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News Headlines – Thu 6th

Just when we thought it was all over for the PWA season, there\’s been one last twist in the tale of the 2011 World Champions. The PWA have owned up to miscalculating the Youth Slalom results, and hence wrongly awarding the 2011 Youth Slalom title to France\’s Jules Denel in Sylt … when by rights (and on points!) the title justly belongs to young Turkish racer Enes Yilmazer. More at pwaworldtour.com

Back in the UK, forces are very much mobilised on their way to the BWA Tiree Wave Classic this weekend, and the forecast\’s looking stronger than ever – check it out at bigsalty.co.uk. It seems the CalMac ferry is operating a limited service from Oban according to calmac.co.uk, and we\’re hoping for updates from the likes of Chris \’Muzza\’ Murray on k202windsurfing.blogspot.com, George \’Sick Boy\’ Shillito on georgek630.windsurfing.pro, Aleksy Gayda and his new Black Tips on aleksyk412.blogspot.com and Worthing ripper Sam Darkin on samdarkin.blogspot.com on their way to and direct from Tiree. Plus there\’s likely to be loads more at tireewaveclassic.co.uk

But back to the racecourse, and ISAF have just registered the Starboard Formula 167 Wide for the 2012/13 season – making it the widest formula board ever. That remarkable tail with chicken strap heel recesses measures a monster 90cm wide, which ought to make is quite some light air performer. More at star-board.com

Meanwhile MauiSails have released details of their “finely tuned and polished” TR-8 2012 race sail at mauisails.com, and black Italian marque Point-7 have unveiled their “most extreme series” race sail in the AC-1 2012 on boards.co.uk

NeilPryde have a slightly different thrust to their race ranges, with their RS:X-derived one-design race series the RS:One gaining an ever-higher profile. And following their successful Singapore regatta early this year, there\’s now news of their Nice event alongside the super-cats at the Extreme 40 Sailing Series in virtually no wind at neilpryde.com

And finally, did you ever wonder what it takes to be a UK brand manager? Well, today\’s movie is your chance to find out as the guys from BlackLab Films introduce SeaSpriteSports\’ RRD / Ezzy head boy Jem Hall. Aside from the action in Jeri, Brazil, it\’s all about the tea-making and bog-cleaning, apparently… And as if that\’s not enough Jemmy goodness for today, there\’s even more at jemhall.com

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