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As we go into day two of PWA Costa Brava in Catalunya in Spain, that man Antoine Albeau seems to be back in charge after a clean sweep of the first two slalom eliminations in a fierce Tramontana wind. Second is fellow Frenchie Cyril Moussilmani with Peter Volwater in third, Josh Angulo in fourth and Pierre Mortefon fifth. Full story and results at pwaworldtour.com – and meanwhile here\’s the day one footage from PWA / Tonix.

Not looking too stressed about life away from the World Tour, Kevin Pritchard looks to be living it up out in Thailand – allegedly hard at work for Starboard out in Bangkok, looks like pool and barbie time to us though! Take a peek at blog.pritchardwindsurfing.com. Meanwhile still very much on tour, Sean O\’Brien and Kurosh Kiani took a random little detour after the last round of slalom in South Korea as they took a trip around one of the biggest shipyards on the planet on Okpo Island – check that out at aus120.com

From slalom to freestyle now, and hot on the heels of last weekend\’s Lefkas event the EFPT are off to Porto Liscia in Sardinia for round two tomorrow. Read an interview with current tour leader Mattia Fabrizi on the venue at efpt.net

Of course, the kids were over in Kent last weekend for the joint EFPKT / UKWA freestyle event in Minnis Bay – as we mentioned yesterday, it was Bubble, Sims, Palmer and Rogers in the UKWA pro men, Nick Bentley won the UKWA amateurs, while in the EFPKT Sam Conroy took the under-20s, Tim Russenaars the under-17s and Ike Bradley Baker the under-15s. Check out Will Rogers\’ full event report with photos by Julia Slack, and an enormous picture gallery from Josh Willmot on the Boards website.

It sounds like North Wales has been scoring its share of conditions just lately – Ben Proffitt\’s calling it “the best spell for wind in the UK I can remember” on thewetdream.co.uk while Phil Horrocks observes “it\’s quite nice when the wind gods do decide to blow!” on ripandslash.com. Both carry shots from Steve Thorp … and it looks like it\’s been battle of the one-handed backies between the two BWA leading lights up at Rhosneigr.

The jewel of England\’s south coast, Broadbench down at K-Bay in Dorset is facing serious access issues right now as it\’s on the edge of an MOD firing range. But Surfers Agains Sewage are on the case to sort it out – and you can do your bit too, by parting with £25 for their latest Protect Our Waves t-shirt at sas.org.uk

Out west, the guys from Pura Vida Boardriders have given us a glimpse of their Welsh secret spot – it needs a big, usually rare, SW swell to fire, but Jim and the boys were scoring it from January through to March, and here\’s some mouth-watering footage to prove it. Right: where\’s that OS map gone???

And finally, Camber down in the south-east of England is far less of a secret – and last Sunday Timo Mullen drove down for this killer jump-sess with the local \’mafia\’. Nice work, but we hear @TimoIR69 that Timo\’s day only got better as he returned home to the news that he\’s due to become a father for the second time on his birthday this year. So big Boardseeker congratulations to the burgeoning family Mullen.

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Photo Credit: JC / PWA

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