We ran firm rumour of it at the beginning of the week, but can now confirm that Rob Jones won the final Irish wave event of the year at Hell\'s Gate, Brandon Bay, last weekend to secure the 2011 Irish Wave title. Second overall went to Oisin Van Gelderen, and third to the Kerry runner-up, Mikey Clancy. Problem being, a tabulation error initially saw Clancy uncorking the champagne, before the half-empty bottle was justly passed to Rob 15 minutes later! Share Mikey\'s memories of the weekend at mikeyclancy.com, check out a killer pic gallery at timsmithvisuals.com, and see the final 2011 IWA Wave Rankings at windsurfing.ie
This side of the Irish Sea there\'s been no such controversy ... although there have been more cracking conditions down in Cornwall by the looks of the Matthew Burridge\'s latest pix on 5-oceans.blogspot.com ... and over on the South Coast the next generation of superstars have been in training at the West Wittering Rippers Camp under the tutelage of Sam Ross, Rossco Moore, Jamie Drummond, Adam Sims and more according to blog.2xs.co.uk ... in fact, here\'s some footage courtesy of Holly Bassett.
Let\'s get a tiny bit more exotic with our next movie as Alex Seyss and Dieter van der Eyken visit the mythical Blue Lagoon near Dahab in Egypt for a style-fest in the flat-water Bedouin oasis.
Staying with freestyle, Hot Sails Maui have released a sneak peek at Paul Zeper\'s latest ride – their prototype FreeSTYLE Pro 4.8. "Aimed at advanced freestyle riders in collaboration with our PWA freestyle team" according to blog.hotsailsmaui.com. Truth is H-115s yet to get it wet though, according to paulh115.blogspot.com
Down to Latin America now, where racing started yesterday at Wind Brasil – the 2011 South American Formula Championship in Fortaleza. Local hero Gabriel Browne took three bullets from three races to ace the overall lead, from Paulo Dos Reis in second with three seconds! More at formulawindsurfing.org
On his way to Brazil next week, Jem Hall has put out a familiar call to action on his clinics in 2012 – although in Olympic year he\'s probably breaking some kind of copyright through the use of "Higher, faster, stronger"! If the Games\' lawyers don\'t get to him first, why not up your game with our Jem next year in Marsa Alam or Rhodes? More at boards.co.uk
And finally, following the recent spate of F2 sponsorship stories, here\'s something a bit different. Literally. Because F2\'s freestyle figurehead – and, of course, World Champ – Steven Van Broeckhoven has developed a signature range of shades with Tine Slabe\'s sunglass brand Different. More from SVB at stevenvanbroeckhoven.com, and buy yourself a look at life through his eyewear at different-eye.com
Photo Credit: Tim Smith