Let\’s kick off today with the first teaser for Oxbow Ride the Sky presented by Naish, as this Friday 1 April sees the first day of the holding period for the GPS high-jump spectacular. Check out the star-studded entry list here.
Top tip for GPS glory has to be last year\’s Shadowbox winner, Moroccan madman Boujmaa Guilloul – who Jay Haysey at Globalshots caught up with on day three of the Starboard photoshoot on Maui. Check out this Q&A.
Oxbow\’s own Levi Siver is also on that entry list, no mean jumper but probably better known for his super-stylish riding – like this kind of madness, from Jaws earlier this month courtesy of clean water pressure group +H2O. More at positiveh2o.com
But it\’s not all waves out on Maui, because as Jeff Bennett of Maui Windsurfing reminds us the 2011 Maui Race Series is fast approaching – the 5-stop tour commences 4 June with the Starboard Classic, followed by the DaKine Classic on 18 June, Maui Fin Company Open 2 July, Quiksilver Cup 16 July, and culminating in the Neil Pryde Hawaii State Championships on 30 July. More at mauiwindsurfing.net
Meanwhile over in Denmark, 18 year-old Sebastian Kornum has been awarded Sportsman of the Year by the Danish financial institution Sparbank. Quite rightly, Sebastian told the gathered dignitaries “I am very, very proud of this award! I see it as an award not only for the way I do my favourite sport, but also as a true acknowledgement of the sport itself.” More at neilpryde.com
Back to race news, this time from Mendoza in Argentina where North rider Gonzalo Costa Hoevel (ARG-3) has won the first round of the 2011 Argentinian National Formula Tour. Second went to Paulo Dos Reis (BRA-3333) and third Nahuel Abram (ARG-14). In the raceboard fleet, local star Fernando (ARG-355) won comfortably. More at windsurfingtour.com and waterhound.com
Fancy a spot of raceboard action yourself? Well, this season the Raceboard Class has two demo Starboard Phantom boards available for trial thanks to Dave Hackford. They\’ll be available for every UKWA inland and cup event of 2011. Put your name down for an event via ukwindsurfing.com
And finally, following all the Olympic rumblings recently – in a nutshell, ISAF are deciding whether to run windsurfing or kitesurfing at Rio 2016 – the RS:X class are considering a third way. A mixed windsurf / kitesurf tag-team race event. How would that work? See the theory at rsxclass.com
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