It\’s come as no great shock back here in the office that lines of communication with the BWA crew seem to have gone dead since they arrived in Ireland for round 2. Always the way! The only snippet of information comes from britishwavesailingassociation.com who report that they managed three hours of competition once everyone arrived at 3pm … and that Gowlane\’s maybe bigger and windier today. Ever get the feeling it\’s going to be classic?
The BWA have confirmed results from round 1 in Rhosneigr last weekend (again, at britishwavesailingassociation.com) – we already knew Horrocks took it from Proffitt, Chambers and Lewis. But we\’re stoked to see crack Boardseeker web-designer James Cox posting 5th place. In the amateurs young Aleksy Gayda has taken the honours ahead of George Bolwell and another of our own in third place: fair play to features editor Emile Kott. Now, would you both please get back to work!?! More pictures of BWA Rhossi, courtesy of Simon Crowther, can be found here.
Placed 12th in the amateurs in North Wales, Max Rowe would probably be the first to confess that he\’s not exactly an experienced wavesailor – but back at PWA Podersdorf he showed that he is a freestyle force to be reckoned with on a world stage, having posted his best World Cup result yet of 9th. Read all about it at maxrowe.blogspot.com
But it\’s not all been competition for our British boys, as the lure of Cornwall has attracted the likes of Steve Thorp, Jan Sleigh, Nick Moffatt, Gregg Dunnett and Clyde Waite out west to join the local crew of Andy and Steve King at Perranporth. More on windsurfbritain.blogspot.com – and judging from the pictures on 5-oceans.blogspot.com Gwithian\’s not been too shabby either!
Away from the waves, details of National Windsurfing Festival 2011 have been announced – due on Hayling Island 3-4 September, the freeride event of the year will be accepting entries online from 1 June at nationalwindsurfingfestival.com – more at boards.co.uk
Somewhat sooner, in under a fortnight in fact, the OTC Weymouth play host to the BSA slalom fleet over the weekend of 21-22 May – and with the support of Jaffa Oranges they\’re aiming to turn the event into a real \’mass participation\’ spectacle. More at uk.otc-windsurf.com
Even sooner than that, this weekend Derwent Reservoir on the border between Northumberland and Durham (not to be confused with Derwent Water in Cumbria!) is hosting round 2 of the UKWA Inland National Championships. More at ukwindsurfing.com
Then in a few of weeks\’ time Minnis Bay in Kent hosts the first round of the European Freestyle Pro Kids Tour, 28-30 May, in tandem with the next round of UKWA freestyle run by the inimitable Trevor Funnell – more at internationalwindsurfing.com and efpkids-tour.com
Looking back now, the SWA have posted a report on the BUCS Windsurfing Championships 2011 at Calshot Activity Centre back in April, won by University of West England. More at studentwindsurfing.co.uk
It\’s another rewind for today\’s movie too. At the request of his clothes sponsor Animal, John \’Skyeboy\’ Skye has re-edited and re-released part three of Skyeboy\’s Year 2010 travelling from Sylt to Tiree to Maui with some additional After Effects magic along the way – check it out, and find more from Skyeboy at skyeboy.blogspot.com
And finally, after a few sunny and occasionally windy weeks in the UK now it really does feel like the season\’s in full swing. For many, the Royal Wedding weekend before last marked the transition to summer – and it gave Tushingham plenty to celebrate too. George Shillito\’s marathon 25-hour windsurf, Jamie Gibbs\’ \’best demo ever\’ in Essex, and Dave Hackford\’s raceboard victory at Portland. Dave and Peter Hart even dressed up for the occasion: check them out at tushingham.com
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