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News Headlines – Thu 23rd

There\’s no question about today\’s lead story as PWA Aruba Freestyle came to an end yesterday with the completion of a full double elimination in 20+ knot winds. In the final, Belgium\’s Steven Van Broeckhoven overcame Kiri Thode who had battled past Gollito to secure second place. Meanwhile in the women\’s it was an unassailable Sarah-Quita Offringa first, Laure Treboux second and Xenia Kessler third. Read the full report at pwaworldtour.com

The outstanding performer in the double was Britain\’s own Andy \’Bubble\’ Chambers who fought back through five heats from dead last to ninth place – we\’re hoping for more than “last place to 9th place in Aruba!! Super happy!” soon at k540.com. And today on Aruba the racers hit the water as the slalom kicks off: keep up with the action live this afternoon at pwaworldtour.com

Out in Holland, Bernd Flessner has extended his lead at the IFCA World Slalom Champs in Texel having won three more eliminations to extend his lead to seven points over Damien Le Guen and Adriaan van Rijsselberghe in second and third on equal points – more at waterhound.com

It\’s not long now until a few of the major brands officially release their new 2012 freewave ranges – there are bound to be some interesting developments, but somehow we doubt anything quite this different: Cornish sail loft 5-Oceans seem to be testing a 3-battened wave sail! All we know so far is based on these shots at 5-oceans.blogspot.com – we\’ll get a man on it, and meanwhile you can check out the brand\’s current 4- and 5-batten line-up at 5-oceans.com

Let\’s travel to Southern Corsica now for today\’s movie featuring some fine action from the Bonifacio Freestyle Project 2011 produced by Sofia Regerbis and featuring Thomas Traversa, Julien Mas, Bastien Rama and friends. More at bonifacio-windsurf.com

The other movie of the moment is Morrocan madman Boujmaa Guilloul talking to his sponsors Mystic Boarding about his famously  doomed triple-forward attempt at Ho\’okipa earlier this year that ended up in hospital – serious stuff: “He crashed bad, really bad. And here\’s his what he has got to say about that, two months after it happened…”

And finally, it\’s not long now until John Skye and Nayra Alonso tie the knot on Gran Canaria – 1 July in fact. So we\’re pleased to hear Skyeboy has survived stage one of the marriage mission: the stag weekend in Tenerife. After a cheeky windsurf on Friday proved “probably the best session I have had so far this summer … I think I got off pretty lightly really, so very happy.” he says on skyeboy.blogspot.com. Parting with the the tantalising news that he could be up for joining Swifty in the forthcoming Red Bull Rockets event at Pozo, which may well be game on tomorrow according to redbull.es

 

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