Let\’s follow that up with some freestyle, eh? And let\’s make it cold – here\’s French rider Jean-Mat De Ridder trying out some hand-made 12cm twin-fins for his Tabou Twister 90 at a freezing St Trojan near La Rochelle in NW France. Brrr…
Want something warmer? The latest from PWA Films is this profile of talented World Tour freestyler, 23 year-old Russian Yegor Popretinskiy…
And a bit of freeride? Here\’s Starboard head designer Tiesda introducing the 2011 Futura – and the concept behind \’Impossible Engineering\’ for more stability and more control…
OK – but have we got any actual news?!? Well, yes… Following the cryptic announcement late last year, Philip Koster has finally picked up the \’Surfer of the Year\’ trophy from German Surf Magazine in Dusseldorf ahead of a strong crop of nominees: Antoine Albeau, Dani Bruch, Victor Fernandez, Bernd Flessner, Jose \’Gollito\’ Estredo, Karin Jaggi, Philip Koster, Daida Moreno, Sarah-Quita Offringa and Klaas Voget. More at neilpryde.com
Meanwhile at Santa Marinella in Italy, 44 year-old Roman wavesailor and freestyler Raimondo Gasperini picked up \’Waterman of the Year\’ at Italy\’s first ever Surfing and Windsurfing Awards. More from his sponsors at star-board.com and severnesails.com
With all the excitement over homeboy Hancock\’s result, we kinda overlooked the women\’s PWA Rookie of the Year 2010 … which was rightfully claimed by Danish freestyler Xenia Kessler. More at jp-australia.com
In Britain, Trevor Funnell has announced a 5-stop schedule for the 2011 UKWA Freestyle Tour – Hayling, Minnis, Mumbles, Worthing and Poole. Check it out.
And finally, part of the reason the international (or at least European) newswire\’s gone a bit quiet of late is that much of the industry are at The Boot Düsseldorf trade show. Looks (and sounds) like a great one for the windsurfing industry too: check out Continent Seven\’s eye-witness report and pix. Including this wee snap of a Patrik Diethelm quin-fin (that\’s five, isn\’t it?) Where will it all end?!?
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