News Headlines – Mon 18th

After just three days of competition at the (6-day long!) PWA Tenerife wave event at Cabezo, El Médano, on Saturday 17-year-old Philip Koster took the title by stomping a fully-planing ankle-dry double-forward in the double elimination super-final against second placed local Dany Bruch. Third went to Aussie phenomenon (and fellow Severne rider) Jaeger Stone – while in the women\’s fleet Severne\’s Daida and Iballa Moreno took first and second ahead of Nayra Alonso who we were pleased to see held onto third place this time around. Save for the odd super-session, it\’s all over now – so here\’s the highlights from day 3, read all about it at

We had some Brits up in the money too, with Ross Williams and Robby Swift finishing =9th and John Skye =13th, Ben Proffitt and Phil Horrocks made =17th, Adam Lewis and Jamie Hancock =25th while Graham Woods was unfortunate not to progress beyond the first round and =33rd…

Of course next up it\’s men\’s and women\’s freestyle and men\’s slalom at PWA Fuerteventura 22 July to 1 August (more at where the forecast isn\’t all-time but it\’s been going off just lately according to valium-popping Adam Sims at and Japanese freestylophile Kuma Movie with the following clip…

As we said on Friday, \’tis the season of freewave releases right now – and the next big player in on the act today is Starboard, who have released details of their new Kodes, Quads, Evos and Flares for 2012. Here\’s the Kode product release movie: much more at

There seems to be a bit of a flurry from the RS:X Olympic scene in the run-up to the Olympic Test Event at Weymouth, 31 July. Having cleaned up at Sail For Gold, great British hope Nick Dempsey is just getting over a 10-day bug according to his latest blog at Meanwhile even worse to contend with for defending Olympic champion Tom Ashley who\’s recovering from hip surgery, leaving Jon-Paul Tobin to step into New Zealand\’s place at the WPNSA according to

Meanwhile out on the American west coast the US Windsurfing National Championships has drawn to a close: Britain\’s own (well, probably France\’s too…) Xavier Ferlet finished first master and fourth overall in course racing and slalom behind Paulo Dos Rios, Wilhelm Schurmann, Phil McGain and Wilhelm Schurmann, Phil McGain, Tyson Poor respectively. And then another familiar name came third in the freestyle too: Chris Murray finishing behind Jordan Reid in second and Tyson Poor first. More at and

And finally, let\’s get our heads round this one now before it gets out of hand, as there appears to be a new Alastair Nichol in the house: remember, for racing and speed it\’s likely to be IRL-250 (see more of him at while his namesake in the freestyle world is Club Vass instructor Alastair Nichol. To our knowledge, there is no familial link … and even if they do ever share the same stretch of water, don\’t worry, cos as you\’ll see from this movie – Alastair Nichol Windsurfing Brazil 2010 – their contrasting styles and outlines ought to tell them apart easily enough!

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