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News Headlines – Thu 27th

With the start of the AWT Maui Makani Classic scheduled for today, we\’ve got to kick off with the latest buzz from Ho\’okipa – and this preview movie from KP of mauinerdproductions.com on the return of a major wavesailing competition to Maui after a 5-year absence. We\’re hoping for some firing action – just like super-snapper Jimmie Hepp is publishing on facebook.com – but unfortunately it\’s not looking too promising weather-wise today. Check it out for yourself at 10am local time (which we make about 9pm British) on the live webcast at americanwindsurfingtour.com


 

Back in the UK tomorrow sees the first potential day of competition at the BWA Pura Vida Cornwall Wave Classic – but as the nation\’s wavesailors battle their way down through the rain, the bad news is that tomorrow\’s really not looking windy… However, the good news far outweighs that because just check out this forecast at bigsalty.co.uk – see you at Sandsifter for amateur registration (and Tommy Armstrong on guitar) tomorrow night?!? More at cornwallwaveclassic.co.uk

Out on Sardinia, the sun came out, although the breeze tailed off yesterday at Windsurfing Cagliari 2011, allowing just a race or two for each fleet. In the European Championships, Britain\’s Emma Wilson is still comfortably in control of the Techno under-15 girls fleet, while her brother Daniel and team-mate Cameron Coghill are 16th and 15th behind leader BLR-714 Mikita Tsirkun in the boys. Another Brit leads the under-17 girls Techno in the shape of Emma Labourne, while Robert York and Max Bushell are best-placed Brits in the boys chasing Israel\’s Baz Bell. France\’s Franck Luop leads the 2011 Raceboard Masters after seven races with GBR-1111 Paul Leone well in touch of the medals in 5th. And in the RS:X Youth Worlds GBR-49 Joe Bennett is leading U17, Sam Sills and Tom Squires are in strong 4th and 5th youth behind Poland\’s Pawel Tarnowski, while Brits Noelle Finch and Jade Rogers are 2nd and 3rd U17 girls chasing overall leader POL-9 Agnieszka Bilska. Find live race results at windsurfing-cagliari2011.eu

Talking of Olympic class windsurfing, down in New Zealand a truly class Olympic windsurfer Barbara Kendall is now out of a wetsuit and will be all about the business attire next week. The Kiwi heroine has got behind the Dress for Success charity, which “provides women with business suits and presentation tips in the lead up to interviews and job training” according to stuff.co.nz

Back to events, and on the speedstrip there\’s a great update from Guernsey\’s Martyn Ogier on Weymouth Speed Week where he finished second British windsurfer to secure himself the runners-up spot for the season on the International Speed Windsurfing Association\’s Eupropean Tour. Read all about it at martynogier68.blogspot.com – and find a bit more with plenty of pix from WSW 2011 at davewhite.me

Following yesterday\’s news of musical chairs for the winners of the2011 IFCA North American Slalom Championships, third-placed Sean O\’Brien has published a write-up of the 3-day Miami event – finally won by Wilhelm Schurmann from Kurosh Kiani – at star-board.com

Looking for a job for next summer? If you\’ve got your instructor ticket Neilson could have just what you\’re after, as they\’re now hiring for summer 2012 watersports instructor positions in various locations across Greece and Turkey at neilson.co.uk/jobs

And finally, if you\’re looking for something to entertain yourself with over the cold, dark evenings of this coming winter, Nintendo have unveiled a windsurfing sim within their imminent Wii \’Go Vacation\’ game. Although judging by this clip of the action … maybe not! More at nintendo.co.uk (with thanks to forwindsurfers.com for spotting it!)


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Photo Credit: Jimmie Hepp

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