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News Headlines – Tue 22nd

Apologies for the cliffhanger yesterday, but we\’ve since learnt that Kevin Pritchard defeated Francisco Goya to win the Pistol River Wave Bash on Sunday. More on KP\’s blog and boards.co.uk thanks to Tanya Saleh who\’s now on her way home … wherever that is nowadays! Word is the Shadowbox Jump-Off did happen on Sunday after all, epicsessions.tv are just teasing the results on Facebook: “The Jump Off was a contest won by inches. Think about it. 15 riders, 40 minutes of sailing and the top 5 riders were within 10 inches of each other.” Hopefully they\’ll tell us who won when they get up this morning…

Talking travel, today\’s movie is an interesting little insight into the realities of as a pro – Robby Swift takes us (and three trolley-loads of kit) from Maui to Costa Brava for the recent PWA Slalom event. With thanks to NeilPryde.

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Home news now, and Mat Pearch has won the latest BSA Slalom over in Aberdovey – James Dinsmore took 2nd, Simon Cofield 3rd. No official reports yet, but on the blogs Thorpy turned down the best north-eastern wave forecast of the year but seemed to enjoy himself nevertheless, while Ben Proffitt was happy enough on a 9m yet opted to cycle rather than risk losing!

Dwelling on diarists, it\’s worth having a read of Ant Baker\’s new Baker Academy blog – he\’s certainly never been a shy lad, and turns out he\’s very readable too with some decent tales to tell of his history on Tour, in product R&D, and now coaching around the world. Nice one, Ant.

Meanwhile, after weeks of silence there\’s suddenly plenty of buzz coming out of Gran Canaria. Skyeboy and Nayra have posted more shots of their weekend, Daida and Iballa Moreno have signed to Flying Objects, and Pozo ripper Dario Ojeda has further strengthened the Tabou Team.

And finally, full circle back to Pistol River where Windsport have been driving-thru McDonalds with Timo Mullen and JC. How hard can it be?!?

Photo Credit: Chris Hughes

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