Afraid to say that the big story of the weekend was yet more unhappy news. On Friday, Continent Seven published an interview with Lanzarotean freestyler Antxon Otaegui in which the 27 year-old confirmed that he is retiring from competition. The reasons? A combination of that niggling ankle injury and lack of funding for 2011. Full interview at continentseven.com
Meanwhile some happier news from the UK where Sam Sills celebrated his 18th birthday by sewing up the RS:X 2011 RYA Volvo Youth National Championship after a super-tight battle with second placed Connor Bainbridge all week on Hayling Island. More at volvocarssailing.co.uk – and here\'s Dave White and Peter Hart\'s movie from the Youth Nationals early last week...
Coming up this weekend on Hayling it\'s the Round Hayling Marathon on Friday from the sailing club, immediately followed by round one of both UKWA Slalom and UKWA Freestyle tours at Inn on the Beach. Get involved at ukwindsurfing.com
And so begins the European 2011 competition season – PWA freshman Jamie Drummond (jamiek787.blogspot.com) is leaving his Egyptian training ground ready for the UK freestyle event, while Adam Sims (k669.blogspot.com) is heading home from the slopes at Val Thorens. Then they both face the drive out to Podersdorf for the Austrian PWA Freestyle ... and then it\'s 2200km up to Rhosneigr for round one of the British Wave Association\'s 4-stop tour. Immediately followed by the Ireland wave event – at least the BWA have sorted money off the ferry though, thanks to those lovely people from Stena. More at britishwavesailingassociation.com
Staying in Ireland, last weekend down in County Cork, Bantry Bay was the venue for round one of the 2011 Irish Windsurfing Slalom Series. Unfortunately, despite the \'perfect weather\' and a turn-out of 43 racers, there wasn\'t enough wind for official competition. Full report by Cormac Daly and photos from Dave Mintan at bigsurf.ie
Action? How\'s this? GPE-8 Camille Juban wavesailing at home in Guadeloupe, by Ploofvideo. Magnifique!
And finally, as many of his peers seem to be "migrating to and from Maui pretending it’s hard work" George Shillito is hard at work down in Polkerris, and preparing for his mammoth Sunrise Sunset challenge – support the cause via georgek630.windsurfing.pro and windsurfing4cancerresearch.org. What\'s more Polkerris are welcoming George\'s old \'Airborne\' team-mate Adam Lewis into the fold, Adam\'\'s finally dragged himself away from many happy years at OTC Tenerife to get back into instructing and make a full-on charge for BWA / PWA wavesailing glory. More at adamk516.blogspot.com
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