Well, welcome back after another windy British bank holiday weekend! And in what\’s proving a decent year so far for competition, today\’s lead news comes from UKWA Minnis Bay where the first four freestylers have already been blogging and tweeting the results: first Andy \’Bubble\’ Chambers (k540.com), second Adam Sims (k669.blogspot.com), third John Palmer (k718.co.uk) and fourth Will Rogers (windsurfingwilly.wordpress.com). We also hear that Kent\’s finest, XO rider Sam Conroy, won the EFPKT under-20 bracket yesterday – hopefully more from him (k-117.co.uk) and them (efpkids-tour.com) later this week…
Over in Greece, Lefkas hosted the first round of the grown-up Euro Freestyle Tour at EFPT Milos Beach – sounds like they didn\’t quite have the conditions to complete a single elimination though, so the event finished with four riders tied for first place: Mattia Fabrizi, Adam Gavriel, Gabriele Varrucciu and Niklas Strahlen. Meanwhile leading British lights Max Rowe (maxrowe.blogspot.com) and Jamie Drummond (jamiek787.blogspot.com) finished back in 9= place. Much more and full results at efpt.net – and for even more from behind the scenes check out zakel.ws and globalshots.co.uk, who produced this movie from a windless first day…
For some windier freestyle action let\’s cue the Red Hot Chilli Peppers again and look back \’Under the Bridge\’ over the River Danube in Vienna, Austria, where river-rippers.net have released this move of their new River Ripper of the Month, Philip Soltysiak alongside an interview with the contorted Canadian.
Back in Blighty, there was no such trouble for the latest of BSA slalom racing down at the OTC Weymouth the weekend before last – so it\’s good to see full event reports and picture galleries now up on uk.otc-windsurf.com, tushingham.com and windsurf-bsa.com, where we learn that Rob Duggan won the men\’s, Emma Stevenson the women\’s and Tom Wells the youths\’ master-blasters, Alex Hensher men\’s, Marie Buchanan women\’s and Christian Body youths\’ amateurs alongside Ant Baker men\’s and Sam Sills youths\’ pro titles at the Jaffa sponsored event.
Last weekend a few of the discipline\’s leading lights were back in action at the Poole Slalom, crossing wakes with the \’mere mortals\’ of the local freeride scene. Best we can work out from the report on ukwindsurfing.com, Guy Cribb won out pretty convincingly over James Dinsmore in howling 7m winds at Brownsea Island.
Sticking with slalom, PWA Costa Brava starts today down in Catalunya, north-east of Barcelona on Spain\’s Mediterranean coast – apparently it\’s been rainy and overcast so far on registration day, but that\’s unlikely to last long in the Golf De Roses: see the full preview at pwaworldtour.com
Also accepting entries from today, the freerider\’s favourite National Windsurfing Festival 2011 (3-4 September at Hayling Island\’s Inn on the Beach) floodgates are open for entry online right now at nationalwindsurfingfestival.com
And finally, let\’s look to Thailand for easily the least PC story of the month – yep, apparently models like Starboard, and they\’re exhibiting the proof in all her glory at star-board.com
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