Well, suppose it was bound to happen really – after such a good warm-up period, the wind failed to materialise on day one of the Fuerteventura Wave Classic, so yesterday was stand-up paddlesurfing time for the competitors at Majanicho. Keep up with the latest (and hopefully a bit of windsurfing!) from the North Shore at fuertewaveclassic.com
Just to remind ourselves that it can of course blow out on Fuerte, here\’s some action from down south in Sotavento last summer – crazy Tonky Frans by crazy Kuma Movie. Pretty crazy action too…
More disappointing, if not exactly surprising, news is that Victor Fernandez was finally beaten to the Laureus Action Sports Award by some bloke called Kelly Slater. Victor told his sponsors, Fanatic: “I\’m on the way back from Abu Dhabi. Laureus Awards were unreal and I had two very special days of my life around big sport names and it was a great experience. I arrive tonight in Almería and leave tomorrow morning for Cape Verde.” Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal won the overall World Sportsman of the Year – pictured here with Victor. More at laureus.com
Continuing yesterday\’s round-up of windy British action from last weekend, check this out – Paul Simmons and Neal Gent\’s mast-mount footage from West Wittering. More at 2xs.co.uk
Oisin van Gelderen has more to say about his Irish GPS record-breaking weekend at ir777.blogspot.com – and if a picture paints a thousand words, surely this movie of him peaking at 46.34 knots at Dungarvan ought to be a novella…
Meanwhile out on Maui it seems Robby Swift (as featured on Boardseeker last week) has scored another Jaws session – get the scoop on Robby\’s Facebook page, and here\’s the highlights of Swifty\’s January on the Valley Isle, culminating in some killer footage of that first session.
And finally, we\’d like to join umi Pictures in paying our respects to a whole other kind of waveriding legend – ‘grandfather of surf photography’ LeRoy Grannis has passed away at the age of 93. Check out Surfer Mag\’s tribute here.
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Photo Credit: Eric Bellande