There\’s no doubt about the big British buzz last weekend as the National Windsurfing Festival truly went off with over 400 competitors racing off the shores of Hayling Island. As for results, we\’ll bring you more once they\’re officially announced but we can tell you that Alan Jackson won the racing, Andy \’Bubble\’ Chambers ruled yesterday\’s freestyle, young Connor Bainbridge won the night windsurf racing and Max Rowe took the night-time tow-in freestyle. Check out Dave White\’s pic galleries at boards.co.uk – gallery 1, gallery 2, and gallery 3.
Meanwhile down in the Indian Ocean, La Reunion Wave Classic drew to a close over the weekend – no more official competition, although Colin Sifferlin won a \’Best Jump Session\’ at Ravine Blanche on Friday with a late, dry double-forward. Final results are yet to be announced, although Steven Pichot\’s team must have taken it. The event movie can\’t be far off now, and we can hardly wait, but meanwhile here\’s 16 of the best wipe-outs from the contest. More at reunionwaveclassic2011.blogspot.com
For some solid results, let\’s look to Skive in Denmark where the 2011 Formula Youth & Masters Championship is all over too. Andrea Cucchi posted 6 bullets from 12 races to secure the Masters\’ title from Brian Rogild in second and Adri Keet third, Sebastian Kornum went one better with 7 firsts securing him the Youths\’ title, his dad Torben Kornum took the Grand Masters, while Karl-Erik Saarm won the ProKids\’ fleet. More at formulawindsurfing.org
Back to the waves now, and Waterhound are reporting that down in South America Kauli Seadi is in the unfamiliar position of not leading the Mormaii Ibiraquera Wave Contest after losing out to Wilhelm Schumann in the single elimination. More at waterhound.com – and here\’s some footage from day one courtesy of Morlima…
This time last month, elsewhere on the continent Lobitos in Peru hosted the inaugural IFCA Youth World Wave Champs. Brazil\’s Erick Razzera took the crown from the USA\’s Zane Schweitzer in second, fellow Brazilian Christian Saurer third, France\’s Justin Denel took fourth, while fifth placed Belgian Hot Sails Maui rider Jonas Handekyn has just released this movie of his performance in Peru. More at ifca.internationalwindsurfing.com
Much further north and over on the USA\’s east coast, the American Windsurfing Tour have confirmed that this year’s AWT Hatteras Wave Jam in North Carolina has been cancelled after widespread damage in the area following Hurricane Irene. More at americanwindsurfingtour.com. Meanwhile even further north a far more tragic casualty of the storm, local windsurfer Joe Rocco was remembered by around a hundred fellow sailors at field seven of Heckscher State Park – now redubbed Joe\’s Beach – on Long Island in New York State. More at peconicpuffin.com
And finally, back this side of the pond the remnants of that very storm system finally seem to be hitting the UK this week – so there\’s barely a windsurfer in the land who hasn\’t noticed that, at long last, IT\’S WINDY!!! You know the drill: check your options on bigsalty.com, make your excuses, and we\’ll see you out there…
Photo Credit: Dave White