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News Headlines – Tue 30th

As we return from our final bank holiday of the summer in England, let\’s start this working week in the Indian Ocean, where the Reunion Wave Classic is into its fifth day today. So far, the swell and wind haven\’t conspired to allow any competition, but as you can see from the first footage courtesy of Steph Fournet, there\’s already been some heart-in-your-mouth riding action. Today\’s looking good as the competition heads to l\’Etang Salé where there are already reports of wind and waves at reunionwaveclassic2011.blogspot.com – keep up with the heats as they happen at facebook.com

 

Talking of Wave Classics, even further south in New Zealand registration is now open for the Taranaki Wave Classic 2011, 21-24 October, sponsored by Carbon Art and Rodgers Dental – more on this Kiwi windsurfing institution at taranakiwaveclassic.com

Meanwhile back in the UK. registration is now open for Britain\’s speedsailing event of the season – the legendary Weymouth Speed Week have secured a $1000 cash prize from Simmer Style if anyone can break Anders Bringdal\’s 38.4-knot course record at Portland Harbour, 15-21 October 2011. If you think you\’re fast enough, get involved at speedsailing.com

From registrations to results now, and from Germany we hear that NorthSails / F2 rider Gunnar Asmussen won the first round of the German Windsurf Cup last weekend in Eckernförde. Sounds like it was windy too, with enough to complete three slalom eliminations and four Formula races. More at north-windsurf.com

A fair way further north in Estonia, the locals of Tallinn have had plenty to cheer about at the final round of the 2011 NeilPryde Baltic Cup. After four tricky Formula races, BRA-3333 Paulo dos Reis may have won the event but EST-202 Martin Ervin\’s second was enough to secure him the overall title. In the women\’s, EST-146 Annika Valkna took the series win despite LAT-140 Martha Ozola taking the final event honours. More at neilpryde.com

Right on cue, Starboard have finally unveiled their 2012 race boards, which launch on a two-year product cycle so will stay current until 2014. The high wind Formula 167 and light wind Formula 167 Wide boast 84cm and 90cm tails respectively, available for the all world to see at star-board.com

And finally, let\’s end on yet another rewind to the AWT Cactus Cup at Punta San Carlos down in Baja, Mexico. The latest footage to emerge is the Ezzy Edit featuring event winner Graham Ezzy, third placed Kevin Pritchard (who somehow also found time to film and edit the movie!), and seventh placed Russ Faurot…

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