First up, today\’s good news is that Boujmaa Guilloul is out of the woods – out of hospital in fact! – following his big crash on Monday. And in a message to Continent Seven, Bouj lets the world know he\’s fine, thanks his sponsors and everyone for the support, and assures us all there\’s nothing to worry about: “I have an insurance or actually two different ones they will take care of my hospital bill… BIG THANK YOU TO KLASS VOGET AND FERDINANDO LOFREDA WHO SAVED MY LIFE.” Read the full message at continentseven.com
Brilliant, so we can all focus on enjoying the new season then. And this latest movie from Mikey Clancy – Spring Sessions Ireland 2011 – sure had us checking the forecast and cheap flight sites, as spring in Ireland surely is a wonderful thing. (Unfortunately, according to bigsalty.co.uk it looks like decent swell but not so much wind this weekend, by the way…) More at mikeyclancy.com
With sunny evenings and sea breezes back on the cards for the UK, it\’s good to hear that the Hayling Island Slalom is back on every Tuesday evening, meeting at the Inn on the Beach, Hayling Island. To stay informed, subscribe to the email group at ukwindsurfing.com – get yourself in the mood by reading their first race report from 8 April 2011 here.
Talking of racing, this weekend sees the first round of the UK National Inland Championships hosted by Northampton Sailing Club at Pitsford Water. And remember, if you fancy giving the Raceboard Class a go, Dave Hackford is offering Starboard Phantom demo kit throughout this year\’s series. More at ukwindsurfing.com
Also coming soon it\’s PWA Freestyle at Podersdorf in Austria later this month – which is exactly where Goya\’s new Austrian importers Michael Schmiederer, Berni Schermaier and famous local Tom Hartmann hosted what looks like a great demo day. Check it out at goyawindsurfing.com
It\’s less than three weeks to the annual Sunrise Sunset challenge in aid of Cancer Research on 1 May, and Sarah Bibby has announced an 8am to 8pm non-stop session at Llandegfedd Reservoir in South Wales. More at sarahk349.blogspot.com – or find your nearest W4CR charity gig at windsurfing4cancerresearch.org
Summertime sailors are already emerging onto the water all around Britain, and right on cue NeilPryde have launched a new user-friendly all-rounder called the Solar: “With great low end power and stability windsurfing becomes a breeze, learning or blasting, this sail will do it all.” More at neilpryde.com
No wind? No trouble – if this doesn\’t inspire you out on a big board spinning a little sail about in the sun, nothing will! Courtesy of Japanese filmmaker Kuma Movie (check out his crazy translated blog), here\’s maybe the world\’s finest exponent of \’flowstyle\’ light wind freestyle, Caesar Finies exploring the possibilities out on Bonaire.
Or if that\’s really not your thing, at least get out there in the garden and tune your kit for the summer. Just like Skyeboy – here\’s his tips for setting up his favourite board, the RRD Hardcore Wave LTD 84 Quad.
And finally, pain!!! Let\’s face it, to a greater or lesser degree it\’s something we all have to deal with as part of our windsurfing lives. So big thanks to super-blogger Peconic Puffin for his latest run-through of the pain scale. So, how much does it hurt? Rate your post-session face at peconicpuffin.com
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