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News Headlines – Thu 9th

There\’s little doubt, from a British perspective, who should be headlining today\’s headlines – and that\’s Nick Dempsey who\’s taken the lead in a strong international RS:X fleet at the mid-point of Sail for Gold on 2012 Olympic waters at Weymouth. In the women\’s Bryony Shaw continues to climb into contention, she\’s sitting in fifth as the fleets split into gold and silver today. More at rsxclass.com, full results at skandiasailforgoldregatta.co.uk – and check out rya.org.uk for a video of yesterday\’s windy day three…

Out on Italy\’s Adriatic coastline, last weekend saw the conclusion of the Riccione Formula Grand Prix – and now NeilPryde are carrying an event report focussed on their event winner, Casper Bouman NED-52. Check it out at neilpryde.com

Meanwhile over in France the legendary Defi Wind at Gruissan was drawing to a windless conclusion, so Friday\’s results counted. Of course, Patrick Diethelm won it, but there\’s a report from leading lady (and fellow patrikdiethelm.com boardrider) Karin Jaggi on her sail sponsor\’s site at severnesails.com

Staying on the race course with the sail brands, jet-black Italian marque Point-7 are celebrating their international racing team climbing up the rankings with decent results from the likes of Pascal Toselli and Andrea Cucchi just lately. Read their story of five years coming out of the \’dark ages\’ at point-7.com

Today\’s film comes in response to our call for movies of the longest recorded waverides ever! (As inspired by umipictures.com / windsurfermag.com with their \’World\’s Longest Wave\’ feature…) And here, from Brazil\’s Christian Saurer, is footage of a 2-minute 27-second waveride at Pacasmayo in Peru. Amazing. If any more of you lucky, lucky South Americans think you\’ve got longer, post them on mpora.com/windsurfing


 

There\’s little doubt why those guys windsurf – paddling a surfboard back to the beginning of that particular ride would have to take a fair while, eh? But how would a lad from the Midlands, about as far from the coast as you can live in the UK, get fixated by wavesailing? Well, someone must have asked as Steve Thorp has provided the answers in I Windsurf Because… at stevethorp.co.uk

If Steve\’s cold water antics makes you dream of a spot of warm-weather coaching this year, Sportif could have just the clinic for you. Our very own guru Jem Hall, Boards mag\’s Simon Bornhoft, and Windsurf\’s Peter Hart are selling out of spots on their technique courses in Turkey, Mauritius and Brazil so you\’d better get in quick if you\’re keen. More at boards.co.uk and sportif.travel

With plans developing apace for the UK\’s National Windsurfing Festival at Hayling Island, 3-4 September, it\’s great to see the event getting some international recognition on star-board.com – more details and entries now open online at nationalwindsurfingfestival.com

And finally, out on mainland America\’s Atlantic coast they\’re gearing up for the East Coast Windsurfing Festival this weekend (more at ecwindfest.com) where star of the show promises to be Josh Angulo who\’s moving back to the USA from Cape Verde … more for his children\’s education than the Festival, but still: check out a quick interview with Peconic Puffin at peconicpuffin.com

 

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Photo Credit: Richard Langdon / Skandia Team GBR

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