The PWA Slalom season kicked off yesterday and Alberto Menegatti won the day! Awesome performance with his black sails, Z Fins and Starboard kit all working perfectly. There were some crashes and bits of bad luck for some of the big guns but you don't get through all the heats and end up winning the winners final by accident. Alberto spent most of his winter training hard and this has paid off. The guy who came in third is Matteo Iachino, Alberto's training partner. This shows the value of doing the right type of concentrated, focussed training. Second was Antoine Questel (one of the stars from 2012 on Starboard and Loft Sails) and fourth was Pierre Mortefon on Fanatic and North.
Some points of interest for us:
Ross Williams has broken his ankle and so will not be participating in Korea. I really hope he mends before the next venue.
Peter Bijl has left Fanatic and is now on Angulo boards. Gonzalo Costa Hoevel has left Fanatic/North and is back with Starboard, sailing Loft sails. Josh Angulo is back with Gun sails. Patrik Diethelm is now with Loft Sails. I spoke previously about Ben vd Steen going to Gaastra. My wish would be that he go the whole hog and leave Starboard for Tabou but probably too much to hope for. Maybe 2014?
Looking at the equipment lists, of the 57 competitors registered for the event, 24 of them are on Starboard, 7 on RRD, 7 on Fanatic, 6 on JP, 5 on Tabou, 5 on Patrik, 2 on Angulo, 1 on F2.
Starboard's 110l iSonic is making its appearance in various quivers. This board interests me because it is 110l and 75cm wide. Super slim and super fast with bigger sails. Four of the men have chosen this board, one as the middle board (Cyril Mousilmanni) and three as their biggest board. Every Starboard lady entered has this as her big board and this makes sense to me. I think the men using it as their big board are taking a bit of a risk but it is very interesting. If the conditions play their part over the course of the tour, this board could cause problems for those on comparatively sluggish 85's in lighter winds. As long as the lulls are (on average) not too light I suppose.
Finally a note about one Pascal Toselli. He has stayed with Point 7 Sails but changed his boards to Tabou. He has become a gybing demon and has been smoking all comers in local races and various recent events. I will be watching Pascal with interest as the tour progresses.
Talk to you soon