News Headlines – Fri 21st

Today it seems the world\’s web is mainly reflecting the sport\’s current trend towards going as fast as possible, so who are we to fly in the face of that particular fashion? Let\’s kick off with Fanatic\’s presentation of their 2011 Hawk range of fast freerides – more at

And while we\’re at it, check out Starboard\’s head shaper Tiesda talking us through the concepts behind their well-respected iSonic slalom range. More on them at

RRD have just launched the latest incarnation of their \’pro slalom\’ X-Fire in the shape of the Ltd V3 which promises a few ultra light weight improvements over the race-winning V2. Full product release here.

So, if that\’s got you in the mood for a bit of fanging freeride fun this summer the question is where to go? Well, you could do a lot worse than Vassiliki – where Ocean Elements have just launched their first beach club (alongside an established range of Alpine Elements winter locations) on the pretty Greek island of Lekfada. Prices start at just £379pp including hotel, flights from Gatwick, instruction and all activities – more here or at

Over on Tenerife, Point-7 have been steadily developing their latest range of AC-1 cambered race sails in the El Médano breeze of recent weeks – check out Andrea\’s \’spy shots\’ of the sleek black beauties at

Point-7\’s international formula and slalom racer Sean O\’Brien has been named \’girlie site\’\’s latest \’Hunk of the Month\’ – don\’t let it go to your head, Sean…

Starboard, NeilPryde and North are all pretty chuffed with their formula race results at the Alex Caviglia Bluewater Classic 2011 in Miami, where after six races over three light-wind days Paulao dos Reis took the win from Willhelm Shurmann and Fernando Martinez. Full results here.

And finally, winner of the RS:X racing in Miami, British Olympic class leading lady Bryony Shaw has been named one of the \’Bright Lights of 2011\’ by Hello! Magazine (if you\’ll excuse the random punctuation). Check out the spreads, as shot in a London observatory (star-spotting, y\’see…) on Bryony\’s Facebook page.


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