The Fuerte Wave Classic is due to start tomorrow after today\'s opening ceremony, so let\'s keep the anticipation rising. The organisers talk to comeback kid Mikey Clancy on boards.co.uk, and meanwhile check out the standard of the local talent up on Fuerteventura\'s North Shore: Shredonism Fuerte courtesy of local film-maker Thijs Vancayseele...
Tabou have welcomed Tonky Frans to their international team and he\'s currently starring on their home page. Meanwhile at home in Bonaire he\'s training with his new team-mates, Davy Scheffers and Anthony Ruenes. And even going to the trouble of constructing a wooden jump-ramp at Jibe City – more on Davy\'s blog.
Meanwhile out on Maui rumours of a new board brand from Simmer have been confirmed at simmerstyle.com – watch this interview with designer Ola Helenius courtesy of mauisurfreport.blogspot.com, and take a look at the board range in the newly released issue of Windsurfer International
Back in Europe, Point-7 owner and top Italian racer Andea Cucchi has left Starboard to sign with Patrik Diethlem boards. Read a full interview on continentseven.com
Andrea\'s teammate on the distinctive black rigs, Sean O\'Brien finished first Australian in the 2011 Downunder Pro, securing himself the 2011 Australian Formula Championship. But first overall was BRA‐999 Wilhelm Schurmann who discarded his one third place to post straight bullets after the eight-race event. Full results here, pictures here, and here\'s the highlights movie from day 4...
Across the Tasman Sea into New Zealand Tom Ashley and Kate Ellingham have taken the spoils in the RS:X fleet at the Olympic Class Sail Auckland 2011 regatta. More here.
And finally, just in case you though the life of an up-and-coming photographer was all beer and skittles, check out Jay Haysey\'s first Maui watershoot in Globalshots at Ho\'okipa. After a close encounter with Josh Angulo, Jay observes that: "Apparently Ho\'okipa translates into \'hospitality\', which is odd..."
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