Let\’s kick off today down at Weymouth Speed Week, where the action started on day three yesterday. On a choppy course, the kiters have it so far with David Williams topping the table on 36.25 knots. Luxemburg windsurfer David Garrell is second with 35.74 then it\’s a couple more kiters before local hero Kevin Greenslade on 34.39 in 5th place… Check out the first image gallery on boards.co.uk and hit speedsailing.com for full results so far.
Up at another famous speedstrip, West Kirby this weekend is your opportunity to demo a range of all-black Point-7 sails as UK importers Zero Gravity are running at demo at West Kirby Marine Lake this Sunday 23rd October 2011. More from the black marque at point-7.com
The next big overseas comp, next week in fact, is the AWT Ho\’okipa event the Maui Makani Classic, 27 October to 1 November. Check out a stacked list of entries – including Steve Thorp as the sole British representative – on americanwindsurfingtour.com. And acting as a curtain-raiser this weekend it\’s the Throwdowns party hosted by Hot Sails Maui: more on that at blog.hotsailsmaui.com
Probably in the mood for a party himself, H-311 Davy Scheffers has claimed the title of Dutch Freestyle Champion 2011 on davy-h311.nl
Meanwhile British Freestyle Champ 2011 Adam Sims has told the European Freestyle Pro Tour “I go away to get injured” in an interview at efpt.net
Another unfortunate Brit, up-and-coming wavesailor Mike Archer is still recovering from his knee reconstruction op following a trip to Pozo earlier this year – although even on crutches he\’s still been developing new Turfdog toys according to mikewindsurf.blogspot.com
Continuing yesterday\’s theme of where we\’d rather be as another British winter begins to kick in, howsabout Reunion in the Indian Ocean? It would take some minerals though, as this Blacklocal Wave Riding Production from last weekend at Etang Sale shows…
If you\’ve got the time for a full 40-minute feature, settle down and enjoy this epic – Gaining Grounds takes in Mauritius, Vienna, Fuerteventura, Lake Neusiedl, Madagascar, the Adriatic Sea and Lake Garda with seven of Austria\’s hottest riders. As producers Manuel Grafenauer and Stefan Csaky say, \’enjoy the ride\’!
And finally, here\’s a little warning in case all this year\’s tow-in shennanigans has got you thinking silly thoughts. We don\’t know who the rider towing into the fearsome Teahupoo in no wind is, but he must still be hurting from this hit in late September: probably the heaviest windsurfing wipe-out we\’ve ever seen. The assembled throng of tow-in groupies seemed to enjoy it though! (If you know the identity of this mystery madman, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
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