We are Formula windsurfing World Champions!!

Ladies and gentlemen PATRIK flying team dominated the Formula Portimao Windsurfing World Championships → 2018! After the fantastic performance in the European Championship earlier in the year the PATRIK Formula AirInside proved to be the ultimate machine for the Formula Windsurfing class and took all the podium places!

With the perfect score after 3 races Steve Allen won in front of Alexandre Cousin FRA 752 and Janis Preiss!

Big Congratulation to the whole team!!!

NEW WORLD RECORD FOR PATRIK!

The Prince of Speed delivered in full action when in La Palme all the competitors had the chance to fight for nautical mile open ocean records.
Thanks so Heidi Ulrich Patrik has a new WORLD RECORD in Outright Nautical Mile.
In a close battle with other women, she managed to break the 12 years old record of Zara Davis that was 34,74 knots with an impressive 35,91 knots over 1 mile. Her top speed was 40,1 knots. Congratulations!!!!

On the same day also the NATIONAL SWISS RECORD on Outright Nautical Mile was broken by Christian Arnold with 38,52 knots. Bravo!

The event is not over yet and we are looking forward to some more records.
As Andrea Baldini would say: „Forever speed!!!“

PWA Fuertaventura 2018

This year Fuertaventura, did not deliver the way we are used to. Nevertheless we saw quite some action and some good results of the Patrik Windsurf International!

After a good wind in the single elimination unfortunately, the wind did not show up the last 3 days so the half double elimination counted. Mattia Fabrizi was on a very good climb back in the double but was stopped by no wind to finally share the 9th place. Still a top 10 result!

While in slalom Quentel Julien started with an amazing 2nd place and was sailing good throughout the event, but was a bit unlucky in the last race where he lost 2 places to finish 6th.
Alexandre Cousin FRA 752 was on form too and made two winner finals. With good speed he managed to finish 11th, best this season so far.

 

We are looking forward to the final event in Sylt where many things can change!

See you next year Fuerteventura!

PATRIK formula board is officially the fastest in Europe!!!

Janis Preiss and Steve Allen brought to Patrik two more European titles! The two guys just dominated the Formula European Championship on PATRIK formula boards.
Janis won the fin class in front of Steve, while in foil class it was just the opposite. So the board performed no matter what you put under it.
Furthermore, Wojtek Brzozowski finished 4th and Tristen Erik Kivi 5th in fin class which means 4 out of top 5 were on PATRIK boards!!!

A big congratulation to all the racers to finish one of the hardest contest in Formula Windsurfing Class history with 28 races done!

More photos on the official web: http://europeans2018.formulawindsurfing.org/gallery

 

Two podiums in Korea

Congratulations to Maëlle GuilbaudMaëlle Guilbaud Windsurf and Alexano SincouAlexandre Cousin FRA 752 for their 3rd places!!!

 

Not to forget Julien Quentel who finished 10th in the slalom.

It has just started. As Michel Van Der Pligt would say:
„Go fast GO PATRIK!“

Eight podiums to start the season!

The Easter long weekend is usually the start of the competition season in Europe as the spring slowly kicks in. It was no change this year with at least four competitions in different parts around Europe. The PWA started the season with a woman only wave event in Morocco. The event is still on till Saturday.

In the south of France, two national circuits have started with the first stop of the French tour and Swiss windsurf cup.

The AFF saw its first event of the season with BRET’S Funboard Tour AFF 2018 étape 1 MARIGNANE. In different wind conditions, they have finished three eliminations in both genders. With impressive 21 women and 76 men fleet, we are sure this might be the strongest national circuit in windsurfing. In women’s fleet, we saw the domination of Delphine Cousin in front of Marion Mortefon and Maelle Guilbaud. The PATRIK rider Maelle showed strong performance with a 2nd and 3rd places in first and second elimination so we are excited to see her results this season. While in men’s fleet we saw a very tight battle between Pierre Mortefon and Antoine Questel. With equal points, it was Pierre who won. With a solid performance, Alex Cousin made it to the 9th place, while Ludo Jossin after a solid 8th place in the first race was not really competing anymore. The young Benjamin Auge finished 17th.
In the light wind also a foil race was run where Cedric Bordes won with Alex Cousin in 2nd and Antoine Questel in 3rd.

