So, the rumours were true and the first FreestyleXpression comp of 2011 went down in Essex over the weekend – a band of home-grown freestyle brothers hit Point Clear near Brightlingsea on Saturday and Marconi Sailing Club just up the road from Chelmsford on Sunday for loads of sailing in really windy conditions. The results? 1st Adam Sims, 2nd John Palmer and 3rd Max Rowe. Now exhausted after four full-on days topped-and-tailed with freesailing sessions at Camber, read more from Xpression victor Adam Sims on his blog.
Whilst we\'re on the blogs after the UK enjoyed a warm(ish) windy weekend, Sarah Bibby doesn\'t seem best impressed with Camber on Friday but has a handy guide for cutting down your boom here. A little further east, Sam Conroy\'s has three consecutive days on 3.7 – but still found the energy to literally run home and back from the beach for his wetsuit on Sunday, more here. Up on the Thames estuary another potential star of the future Aleksy Gayda\'s also scored a couple of 3.7 days off Canvey, more here. And down onto the South Coast, Clyde Waite at Windsurf Britain had a "wicked sail" despite the pole-vaulting shame down at Avon.
Next up in the UK it\'s the K3D SWA comp – a 30-strong posse of students will be road tripping to North Wales to battle the cold and each other to claim the title of K3d SWA Wave Champion. Get involved at studentwindsurfing.co.uk
Hopping across the Irish Channel, Oisín van Gelderen is the latest to feature on the jp-australia.com news pages – he\'s had a cracking weekend, setting a new Irish GPS speed record in Dungarvan on Friday (500m 43.96 knots, check it out on gps-speedsurfing.com) and then going on to win the first round of the 2011 Irish Wave Champs over the weekend. Renaissance man that he is...
Keeping it Celtic, the Cornish crew from 5Oceans have been scoring it too, albeit in contrasting temperatures as Andrew Fawcett and Matthew Burridge have been away to Cape Verde for a spot of R&D meets R&R. Then it was back to the grey West Country with Ian Black at the Bluff and Steve King at Marazion. As ever, some beautiful shots at 5-oceans.blogspot.com
On that Cape Verdean note, now\'s our chance to weave in today\'s movie – the latest trailer from Minds Wide Open (Andre Paskowski\'s next film project, formerly known as \'Second Life\') reminds us what a skunking on Sal looks like. Follow the production on their Facebook page...
And finally, talking of skunkings spare a thought for road-tripper extrodinaire Steve Thorp who trekked way up to northernmost Scotland for "three nearlies in a row" last weekend, and limped back from Thurso with shattered dreams, a wounded kneecap and snapped surfboard. More of his sorry tale of woe on stevethorp.co.uk
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