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News Headlines – Mon 7th

Well, last chance saloon paid off for the PWA Slalom fleet at Mui Ne, Vietnam, on Saturday as the men rattled through four eliminations and the women three. And in a bit of a turnaround from last season, Bjorn Dunkerbeck dominated the men\’s fleet to beat Albeau into second while in the women\’s Freestyle World Champ Sarah-Quita Offringa proved that she can rule the racecourse too by overcoming Karin Jaggi. Plenty more at pwaworldtour.com – and following Kiri Thode\’s win in the freestyle, board sponsors star-board.com are justifiably celebrating their clean sweep.

Also in celebratory mood, further to last week\’s report from judge Sarah Bibby, the winner of the SWA K3d Wave Trilogy Steve \’SJ\’ Jarvis has posted his take on the final round\’s action as hosted by Cardiff at Trecco. Check out sjwindsurf.blogspot.com

Last weekend\’s RYA Volvo Dinghy Show at London\’s Ali Pali saw a couple more celebrations. First up, on Saturday the RYA\’s superb Team15 initiative celebrated its 10th birthday – more here. And then yesterday Nick Dempsey launched National Windsurfing Week 2011, 1-8 May with W4CR\’s Sunrise to Sunset kicking the week off – more at nationalwindsurfingweek.org and windsurfing4cancerresearch.org

Staying with shows, Starboard\’s innovative hands-free windsurfing aid the iDO went down a storm at the recent Big Blu boat show in Rome where Raymond Gasperini introduced hundreds of 3-14 year-olds over the course of the weekend. More at ido-innovation.com

For more notable numbers, check out the UKWA website at ukwindsurfing.com for a list of successful applicants for the latest 2-digit GBR sail numbers: amongst the dozen, PWA freestylers Max Rowe have bagged GBR-20 and Adam Sims GBR-72…

Let\’s head south for a few now – firstly Down Under, and check out this supreme Western Australian road trip as Annika Bormann and Michael Offermann present Ozcillations

 

Over in Kiwiland, the 2011 New Zealand Wave Nationals have been called for Easter by the Taranaki Windsurf Club, supported by Carbon Art and Rodgers Dental – more at surfertoday.com

Meanwhile out on Maui, Jay Haysey at Globalshots\’ latest podcast is this land photoshoot at Kuau – big lens shorebased action from Jay\’s faithful team…

 

And finally, talking of teams, we\’ve just heard the news that Graham Ezzy has signed to Thorpy\’s plastic fantastic K4 Fins – there\’s an endorsement and a half! More at K4 Fins\’ slick relaunched site at k4fins.com

 

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Photo Credit: PWA / JC

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