There\’s been no wind today at PWA Mui Ne, Vietnam, but the slalom racers were on the course all day yesterday. Men\’s competition was abandoned after Ross Williams won the first round loser\’s final, but they completed a full round of women\’s competition with France\’s Alice Arutkin taking the honours. More at pwaworldtour.com
And, quite right too, Alice Arutkin\’s sponsors star-board.com / north-windsurf.com and Antoine Albeau / Micah Buzianis\’s sponsors jp-australia.com are all carrying reports from day one. Meanwhile after the initial Freestyle and Slalom results you might just recognise the name of Windsport\’s Fantasy Pool leader: 5th placed PWA Vietnam \’styler Dieter Van der Eyken!
Staying on the racecourse but moving classes, there\’s positive news for NeilPryde\’s new RS:ONE \’entry level\’ racing class as the UKWA have confirmed there will be a British racing series in 2011. See the setup in the flesh at this weekend\’s RYA Dinghy Show, and read the brief announcement at ukwindsurfing.com
Also at this weekend\’s show at London\’s Alexandra Palace, ActionVan have teamed up with Spartan Wetsuits, OTC and National Windsurfing Week to create a lifestyle stand called “Come on a Windsurfing Adventure” to snap up a few more of those poor misguided sailors. More at boards.co.uk and rya.org.uk/dinghyshow
Action now, and this is the current web sensation – Boujmaa Guilloul\’s Morrocan movie of his first cheese-roll into back-loop combos. Amazing! We\’re hoping to see more this season … as well as a new name, as we\’re really not so taken with \’Foubackward\’!
Rewinding to last week, check out comeback kid Mikey Clancy\’s 4.7m, 74L session at Puerto de Lajas on Fuerteventura. He\’s looking back to his pre-injury form again, eh?
From the Hawaii of the Atlantic to the Hawaii of the Pacific now. Erm, Hawaii in fact – and of course Maui, where UK Vice-Wave Champion Chris Murray has signed to clothing label Franklin & Marshall. More about them at franklinandmarshall.com and here\’s episode one of Muzza\’s branded \’travel series\’…
And finally, you might have noticed Jay Haysey of Globalshots co-starring in Mr Murray\’s films of late – and here\’s his starring role, learning to swim (we mean, really swim) at Ho\’okipa. The trials and tribulations of a snapper…
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