As we gear up for this weekend\'s Pura Vida Cornwall Wave Classic – with a big, long-period swell and some breeze forecast too, according to bigsalty.co.uk – we have to kick off today with a few of the potential stars of the show warming-up last week. Thanks to Jim at Pura Vida for this session movie with Timo Mullen, John Skye and amateur star Lewis Merrony at a \'secret spot\' last Tuesday "somewhere between BWA Tiree and Cornwall"! More in the run-up to Gwithian at cornwallwaveclassic.co.uk
You can keep up with the latest from many of the main players via Twitter nowadays – Timo\'s scored port tack K-Bay @TimoIR69, Animal teammate Skyeboy seems to be enjoying his time back in the UK at @Johnskye, tour leader Ben Proffitt\'s not got such upbeat news @benproffitt, while Bubble\'s in late-night training at Par with George Shillito @bubblek540. Meanwhile on more \'traditional\' web-based media, James Cox and Jamie Hancock have been snapped at port tack Southbourne by windsurfbritain.blogspot.com
Meanwhile out on Maui we\'ve got a pair of Brits in training for this week\'s AWT Maui Makani Classic – as we\'ve mentioned before, Steve Thorp is returning to wave competition straight back at the deep end, and he\'s now reporting direct from Ho\'okipa at stevethorp.co.uk. But as we neglected to say, Hot Sails Maui sales manager and Essex export Chris Freeman is also set to perform at his adopted home break – follow his progress on facebook.com. More at americanwindsurfingtour.com
But back to Europe, and those irrepressible Techno kids are at it again for their European Championships – this time alongside the Youth RS:X Worlds and European Masters Raceboards in Cagliari, Sardinia. Our Brits are really well placed so far with Emma Labourne in the lead of the T293 Girls Under-17s, Emma Wilson on three bullets at the head of the under-15 girls\' table, her brother Daniel Wilson 5th T293 U15, and Max Bushell 8th in the T293 U17 Boys. What\'s more Sam Sills is in a strong third place in the Youth RS:X Worlds, Joe Bennett leads the under-17s, Noelle Finch is leading under-17 girls RS:X, while Paul Leone is 4th Master Raceboard. Could be quite some haul! Find full results and keep up with the latest at windsurfing-cagliari2011.eu – and here\'s day two\'s action from the Techno racecourse...
U17 Techno World Champion Saskia Sills is notably absent from those sheets – but back in Launceston the 15 year-old has been recognised with a £1,500 OCS Young Sports Person Award. She\'s now up against nine other regional winners across various Olympic sports for a shot at the national Young Star award at the end of November, which could mean another £8,500 of support according to ukwindsurfing.com
Staying with the youngsters, following the PWA event in Denmark one of the highest profile of kids\' training camps hit Scandinavia as 70 little\'uns and their parents gathered for the JP Klitmøller Young Gun Classic 2011. More at neilpryde.com – and here\'s the movie...
And finally, let\'s round things off with some lovely ladies! Back out on Maui, Tatiana Howard\'s canvassing votes for the AWT People\'s Choice Award Super Session at tatianahoward.com, Goya Sails have announced the addition of Japanese ripper Junko Nagoshi to their team at goyawindsurfing.com ... while staying at home on Gran Canaria, leading PWA wavesailor Nayra Alonso seems to have resorted to baking cheesecakes as the wind\'s abandoned her at nayraalonso.blogspot.com. Looks delicious though!
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Photo Credit: Roger Turner