News Headlines – Wed 27th

The wind finally kicked in yesterday afternoon at PWA Fuerteventura to ensure a thrilling climax (oo-er missus!) to the freestyle double elimination. There was really never a question that Sarah-Quita Offringa would win the women\’s, Laure Treboux upped her game to finish second with Yoli de Brendt third. But the big news was in the men\’s fleet where Steven Van Broeckhoven twice overcame Gollito to knock the defending champion into second followed by Kiri Thode third and Tonky and Taty Frans fourth and fifth… Read all about it at

…and that means we can already name Steven and Sarah-Quita as 2011 PWA Freestyle World Champions – as we understand it, they needn\’t even turn up to the final event of the year at Sylt … although you just know they\’ll be looking to underline their seasons with glory there too. Check out the rankings at – and with huge thanks to Japan\’s Kuma Movie (, here are the two double elimination finals that sealed the deals…

Talking of World Champions, the RYA are quite rightly celebrating Kieran Martin, Saskia Sills, and Emma Wilson\’s glorious successes at the 2011 Techno 293 Windsurfing World Championships in San Francisco – see their press release at and find plenty more at

As mentioned yesterday, us flag-waving Brits have also got young Isaac Bradley-Baker to congratulate on winning the U-13 Super Kids division of the IFCA Pro Kids World Championships on the Brouwersdam in Holland. And now there\’s more on the event from head judge at the event and EFPKT tour manager Ruben Petrisie at – again, loads more at

Let\’s head back to Fuerteventura for today\’s next movie – where up on the North Shore local film-maker Thijs Vancayseele presents Sailboards Tarifa rider Ilya Escario wavesailing Punta Blanca from an impressively wide-angled harness-mounted perspective. Nice work!

And finally, did you ever hear of the 10,000 hours theory? Stacks of statistical research and study says that to reach a level of mastery in any endeavour – sport included – you need to practice for 10,000 hours. For example, that\’s three hours a day, every day, for 10 years. Fair enough. But fresh from his own studies at Princeton which meant four years away from Maui, the masterful Graham Ezzy is arguing that what he\’s calling \’interval training\’ could be the key for windsurfing after all at


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