It\'s been nearly a fortnight since the magnitude-9 earthquake and devastating tsunami struck Japan, and the horrifying drama continues to unfold all over the global news. But not long before the quake, Thomas Traversa visited the country\'s windsurfing epicentre at Omaezaki, some way south of Tokyo and spared the worst of the destruction. Now Sophia Regerbis has released this movie of the action, with a plea to help Japan – if you\'re in the UK click the British Red Cross appeal, or find donation details on the Japan Pro Windsurfing Association blog.
Today\'s second clip is yet more footage out of South Africa 2011 – this time from British freestyler Ric Cleworth on his virgin trip to Cape Town. His first ever wavesailing trip in fact – and fair play, he seems to have settled in to the new environment quick enough. Here\'s some fresh lake freestyle and pretty healthy wavesailing for a first-timer (just be warned, the soundtrack\'s kinda on the explicit side!) ... nice to see the humility of kicking off with the wipe-outs though. He\'ll go far, keep up with progress at riccleworth.blogspot.com and see more from South Africa at compadre Bubble\'s new site at k540.com
Another top tip for the future, ex-Techno campaigner turned freewave ripper Sam Conroy based down in Kent has booked himself five weeks on Fuerte this summer. So look out for some new moves from this young man at the UKWA freestyle finals in Poole this autumn, and onwards to bright things on the BWA 4 nations tour. Keep up at k-117.co.uk
Yet another successful Team15 graduate (from the very first wave, in fact) BWA vice champion Chris Murray is still blogging from out on Maui where he\'s been scoring full-power Ho\'okipa and taking the beatings (and urchin piercings) as a result. More Muzza at k202windsurfing.blogspot.com. And new into the world of pain, fair play to SWA alumni Sarah Bibby who\'s straight into her first pushie attempt on her first trip to the rock. More at sarahk349.blogspot.com
Of course, 2012 photoshoot season\'s about to kick off in April out there. Which is also the holding period for a tasty looking high-jump event – Oxbow Ride the Sky presented by Naish at Ho-okipa is looking to build on the success of last season\'s Shadowbox GPS events. Competing for $100 per foot, and $2500 for the biggest trick, the entry list is basically a who\'s who of international wavesailing: Polakow, Siver, Lenny, Koster, Naish, Taboulet, Guiloul, Fernandez, Browne, Campello, Swift, Porcella, Juban, Seadi, Ezzy, Albeau, Cook, Teboul, Mussolini, Traversa. More at boards.co.uk and oxboworld.com
Then later this season, we\'ve got a full American Windsurfing Tour to look forward to too. Event one is Waddell Creek for the Santa Cruz Classic (May 5th-8th) – here\'s Josh Angulo bigging up his formative patch and the AWT. Would be cool to see him back out there. More at americanwindsurfingtour.com
And finally, to Egypt – another area that\'s had its share of front page headlines this year, but all is well after the peaceful revolution and it\'s business as usual on the Sinai for windsurfing. We can guarantee you\'ll be seeing plenty more action from out there very soon: the current British buzz is a crack Xpression freestyle crew of Max Rowe, Adam Sims, Steve Thorne and filmmaker Josh Wilmot are out there training and recording for a sick new movie. After a stay at Moonbeach they\'re now back down the coast at El Tur. More on maxrowe.blogspot.com and keep up with their latest by following Blacklab on Facebook.
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