Not to break a trend then lets have a quick look around the UK social media before going further afield. First off has to be one of the Britains most dedicated wind-chasers, Steve Thorp (stevethorp.com), clocking an impressive 47.9knots on the display after getting up at 4am and hitting the water before most students had even got back home from their Wet Dream III night out at SWA Bristol. Also pictured by Thorpy, and succumbing to a bit of West Kirby dream flat water this weekend, freestylers; self-confessed weekend-warrior Will Rogers, \’Steve-O\’ Hackey and local kid Ike Bradley Baker were impressing.
Meanwhile \’down-saf\’ and keeping-it-real, Andy \’Bubble\’ Chambers (@bubblek540 on Twitter) scored an epic wave session at Camber Sands on Saturday and a freestyle session at Whitstable on Sunday. Shooting over to Ireland and it looks like Mikey Clancy (mikeyclancy.com) scored before any of us and is planning on hitting up Dollymount today (@mikeyclancy on twitter). With even bigger fronts hitting UK shores in the next week, now is probably a good time to pull out those handkercheifs, small boards and stock up on masts.
If you take a pasting or two over the next week then there is good news as windsurfing guru Simon \’Windwise\’ Bornhoft has just released his \’2012 Winds Of The World Tour\’ clinic dates. Check www.windwise.net for more
On the movie side of things, it looks like we have ourselves a new windsurfing rap artist. Introducing Swedens, Markus Rydberg S-313 (markusrydberg.blogg.se).
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Out in Jericoacoara, Jose \’Gollito\’ Estredo has had yet another stroke of bad luck, just about capping off his 2011 year. The 4 x PWA Freestyle World Champion has broken his wrist during a photo-shoot in 12cm deep water, taking him out of action for 2 months. Rumour has it though that he is claiming to have landed 6 new moves in almost as many days. More on this at facebook.com and we wish him a quick recovery for the 2012 competition season.
From one PWA World Champion to another and it looks like this years finest freestyle talent is no longer a Maui virgin as he recently popped over to the windsurfing mecca for photo-shooting and training duty. The 2011 PWA Freestyle World Champion, Steven Van Broeckhoven (steven-b72.blogspot.com) promises more news soon but in the meantime he has recently signed to the brand \’Different\’, a very different concept on the approach to eyewear. Go check them out at www.different-eye.com and see Steven\’s very own pro-model for yourself.
Whilst with a rider from the Nederlands we thought we would quickly point out this initiative to get windsurfing on National TV (facebook.com) in that very country. Spare a moment and \’Like\’ their facebook page to help their cause and on that same page they are also holding a poll for their nations Rider of the Year.
Finally, it looks like the UK wasn\’t the only place firing at the weekend. PWA Wave World Champion, Phillip Koster took 1st place at the Jever Supremesurf Bigdays on forecast wave event in the Baltic Sea (supremesurfbigdays.de for full results). 50knot winds, 5 degrees air temperature and no gloves, boots or hats seemed to be the recipe to success. We are particularly impressed as he flew completely last-minute from Gran Canaria to be there. German styler Mathias Genkel also entered and reports from his blog about nuking over-powered 3.7 conditions (matswindsurfingblog). Check out the event preview video below.
Photo Credit: Steve Thorp