News Headlines – Wed 8th

Let\’s kick off today looking forward – to Bonaire in fact, due to host the next round of World Cup competition for the Freestyle boys and girls next week on the 12th June. More on – or start getting in the Caribbean mood at with the boy Bubble at and the lovely Laure Treboux at

Further west, on mainland USA they\’re gearing up for the next round of the American Windsurfing Tour at Pistol River – Boujmaa has just confirmed that he will be attending (see but even he is unlikely to eclipse surely the biggest star of the show: check out Robby Naish talking AWT with Kevin Pritchard. More at

Let\’s look far deeper south than that for our movie of the day from a man named after Mr Naish (and not doing a bad job of living up to it either): Robby Swift\’s latest podcast sees him enjoying some amazing waves down at his second home in Chile – and it looks like he had the place pretty much to himself too. More from Swifty at


Back in Blighty it sounds like they\’ve had quite a second day of RS:X racing down in Weymouth at Skandia Sail for Gold. In the men\’s Kiwi J P Tobin posted two bullets to take top spot while his Dutch training partner Dorian Van Rijsselberge has risen to third behind Korea\’s Taehoon Lee. In the women\’s Spain\’s Marina Albau and Blanca Manchon are vying for top spot. It looks like Nick Dempsey\’s posted a first this morning to climb up to third in the men\’s though, while Bryony Shaw has battled up to 8th in the women\’s fleet. More at and

Meanwhile out in Sweden they obviously scored enough wind on Monday and Tuesday to complete the European Championship Speed Tour 2011 Klagshamn event. Top of the pile was home-boy Marcus Richardson with 31.6 knots, while British speedster Zara Davis looks to be top-placed women back in 9th and Martyn Ogier from Guernsey managed 5th according to

Way down south in New Zealand we hear Jebbe Unthank has claimed the 2011 Auckland Freestyle Championships in swell and 25-50 knots at Takapuna. More at

From southern hemisphere freestyle to northern now (where we presumably naturally spin the opposite way?!?) and uber-blogger Zakel has posted the first dedicated report we\’ve seen from the European Freestyle Pro Kids Tour (EFPKT) at Minnis Bay the other weekend. Congrats Tim Russanaars, Sam Conroy and Bradley Baker – more at

And finally, one woman that\’s sure to shine at the PWA Bonaire Freestyle next week is undoubtedly Sarah-Quita Offringa … although this season she\’s shining nearly as brightly on the racecourse, leading as she is the PWA Women\’s Slalom Tour. Check out her take on the last round in Korea at


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Photo Credit: Andy \’Bubble\’ Chambers


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