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Day 7 of the Fuerte Wave Classic yesterday continued to suffer light winds, although Thomas Traversa and local heroes Stephane Etienne and Yannick Anton put on a bit of a show at Cotillo. More at boards.co.uk and fuertewaveclassic.com

Over in France, entries are now open for Defi Wind 11 – brought to you this year by the number 1, the long-distance high-wind racing spectacular will comprise 1111 competitors in \’11. Here\’s some highlights of 2010 – if you fancy your chances against the Tramontane, register here.


 

A spot of freestyle action now, from RUS-11 Yegor Popretinskiy in training out at Baby Bay, Dahab, late last year – where he seemed to be revelling in his new NeilPryde / JP setup. More from Yegor at neilpryde.com


 

Talking of training, some of the British wave boys are still out in South Africa. John Skye\’s fresh back from Cape Town after what sounds like a wild, full-power clinic – more here. He\’s bigging up Sam Neal, Bubble and Ben Proffitt who\’s pulling those push-forwards and even suggesting a double-pushie\’s makeable. Check out the put-downs he got for that little claim at thewetdream.co.uk. Conditions seem to have calmed down some this month though, as Mike Archer discovered to his chagrin having just arrived last week – more here.

Out in Ireland, there are reports appearing from round one of the Irish Wave Champs in Coolmaine, Cork, last week. Read event winner Oisin van Gelderen\’s perspective here, or there\’s a full event report and complete results at bigsurf.ie 

If you\’re anywhere near Sussex the weekend after next (27 February, to be precise) the Baker Academy and Oceansource are putting on a roast dinner and “afternoon on the technical side of windsurfing” in Shoreham with the one and only Ant Baker for the princely sum of £30. More at baker-academy.com

Or maybe you\’re thinking of getting away around then? Howsabout Maui? If you\’re planning a trip to the Valley Isle, it\’s well worth reading Maui Windsurfing\’s 12 Tips for a Better Maui Windsurfing Vacation, here.

And finally, let\’s finish on a song – check out The Grin, the latest release from Pintos featuring PWA freestyler come MC rapper, Ruben \’BNG\’ Petresie: “happy happy feel happy, be happy, stay happy happy happy…” More at rubenpetrisie.com


 

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