The world of windsurfing is abuzz with talk of this weekend\’s PWA Cabo Verde – get into it at pwaworldtour.com who will again be streaming the action live, or the dedicated event website at caboverdeworldcup.com. And for a taste of what\’s to come, check out this World Cup Preview movie.
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Registration opens this Sunday 14th, and the first onto the island of Sal includes the top four ranked sailors – Victor Fernandez, Ricardo Campello, Philip Koster and Kauli Seadi – who are arriving a few days early for filming on Andre Paskowski\’s new project, \’Second Life, the movie\’. Read about their preparations for and expectations of the event all over t\’internet: like Kauli, Philip, Ricardo and Victor. For all the latest as it unfolds, follow their progress as a fan on Facebook.
Of the Brits, Twitter tells us Robby Swift finally arrived yesterday, John Skye\’s on his way ready to hit the water tomorrow, and Phil Horrocks is rightly stoked to have scored himself a surprise wildcard entry to join countrymen Ben Proffitt, Jamie Hancock and Ross Williams. Very probably Britain\’s strongest showing yet at Cape Verde – good luck guys. Meanwhile possibly the most important Brit there, Tour Manager Rich Page has been interviewed on Windsurf Journal – see the translation here.
Staying at home, Adam Sims is mobilising the nation\’s freestylers for an Xpression Session this weekend in Weymouth. His email reads “in fear of jinxing it to nothing we are calling the preliminary Xpression Session for this coming weekend at Weymouth Harbour, with a possible night session if the forecast allows”. Fingers crossed then – see www.freestylexpression.co.uk for more on the concept, and check Boardseeker next week to see what goes down in Dorset. If you fancy trying a bit of friendly competition with some of the UK\’s fanatical freestylers then get in touch with [email protected]
On the world stage, Spain\’s RS:X Women\’s World Champion Blanca Manchón has been named ISAF Rolex Sailor of the Year 2010 at an Awards ceremony in Athens. Unfortunately headline nominee Antoine Albeau missed out on the men\’s title to Laser sailor Tom Slingsby. More at www.waterhound.com and www.blancamanchon.com
Down Under, Surfer Today are calling Clayton Dougan the man of the moment in Kiwi windsurfing, having won the last round of the 2010 Wellington Freewave Series with a mix of old school freestyle, solid waveriding and jumps including a landed gu-screw in crazy 40-knot winds.
Over to Florida in the USA and thanks to Brian at the newly relocated Beach Telegraph for this one – who in turn thanks Clyde from \’Da News\’ for this report by Bruce Thomas and a clip of the 2010 Florida Wave Challenge last weekend, won by John Campbell. Even more at www.floridawavechallenge.com!
And finally, no it\’s not windsurfing but it is pretty impressive: BBC Northern Ireland Sport have published quite a clip of esteemed tow-surfer Alistair Mennie \’somewhere off the west coast of Ireland\’ headlined Portrush man rides giant Irish wave. And in the interview he\’s now publicly calling west coast Ireland “the big wave capital of the world” – check it out.
Photo Credit: PWA / John Carter