With a few weeks of rest after the World Championships, it was again time for winter training.
With the Dutch temps hovering around 30-40 degrees and a real lack of sunshine (and cold water), it was time to pursue other options. Despite the Serria Nevada's getting dumped on the west coast and the Bay area getting a storm of the century we headed south east this time to the Austrian, Italian, Slovenian border where some friends just opened a new guesthouse. A perfect get away. Im looking forward to returning in the summer and training with them on road and mountain bikes.
The rest of the windsurfing world has been busy this this winter as well.
AUS120 has set up a new blog about performance windsurfing racing called carbonsugar - some real good reviews on the new 08 Formula boards and putting together a quiver.
Andreas Mack followed this years Formula class from the sidelines at the end of the season but made some rather interesting analysis on his blog about why Antoine dominated the season.
Antoine has also set the new French speed record in the French trench this winter with just one second off the 50k barrier. See windsurfingjournal for a more detailed coverage of the masters of speed. Ejoy the video:
Also noteworthy is Farrah Hall's upcoming arbitration on her appeal at the US Olympic Trials.
The RSX class is having their World Championships in NZ. This is the last chance for the US girls to qualify. A new approach to following the races is being tried with up to the minute mark roundings available via live through theresults.org.
Up next for me is the Bluewater regatta in Miami next weekend then back to SF for work- and hopefully some winter swell!