What a year it\'s been for PWA competition – and day one at the first wave event of the season has gone off, true to form, as PWA Pozo fired 40+ knot winds and big swell at the best wavesailors in the world. 21 heats ran yesterday, meaning this afternoon we\'re left with Marcilio Browne, Dany Bruch, Ross Williams, Kauli Seadi, Alex Mussolini, Klaas Voget, Kenneth Danielsen and Voctor Fernandez in the 3rd round, with Dario Ojeda, Ricardo Campello, Robby Swift and Philip Koster already into the quarter-finals of the first single. Read the full day one report at pwaworldtour.com
Our home nations athletes had mixed results – newlywed Skyeboy went down to Alonso in his first heat, Mikey Clancy pulled the first double of the event in his PWA comeback heat but it still wasn\'t enough to overhaul Boujmaa Guilloul, Phil Horrocks beat Romero and Ben Proffitt took down Jules Denel but they both went down to a firing Ricardo Campello, Jamie Hancock lost out to his teammate Traversa ... but as we say, Ross Williams and Robby Swift\'s hopes are still very much alive. See how they get on via the live ticker at pwaworldtour.com
Also kicking off yesterday, the 2011 Formula Windsurfing World Championships hit the waters off San Juan in Puerto Rico. After three races it sounds like Antoine Albeau, Arnon Dagan and Jesper Vesterstrom could be the ones to watch judging by Sean O\'Brien\'s updates on aus120.com – we\'re hoping to see results starting to appear on puertoricoformulawindsurfing.com very soon...
Out in Maui it\'s been all-out flat-stick too just lately, and we\'re stoked to hear that British expat Dan Ellis K-52 won the 2011 Maui Race Series Maui Fin Company Open at Kanaha last weekend – full results at mauiraceseries.com, and here\'s the race footage courtesy of mauiwindsurfing.net
Onto domestic racing and this weekend sees the UKWA Cup 4 head north to Bridlington where East Riding of Yorkshire Council will welcome the raceboard fleets to Alexadra Promenade, 9-10 July. More at ukwindsurfing.com
A spot of brand news now, and Ezzy have launched their lightest and most advanced design ever onto the market in the shape of the new Ezzy Wave Panther Limited – see the Seasprite release at boards.co.uk, more at ezzy.com – and here, thanks to Ezzy\'s newest signing Kevin Pritchard, is the product presentation movie...
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And finally, maybe the ultimate question – should windsurfing be sexy? Well, over on Maui Shawna Cropas has some pretty firm views on the subject, and there\'s a bit of a storm unleashing over American Windsurfing Magazine\'s use of a \'challenging\' shot of Hookipa\'s most hardcore chicks way out of context. See the fallout at danewsblog.blogspot.com and shawnacropas.com
Photo Credit: PWA / John Carter