News Headlines – Tues 17th

First up in the AM update today is a video from the UKWA Freestyle event held this weekend at West Kirby.

The event didn\’t see much wind, so the jet ski was brought out to allow the riders to put on a tow-in show for the crowds. Battling it out in the freezing conditions, the fleet laid down some sick moves and bone-jarring crashes for the camera. In the end it was Max Rowe who took the win with a sick Burner, just beating Adam Sims and Phil Richards who laid down some awesome Air Funnells. Check out the action in the clip below, courtesy of Rob Partridge.

The Dahab Watersports Festival is well under way. Following their own tow-in exhibition to open the event on Saturday night, the freestyle competition kicked off yesterday. With 20 riders registered, the fleet was greeted with solid 4.7 weather all day, allowing a double elimination to be run. Coming out on top on Day One was UK rider Jamie Drummond – managing to beat Russian opponent Vladimir Yakolev in the Double Elmination Final. Competition will resume on Thursday, check Jamie\’s Twitter for updates.

Joining the windsurfing world on Maui for photoshoot season, the Globalshots team have been getting well and truly stuck in to the Water Photgrapher lifestyle. Jay Haysey has shared a very tongue-in-cheek video about his \’profound\’ experiences in Hawaii. Entertaining!

 The Hot Sails Maui blog has shared an awesome photo from the North Shore. Jimmie Hepp captured this shot of Hot Sails team rider Colin and some local wildlife enjoying the conditions on Maui. Amazing! To see more of Jimmie\’s great work, click HERE.

The 2012 ISWC European Speed Tour launched at Belgian Speed Week. After light winds at the start of the week, the fleet were greeted with 22-knot winds which saw David Garrel take the win. Check out the full event write up on the Speed World Cup website.

Blogging away again is young Pozo ripper Alessio Stillrich. With gusty winds to start with, Alessio was soon greeted with 40-knot gusts at his local spot and has more plans to sail once he gets out of school today! Check the North/Fanatic rider\’s blog out HERE.

Dutch sailor Jacques van der Hout has recorder a super-fast GPS speed. Heading to La Franqui in France for the weekend, Jacques posted an awesome 2 second peak of 49.92 knots. As the current leader on the 2012 GPS speed board, see for yourself just how fast he can go…

Kicking off on Thursday is the PWA season opener at Reggio Calabria in Italy. The Slalom fleets will battle it out to try and get ahead at the year\’s first event. Point-7 sails have 9 riders competing, including Andrea Cucchi, Pascal Toselli and new signing, Josh Angulo. To see the full team, head to the P7 website HERE.

That\’s all the news for the AM update, check back later for some sick video action.

Photo Credit: Trevor Hibdige


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