News Headlines – Wed 4th

Good morning all and welcome back for more from PWA Pozo and some bonus news from further afield. On top of that we have a little extra for you today in terms of a short interview with Eva Oude Ophius who is currently competing amongst the girls out in Gran Canaria. She very nearly stuck what is being dubbed as a new move yesterday, intentionaly or by accident we will let her explain more. Check below for the full interview.

Day 2 PWA highlights for you now.

More reviews coming in and our sister site has this nice round up – click here and remember to head over to follow the action live on our mpora platform. The Morenotwins on vimeo have released this sweet edit from day 1 and we are expecting to bring you day 2 this afternoon.

In other news:

The Red Bull Storm Chase voting opened a couple days ago. Head over to and pick your top 10 sailors to make the final. Not that we are biased but there is plenty of UK talent in there, as well as a couple of our Irish friends, here\’s the list; Ben Proffitt, Chris \’Muzza\’ Murray, Jamie Hancock, Adam Lewis, Robby Swift, John Skye, Phil Horrocks, Mikey Clancy, Timo Mullen and Dan Gardner. That\’s a nice round ten riders… Ok there are a few others we would like to see, Philip Koester, Marcilio browne, Ricardo Campello, the list goes on, it really does, so make sure you head over and cast your vote as it is pretty hard picking from the top 50 most radical sailors.


Talking of Chris \’Muzza\’ Murray it looks like that boy is snapping up the headlines lightly. He\’s certainly getting about and you can have your chance to catch up with this top UK wave talent by heading down to Andy Biggs in just over a week. At the sime time windsurfing guru Peter Hart will be on hand to discuss technique, tales from the seas and more. Check out the full event poster on the left.

Want some immediate tips on how to carve gybe? Then head over to Jem Hall\’s technique feature here.

For the racers amongst us here is a nice video from the french race \’Raid La Tranche 2012\’. The 29th edition of the event saw over 200 competitors enter and perfect winds and sun meant the organisers scored a cracker. Check out the video below and whoever said learning french couldn\’t be fun…

Our last news specific post today comes from the OTC in Weymouth and Pura Vida Boardriders. The two have teamed together to bring the ultimate windsurfing weekend. With some reasonable winds forecast it looks like it could be a great weekend for slalom and freestyle. Pura Vida will have all the toys on display including the first official launch of Patrik boards. Check out the facebook event for more and here\’s what they had to say:

“Patrik boards will also be launching their new production range to be showcased in the UK, now available to test at Puravida South Wales during July and August!

Saturday 7th – 10am onwards, All day free demo\’s to try any of our kit whatsoever! You can book taster sessions and tuition for only £10 on the day so why not bring a friend and get them to try windsurfing?? We plan to run some fun slalom racing and finish up with a BBQ and a few beers…..SALE all day

Sunday 8th – 10am onwards, The 1948 Olympic Torch will land at our venue and the Olympic BOOTSALE begins! Bring your old kit to sell on and make us offers on any of ours all day!

There is plenty of parking near by at the council car park on your way across to Portland, and campsites/caravan parks near by in and around weymouth.

It looks like we have a great forecast for some sailing and kit testing in the bay on both days, so please help us to spread the word and hope to see you there!!

From all the team at OTC & Puravida Boardriders”

Interview with Eva Oude Ophius

Boardseeker caught five minutes with Eva Oude Ophius, who almost invented a new move on the water yesterday….

BS: What equipment were you using?

Eva: A 3.7 North Volt. I always used to use the Ice, but this is even lighter and more stable, I love it (more info on this new sail – 20th July)! 69 Fanatic Quad team edition, I use as a quad here, but I’ve used as a twin in South Africa too.

BS: Who were you against in your heats and how did they go?

Eva: Martin Alfonso in the first heat, and then I had Iballa in the next one! I prefer conditions with a little bit more waves, it was really hard to find a proper ramp. There really wasn’t many around. I had a few good forwards, my wave rides were ok, but I would have liked more! I went for a stalled forward, but it went a little wrong, the wave had broken a little already and then I got back winded! (Editor – this was the move that people went crazy for on Mpora Live, think it turned out to be a perverso?!?)

BS: How do you adapt to sailing in Pozo and where do you usually sail? 

Eva: I usually sail in Holland, it’s more side shore, messy waves but a lot easier to sail. I came here few weeks early to prepare for the contest. I have to really change my wave riding here because you have to open your sail a lot because it’s so onshore, but then once you can wave sail here, any where else is so much easier!

That\’s about it from us this morning, what a killer update! Until this afternoon then…


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