Boardseeker\’s lead story on Friday was this interview with Phil Horrocks on the release of his epic South Africa Sessions. And if imitation is the highest form of flattery, Phil should be blushing as on the same day Jamie Gibbs posted his and George Shillito\’s Cape Town 2011 experience … with (coincidentally, and to Jamie\’s great surprise) exactly the same choice of soundtrack! Check it out…
But of course the leading world story since Friday has been the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which caused utter devastation to the country – you can do your bit to help at globalgiving.org. Fortunately for the rest of the Pacific, the tsunami didn\’t wreak the havoc that some sources predicted, but it still made for an eerie night out on Maui as anyone staying on the coast was urged to relocate inland while the 2m surge hit. On the blogs Jeff Bennett\’s still focussed on Thursday\’s Ho\’okipa action at mauiwindsurfing.net, mauisurfreport.blogspot.com scored glassy, empty, mast-high Ho\’okipa with the beaches still closed post-surge, while windorwithout.blogspot.com and Chris Murray both concentrate on the relocation dramas. Here\’s Muzza and Jay Haysey heading for the hills and returning to their water-damaged waterfront base…
The global headlines that the tsunami has replaced is the continuing fight for freedom sweeping through the Middle East. And while Libya is proving bloody, Egypt is peacefully emerging from liberation. It\’s definitely not done wonders for the tourist trade though – which is why we\’re doubly-pleased to hear the announcement of the first ever Dahab Festival, 14-21 May, which is set to include an international freestyle competition beside the camel racing and free drinks! Should be awesome – more at boards.co.uk
Back to Maui now, from where Jay Haysey somehow managed to release the second part of the Globalshots Q&A with Keith Teboul despite the seaside evacuation last week. And this time he poses the questions you asked (OK, maybe not you, but the web-going windsurfing public at large!) to Quatro\’s esteemed head shaper. Check it out.
Staying on the Valley Isle, Starboard have unveiled their flagship store near Kanaha Beach – Kanahai Kai offers visitors a fully-stocked rental fleet plus the complete collection of Starboard boards and accessories for sale. More at star-board.com and mauiwindsurfingshop.com
Meanwhile in Europe, prestigious board manufacturers F2 have launched a stylish new website including the latest news, events, products and videos from the brand. Check it out at f2-surf.com
And finally, although it\’s kinda lost on us Mac users, if you\’re running Windows on your PC you\’ll want to check out the latest incarnation of Windsurfing the Game MMX V1.42 where you can now shuv-it up and wavesail against other gamers online – let battle commence! Check it out and download the demo at windsurfing-the-game.com
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