Today\’s big news comes from Maui where Boujmaa Guilloul has been recovering in hospital overnight following a heavy crash at Ho\’okipa that left him unconscious in the water. He was reportedly going for a triple-forward, but was spotted sinking in the water and fished out by Klaas Voget and the local lifeguards – as photographed by Jimmie Hepp on Facebook. According to Starboard\’s Facebook page: “Preliminary damage report includes water in his lungs, a cut lip with stitches and a concussion.” As the travel insurance is very unlikely to cover it, Bouj\’s night of medical observation is rumoured to be costing him tens of thousands of dollars: there\’s already a support page here. Coincidentally, there\’s a brand new interview with the Moroccan madman just published on waveman.cat
Meanwhile, the big result from last weekend is that Dorian van Rijsselberge (NED) and Marina Alabau (ESP) have won the men\’s and women\’s RS:X fleets at the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma, Spain. Britain\’s Nick Dempsey finished a frustrating 10th in the medal race, slipping back to Bronze medal position overall. More at rsxclass.com – and meanwhile here\’s a movie of Saturday\’s medal races.
Prefer your tricks to your tacks? Try these clips for size: first up the first of a series of updates coming from Holland\’s Paul Zeper features freestyle action at Amstelmeer from the Hot Sails / Patrick Diethelm grommet…
And next, fellow Hot Sails / Patrick Diethelm rider, France\’s Julien Mas \’styling somewhere a little warmer last month: Bonaire in the Dutch Antilles.
Now, for some of the hottest new-school wavesailing action there is it\’s back to Maui and you have to see Windsurfer International\’s latest big feature: Maui Son, a Graham Ezzy portrait culminating in a sopreme movie by umi Pictures. Check it out at windsurfermag.com
Does size really matter? Well, when it comes to slalom fins it certainly does – to which end, Chris Freeman of Black Project Fins has run a poll, which seems to indicate 37.5cm as the favourite racing foil. More at blackprojectfins.com
Out on Fuerte, Witchcraft are nearly ready for production on their new range of freestyle boards – the only detail remaining is the small matter of the graphics. And that\’s where they want your help: submit your design for the new Vortex (working title) to witchcraft.nu
Also with designs on Fuerteventura this summer, freewave up-and-comer Sam Conroy is full of the joys of spring down in Kent – school holidays, a surprise session, a flaka breakthrough, new RRD TwinTip, continued XO sails sponsorship, and maybe even a sniff at a wildcard for PWA Podersdorf too? Happy days at k-117.co.uk
And finally, Matt Holder of Reflex Films Australia has released some fine Aussie Severne freesailing action – with one of the best vocals we\’ve heard in years. Uhhhgghh!!!
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Photo Credit: Jimmie Hepp