News Headlines – Tues 1st

The penultimate day at the Podersdorf Surf World Cup was one of mixed action. With the wind conditions constantly rising and dropping, the PWA managed to complete four frustrating heats in the double elimination before calling it a day. Big names advancing to the second round include Andy \’Bubble\’ Chambers, Yegor Popretinskiy, Loick Spicher and local boy Max Mattisek. Here is the action from Day Three.

Today\’s forecast is for light winds, but things can change in an instant in Austria, so keep an eye on the Live Ticker on the PWA website. You can also check out the full report from Day Four there.

Steven van Broeckhoven took the victory in the EFPT European Tow-In Championships final last night. The World Champion joined current PWA leader Gollito Estredo in launching some spectacular, never-seen-before combo moves including a Triple Air Funnell and Air Funnell into Burner…that\’s a lot of spinning!

That\’s enough confusing freestyle combinations now as we head over to Maui for some classic down-the-line action. UK sailor Chris Freeman is part of the Hot Sails Maui HQ team and has been getting in some practise ahead of the first AWT event of the year. Check out some cool onboard action from Chris and get a sneak peek at a new Hot prototype sail…

Chris is joining the American Windsurfing Tour at Waddell Creek in Santa Cruz. The Goya Windsurfing Festival is the first stop on the 2012 AWT and promises to deliver some big action as it did last year. The AWT are also happy to announce some coaching clinics from none other than Graham Ezzy. Looking at everything from kit setup to tacking and competition tactics, Graham will be sharing his knowledge from noon tomorrow for anyone attending. More details HERE.

Hayling Island plays host to the National Windsurfing Festival once again this year. From 7th-9th September, the UK\’s biggest windsurf event will see racing and freestyle competition, demo gear from top brands, great evening parties and much more on offer. One of the main parts of the event are the fantastic free clinics on offer from top coaches such as Peter Hart, Jem Hall, Jim Collis and Ant Baker. The NWF take a look at the benefits of getting some coaching and what can be expected in September, click here.

Slovenian freestyler and F2 rider Andraz Zan is in the middle of his Dahab Coaching Camp. It looks the guys are having a great time, you can see the full album on Facebook HERE and check out the rest of Andraz\’s camps HERE. Dates for this summer include Lesvos in Greece and a return to Dahab in August.

Brit ripper and RRD rider John Skye posts a short blog on returning home to Gran Canaria following the Maui photoshoot season. It sounds like Canarian local Philip Koster is on fire! More here.

Registration for the Red Bull Storm Chase opens day. With a 2 month open registration period, the riders will be shortlisted to 50 and then a final 10 competitors. From August, these 10 riders will wait for 3 massive storms to strike, chase them down and challenge the extreme conditions! The website is fully up and running now, so check it out HERE and scope the preview video…

RS:X World Champion Julien Bontemps has secured another victory at Hyeres in France. Bontemps dealt with some very windy conditions on his home turf following an extremely windy event at the World Championships in Cadiz. “I was tired after the windy conditions in Cadiz. So it was tough to start again with a windy event! Especially with the Polish who are fast in the breeze, I needed to give my best!” said the victorious Bontemps.

The LiveChat with Andre Paskowski was a great success last night on our sister site Boards. Click here to check out all the questions and answers from the German superstar.

More video action in the PM update later today…

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