News Headlines – Wed 27th

Following yesterday\’s event round-up, here\’s a cracker that slipped through the net – the 2011 New Zealand Wavesailing Nationals at Kina Road, Taranaki. After a full double elimination Paul Barron came out on top, followed by Chris La Franchie in second and some bloke called Paul Hunt in third. Thanks to Thomas Davies for this movie of the action from last weekend…


And further to the Hayling Island report there\’s now more on event sponsors from the becalmed Easter BSA weekender. Chris \’Muzza\’ Murray relates his tale of going 2/3rds of the way Round Hayling in tandem with Jamie Gibbs on Friday at While recovering from their cable tow-in session in Hove yesterday and getting ready for the long drive to Austria for PWA Podersdorf, check out the latest blog updates from K-20 Max Rowe at and K-787 Jamie Drummond at

Further down in the lakes in Italy, Point-7\’s Andrea Cucchi has won the first Lake Garda race of the season – the CST Slalom Cup at Circolo Surf Torbole. More at

Coming up on Saturday 30 (not today, despite their recent press releases) the month-long holding period for the Oxbow Ride the Sky presented by Naish finally comes to an end. With $100 per foot for the highest jump and a $2,500 best trick prize, expect fireworks out on Maui. More at

Staying on Maui, we have blog updates from a few Brits – Phil Horrocks has arrived on the Valley Isle for the JP Photoshoot at, while Stef Hilder, Sarah Bibby and Tom Malin\’s dream trip is drawing to a close at and Meanwhile, one for the ladies, The Butterfly Effect have announced their 5th annual all-women get-together on Saturday 7 May for a downwinder from Ho\’okipa to Kanaha. More at

Elsewhere on the blogosphere, UK freestyler Will Rogers reports from a windy Dahab at And characteristically treading his own path in the search for wavesailing perfection, it seems Steve Thorp is putting his winter training to good use up in Iceland. Yep, the country not the chava-licious frozen food retailers. More to come at

And finally, did you ever get the impression the Pritchard brothers were doing all right? Financially, we mean… Cos how\’s this for a “gentlemen\’s bet” – down at Solo Sports in Baja California coaches Matt Pritchard and Kevin McGillivray have wagered $100,000 against two nameless clients sailing away from a backloop before Saturday. Doesn\’t show a lot of faith in your students if you ask us! See how that works out at


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