News Headlines – Wed 3rd

Today the surfing world are mourning the loss of three-time world champion Andy Irons, one of the greatest surfers of all time. Only 32 years of age, sources suggest he died of dengue fever in Dallas en route home from Puerto Rico. More on – and this film, \’I Surf Because…\’ seems a fitting tribute…

It\’s good to see British renaissance man Steve Thorp has bought himself a GoPro and followed Proffitt\’s lead of a harness-mounted camera. Check out his first results from the waves at Upton Towans in Cornwall on Friday. More Thorpy goodness at
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In brand news, Gaastra have announced that designer Dan Kaseler is moving on after 6 years, to be replaced by Peter Munzlinger who moves from Point-7. Full story here. Meanwhile Starboard have released this short clip of their Kode in action – Boujmaa, Koster, Dunkerbeck and co push it to the limit on Maui. More at
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More from Maui where the first giant swell of autumn has hit – if you can handle the language it\’s worth watching Maui Surf Report rinsed by a few as the swell arrived, Kevin Pritchard wasn\’t alone in opting to tow-surf yesterday, and records that although Jaws was breaking it wasn\’t being ridden in what Maui Windsurfing are guessing is a 20 to 30-foot swell! See just how closed-out Ho\’okipa was for yourself…

Lonely Maui Waves from Maui Windsurfing on Vimeo.

Of course, it\’s autumn in the Atlantic too and thanks to Witchcraft for these pix of Will Ward – understandably the only one out at a heavy Cotillo on Fuerteventura\’s north shore. And up in Ireland, Oisin van Gelderen, Mikey Clancy, the Mullen brothers and more have scored a great day at Magheroarty, Co Donegal. Check out some pictures from Oisin and Mikey.

Onto speedsailing now, and Windsurf Journal have published an interesting interview with Anders Bringdal following a disappointing time at the recent Lüderitz Speed Challenge in Namibia. Check out the translation here.

Over in Brazil, Kauli Seadi has proudly opened his new centre at Sao Miguel do Gostoso in Rio Grande do Norte – more here and here.

And finally, having commissioned his new 78L custom quad, Quatro / Goya\’s Pascal Bronnimann was at a loose end for graphics – so he made the brave move of letting his young son, Fynn, loose on it with a permanent marker. The results are certainly different! Check it out at

Photo Credit: Kevin Pritchard


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