Well, sorry to say we\'re starting a grey old week in the UK staring down the barrel of another f-f-f-freezing winter according to the Met Office long-range predictions. But let\'s not forget we\'ve had it pretty good so far this autumn – to which end we\'ll start today with a bit of action from just last week. First up, down in deepest Cornwall the 5-Oceans crew were scoring it on both coasts at 5-oceans.blogspot.com. Meanwhile freestylers James Randall and Jamie Drummond had a hot West Wittering session judging by these movies – check out Jamie\'s trick new website with more on his move to K4 Fins at jamiek787.com
If you really can\'t stand these dark nights and drizzly days, our sister site at Boards is carrying a couple of last-minute South American options to consider: there are two places left on Sportif\'s Jem Hall Brazil Combo clinics, departing 25 November to Icaraizinho and Jericoacoara (more here) – while Oceansource\'s clinic with Klaas Voget and Phil Horrocks to newest venue Matanzas in Chile departs a couple of days later on 27 November (more here)...
A few lucky Brits have already made their escape as RS:X campaigners Bryony Shaw, Izzy Hamilton and Claudia Carney are Down Under in Melbourne for the ISAF World Cup Carnival. After two races on day one, they\'re 2nd, 4th and 9th respectively behind Australia\'s Jessica Crisp in the women\'s fleet, while we have no British competition against Dorian Van Rijsselberge in the men\'s. Keep up with the latest at sailmelbourne.com.au – or peek into the pits (or to begin with, at least Melbourne Zoo!) on young Izzy\'s blog at izzyhamiltonwindsurfing.blogspot.com
Much closer to home, Surfer Today are reporting that Hannes Louet-Feisser has taken the Irish Slalom Series 2011 by winning the final stage of the season at Tracht Beach, Kinvara, Co Galway at the end of October. More at surfertoday.com and irishslalom.ie
Back in the UK, defending champion Dave Coles reports on the UKWA 2011 Formula season as Tim Gibson pipped him to the post over 6 events to claim the British title this year. Full story at ukwindsurfing.com
Across the Channel, RRD / Point-7 racer Pascal Toselli first won last month\'s long-distance Fun Fos Régalade then Le Grand Prix de l’Almanarre in the south of France according to insidertrrding.blogspot.com and point-7.com
Keeping it Française, check out this tow-in super-session from last week\'s European Funboard Expression in Six-Fours – from film-maker and EFE tow-in winner Julien Mas alongside Rama, Bosson, Akgazcyian and friends... More at efe2011.blogspot.com
And finally, in case you were wondering why Nick Dempsey isn\'t in Oz alongside the RS:X women it seems he\'s been over in Alicante, Spain, to see racing get underway at the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 instead. But the highlight of his weekend was meeting Laird Hamilton according to facebook.com – the legendary waterman marked the start of the global yachting marathon by diving off Puma\'s Mar Mostro as it left harbour, which was "easy to do" according to lairdhamilton.com!
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