News Headlines – Fri 17th

It\’s all over at PWA Bonaire where Kiri Thode and Sarah-Quita Offringa have been crowned winners after a stunning event. Steven Van Broeckhoven climbed to second overall having won the second single on Tuesday and finally losing out to a kabikutchi and an unbelievable grubby ponch from the young local in the second double yesterday. Full story at – and thanks to Japanese filmmaker Kuma here\’s that second single final from day three when Van Broekhoven overcame King Kiri with some BIG moves.

Just getting started, the AWT Pistol River Wave Bash managed a full single elimination in firing conditions on the US west coast yesterday. A name we\’re not so familiar with this side of the Atlantic, Oregon\’s Nathan Mershon is currently leading a strong men\’s expert fleet ahead of Boujmaa Guilloul in second and defending champ Kevin Pritchard in third. The forecast\’s looking good for yet another classic event – more at

Today\’s movie epic comes courtesy of Oxbow who followed Jason Polakow on a pilgrimage back home to Australia. If you can deal with the stand-up paddling, there are some all-time rides in here from JP, Scott McKercher and Campbell Farrell. More at


As mentioned earlier this week, RRD are the latest manufacturer to offer a new construction for next season that they\’re calling Contest. And here\’s the tech video for their shiniest new release, the RRD Wave Cult Contest Quad. More here – and further info should be up at very soon…


Let\’s look to the racecourse for our next flick – the official video of the Nissan / RRD One Hour Classic last weekend at Torbole on Lake Garda. In gusty winds that only finally allowed 22 minutes of racing, Alberto Menegatti won the men\’s ahead of Julien Quentel and Thomas Fauster while fresh from victory at the Defi WInd Karin Jaggi beat Verena Fauster to the women\’s prize. More at

Staying around the cans, except this time in a considerably more urban setting, the NeilPryde Racing Series second stop this year was Dunkirk city centre in northern France last week. Antoine Albeau was amongst the riders exhibiting the RS:One and RS:X Evolution concept, but it was the Olympic specialists who took the honours in this novel event. Next stop, Miami at the end of September – more at

And finally, a heart-warming story of heroism from lat week\’s awesome RS:X regatta at Sail for Gold at the WPNSA in Weymouth. Read how Italian Marcantonio Baglione and Britain\’s Jamie Ingram saved the life of Aussie Luke Baillie after an incident at the Silver fleet gybe mark at


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Photo Credit: PWA / John Carter


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