First up today, a bit of an apology – we slightly misinterpreted the Oxbow Ride the Sky announcement in yesterday\’s headlines. Saturday 30 April is merely the end of their holding period this year (not the proposed date of the jump-off), and without the conditions on Maui they\’re postponing until next year … for double the prize-money though! More at boards.co.uk
Also further to recent stories on last weekend\’s becalmed Hayling Island BSA / UKWA event, Tushingham are reporting that raceboard supremos Rob and Annette Kent were first male and female respectively in the Round Hayling Marathon – keep an eye on tushingham.com for more. And see Paul Simmons\’ detailed British Sunbathers\’ Association report here.
Continuing the continuum, north-windsurf.com and speedworldcup.com are both now reporting that David Garrel\’s first place on Wednesday at the Fanatic Belgian Speed Week / Speed World Cup in Gruissan, France, turned out to be a final result as Friday\’s conditions proved unsuitable for any more competition. Thorsten Mallon took second, event organiser Patrick Van Hoof third, while Nicky Van Hoof emerged top woman. The next event is Sweden in June.
Coming up this weekend of course it\’s W4CR Sunrise Sunset on Sunday, where they\’re hoping for 1000+ windsurfers on the water across Britain and beyond raising more than last year\’s £60,000 for cancer research charities. Get involved at windsurfing4cancerresearch.org. And then it\’s National Windsurfing Week when the nation\’s schools and beaches should be open to all comers – more at nationalwindsurfingweek.org
Internationally, Bryony Shaw has edged her way up to fourth place in the women\’s RS:X fleet at Hyeres going into the final weekend of La Semaine Olympique Francaise – Blanca Manchon seems comfortably in charge in first place, but Bryony\’s currently just 3 points behind Alessandra Sensini in third and 12 behind Charline Picon in second. It\’s tighter in the men\’s fleet as Shahar Zubari leads, just 2 points ahead of Piotr Myszka and 8 in front of Julien Bontemps. More at rsxclass.com
And don\’t forget that tomorrow is registration day in Austria for the freestylers at PWA Podersdorf – more at surfworldcup.at. This year\’s event will include the much anticipated (and probably much needed judging by the current forecast) EFPT night-time tow-in. The locals have been in training for it too, check out Tom Hartmann and Max Matissek jet-ski practice on continentseven.com and efpt.net
Which leads nicely into a spot of freestyle action from some of the best in the business: check out Antony Ruenes and friends – Gollito, Deivis Paternina and Manu Canepa – in training at El Yaque, Margarita.
How\’s this for a radical new fin design? Maui Ultra Fins\’ Delta Wing is pretty much a right-angle triangle, but the innovative fin company claim it should be fast, super-short, high pointing and weed resistant. More here – and there\’s an initial review from Keith Misch at mauiultrafins.com
And finally, yet again it\’s see you next Tuesday! Tomorrow regal Britain\’s loyal subjects have the day off work to celebrate the crowning of a brand new princess … while the rest of us will be down the pub, or hopefully down the beach to celebrate a half-decent north-easterly. Then on Monday it\’s May Day, and potentially the third in a row of solid easterlies – you know the drill, check your options on bigsalty.com and we\’ll hopefully see you out there.
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