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Overnight for us in the UK, a dozen of Ho\’okipa\’s hardest of rippers reached an experts result at the AWT Maui Makani Classic. In time-honoured reverse order, Jeff Bennett tweeted the men of the moment @MauiWindsurfing: 4th Kai Katchedorian, 3rd Josh Stone, 2nd Brawzinho, 1st Camille Juban. As ever the best pictures we\’ve seen so far are from the lens of local legend Jimme Hepp on facebook.com – KP\’s Maui Nerd Productions movie of the day will be a little while coming yet, so we\’ll bring you that tomorrow … meanwhile here\’s his tongue-in-cheek take on day four when Junko Nagoshi tied up the women\’s, Morgan Noireaux wrapped up the youths and Jehyug Jay Lee put a lid on the amateurs. Full results at americanwindsurfingtour.com


The UKWA have now released results from BSA Weymouth Slalom 7 on their spangly new website at ukwindsurfing.com – which confirm that Ant Baker won the event (from Alan Jackson and Simon Cofield) and with it the 2011 UK Slalom Champion title (from Simon Cofield and Alan Jackson!). Kudos too to Christian Body for sewing up the amateurs and Mandy Body for securing the masterblaster title. Which leads us quite nicely into this post-match Weymouth interview with the newly crowned BSA Champ by Neil Greentree of Quayside Windsurfers… Full season results at windsurf-bsa.com


From speed round the cans to speed in a straight line now, and the latest tweets from the Luderitz Speed Challenge @luderitzspeed seem to indicate that they\’ve finally adapted the kitesurf-friendly speedstrip for windsurfing too: “Anders Bringdal on a windsurfer is flying. He\’s had a 50+ peak and 48 average.” More at luderitz-speed.com … and whilst we\’re at it, Irish speedster Alastair Nichol has announced that he\’s set to become Anders\’ 2012 teammate on Mistral needles at irl-250.blogspot.com

After a weekend of rumours surrounding the identity of the software supplier\’s new signing, Prolimit have announced that the \’Mystery Man\’ joining the Prolimit Windsurf Team is Dutch freestyler Davy Scheffers – more from H-311 on davy-h311.nl, and more on his rubber at prolimit.com

Back to Blighty and out in the West Country, homegrown Cornish sail loft 5-Oceans are continuing to turn heads with their prototype 3-batten wave sail – check out the pix of Andrew Fawcett when \’that\’ long-period swell kicked in last Saturday evening at 5-oceans.blogspot.com

Another man enjoying the West Country just lately is Tushingham / Starboard\’s freshest freestyle signing Jamie Drummond – we\’ll be keeping a close eye on how his mo\’ goes this month as he embarks on a razor-saving Movember (give generously at uk.movember.com, people). Meanwhile take a look at Jamie\’s update from SWA Aussie Kiss X and more at jamiek787.blogspot.com

Talking of the SWA, university study avoidance measures continue later this month with Nottingham Pond Life VIII – Students in Need. “For just £32 you get your very own limited edition Pondlife sweat, two nights\’ B&B, two epic exclusive nights out to Forum and Market Bar with a free drink, private bar and exclusive drink deals with pizza on the Saturday…” Rumour has it there might even be some windsurfing at Rutland Water too! More at studentwindsurfing.co.uk

And finally, the news was all over facebook.com at the weekend that 2011 PWA Wave Champ Philip Koster has been awarded GQ Germany\’s \’Man of the Year 2011\’ accolade – see how the mainstream German press reported it at faz.net, or check a translation of French site Windsurf Journal\’s reportage at windsurfjournal.com. Very well deserved! And right on cue, here\’s a brand-new tribute to G-44 from his fin sponsors Maui Ultra Fins…


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Photo Credit: Jimmie Hepp

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