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Captivating race

Windsurf World Cup at the Costa Brava

Fluttering flags in the wind, sails in all imaginable colours speeding along in the water in front of me and loud music booming from the big loudspeakers. In between the presenter’s announcements. On the beach of Sant Pere Pescador there is a lot going on. Hot surfer boys, waiting for their turn in the race, excited fans and family members, curious tourists, big tents and lots of colourful windsurf sails and boards. The wind is howling in my ears and sand is scratching in my eyes. First, I have to get my bearings. After a few photos, I find a place between all the surfboards lying in the sand. I’ll sit down, wrapped up in a towel. Why didn’t I put on more clothes?… Well, after some time I don’t care anymore, because the windsurfers fascinate me so much I forget everything around me…

PWA World Tour Catalunya

Here in Sant Pere Pescador, on the beach of Cortal de la Devesa, which provides the perfect conditions because of the Tramontana wind, the PWA World Tour was taking place from the 23rd to 28th of May. After Korea and Japan, Catalonia was the third stop of the PWA World Cup Tour, where the male windsurfer elite comes together for the world championship of windsurfing.

Beach with sail

Surfing sail in the sand.

Once upon a time…

What started 25 yeas ago as a meeting among windsurfer friends, is today a famous competition known worldwide, organized by the PWA (Professional Windsurfers Association) with seat in Hawaii, which holds it every year under the name PWA Worldtour.
Over time, there have already been a lot of different disciplines, like for example freestyle, boarder cross and slalom. The new discipline of this year is the so called foil windsurfing, where you can see the boards floating, almost flying above the waves. The hydrofoil, more precisely, lifts not only surfboards, but also boats or ships at a certain speed out of the water.

Professional windsurfer

Albeau is making his way to the top.

What are hydrofoils?

Hydrofoils are kinds of wings, mounted on struts below the hull, or across the keels of a catamaran in a variety of boats. When increasing in speed, the boat or, in this case surfboard, equipped with a hydrofoil develops enough lift to raise the hull out of the water, which reduces hull drag. This enables an increase in speed and fuel efficiency. Foil Boarding is the latest and hottest trend in windsurfing.

Hydrofoil

With hydrofoils, windsurfers seem to fly above the water.

Winner is Albeau

On that weekend, 64 windsurfers participated in the regatta. The winner of this year’s cup is Antoine Albeau. The second and third place are occupied by Pierre Mortefon and Matteo Iachino.

French windsurfer

Antoine Albeau is this year’s winner of the PWA World Tour Catalunya.

 

Perfect Conditions for a day at the Torremirona golf club

Golf club in Torremirona, Costa Brava

Torremirona Golf Club is just 7km away from the emblematic city of Figueres. This magnificent “championshipcourse” 18 holes (par72) amazes even the most demanding golfers.

 

Paradise in Torremirona

Enjoy this paradise in the countryside of Empordà. A unique setting for both the fantastic golf course designed by Eugenio Aguado and Jordi Soler, to the facilities of the clubhouse and TorreMirona Fitness & Spa golf resort. The area between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees is known for its great weather and pleasant temperatures – 365 days a year. These conditions make it ideal for playing golf at any time of year.

Pool at the Torremirona Golf Club

Torremirona Golf Club

The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IGATO) chose him in 2000 as “Best Emerging Golf Destination Worldwide”.
In the same hole 1 surrounded by gardens and wonderful views of the golf course is Torremirona Hotel Relais ****. Our hotel has an outdoor pool, mini-bar, TV, safe and cozy decor.

Golfing at Torremirona

Our golf course amazes even the most demanding golfers.

Ther resort also features the Fitness / Spa fully equipped with outdoor and indoor pool, thermal circuit, hammam, saunas, paddle, tennis, sports area, fitness room. A team of qualified professionals is willing to cover all your medical and sporting needs and aesthetic.

Torremirona Hotel with pool

Facilites of our Hotel

 

You can calmly live here, close to Costa Brava’s most beautiful beaches. Furthermore, there is only little driving distance to the railway station Vilafant where the high speed train AVE stops. The airports Girona or Barcelona also can be reached easily within a short period of time. Consequently, you can perfectly connect to all European metropolis if required.

Golf course with a view

Panorama at the golf club