In a serious sign of the times, the PWA wavesailing world has been rocked this weekend by the news that after 11 years as a pro windsurfer – including 3rd place overall in the waves in 2008 – Pozo ripper Jonas Ceballos feels forced to retire from competition due to lack of sponsorship funding and go look for a “proper job”. Let\’s hope a rush of support following this post on jonase40.blogspot.com might see him change his mind?
Meanwhile out in the USA, the 2011 American Windsurfing Tour seems to have run into a spot of bother as California State Parks are planning to charge $6400 to allow the Waddell Creek event to take place. “The show must go on” is organiser Sam Bittner\’s reaction, and hence sponsorship and donations are sought at americanwindsurfingtour.com – to help loosen your purse-strings, here\’s a movie of Cisco Goya looking forward to the 2011 Tour.
For a bit of light relief, and to show it\’s not all doom and gloom, here\’s Maeli Cherel\’s latest film – some hot freestyle action as the former SWA women\’s champ escapes a cold British winter for Jericoacoara and Camocim in Brazil. Sweet!
And it looks like there\’s some good British news due from Israel where we gather Ross Williams has won the Red Bull Stormrider contest at Bat Galim. We\’ll confirm and bring you more once we find something that isn\’t in Hebrew, meanwhile check out this Stormrider Facebook picture album.
Keeping it British for a moment, well-loved sail loft Tushingham have launched a new website for 2011 – and with it a monthly photo competition too: check it out at tushingham.com
Out in Puerto Rico, the capital San Juan on the north coast has been named as host for the 2011 Formula World Championships. More at puertoricoformulawindsurfing.com
And finally, our Japanese friend Kuma Movie seems to have made a habit of closing these headlines of late – and today we\’ve got a sick flick from the freestyle on Lanzarote and Fuerte last year: Kuma Crash!
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Photo Credit: Richard Aleman