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An insiders look at a PWA comp... almost live

May 1, 2010

Author: Maarten van Ochten

 Day 1:
Registration started for the PWA Worldcup season 2010 at 10 am. After receiving all the event stickers and  lycras it was time for a little interview and few photos. After all the participators had registered we had a big welcome meeting from the organizers and whole EFPT/PWA crew regarding the information for the upcoming days. As planned, we were suppose to start with the competition at 12:30, unfortunately the wind was to light. After having waited until 7:30 pm we where released for this day.

Overall impression: The event organisers did a really good job with the size of the event. To describe the whole scene in one word... "HUGE". Besides the windsurfing competition and booths from all kinds of windsurf and watersport related brands, there's also a lot partying going on in 7 different areas. This will also give you kind of idea how many visitors they are expecting... thousands (over 5,000).

The weather: The forecast for now doesn't look to promising. Warm and not to much wind for upcoming Maarten van Ochtendays. But according to the locals here, the wind can be quite surprising in this area even when there's a really bad forecast. Let's hope for the best!

Riders presentation/VIP: Around 10:00 am we had the riders presentation and this was mainly about introducing all the  the riders to the audience. There we got a special VIP area and some extra tickets so we could let some special people in.

Day 2:
After the announcement that the chances where really slim of having any wind today, it was super windy from 6:00 until 8:00 in the morning. The wind literally woke me up. After having the skippersmeeting at 9 the wind already decreased. At 9:30 heat nr.1 was ready to go, but now the conditions became even worse. After waiting... resailing the heat 2 times... there was not enough to finish the heat. So the PWA crew decided to prospone the competition every 15 minutes hoping the wind increases. Unfortunately it didn't pick up enough for the running of a proper competition! Tomorrow the skippersmeeting will be at 6 am and first possible start will be at 6:15. I'll have to be an early bird again, because I'll be riding my first heat in heat nr. 3a.

Austrian TV "hottest rider contest": Today there was a contest organised by ATV looking for man and riders rating. The whole idea was a model working for ATV had to check out our butt, chest and upper body. Highest score rating was 5 points. I scored 2 x 5 and 4+ finishing 2nd overall. Really stoked... hahha.


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