Challenging conditions greeted the competitors for the opening day of the 2011 29er Worlds held in Mar del Plata. With the starting gun at 11:00 (local time), all 60 teams headed out in 18 knots of breeze and large swells to the two separate race courses.
The Argentine team of Pepe Bettini and Fernando Gwozdz started off winning the first two races and finishing second in the final race of the day. When asked about the conditions, Bettini commented that "we had steady winds but a big swell with waves breaking on the top. At the beginning of the downwind legs it was like surfing the Pipeline against pro surfer Kelly Slater! Our PRO Tino Mora did a really good job and we're happy with the days results. We're tied with Tavella and Greggi in points
Belen Tavella and Franco Greggi, also from Argentina led the south course with the exact same finishes. The French team of Gael Jaffrezic and Julien Bloyet are third with Argentine team Gonzalo Pollitzer and Jose Maria Diez fourth and fellow countrymen Juan Krevisky and Billy Lopez Segura rounding out the top five.
Racing continues on Tuesday 4 January with two more days of the qualifying series followed by three days of the final series. The prizegiving will be held on Saturday 8 January.
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