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Kevin Pritchard wins Formula Windsurfing Worlds

12:39 2nd November 2001 by
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21-27/10/01 Fortalezza – Brazil
The final day of racing in Fortalezza Brazil saw the world cup racing fraternity
re-establish themselves at the front of the board in the Formula Windsurfing
World Championships, and in particular, Kevin Pritchard produce one of his best
ever performances as a racer. The first half of the championships had been dominated
by the big Polish sailor Wojtek Brozowski, but Kevin just kept plugging away,
building up a good series. By the last race he still had some work to do, he’d
fought his way up to second but was still behind Antoine Albeau. But he gave
it everything he had, and won the race, to win the overall title.

Kevin comments after coming to the beach, " I am totally stoked with
this win, after 15 races my consistency has paid off
and the performance of my Bic Sport FW1.3 has been essential. It was close racing
down to the end !”

Kevin’s performance also ends the seeming stranglehold that Starboard have
had on the Formula Windsurfing series. He was racing on the Bic FW1.3, which
many had said just wasn’t fast enough in the more marginal conditions. But KP
won the lightest wind race of the entire week on his Bic, and was able to lead
the fleet from 10 to 20 knots of wind. However, his sheer racing skill and persistence
also played a major part!

"Kevin on his Bic Sport FW1.3 sailed an incredible event and on the
last race was able to capture the World Championship title. It was a very dramatic
finish and perhaps the best performance that I have ever seen.
" said
Jimmy Diaz/Bic Sport rider.

Final Placings: Men

001 US-3 PRITCHARD KEVIN
002 F-192 ALBEAU ANTOINE
003 POL-10 BRZOZOWSKI WOJTEK
004 AUS-0 ALLEN STEVE
005 F-81 BELBEOCH PATRICE
006 NED-57 VAN DER STEEN BEN
007 US-34 BUZIANIS MICAH
008 POL-86 GRYNIS ALEKSANDER
009 AUS-7 MCGAIN PHIL
010 DEN-173 ROGILD BRIAN
011 KC-1 IRELAND SAM
012 GBR-83 WILLIAMS ROSS
013 GBR-96 HAWKINS JAMIE

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