So, after a truly nuclear weekend on Gran Canaria PWA Pozo reached a solid conclusion with a full double elimination in both the men\’s and women\’s fleets leaving us in no doubt who ruled this season. In the men\’s, young Philip Koster has come of age and then some, throwing an attempted triple in the super-final to relegate an on-form Victor Fernandez into second ahead of local legend Dario Ojeda in third and Ricardo Campello in fourth. In the women\’s it was a familiar Daida Moreno, Iballa Moreno, Karin Jaggi 1-2-3 with Nayra Alonso in fourth. Full story, pictures and more at pwaworldtour.com – and here, thanks to continentseven.com is the double elimination final in all its glory…
Nayra\’s new hubby John Skye didn\’t have such a good time of it this year, finishing a disappointing =25th with Phil Horrocks. Behind them back in =33rd were fellow Brit and PWA rookie Graham Woods and Irish comeback kid Mikey Clancy, Jamie Hancock finished a respectable =17th, Ross Williams and Ben Proffitt were up there in =13th, but the home nations\’ star of the show was Robby Swift up in =7th place. Meanwhile in the women\’s Sarah Bibby had a 50-knot World Cup baptism of fire but has definitely learnt and seems rightly chuffed with a 13th world ranking at sarahk349.blogspot.com
New onto the UK\’s BWA tour this year and surely set to give Sarah a run for her money in years to come, Megan Gayda – little sister of amateur wavesailing whirlwind Aleksy Gayda – was hanging out with a certain Francisco Goya down at Chalkwell in Essex on Saturday evening. More from her at aleksyk412.blogspot.com, and we\’ll doubtless bring you more from Cisco\’s weekend manoeuvres (including, we hear, a super-windy West Wittering demo on Saturday morning) later this week.
Ready for another movie? We hope so, cos this is a cracker – Out With The Old In With The New is the latest from Josh Willmot at Blacklab, featuring killer freestyle action from Max Rowe, Adam Sims, Phil Richards and Dave Williams\’ odyssey through Egypt\’s Sinai peninsula earlier this year.
Although somewhat eclipsed by Koster\’s win in Pozo, NeilPryde team-mate Antoine Albeau is celebrating no less an achievement having won the Formula Worlds in Puerto Rico ahead of Arnan Dagan and Gabriel Browne. More at puertoricoformulawindsurfing.com and day-by-day reports at aus120.com
Also on the racecourse in Antoine\’s more usual stomping ground, Taty Frans is the latest freestyler to successfully cross over to PWA Slalom after posting an impressive 9th against the big boys at home in Aruba. Check out his tips for successful racing at star-board.com
And finally, traditionally it\’s about this time of year that spurious great white shark sightings begin to emanate from Cornwall in an attempt to keep the kooks away for the summer. But as there\’s now one fewer tabloid rags in the country to circulate the myths we\’re happy to step into the fray with a little help from Clyde Waite and James Cox at Windsurf Britain who found themselves a Portuguese man of war jellyfish down in Bournemouth last weekend. More at windsurfbritain.blogspot.com
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