Apologies for the delay in today\’s headlines – we\’ve been glued to the Live Ticker and Live Mash Up from Kia Cold Hawaii. And Kauli Seadi has just defeated Victor Fernandez after being forced to sail twice in the double elimination, Ricardo has finished the first double in third. Awesome…
We hope you caught Alfie\’s exclusive day 3 film last night (keep an eye on the home page for more later this evening). And here\’s the official PWA Klitmoller coverage from the first half of the double elimination yesterday…
And for the fullest of full pictures, the blogs seem to be coming alive: Martin Ten Hoeve remembers the single elimination, as does Dario Ojeda, Kevin Pritchard seems to think it\’s all over after he made the semi-finals, and Kauli Seadi just seems to be cherry-picking his favourite bits from the event reports! Maybe he\’ll have more to say tonight?
Meanwhile we\’re hearing that British speedster (actually – make that wavesailor, freestyler and now fin manufacturer too!) Steve Thorp may have just recorded a 48.1 knot GPS max from West Kirby yesterday, which we think is the fastest ever seen on British waters. Oisin Van Gelderen reckons he\’s exceeded the Irish speed record in the same session with a max of 47.17 knots. There\’s some frightening footage on Mpora, pictures on Facebook – and keep an eye on the tracks going up soon at gps-speedsurfing.com
Also unfolding through the day has been the Forces Windsurfing Challenge. A brave band of soldiers, sailors and airmen are currently circumnavigating the Isle of Wight in aid of Help for Heroes – and it sounds like they\’re already around the Needles. Follow their progress, show your support and donate to the cause at www.forceswindsurfing.org.uk
And finally, we hope you made that donation because we know you can afford it. According to a recent study down under, being a windsurfer actually saves you money: Peter Francis Wilkinson claims that “windsurfers are resistant to consumerism in a number of ways. The rejection of traditional sporting values, the use of time in opposition to dominant practices, the rejection of wealth as the primary measure of success, and resisting cultural expectations are all manifestations of this resistance.” More at Surfer Today.
Photo Credit: PWA / John Carter