News Headlines – Tue 14th

Out in the Caribbean there\’s little question who\’s ruling the roost at PWA Bonaire – with a full double completed yesterday Kiri Thode underlined his top spot by holding off fellow local Taty Frans with a perfect spock culo. In the women\’s fleet, Sarah-Quita Offringa from the next Tour stop of Aruba again outgunned Bonaire regular Laure Treboux. Full story and live coverage this afternoon at – meanwhile, here\’s Kiri and Taty\’s first showdown from the single elimination finals on day 1…

Of course, Kiri and Sarah-Quita\’s board sponsors Starboard are pretty chuffed with their team riders\’ performance – more at But the breaking news from the brand is that the 2012 freestyle Flare is due to be released next month with a Slot Box – a finbox system already used on many multi-fins that\’s claimed to be 75% lighter than a classic. More at

In other brand news, RRD have introduced a new light-weight yet heavy-duty Contest construction for their esteemed Wave Cult Quad – and a new largest 100L big-boy to complement the existing 92, 83 and 75L rippers. More at

News just in from UK RRD freestyler Adam Sims on a possible Xpression event in Weymouth this weekend: “A preliminary call for the UK Xpression freestylers for this weekend at Weymouth. Final call to be made Thursday night through the Facebook group and hopefully with you guys online. It\’s an open freestyle event, so for all levels, with some coaching tips from the guys that compete regularly. Keep an eye out on the news for the final call…” More at

Talking of contests, here\’s a couple more event round-ups. First up, MauiSails / Fanatic racer Peter Volwater reports from the last PWA Slalom event as \’Costa Nada turned Costa Bravo\’ in Catalunya at Meanwhile leading female speedster Zara Davis reports from Sweden where she posted a glorious first place (woman) at the Swedish Champs having recovered from thumb surgery at

Not so happy, as the Euro Zone squeeze continues down in Iberia, Surfer Today are reporting that the Portuguese sailing squad (including RS:X leading light João Rodrigues) have been forced to abandon their training for 2012 as their cash-strapped government have withdrawn funding – more at

Want some wave action? How\’s this? The Denel brothers – PWA racer and wavesailor Jules and little bro 15-year-old youth slalom and wave champ Justin – ripping up their home spot at Wissant up near Calais, by Eric Bellande. More at /


And finally, you have to see this one – thanks to for publishing a forthcoming TV ad for World Cup Sylt featuring Janni Hönscheid, the youngest daughter of legend Jürgen and many times female German wave champ, properly windsurfing in stilettos. Reno, the maker of said shoes, we think, are headline sponsor of this year\’s final event of the PWA season … and that\’s right: in Germany that warrants a national TV campaign!



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