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News Headlines – Tue 26th

So, welcome back from what was (in the UK anyway) a glorious Easter weekend. 25°C+ temps, but unfortunately barely a breath of wind for the first rounds of BSA Slalom and UKWA Freestyle competition down on Hayling Island. The nearest thing to results we can bring you were that Adam Sims won the tow-in freestyle and Max Rowe the windSUP expression session. But with that much sun at least it was wall-to-wall boardshorts and bikinis! Check out this picture gallery from Dave White, and here\’s Jay Haysey of Globalshots\’ weekender movie…

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Next up it\’s World Cup Freestyle at PWA Podersdorf for Sims and Rowe (plus Bubble and Jamie Drummond), and word is that this very afternoon our homeboys will be training for the EFPT tow-in Austria at the Hove Lagoon 2.0 cable tow. Should be well worth watching the carnage if you\’re in the area! More from Adam (who\’s now K-72 of course) at k669.blogspot.com, more on that cable tow at lagoon.co.uk, and more on PWA Podersdorf at pwaworldtour.com

Domestically, next weekend it\’s down to Dorset where the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy are hosting Techno OD 6.8 & 7.8, RS:X, Raceboard and Formula racing at the UKWA National Championships 2011 Cup 1. More at ukwindsurfing.com – and thanks to a brand new webcam, you can check the conditions and maybe even catch a bit of the racing at intheelements.co.uk

And last weekend certainly wasn\’t a complete washout as far as events go either: down in Hyeres, France, RS:X racing at La Semaine Olympique Francaise is in full flow after two days and five races, with Tom Ashley, Julien Bontemps and Shahar Zubari 1-2-3 in the men\’s and Blanca Manchon, Charline Picon and Peina Chen leading the women\’s. No Nick Dempsey, but the British news is that Bryony Shaw isn\’t far off the pace in 7th. More at rsxclass.com

Elsewhere in France last week, Gruissan hosted the first big speed event of the season with David Garrel leading the fleet going into an (allegedly windy) final day on Friday of Belgian Speed Week. Check out Patrick Van Hoof\’s report on speedworldcup.com – and we\’ll let you know who won out as soon as we hear more…

Somewhat further afield, the IFCA Slalom Worlds on Curacao didn\’t have the windiest of events but were still able to sail one elimination round so official World Champions could be crowned. Ben van der Steen won the Sports Class, Delano Moreno the Under-13s, Jean Patrick van der Wolde the Under-17s, Gutek Kurczewski the Under-20 Youths, although the Masters were unable to reach a result. More at internationalwindsurfing.com and curacaochallenge.com

Back home, although it\’s a bitter pill to swallow for many British weekend warriors who opted not to run the gauntlet of holiday traffic, it looks like Cornwall scored the best of the British conditions last weekend – check out Matthew Burridge\’s latest shots of Ian Black and Andy Fawcett getting it chunky and sunny way out west at 5-oceans.blogspot.com

And finally, proving there\’s nothing new under the sun (remember the Mistral Challenge Flex two decades ago, anyone?) check out the latest development from Witchcraft Fuerteventura – their new custom FlexTail. Scoff if you like, but although it never quite worked in the \’80s the concept it certainly valid and with modern technology it could just work… More at witchcraft.nu

 

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Photo Credit: Dave White

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