Swiss Windsurfing started the season not far away in Hyères/France during. Despite not being far the wind was much stronger. They had a blast of winds with 35 to 45+ knots and the famous Almanarre waves. Despite a big fleet of competitors, many had not entered the water due to very rough conditions.
Karin Jaggi won all seven races for women and dominated the event. While her PATRIK teammates Franziska Stauffacher and Heidi Ulrich finished in 2nd and 3rd. While in the men’s fleet four tough races were finished and Patrik finished as the first Swiss and 3rd overall, just behind the top PWA riders Jordy Vonk, who won the event, and Marco Lang. Just to sum up the success of the PATRIK team there were 5 PATRIK riders in the top 10 (Patrik, Stauffacher, Beholz, Wilhelm, Remo Diethelm).
Two races of Fun Foil Course Races were held. Both were won by Jordy Vonk while Patrik got a two impressive 2nd places to finish in this raking on the second place in front of the multiple times Swiss Olympics competitor Richard Stauffacher also on PATRIK boards. On the foiling overall raking, there were 6 PATRIK team riders in the top 10 (Patrik, Stauffacher, Schuster, Dittrich, Bezler, Strub). Next stop of the Swiss Windsurfing will be in Cremia at Lake Como.

Finally in Greece the first speed competition of the season was run by the Hellenic Speed Slalom Windsurfing Association – HSSWA – Drepano 2018 Speed Race #1. In solid winds between 20 to 33 knots, 20 competitors had a blast. With everyone happy it was Konstantinos Papandrikopoulos who won the event, Alkis Vovos got second and PATRIK rider and partner Nick Vardalachos got the third place.

What a great and windy start of the race season!!! We believe it will be an EPIC one!

Tine Slabe our new marketing manager

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Janis Preiss dominates at the Estonian NP Baltic Cup

Janis Preiss dominates at the Estonian NP Baltic Cup and wins every single of the 5 races! What a standout performance. And this on a board he is only just riding for a few months by now. Janis joined PATRIK in April 2017 while testing new formula prototypes in South France. Janis quotes: „The current Formula v4 AI is good – I would like to say excellent – but then I will find no more appropriate words for the prototype 2018/2019 that I tested with Steve and Alex…“.

Wojtek Brzozowski wins first 1st event of the Formula European series!

Wojtek won 4 out of the 11 races counting at the 2017 ERGO Hestia FW Europeans taking place in Sopot/Poland and secured himself 1st place. CONGRATULATIONS WOJTEK! What a comback on the racing scene!

 

4 podium places at the Formula Windsurfing World Championships on Sylt

Thanks to the whole PATRIK team for the support and great time in Sylt! Well done to all!

How was the event going for you?
Steve Allen: The event was going well for me considering I just came from 3 back to back slalom events without the chance for any FW testing. Unfortunately the base material of my fin broke in the last races affecting my speed and last chance to take the win.

How you felt with your equipment?
Steve Allen: My gear was working very well it was just me making some small mistakes, but I felt fast enough to be able to win.

Can you already give us pre-view on next years equipment?
Steve Allen: I am very excited for next years equipment as it is just an improvement of the same concept that we have this year. Just earlier planning, faster tacking, and even easier again:)

How do you see foiling as a threat for Formula events?
Steve Allen: I don’t see it as a threat as it is just a different way to windsurf, Like RSX, Raceboard class, slalom etc. They all have different exciting aspects yet exist along side of the others. Also FW is still the earliest planning windsurfing with a 70cm fin where as the best foils are 1m deep with a 1m wide board making it more difficult to enter the water and find locations suitable for this.