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National Windsurfing Championships 2018
Iona receiving her trophy from Guy Cribb having come first in her fleet (4.5m)


fuerteventura on 27/07/16

Rating:3 star rating
Board:93 litres

Sotavento day 4: Back on the JP Freestyle/Wave 93 for some proper bashing. Started on a 4.7m, down to a 4.5m and eventually down to a 4m, but even that was too much. The chop started to turn into proper waves but I was so overpowered I didn't try anything fancy. The slalom competition had taken over the usual sailing area and had pushed the riff-raff down the beach, so changing down to a smaller board and sail, required a long walk against the wind and the blasting sand could shred my flesh down to the bone. so I stuck to my last kit combo until my blistery hands gave up.

fuerteventura on 24/07/16

Rating:4 star rating
Board:93 litres

First time on Sotavento beach for 13 years and nothing has changed! Sandy beach, scorching sun, warm sea, blasting wind and all the kit in the world under one tent! On a JP Freestyle/Wave 93 today. If I knew what I was doing I could probably give you a proper review, alas I didn't! The sea had more chop than all Karate Kid movies combined but who cares, I was sailing without a wetsuit on! Managed to pull a few gybes, but hope for more and better tomorrow. Started on a 5.8, but soon the wind picked up and downsized to a 5.3. Wind picked up again, but by then the skin on the palms of my hands started to separate and I need them in good shape for tomorrow's session so I packed up and went to watch some women's freestyle competition further down the beach.

Added by johng on 25/07/16

Sotavento! Didn't get that far on last week's trip- are you staying nearby?

Added by Yannis on 25/07/16

Melia Gorriones! If you are driving come to Rene Egli! will be here until Monday. I don't carry the mobile with me, but will be at the club almost every morning and afternoon. Might take a day or two off to look around the island, but not until end of the week.

Added by johng on 26/07/16

Ah, no, sadly we were there 16-23 July, probably leaving as you left. We were staying in Corralejo in Bill's excellent apartment, close to town, and basically explored beaches on the North coast. Some great spots there, but obviously not as madly windy as Sotavento.

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