WWST 2011 / Ocean Spirit Festival 2011 / 10th Report by Steve Farthing

Steve Farthing já em Portugal / 10º Report Mundial de Waveski Ocean Spirirt 2011

Joaquim Marinho by kayaksurf.net

Décimo report de Steve Farthing! Tivemos ontem a festa de abertura com 7.000 pessoas no Ocean Spirit (!!) onde subiram ao palco os representantes de cada modalidade presente no Ocean deste ano. Fica o report.

One more report from Steve Farthing live and directly from Santa Cruz. Yesterday we had our Opening Ceremony with almost 7000 persons in the Festival (!!). The contest directors of all the sports were in the main stage presenting all the sports. Below the report!


Ocean Spirit on my mind
by Steve Farthing
Report No 10

Last nights opening ceremony was absolutely spectacular. There were fireworks, thousands of people and a band that played on until 2 am. People were queued for hundreds of metres to get in. Many must have missed out because it was packed and standing room only. Jackie, Luis and Bruno must have felt like rock stars with their opening speeches.

There may have been a few sore heads at the start of today’s action with the National Waveski and Surf Kayak competitions commencing. It was great to see Bruno Melo’s 10-year-old twin son’s competing. Give them a few years and they will be mixing it at the top of the sport.

Mamgoz Productions have taken up the initiative of supplying daily video updates on the event and were busy interviewing competitors at the competition site. Their first video should be up live tomorrow night.

Registration is ongoing over the weekend and the draw has been done. I’ve lucked out and scored crazy big wave rider, Ben John in my first heat, who is arriving soon after a detour to Gnarloo.

The world title action starts on Monday, until then Ocean Spirit on my mind.



Thanks Steve!


Boas ondas,

luis pedro abreu

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