News Headlines – Thurs 5th

Thursday\’s AM update starts with a bit of freestyle from British ripper Phil Richards. Part of the coaching duo, Phil has been out in Egypt over the winter and has put together a sick little video clip. Check out Phil throwing down the power moves as he prepares for the 2012 PWA freestyle season. Big action!

To celebrate the start of the 2012 American Windsurfing Tour, the Goya store in Haiku is throwing a party. With the chance to win a Goya sail in the raffle as well as a BBQ and music, it\’s the perfect way to kick off the AWT in style. If you are on Maui be sure to swing by this Saturday from 7pm. Goya are also the sponsors of the first event on the tour, the Santa Cruz Windsurfing Festival, which will be held from the 7th of May. Follow the latest from the AWT by clicking HERE.

Ahead of the first PWA freestyle event in Austria at the end of the month, Podersdorf local Max Matissek is stoked to announce a new sponsor. With support from Tonis Martinskeller, Max will now be completing the full 2012 World Tour. Watch out for Matissek and keep up to date with him on his website HERE.

The Red Bull Storm Chase is renowned for pitting the best sailors in the world against some of the most extreme conditions in the world. Well, according to the website, the Storm Chase is scheduled to kick off again in May. As Robby Naish puts it, “Windsurfing in storm surf separates the men from the boys.” Keep an eye on as further details are announced.

A sneak peek of some 2013 gear now. Over on there are a couple of shots of Neil Pryde\’s latest freestyle sail. With the addition of World Champion Steven van Broeckhoven to the team, you can be sure the new Wizard is designed to perform all of the latest freestyle moves. Read more at and check out Bryan Metcalf-Perez putting the sail through it\’s paces on Maui below.

German freestyle wave sailor and super-blogger Mathias Genkel has enjoyed some windy days at home. Managing to squeeze in wave and freestyle sessions in one day, check out some great photos on his blog HERE.

Globalshots are pleased to announce the addition of a new reporter to their growing team. Zach Copland is the latest talented photographer to join the extreme sports media collective. You can read more about him HERE and if you missed the third part of the Maui gallery, head HERE for some sick action and a sneak preview of some 2013 gear.

Kai Lenny is one of the most successful windsurfers and watermen on the planet. In conjuction with his sponsor Red Bull, a new web series entitled \’Positively Kai\’ will share a new episode every other Wednesday as the young Hawaiian windsurfs, surfs, SUPs and give us an insight into Kai\’s life. The first episode was posted online yesterday and shows Kai windsurfing and surfing (yes, paddling into) JAWS. Epic action…

That\’s all for the AM update, check back later for more hot video action in the PM update.

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