News Headlines – Thu 4th

It seems the AWT Cactus Cup crew may have gone a little bit loco over in Punta San Carlos, Baja, yesterday as a lack of decent swell meant the organisers called a pro-am fancy dress expression session. Russ Faurot and Israeli amateur Yossy won out – but we\’re most impressed with leading lady Tanya Saleh\’s bikini-clad tabletop … which if you know how cold the water is out there, is a brave thing indeed. More at and read Tanya\’s day three report at

Talking of women, a couple of brands are celebrating their wahines\’ winning ways after the PWA Freestyle season. First up Starboard talk to Sarah-Quita Offringa on securing her fourth world title at Meanwhile North\’s Laure Treboux looks to have second place sewn up – and is aiming for higher. Asked whether she can beat SQ, she responded “Yes I’m sure I can” in an interview at

Ready for some action? Well, it seems to be coming thick and fast from NeilPryde right now as they release their 2012 sails – the latest being the Firefly freestyle-wave, as ably demonstrated here by Bubble and the rest of the Pryde freestyle crew (a word of warning to Brits of a sensative disposition though: be ready for the voiceover!) More at

Up into Northern Germany, and Sylt recently hosted the final stop of the German Windsurf Tour – allegedly attracting 120,000 spectators over 5 days!?! We mentioned yesterday that the boy-wonder Philip Koster won the waves, and today we discover that Point-7 racer Vincent Langer took the Formula crown ahead of Bernd Flessner and Sebastian Kordel. Read his report at

Even further north, racing has started in Nivaa, Denmark, at the one-design Kona World Championships. Sweden\’s Joachim Larsson is top of the pile after day one, but it\’s all to play for over the next few days. Here\’s the day one promo clip, with a longer version and results available at

But there\’s no question where the highest profile racing of the week takes place – and that\’s Weymouth where 65 RS:X windsurfers take to the water today for the 2012 Olympic Test Event. On home waters, the event favourite is local legend Nick Dempsey who has great form down in Dorset. Of course, we\’ll also be willing on 2008 Bronze medalist Bryony Shaw. More at and

And finally, our opportunist promo shot of the week award has to go to north-west English custom board house Moo, who found an appreciative herd to pose with one of their distinctive boards. More bovine banter at

Photo Credit: Clark Merritt


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