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Well, there\’s only one place to set the first act of today\’s headlines – Tiree, and the 25th Anniversary Wave Classic that kicked off on Saturday with the biggest forecast in years. Day one saw surprisingly light winds and small swell, but it was enough to complete the first round of women\’s competition at Balevullin. Debbie Kennedy emerged victorious according to boards.co.uk – where you can also find picture galleries from Dave White and John Carter. And in case you don\’t believe us, here\’s head judge Duncan Coombs to tell you himself…

 

Scene two, and a slightly bigger, stronger day two yesterday at Ballephuil resulted in Ben Proffitt taking the pro fleet single from Andy King in 2nd, Andy \’Bubble\’ Chambers in 3rd and Timo Mullen in 4th. Meanwhile it\’s no great surprise to hear that Aleksy Gayda\’s in charge of the amateurs again, Boardseeker videographer Alfie Hart took 2nd from another West Wales local Lewis Merrony in 3rd and new boy \’Schlep\’ 4th. And in the women\’s, Debbie Kennedy underlined her first day result with another win over Kariina Pirhonen, Sophie Gilje and Eilidh Sutherland. Read all about it at britishwavesailingassociation.com and check Whitey\’s day two image gallery at boards.co.uk

It\’s not all been wavesailing in the UK just lately though, and as we touched upon last week Thursday 6th October saw a brutally windy day up at West Kirby. Perfect for speedsailing, then, and 40+ knot GPS results were widely posted on gps-speedsurfing.com. Most notably, Steve Thorp scored a 50-knot display and broke into the top ten 2011 speeds on his custom Moo needle (more here), the self-styled \’mere mortal grandad\’s view of proceedings is worth a read as Norman \’Normski\’ Petty reports for redsurfbus.com, but with a 45.23 knot average and 47.92 max the fastest man on the day was Dutchman Jacques van der Hout (more here). And if you want to see what it\’s like touching 50-knots that close to a concrete wall, check out this movie from the man himself…

Onto another fast man now, in the shape of former speed campaigner and now World Slalom Champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck. Because the Terminator has been spotted (thanks to beachtelegraph.com) \’racing\’ Klaas Voget in this German ad for the 21st Century VW Beetle from beetle.de, sponsors of the recent PWA Sylt event.

Big Bjorn\’s sail sponsor Severne have to be pretty happy piggy-backing their Reflex II race sail into that one, and you can now check out their entire 2012 range in the new catalogue at severnesails.com

Talking of new toys and world-beaters, last week saw the launch of World Freestyle Champion Steven Van Broeckhoven\’s signature board – the F2 Rodeo Pro promises to be 102L of super-light freestyle joy. So light, in fact, that they\’ve completely done away with a mast-track to save weight. Check it out at f2.com

And finally, thanks to West Country blog Fisher Viking at howard-windaddiction.blogspot.com for spotting this clip of coastal erosion in action – geology suddenly gets exciting when you actually see it happen, and here\’s a compelling \’progressive failure\’ caught on the North Cornish coast just a couple of weeks ago…

 

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Photo Credit: John Carter

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