The Windsurf Journal "Windsurfer of the Year" award has been a hotly debated contest and has interestingly seen a number of different names pop up throughout the year. The UK\'s Ross Williams has seen himself at the top a number of times and Brawzinho had a brief spell in the lead with top results in Freestyle AND waves. Peter Volwater held the top slot for a while, but in the end it was the familiar face of Antoine Albeau who took the title. A very worthy winner, with a win in Slalom, 2nd in Speed, and a 20th in waves after finishing 4th in Sylt! Its especially notably when you consider he also won the freestyle world title back in 2001! check out the full report
On the subject of overall windsurfers, Ross Williams has to be one of the most talked about. With top results in slalom and waves this year he showed is a main contender and checking out his video it would seem if we had some more starboard tack biased contests he would move up even higher. Check out his website at www.rosswilliamsgbr83.com.
Even more Ross news.... He is currently leading the Brazil Formula Grand Prix. After 1 day of racing he and Alberto Menegatti are tied on points, but Ross holds the lead on a tie break. Check out the results here.
The weather in Europe is definately moving quickly towards winter. For the ultimate in keeping warm on the water check out the NPX drysuit, the Lucifer. We guess you could hit the slopes in it straight after!
On the subject of wetsuits, the ION MAN contest saw the Fanatic Team take victory ahead of Team Funboard Italia and Team North. Check it out here.
Lastly, after some confusing amongst the UK sailors, the BWA wave tour will include 1 discard. That means as they head include the last event in Cornwall, the title is still up for grabs. Ben Proffitt leads, Skyeboy in second, but with a discard in place Jamie Hancock can easily take the victory. Should be an interesting weekend and the long range forecast is looking really good. For more information check here