The first day of PWA Cabo Verde was a quiet one as a flat, still Sal greeted the 31 competitors. Today the contest is on the move in an attempt to catch an arriving swell at Curral Jaoul according to the live ticker … which will likely go dead today as there\’s no power let alone internet connection out there. Catch what you can at pwaworldtour.com
So that may well leave us to speculate how the single elimination gets on today: the best rundown of the draw we\’ve seen comes from Aaron at Human Catapult – he\’s tipped Swifty to make the last eight, and has predicted the last four as Seadi, Angulo, Fernandez and Pritchard. We\’ll see…
With no action from CV yet, let\’s look to hotly-tipped Kauli Seadi\’s home town of Ibiraquera in Brazil for today\’s first movie: Yann Rifflet wavesailing and styling. More on Yann at yannrifflet.com – and if you fancy a visit to Ibiraquera yourself, check out ibiracasa.com for accommodation options.
But waves aren\’t the only fruit right now, as the speedsailors have arrived in Port Saint-Louis for the French Speed Classic – the culmination of this year\’s World Speed Tour. More at speedclassic.fr, and hopefully reports from the Channel Islands\’ fastest man on Martyn Ogier\’s blog too.
Confirmed for that event, Bjorn Dunkerbeck imparts some of his vast speedsailing knowhow on star-board.com. While Windsurf Journal have published an interview with Dutch speedster Ben van der Steen – the first big transfer for 2011, having just signed with Loft Sails. Check out a translation here.
Talking of sails, Point-7 should be announcing their new head designer anytime now, having \’lost\’ Peter Munzlinger to Gaastra. And ZeroGravity Distribution have already announced that they\’ll be bringing “the fastest growing sail brand in the world” into the UK. More at point-7.com and zerogravitydistribution.co.uk
Here\’s a heartwarming picture, as fresh home from his trip to the Valley Isle Dave White blogs on Craig Wood\’s first taste of windsurfing since losing both legs on active service in Afghanistan – and it\’s with his (and our!) biggest hero Robby Naish too. Great to see…
And finally, staying on Maui, where the locals have scored the best of the Pacific to themselves as the PWA crew run around a rock in the mid-Atlantic. Standout performer seems to be Josh\’s big brother Mark Angulo who\’s still pushing hard to land some impossible stunts off-the-lip. Check this out from mauiwindsurfing.net
Photo Credit: PWA / John Carter