An unusually chilly start under grey skies for the South American Championships. Equipment and measurement checks completed, competitors gathered for the briefing wearing jeans and warm hoodies!
Raul Pasqualin is on site to ensure the fairness of the competition. "It is really nice to see how windsurfing has changed in the last maybe 8 years. Techno Class has re-born windsurfing from the base which is most important for the kids - we have to focus on the kids - and here in South America it is happening like we planned. It is great to be here with a Brazilian fleet the best ever in our history and delighted also to see competitors for the first time from Venezuela and Chile; plus everyone from Aruba, Peru, the USA, Netherlands and Uruguay. Of course the largest number here is from Argentina . . . It's really fantastic to be here!"
Top of the leaderboard after two races on day one is Lars Van Sommeren from the Netherlands, perhaps a little more accustomed to chilly conditions, with two second places. Second overall is Mack van den Eerenbeemt from Aruba who took the bullet in race 1 but a fifth in the second. Peruvian Maria Belen Bazo is not only first girl but has put in a very consistent performance to be in third place overall.
We also have a female, Brazilian Larissa Ricci Schenker, heading the u-15 fleet - well done girls! And first u-15 boy is Argentinian Martin Nores.
Great to see ARU/NED and USA using the event to increase preparation for the Worlds in France and the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.
"Not a typical day today, a little cold?" "Yes, so cold" said Francisco Saubidet Birkner, ARG-40. "The first race I was over but the second race was perfect. Tomorrow will be windy and not cold like today!" Francisco is definitely one to watch.
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Photos by Patrik Pollak