I hade this ready to be published back in may but since I got into some trubble with my pics finally I recoreved them and here it is better late then never. Thnx to Matic again for allowing me to use his tol lens 😛
Well after all the High mountain action at the Mezzalama I should write about another world class event I was able to document for the 4th straight year. The PWA Windsurf Surf Worldcup in Podersdors at the ilustiras austrian Neusiedler lake.
Podersdorf is one of my schedule classics and one of the best organised events I of the year. (Thou the Mezzalama beat it out in this regard :P) None the less this year the organisation was greatly improved making sure that the whole town does not turn into just another beer fest. The party area had been moved closer to the parking and just out of town and the middle parking was now off limits to everyone who did not have accreditation (more or less :P). Since the atmosphere is so great and the people are so nice Podersdorf is one of my absolute favorites and it never disappoints.
The event is part of the grander Seaside Festival. That itself is the begining of the summer activites in Austria and as such spans almost two weeks. Next to the main PWA event that saw stars like Gollito and Steven beat it out for the PWA points the second and for the public more spectacular event was the CHIMSEE TOW-IN Championship.
One thing thou that was not as it used to be were the surf tests. It is true that Podo has a mass appeal with the beach flair going on but for me on the side it was always important to get a look at the new gear and even maybe take it out for a spin. Unfortunately that is changing a little. Sure you can get SUP stuff on every corner but trying the new windsurf stuff has become more of a thing for us press people and maybe a few invited resellers. That I think undermines the whole original idea as for example in Austria this would be for a possible buyer the only time one could try out new stuff form a wide range of gear. It seems that every year more of the hard good exhibitors are being exchanged for t-shirts and board shorts.
True that with most of the demo that is where the cash lies but I think that the organizers are going to have to watch that this aspect of the event does not come to short.
Next up a picture gallery from the Tow-in warm up and the results.