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04/29/2011 - created by Andrew Buchanan


Day 1: A day of contrast welcomes the PWA’s freestyle fleet to the Austrian leg of the World Cup.

Competition's opening day in Podersdorf was greeted with wall to wall sunshine and a light onshore breeze, giving a relaxed atmosphere to the formality of fleet registration. At the final count, an impressive 47 man fleet registered to do battle for a slice of the event’s €30,000 prize fund, and the all important championship points on offer.

Heading into the afternoon, Lake Neusiedler continued to deliver warm temperatures and sun in equal measure, but unfortunately showed no sign of producing any usable wind. Then, in characteristically unpredictable Austrian style, the sun was shut off, and replaced with thunder, lightening and strong offshore wind, bringing the becalmed event site to life.

Unfortunately, head judge Duncan Coombs was unable to send the sailors out to compete while there was still lightening in the vicinity of the sailing area, and on the storm passing, the wind was to vanish, never to return.

That marked the end of a typically volatile day in Podersdorf; we will pick things up tomorrow morning from 9.00am, when the sailors have their skippers meeting.

Tomorrow evening will also see the SURF magazine tow-in night session, where the cream of the world’s freestylers will be getting slingshotted lake-side, in a battle for all important bragging rights.   

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