Well, we\’re hoping no news is good news from the Tiree Wave Classic – last we heard a swell was beginning to arrive yesterday evening, and according to Adam Sims competition was mooted for 3pm yesterday afternoon. It never happened, so hopes are all pinned on today. And although winds seem pretty marginal, there\’s definitely a few knows of NW about – let\’s hope they\’re making the most of it. You might find more on tireewaveclassic.org, or tune back to Boardseeker later this evening for Alfie\’s newsreel feature of any action…
Following kiter Alexandre Caizergues\’ 54.1 knot record in Namibia, Windsurf Journal have published an interview with the first man to break 100kmph (now, that sounds impressive!) Meanwhile the rumblings from the windsurfing world continue as the course just doesn\’t seem prepared for us. Antoine Albeau is positively relieved that he “didn\’t fall into the trap” of attending according to speedsurfingblog.com. We\’ll leave it with some lighter wind footage of Anders Bringdal and the Catman negotiating the trench…
Over in Brazil, having finished his MSc Stef Hilder is in Ibiraquera alongside Sarah Bibby as featured the other day. Only he\’s posted some even bigger pictures of Kauli Seadi’s hometown break. In Jeri, we hear Max Rowe\’s already broken a board and is working towards breaking himself by the sounds of it – and he\’s only been there a couple of days! Meanwhile Edvan de Souza was ClubVentos\’ \’Ride of the Day\’ star yesterday with this cracking video.
As the price of flights continues to soar while baggage allowances plummet, Witchcraft on Fuerteventura will be offering kit hire from March next year. With a full range of Ezzy / Witchcraft, it could make for a satisfyingly hassle-free trip. More here and here.
North Sails have announced that their international team will now be sponsored by EFX – you might remember these \’magic\’ silicon bands from PWA Podersdorf at the start of the season? They reputedly aid balance, and retailing at €39.90 they do seem to have been appearing on various top riders\’ wrists ever since. More here and here.
Mark Angulo discusses the difference between mutants, goitas and wave 360s in quite some dissertation on Beach Telegraph.
The deeply touching and inspiring story of Andre Paskowski has been published on Continent Seven in the shape of an interview from Sylt on his new movie project \’Second Life\’. The EFPT also focus on Andre and particularly his North Sails here.
And finally, another movie with a bit of a story behind it. With four bullets from the previous events in the Formula Fleet at the UKWA Cup, Rich Jones just needed to compete at the final round in Weymouth to assure his national title. But, with 45 knots blowing and a meeting to get to, he elected to go freesailing instead – as this movie from French racer Mathieu de Verdiere shows. And unfortunately for him, that afternoon the wind eased enough for two races, allowing event winner David Coles to creep into first place. Full results available here.
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