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The World Cup Slalom racing at PWA Alaçati came to a conclusion over the weekend, and as looked inevitable all along the event winners were confirmed as Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Karin Jaggi. So, after a jam-packed season of slalom – and with Sylt still to come later this year – we already have yet more confirmed 2011 World Champions. Bjorn\’s win in Turkey has put him out of reach of Antoine Albeau in second and Ben Van Der Steen third overall, while freestyle queen Sarah-Quita Offringa\’s second was enough to secure another 2011 crown ahead of veteran racers Karin Jaggi in second and Valerie Arrighetti third overall. Read the full event-round-up at pwaworldtour.com

If you\’re aspiring towards World Tour Slalom yourself, F2 have an offer you don\’t see every day – they\’re inviting applications to join a racing team representing the brand on and off the water and helping with product development. To put yourself up for a place, post your details to f2-surf.com

Next up on the World Tour it\’s back to the waves and the KIA@coldhawaii PWA World Cup event in Klitmøller, Denmark, 12-18 September. Billed as “the most interactive and live event on the circuit”, you can connect with the event via your favourite form of social media right now at worldcup.coldhawaii.eu

Last season\’s Klitmøller extravaganza went pretty well for a strong British contingent – and we\’re hoping for another decent showing this year. After a tough time in the Canaries, Phil Horrocks must be due a good event and has been putting what hours he can into training back home in North Wales. Check out his latest blog update at ripandslash.com

Time for another rewind now, and it\’s back to the AWT Cactus Cup in Baja for our first movie of the day – check out Chris \’Muzza\’ Murray\’s 3,000-mile road-trip from North America down to Mexico and back. There\’s even some windsurfing towards the end! Full results from Baja at americanwindsurfingtour.com, more Muzza mayhem at k202windsurfing.blogspot.com, and event winner Graham Ezzy has published the first of his Baja trilogy of reports at surf-matic.com


 

But back to the here and now, it\’s August, the weather\’s warm in the UK, and there\’s a gentle bit of breeze about – so there isn\’t a better time to be teaching friends the joys of windsurfing. And right on cue there are some online resources popping up to help. Starboard explain the basics at start-windsurfing.com while Boards\’ technique editor Simon Bornhoft offers a beginners\’ guide at boards.co.uk … and while you\’re there, at the other end of the technique spectrum the good people at Boards seem to be gradually releasing Jem Hall\’s entire back catalogue of wave coaching articles onto boards.co.uk too…

And finally, there are possibly still a few sore heads amongst the UK windsurfing industry as Dave White had a big 50th birthday bash out in Essex on Friday. Alongside many prized gifts – including a Mars Bar wagered by Timo Mullen against him ever making his half-century – windsurfing\’s greatest gent Peter Hart penned and performed this little ditty for windsurfing\’s biggest geezer. See more pix of the party at facebook.com


 

 

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