They\’ve has some breeze out in Turkey for day four of racing at PWA Alacati – hammering 30 knots in fact, leading to plenty of thrills and spills on the slalom course. In the men\’s Bjorn Dunkerbeck\’s overall lead is still 33 points over Finian Maynard, Micah Buzianis, Ben Van Der Steen and Antoine Albeau on the comeback in 5th. Meanwhile Karin Jaggi leads the women by the same margin, chased by Sarah-Quita Offringa and Lena Erdil. Yesterday also saw the highest finishes yet from the Brits as both Ross WIlliams in the men\’s and Jo Wright in the women\’s posted fourth place finishes. Sounds like it\’s pretty windy again today too – dial into the live ticker at pwaworldtour.com for the latest.
Back to Blighty, and the RYA are celebrating British RS:X success at the Olympic Test Event in Weymouth. As we reported yesterday afternoon, Bryony Shaw maintained her bronze position with a 7th in the medal race while Nick Dempsey\’s second meant he oh-so-narrowly missed out on gold to Dorian Van Rijsselberge – read more at boards.co.uk and see Nick\’s reaction right here…
Not a million miles away, every yachtie in the nation knows it\’s Cowes Week over on the Isle of Wight right now. And doing his bit for the profile of windsurfing, Guy Cribb has been taking on the Extreme 40s in 20 knots on his slalom kit … only to discover these super-high-performance cats are no pussycats. Cribby might have been faster flat-out, but he concludes that “around a traditional yacht racing course, the X40s are quicker”. More at guycribb.com
But RS:X manufacturer and Cribby\’s sail sponsor NeilPryde\’s latest efforts to take windsurfing mainstream again are altogether less performance-driven. Check out this product presentation for their SUPsailing-optimised semi-soft Experience 2012 – more at neilpryde.com
Talking of 2012 kit, Adrian and the Clones are still unpacking from their first test trip on next season\’s toys out on Tenerife … but they travelled home a fair bit lighter than they went out, having left the good people at the OTC with a crop of next year\’s 90L waveboards (look out for the full test next month). But that\’s not all that\’s new at the Official Test Centre as Hot Sails Maui have now hit the Médano centre too. More at otc-windsurf.com
Down to the Southern Hemisphere now where the rebel La Reunion Wave Classic 2011 is due to start later this month, 25 August to 5 September. Camille Juban, Julien Taboulet and Colin Sifferlen are confirmed to be returning to take on the Indian Ocean locals, alongside some new faces this year – Leon Jamaer, Jules Denel and Tom Hartmann. More at reunionwaveclassic2011.com
Even further south there\’s another classic on it\’s way – New Zealand\’s premier windsurfing event, the Taranaki Wave Classic have called 21-24 October for their 2011 wavesailing epic! More at deepfried.tv and taranakiwaveclassic.com
Continuing the classic theme, Steve Thorp proves that you don\’t have to travel so far for barreling double-overhead joy … even in the UK in August! Read about K-4\’s latest Yorkshire sessions at stevethorp.co.uk and enjoy this Redcar riding clip.
Out in Greece it seems to have been its own kind of classic just lately, as a brace of British PWA freestylers proclaim it\’s been howling at Vassiliki. Club Vass instructor Max Rowe\’s been planing on a 2.7m according to @maxrowek20 on Twitter, while up the beach at Ocean Elements advanced instructor Jamie Drummond has been manfully holding down a 4m – see a porthole into his life at jamiek787.blogspot.com
And finally, need a new job? If sales and marketing are your thing you could be just who Boards & More or Starboard are looking for… Fanatic / NorthSails are after a new Marketing Manager at boards-and-more.com while Starboard seek an International Sales Manager at star-board.com – best start tweaking that CV back towards \’windsurfing addict\’ then!
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