International Winter Windsurfing Association officially announces the closing of winter windsurfing season 2011 on March 19 along with the 4th WWEC 2011 event on Ķīšezers, Windsurfing Club 360 territory.
The final races begun late in the afternoon of Friday, March 18 – one course race and three races for slalom. By the sunset the first results were known and the leaders were Lithuanian rider Giedrius Liutkus in slalom and Janis Preiss in course.
Saturday came with wet snow and almost no wind; the races got postponed to the second part of the day.
From 3PM the weather conditions improved and some wind picked up. As soon as the conditions were good enough we proceeded with competition and accomplished the plan to have at least seven starts in slalom and three in course. By the evening it was clear who the leaders of European Cup 2011 are.
The winner of WWEC 2011 4th event in both disciplines – the World Champion in slalom 2009 and 2011 – Janis Preiss. The young Lithuanian rider Andrius Šliuburys who has just become 18 years old took the second position in slalom and third place in course. After that, the third in slalom – Lithuanian Giedrius Liutkus, but the second in course racing – Latvian rider Aleksandr Leontjev.
As this was the final race of the season, also the overall winners got awarded. Three European Cup events got taken into account – the first in Kaunas, Lithuania in the middle of January; the third event in Finland that took place right before the WISSA 2011 competition; and the fourth – in Riga. The second event that took place in Haapsalu, Estonia in the middle of February let us down with absolutely no wind and with poor ice conditions.
In the overall ranking in course discipline the winner is Feodor Gurvits – a very active and enthusiastic winter windsurfer, also the WISSA 2011 organiser in Oravi, Finland. The second in course our experienced WWEC 2010 slalom champion Alexandr Leontjev, the third – one of the most active Lithuanian winter windsurfers, Giedrius Liutkus.
In slalom there were no surprises – the best in overall ranking – Janis Preiss. Second, lagging behind only by one point, Aleksandr Leontjev and the third – Giedrius (he had the same amount of points as Aleksandr and the ranking was set according to Appendix A).
Within the WWEC 2011 we had also Latvian National Championship. Identical results for both disciplines: first – Janis Preiss, second – Aleksandr Leontjev, third – Janis Rencis.
After the award ceremony everyone tried his luck in lottery with the main prize – Hiberna ice-board. The lucky winner – Aleksandr Leonjev.
Another winter windsurfing season has come to an end leaving everyone involved with warm feelings and positive emotions. Latvian organizing team is satisfied with the last minute decision to have the 4th event – because of the unpredictable weather conditions it was decided less than two weeks in advance.