Headline news from a British perspective today is that Nick Dempsey is leading the men\’s RS:X fleet at the big Olympic class meet – Princess Sophia Regatta in Palma. Consistency has been key as he\’s posted 2s and 3s in all four races so far to outstrip Shahar Zubari in second and Dorian van Rijsselberge in third, while young Elliot Carney is in a solid 10th place. Marina Alabau lead\’s the women, with Britain\’s Bryony Shaw back in 18th place and Izzy Hamilton up in 14th. More at boards.co.uk, skandiateamgbr.com and trofeoprincesasofia-mapfre.org
Keeping it NeilPryde, out on Maui their 2012 photoshoot is underway – and this year Jay Haysey from Globalshots is on hand to record the action for our pleasure. Get a glimpse behind the scenes and interact with TeamPryde directly at facebook.com/neilprydewindsurfing. And meanwhile Jay wants some questions from YOU! So, if you have anything to ask any of the riders / heli pilots / photographers etc, post your queries to facebook.com/globalshot.pictures. Brave guys at NeilPryde then, cos the latest we\’ve seen from Jay has been, how can we say, irreverent! Like this quick Q&A with Scott McKercher.
Staying on Maui, the latest Brit blogging from the Valley Isle is young Tom Malin who\’s joined Stef Hilder and Sarah Bibby for some wave action in Hawaii. There\’s a bunch of photos and stuff on his blog of the action so far – another face to look out for in the future, we reckon. More at tommalinwindsurf.blogspot.com
While we\’re on the rock, check out SimmerStyle\’s presentation for their new range of boards – chief tester Kai Katchadourian and shaper Ola Helenius talk us through the shapes. More at simmerstyle.com
For today\’s action, let\’s look to Europe and Mathias Genkel\’s February Trippin\’ – after his flight to Egypt was cancelled, it was Brouwersdam in the Netherlands, an ill-fated attempt at Corsica, and finally a freestyle trip to Gran Canaria. Enjoy!
In the UK, Southampton University played host to the BUCS Windsurfing Championships 2011 at Calshot Activity Centre last weekend. Press man Sam Burnett told us: “The student windsurfing season came to a dramatic climax last weekend at the BUCS Windsurfing Championships 2011. Calshot Activity Centre was once again alive with race enthusiasm courtesy of hosts Southampton University. Featuring team racing, divisional beginners, intermediate and advanced racing, the event boasted 260 eager competitors, 300 party goers and a whole host of demo kit provided by Boardwise, Tabu, Gaastra and RRD. Due to looming examinations and dissertations, the windsurf championships is the final event on the SWA calender. With such a catalyst in mind, as you would expect, all participants went full power. Work hard, play hard, windsurf harder!” More at studentwindsurfing.co.uk
Onto speedsailing now, and with the upcoming ISWC Speed season nearly upon us, membership is now due for competitors. And Pete Davis, ISWC Tour Manager, has announced a 50% discounted early bird discount available until the end of this month at 50 Euros. After that it will be the full 100 Euros to take part in the ISWC Euro Tour and the planned World Championship. To pay by PayPal click on the link at speedworldcup.com
Founder of the Xpression format and leading British freestyle exponent Will Rogers has signed to ride RRD boards for SeaSprite Sports via his shop sponsorship with K-Bay – look out for him on an RRD TwinTip Twinzer in 2011. More at windsurfingwilly.wordpress.com
And finally, thanks to Will for our first response to yesterday\’s plea for \’celebrity windsurfers\’. Following Prince Charles last week, he\’s citing the next most famous (and keenest!) windsurfer we know of: Guy Fletcher of Dire Straits: “My mate used to windsurf with Guy at a lake near Sunderland … rock and roll! He claimed Dire Straits\’ song \’Walk of Life\’ was written about him, only with his name changed to \’Johnny\’. Appears he likes RRDs too ;)” Find more on Guy, including an impossibly high jump shot, at ezzyblog.com – and more celebs to [email protected] please…
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