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Sebastian Kornum Wins NeilPryde Ø-Grandprix Venø

If you’re not familiar with the NeilPryde Ø-Grandprix competition, let me quickly break it down for you: it is a windsurfing and kiteboarding series of long distance races that take place around the Danish Islands. Anyone, on any type of gear can participate. So kiterboarders and windsurfers gather and take part in a fun competition. The NeilPryde Ø-Grandprix provides a social yet competitive atmosphere.

A total of 6 races are part of the NeilPryde Ø-Grandprix 2012, as you can see from the poster below. Also as you can see from the poster, below, the second race of the series took place around the beautiful island of Venø on the 2nd of June.

    Pic: NeilPryde Ø-Grandprix 2012 poster.

A total of 47 riders took part in the 25km race around Venø, race that was held in 18 to 24 knots of wind. The one to come out on top, the one to win the race was Sebastian Kornum ( pictured below). He rode on his JP Formula Power with RS:Racing EVO4 10.0 and he averaged 25 knots of speed thus cutting 2 minutes off the island record.

   Pic: Sebastian Kornum.

Second place went to Danni Jakobsen (ST/NeilPryde) and third place to Christian Justesen (JP/NeilPryde).

Event though the NeilPryde Ø-Grandprix Venø took place in just one day, after the 25km race there was enough time for a full freestyle competition and a speed trial measured with a police detector. Three NeilPryde riders took the top spots on the freestyle podium. Rasmus Øgelund took 1st place, Jonas Knudsen was 2nd, and the aforementioned Sebastian Kornum was 3rd. The speed trial was won by Danni Jakobsen.

When asked to comment why the NeilPryde Ø-Grandprix is the biggest and most popular Danish competition, organizer Torben Kornum had the following to say:
“We run it all in one day, and we make no restrictions on equipment, wind conditions or technical level. The GP races are all about having fun, and we have room for everyone, also the newcomer or the hobby surfer who participates for the first time. In many ways, the ØGP goes back to the roots of windsurfing, and I believe this is the way forward for the sport.”