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So it\’s all eyes on the Mediterranean this week, and the latest from PWA Costa Brava was that day three calmed down some to 16-20 knots after the first couple of days\’ 40+ knot chaos. Which means that a few familiar names rose back to the top of the results sheets behind current leader Antoine Albeau. And none more familiar than Bjorn Dunkerbeck who posted two bullets to climb up to third overall behind Cyril Moussilmani. But with just three days left and the wind seemingly abating today, is it too little too late to catch F-192 on five firsts, a second and a third from the seven rounds so far? Keep up with the pack at pwaworldtour.com – and meanwhile here\’s the Tonix movie from yesterday in Catalunya.

 

Across in France, Défi Wind got off to a decent enough start yesterday as 767 competitors blasted across the start line in a moderate Tramontana. 40km later Patrick Diethelm came home first ahead of Bieuzy Mauffret, Laurent Gaüzère and Tine Slabe – teammate Karin Jaggi was first femme. More reportage and pictures at boards.co.uk

They didn\’t have so much luck at the first day of EFPT Sardinia yesterday, with just a few gusts in the afternoon providing the freestylers with a bit of a warm-up at Porto Liscia according to efpt.net. Meanwhile it seems British \’styler Adam Sims has upped sticks and entered the contest at the last minute, so we hope to hear more from him soon at k669.blogspot.com

Adam\’s \’boss\’ at RRD\’s UK importers Jem Hall was busy last week at the RRD conference but managed to squeeze in an interview on the Italian brand\’s new freemove board, the FireMove. He sent us this pic of “Skyeboy loving the RRD FireMove” (which fortunately wasn\’t as x-rated as we feared!) and this movie. Oh, and in case you fancy a week in the big man\’s company yourself, check out details of Jem\’s last-minute coaching deals to Rhodes at jemhall.com

Staying in the UK for a moment, here\’s a couple of national series latests: the BWA have published UK Wave Tour Championship results after two rounds. Top of the pile so far in 2011 are Ben Proffitt (pro), Aleksy Gayda (am), Sarah Bibby (women), Liam Ellis (youth) and Mark Lloyd (master) – see the full list at britishwavesailingassociation.com. And from the racecourse the OTC have published a pile of slalom shots from Roger Turner of the Jaffa sponsored CitruSurf BSA Weymouth the other weekend – check them out at uk.otc-windsurf.com

From events past and present to the future now, and we\’re stoked to learn from epicsesh.blogspot.com and pozonews-en.blogspot.com that Shadowbox high-jump GPS competition is coming to Europe. Even better, jump city at Pozo on Gran Canaria will host Red Bull Rockets between the 24th and 30th of June – and with Koster and Fernandez already confirmed, you can be sure there\’ll be fireworks. Check out the translated press release from redbull.es

And finally, following our request last week for the longest recorded waverides we could find, Uruguayan ripper Tato Molina (oceanmind.net) has been in touch with this movie of Brazilians Levi Lenz, Gabriel Cajaty, Arthur Job, Christian Saurer and himself at Pacasmayo, Peru, where the wave just goes on and on and on… Even better, Tato promises us some 2-minute+ rides on Mpora very soon – the Brazilians have the evidence, and Tato teases: “I remember having to use my harness to take a rest while waveriding!”

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