Well, in Britain right now the lead headlines are all about the snow. So who are we to buck the trend? Yesterday\’s call for \’snowsurfing action\’ was only met by one response from SILTe / Turfdog team rider Nick Bentley: “Last April my brother and I took one old snowboard, smacked a mastfoot onto it, and boom – a \’snowdog\’! Heading up in the cable car to the top of the Solaise moguls (Val d’Isere, France) got us a few weird looks… Zut alors! Great for learning all those freestyle moves in sub-zero temperatures – gloves definitely recommended!” Check out more on Facebook – then get yourselves out there, and email your evidence to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload to mpora.com/windsurfing
Despite the ensuing deep-freeze, the SWA K3dWave event still went off last weekend down in Teignmouth, ably hosted by Exeter Uni. It was 5.3 weather with a few little waves around, so kudos to the 10 competitors who braved \’brass monkeys\’ windchill to contest five heats. SJ emerged victorious – check out his blog on proceedings at sjwindsurf.blogspot.com. The next event is the Rhossi Wave hosted by Bangor in Feb – bring on more wind and snow! More at swa.co.uk
PWA women\’s racer Sarah Hebert is planning to windsurf across the Atlantic from Senegal to Guadeloupe in February – she certainly has the heart for it, but is still missing some budget to undertake the challenge. Watch her promo movie below, read the PWA story, and if you can help go visit sarah-hebert.com
Or for some freestyle action, take a look at BRA-85 Ian Mouro training hard in his Jericoacoara backyard, courtesy of Morlima.
Talking of Brazil, there\’s a happy band of Brits sensibly enjoying the wind, warmth and caipirinhas rather than freezing their bits off back home this winter. For that warm feeling (of bitter jealousy) check out the latest updates from Sarah Bibby in Ibiraquera and Al Bentley in Jeri.
And finally, seemingly impervious to the cold, Ireland\’s Mikey Clancy got out and performed at a freezing Portmarnock after the lowest overnight temperatures (-9°C!) ever recorded on the Emerald Isle at this time of year. More here. While on British shores we\’ve heard that Adam Sims and Steve Thorp are each considering either extremity of England\’s east coast in 30-knot Arctic winds and 0°C today. Good luck with that guys – we\’ll check for signs of life tomorrow…