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Having now left Cold Hawaii, it\’s time to look forward to the next event on the agenda – the Reno PWA Sylt Super Grand Slam starts this Friday, more at pwaworldtour.com and windsurfworldcup.de. Of course, all of the 2011 World Champions have already been decided, but that\’s not going to stop the competition, so – just for fun – let\’s proffer a few predictions…

In the waves, you\’d be brave to bet against World Champ Philip Koster making it a clean sweep for 2011, while Ricardo Campello is proving hard to beat – but our dark horse would have to be Brawzinho who\’s been training hard and performing well on his wrong tack this season. See for yourself in this footage from Denmark … although we must admit to being a bit biassed following Marcilio\’s recent visit to the UK and session at Camber, which you can also see for yourself right here.

 

As for freestyle, again World Champ Steven Van Broeckhovern would be the lowest odds, and Kiri Thode\’s been up there all season – but as you\’ll see from this movie of his performance in the Canaries, Gollito hasn\’t given up yet and surely has something to prove in the last event…


 

So to slalom, and World Champ Bjorn Dunkerbeck will doubtless enjoy a rapturous welcome in his fatherland – in fact, he\’s started a new fan page on facebook.com ready for all the attention. Again, Antoine Albeau won\’t be ready to give up without a fight. But maybe it\’s time for Ben Ven Der Steen to take a PWA event win, or maybe Cyril Moussilmani? In fact Cyril seems to be on form, having just won a long distance race between Corsica and Sardinia and “hellbent to perform” at Sylt according to his board sponsor\’s site at star-board.com

Women? Well, you\’d be shocked if it\’s not Diada or Iballa Moreno at the top of the wave podium, although Nayra Alonso has an event win in her and we\’d really love to see it at Sylt. Talking of which, flowindsurfing.com are organising a dream women\’s wavesailing clinic away with Nayra to Sal in Cape Verde for March next year according to nayraalonso.blogspot.com

The Brits will be there in force, as has been so great to see all season. On the racecourse it\’s just Ross Williams this time, but in the waves we also have Jamie Hancock, Phil Horrocks, Adam Lewis, Ben Proffitt and John Skye to cheer on. There\’s only room for Bubble and Max Rowe in the freestyle fleet – but as you\’ll learn from Trevor Funnell\’s full write-up on the UKWA Freestyle finale at Poole Windfest on boards.co.uk, we\’ve got no shortage of strength in depth in that department either…

And finally, as World Cup windsurfers play wacky races all over Europe en route to Sylt, here\’s a fitting end to today\’s headlines – surfertoday.com are reporting on a \’windsurfing bike\’ (although we\’d call that a trike) that\’s been declared street legal in the UK. Just watch this … and if you\’ve got €3500 to play with, you can get one for yourself at whike.com


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Photo Credit: PWA / John Carter

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