2010 RS:X Worlds, all focus is now on Perth, Australia and the 2011 ISAF World Championship. The first hurdle is getting your country qualified for the Olympics. Windsurfing is allowed 38 countries for the men and 28 countries for the women. At Perth, countries will qualify for 75% of the allotments for the 2012 Olympics. The top 28 countries for the men and the top 20 for the women will win Olympic berths. The rest of the country slots will be won at the 2012 RS:X Worlds on the Bay of Cadiz, Spain only months before the Olympics. The top country finishers, that haven't already qualified at Perth, will win the remaining Olympic berths. Only the countries that qualify at these 2 events go to the Olympics.
The week of the event, my mornings started with a trip to Denmark while trying to get DaNews delivered. If you didn't watch it live, then you have a real delimma: there are hours and hours of recorded replay. The hard part is figuring out what to watch. More than 100,000 visited the Cold Hawaii live feed website. Congratulations to both Stream Factory who produced (camera work) and delivered the broadcast and platform provider, Bambuser who made it possible to see the event on our computers.
For the last couple of years, I've seen almost every PWA daily highlights video. These best moments of an event led me to believe that the entire day was nonstop perfection. Point the camera and everything is going to look great. But guess what? In the real world, on the real day of an event, real things happen. My wave sailing heroes make mistakes just like you and me. What a relief, we have something in common. Don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of amazing moments, lots of them. Watch the replays and you will see yourself out there at Klitmoller, probably going over the handlebars trying to do a quick tack.
Treat yourself to the jumbo viewer or just go full screen on the player below. Bottom right corner of the player is the More button which links you up to the replay library.
This post, I broke one of my rules tonight, from Drysuit2 is a moving remembrance of the Twin Towers tragedy.
"And I thought…Sailing alone at dusk is dangerous. But not nearly as dangerous as continuing to work across the street from the former World Trade Center after 911. I’m sure people who saw me from shore might have thought, “what is that guy doing, sailing out there all by himself, in the rain?”, “that’s crazy”. No. I think watching the progress at Ground Zero from my office window…that was crazy...Breathing air that’s not safe, when your Government tells you it is; that’s crazy..."
It's an amazing moment when you get to share your sesh with a dolphin. The first sightings start at the 1:50 minute mark. This and other videos are found on the Learners guide to windsurfing.
Postcript Josh Sampiero has invited this blog to the WINDSURFING website. I'll still be posting here and at all the other regular spots.