WW European Open report

Last weekend was the last international winter windsurfing event this season – Winter Windsurf European Open Championship 2010. The European champions are: in slalom – Janis Preiss; in course discipline – Finnish rider Arto Ravander.

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Competition for the European Champion title in two winter windsurfing disciplines, slalom and course racing, took place in Kalajoki, Finland on March 18-21. The event, organised by Kallan Purjehtijat ry in cooperation with WinterWindsurf.com and Rautio Sports, consisted of 3 competition days (all in all, 14 races in slalom and 7 in course racing). 4 countries were represented – Finland, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland, and more than 30 winter windsurfers were competing.

Results in slalom discipline:
Overall:
1.Jānis Preiss, LAT; 2.Mikus Bēvalds, LAT; 3.Juha Blinnikka, FIN
Youth:
1.Mikus Bēvalds, LAT; 2.Andrius Šliuburys, LIT; 3.Joel Grönqvist, FIN
Master:
1. Juha Blinnikka, FIN; 2.Gintautas Bernotas, LIT; 3.Mika Taalikka, FIN
Women:
1.Marianne Kaplas, FIN; 2.Hanna Zembrzuska, POL; 3.Natalia Kacprzyk, POL

Results in course racing discipline:
Overall:
1.Arto Ravander, FIN; 2.BlazejBlazowski, POL; 3.Jānis Preiss, LAT
Youth:
1. BlazejBlazowski, POL; 2.Jakub Skorupski, POL; 3.Ian Handke, POL
Master:
1.Arto Ravander, FIN; 2.Antti Riihimäki, FIN; 3.Rainer Bäckman, FIN
Women:
1.Marianne Kaplas, FIN; 2.Hanna Zembrzuska, POL; 3.Natalia Kacprzyk, POL

The weather conditions were differed every day (e.g. snowstorm in the first competition day, rain in the last one and clear blue sky on Sunday) but with patience the wind was awaited and there was no day without racing. With music, hot drinks ensured by Dyyni Dance Ice Bar and different entertainments on the race area participants, organizers, friends and spectators had wonderful time all the event long.

Will post the pictures from the event any day soon!