News Headlines – Mon 16th

The live event of the moment is taking place out in South Korea with the PWA Ulsan World Cup Slalom at Jinha Beach. Seems there\’s been no wind on day 3 this morning, but after a leisurely start on day 1, day 2 has seen the conclusion of two round of men\’s racing and one of women\’s. Currently in charge of the men\’s fleet it\’s Antoine Albeau from Josh Angulo and Pierre Mortefon, while Valerie Arrighetti is ahead of Sarah-Quita Offringa and Fanny Aubet in the womens. Read the full day 1 and day 2 reports on

As we say, no wind on day 3 in Korea, but that\’s given fourth placed Bjorn Dunkerbeck the chance to push his new range of sunglasses on – more about them at Meanwhile, thanks to Kuma Movie and, here are the first and second finals – won by Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Pierre Mortefon respectively…

Back in the British Isles, and after no more competition at BWA Ireland on Friday it\’s confirmed that in the second round of national wavesailing competition for 2011 Ben Proffitt won the pro fleet, 17 year-old Aleksy Gayda the amateurs, Sarah Bibby the women\’s, and Dave White the masters. Check out the wrap-up report on and see one last photo gallery from Dave White and Simon Crowther at (witness how they got them out so quick in this little clip!)


Of course, after the BWA road trip it\’s only right that the victors celebrate their spoils – first up, BWA Rhosneigr pro fleet winner Phil Horrocks reports at, a win and a second each put him and Ben Proffitt tied in first on championship points after BWA Brandon Bay; reaction from Ben at And representing the fairer sex, check out Sarah Bibby\’s report having come away with convincing wins from BWA Wales and Ireland over Katie McAnena at

Ready for some action? Here\’s the best freestyle movie to hit the web over the weekend – The Art of Slide by Lennart Brünig showcases Bastien \’Rocco\’ Rama and Julien Mas at the next PWA Freestyle stop of Bonaire (12-16 June – more at


Resolved to be a contender at that event, and in fact avowing his intention to challenge Steven Van Broeckhoven for top spot on the EFPT this year, check out an interview with “JP / NeilPryde\’s number one freestyler” Yegor Popretinskiy on

And finally, thanks to Brian at Beach Telegraph for turning the spotlight on this one – Surfer Mag are carrying an interview with Baptiste Gossein who was paralysed surfing Teahupoo in September 2009. Having lost the use of his legs, it\’s great to see he\’s back on the water now driving jet-ski as tow-in partner to Raimana Van Bastolaer … and even more positive, he\’s currently shaping a wave-ski to tuck back into Teahupoo. Plus Baptiste told the magazine “I’m not losing the hope to walk again one day…” More at


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Photo Credit: JC / PWA


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