News Headlines – Wed 9th

We have to start today with the movie of the moment – awesome action from Scott McKercher as he anticipates a summer of West Oz Pies and Waves. And in true understated Aussie style, Scotty doesn\’t have much to add – except to say “Lovin\’ me Quads and Blades”! More on them at and


Staying Down Under, we\’re pleased to see that Bryony Shaw has risen to the top of the RS:X women\’s fleet at the Melbourne World Cup Carnival. That fleet might \’only\’ be nine-strong, but Bryony must be on form to have taken two bullets yesterday ahead of Jessica Crisp, Jannicke Stalstrom and Flavia Tartaglini. More at

Across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand, semi-custom board brand Carbon Art have released this promotional film featuring James Dinnis introducing their esteemed speedboards and wave weapons with some sweet action from Maui and Taranaki. More at

Back up in Britain, Starboard UK are offering £400 off a Starboard to the winner of their 2012 brochure competition – just email with your name and address for a free brochure, and tell them who you think their mystery man in the picture is to qualify for the draw. More at

Onto the competition scene now, and the 2011 UK season was notable for a few reasons – not least the record-breaking number of women entering the BWA wave and UKWA freestyle fleets this year. So it\’s good to see FLOW are running some interesting incites from some of those entries in an attempt to get even more girls giving it a go next season. Check it out at

The PWA have named their Youth World Champions in Freestyle, Slalom and Waves: Youp Schmit and Maxime Van Gent were the top-ranked under-18 freestylers, Philip Koster and Alice Arutkin the best under-20 wavesailors, and Enes Yilmazer and Sarah-Quita Offringa the under-22 slalom winners. Much more on

The American Windsurfing Tour have published full listings of the final 2011 AWT Rankings after four events – top three experts were Nathan Mershon, Kevin Pritchard and Graham Ezzy, amateurs Jordan Reid, Ingrid Larouche and Nick Dudet, youths Morgan Noireaux, Bernd Roediger and Jordan Reid, women Ingrid Larouche, Miho Tanaka and Kathryn Fisher, masters Royn Bartholdi, Atilla Tivador and Macrae Wylde. Full listings at

And finally, it\’s a bit late in the year for the national tabloids\’ annual shark story – but for a change last summer we didn\’t see any spurious great white sightings in the West Country, so Wapping are obviously keen to fill their yearly quota. And now The Metro and Mirror are carrying the weakest scaremongering story we\’ve seen in ages. A blue shark was found washed up on Camber Sands, no doubt about that … but quite how its injuries are evidence of a rogue great white cruising the English Channel is still a mystery to us. Jump to your own conclusions at


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