No prizes for noticing it was a windy old day in the British Isles yesterday, so it\'s been \'survival\' action time. Check out a few pix from West Wittering courtesy of 2XS, Martyn Ogier at pace in Guernsey, and out in Ireland Oisin van Gelderen and Mikey Clancy have been full power on 3m at Dollymount. The first video we\'ve seen from yesterday is this: Dan Gardner in 60 knots at the \'sheltered\' west coast spot of Silverstrand on a 3m sail and 80L Moo custom.
Down in France, it looks like the European Funboard Expression event at Six-Fours has been going off – best we can gather, France\'s Adrian Bosson and Italy\'s Fabrizi Mattia have emerged on top of the freestyle. More at europeanfunboardexpression.com if your French is up to it?!? Today it\'s waves at La Coudoulière, but here\'s the freestyle highlights...
This weekend\'s proposed UK freestyle Xpression Session in Weymouth, as called by Adam Sims earlier this week, has regretfully had to be called off as the best of the wind blows through overnight tonight. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to get a heads up for the next Xpression, potentially next weekend...
It\'s still looking all good way out west though, and the BWA have called the Welsh Amateur Championships for Broadhaven, Newgale or Pendine this weekend in Pembrokeshire – more at ukwindsurfing.com, boards.co.uk and puravidaboardriders.co.uk. Plus there are some competition memories and tips gleaned from BWA Gwithian on SJ and Mike Archer\'s blogs.
Meanwhile out in Brazil according to Facebook Max Rowe is already on his fourth nose repair enjoying full-power freestyle at Icaraizinho, and Canadian Soltysiak\'s only just arrived but has already snapped his board. Over in Ibiraquera, the lovely Sarah Bibby and co are still scoring it well at the Kauli Seadi centre.
Looks like interesting times ahead for the RS:X Olympic Windsurfing class – on the bright side there\'s $50,000 of prize-money up for grabs at the 2012 RS:X World Champs in Cadiz. But that news has been tempered by rumours from ISAF that it could be either windsurfing or kitesurfing at the 2016 Rio Games, according to Surfer Today.
And finally, staying in the world of puppetry Worthing kiter Lewis Crathern has gone and jumped another South Coast pier – this time Brighton\'s Palace Pier. See the full lunatic sequence at Kiteworld.