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Out on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, competitors are registering right now for the second round of PWA Waves at El Médano – action could start as soon as 1.30 this afternoon. Keep up to date with live streaming updates at pwaworldtour.com, and meanwhile here\’s the event trailer…

 

As we await the official 2012 freewave releases as many of the top brands are due to unveil their new toys tomorrow, here\’s a new sail that was developed right where it\’s all about to happen at Cabezo in El Médano on Tenerife where much of Point-7\’s prototype testing takes place. Check out the story behind a fully refurbished Point-7 SADO power wave sail at point-7.com

Over on the American west coast, the US Windsurfing National Championships at Berkeley Marina has seen two days of breezy (if foggy!) formula and slalom racing. The Brazilians seem to be taking charge, with Paulo dos Reis leading the formula fleet and Wilhelm Schurmann second in formula and first in slalom. The good news for us Brits is that former UKWA stalwart Xavier Ferlet is third in formula ahead of Phil McGain and Steve Bodner. More at waterhound.com/windsurfing/us-nationals and stevebodner.blogspot.com

Meanwhile it\’s tight at the front of the fleets after day five of the ISAF Youth RS:X World Championship out in Zadar, Croatia, as just a point separates Italy\’s Veronica Fanciulli and Thaland\’s Siripon Kaewduang Ngam in the girls\’ fleet while Korea\’s Wonwoo Cho is four points clear of Spain\’s Mateo Sanz in the boys\’ fleet. British girl Jade Rogers has climbed a place to 9th while Sam Sills posted a bullet yesterday to jump three places up to 6th overall in the boys\’. Full results at isafyouthworlds.com

Talking of Olympic class racing, from the future of the discipline to a major part of its history now as we hear that Kiwi legend Barbara Kendall – gold medalist on the Lechner at Barcelona 1992 and a competitor at five Games – has been elected a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the 123rd session of the IOC in Durban, South Africa. More at olympic.org

Of course, it\’s just over a year now until London hosts the next Olympic Games in 2012 with windsurfing down at the WPNSA in Weymouth. And a large part of Britain\’s bid was a focus on grass-roots participation – which could provide some great opportunities for windsurfing clubs and centres. For instance, Sport England\’s new ‘Sportivate’ initiative will see £32-million of National Lottery funding up for grabs to encourage 14-25 year-olds to learn a new sport. The RYA are encouraging windsurfing clubs to apply for funding at boards.co.uk

Alongside more kids, we\’d all like to see more women on the water too, so here\’s an altogether more laid-back initiative: The Butterfly Effect will land in Cabarete on July 28-30th, encouraging girls and women of all ages to get out on the ocean. More on Tatiana Howard\’s worthy worldwide water women movement at betheeffect.com

And finally, let\’s finish with another movie. We\’ve had it good up in Northern Europe so far this year, but with August looming and the associated light winds to contend with don\’t forget there are other ways to get your windsurfing fix. Here\’s a cool clip of Sweden\’s Markus Rydberg making the most of a calm sunny day with some TurfDog action. More at turfdog.co.uk

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