Winter Windsurfing European Open 2012 was organized in Kalajoki, Finland, on 15.-18.3.2012. The event gathered 54 participants together from 6 different countries. Classes and disciplines were Sailboard & Wing Course, Sailboard & Wing Slalom, Kite Course and Kite Freestyle and GPS Speed Race for all classes.
This year the event constructed from overall, masters, women and youth divisions. Getting so many divisions competing rizes the big hope of getting more and more enthusiasts involved with winter surfing activities and events. From this point of view the future of the sports looks bright!
The wind conditions were amazingly good during the whole event and although some gusts together with uneven ice made the race more challenging, all classes had loads of races during 3 days.
The new European Champions 2012:
Sailboard, Course Race – Overall: Mr. Oskari Pääkkönen (FIN), Masters: Mr. Arto Ravander (FIN), Youth: Raoloslaw Furmanski (POL)
Sailboard, STS (Short Track Slalom), Overall & Youth: Mr. Andrius Sliuburys (LIT), Women: Marianne Kaplas (FIN), Masters: Ian Rautelin (FIN)
Sailboard GPS Speed Race: Mr. Vadim Volotskoy (RUS)
Wing, Course Race, Overall: Mr. Rainer Salo (FIN)
Wing, STS (Short Track Slalom), Overall: Mr. Denis Kleshcenok (RUS)
Kites, Course Race, Overall: Mr. Raimo Selen (FIN)
Kites, Freestyle: Mr. Jarkko Sjöblom (FIN)
Kites, GPS Speed Race: Division Skis – Mr. Raimo Selen (FIN), Division Snowboard – Mr. Mikko Toivonen (FIN)
Congratulations to all winners!
The organizer, Perämeri WindRiders ry, thanks all competitors, officials and other co-operation partners in making the event such a success!
See full results here