Welcome to the AM news update on Boardseeker.
Following four frustrating and fruitless days at Reggio Calabria, the world\'s best slalom sailors were finally given the chance to test their skills. Late afternoon yesterday saw the wind suddenly pick up and the fleets hit the water for the PWA Slalom event.
It was the ladies fleet who raced first with Karin Jaggi powering her way into the winner\'s final. Jaggi\'s experience and skill paid dividends in the final as she left Lena Erdil and Alice Arutkin trailing in second and third place respectively. The winner of the first PWA heat of 2012, Laura Linares, finished her first World Cup elimination in an excellent 8th position.
The men\'s fleet saw some surprise early exits, with fourth position seed Cyril Moussilmani failing to advance to the second round and Finian Maynard leaving the competition in the quarter finals. Advancing straight to the winner\'s final was Antoine Albeau who dominated the fleet on his new RRD boards, posting two bullets and a second. Before the wind died, Peter Volwater, Jimmy Diaz and Alberto Menegatti also advanced to the winner\'s final. Everyone is hoping for some more wind on the final day of competition in Italy, you can follow all the action on the Live Ticker by clicking HERE.
From slalom to freestyle now and a cool video clip from Andy \'Bubble\' Chambers. \'Is my Go-Pro On?\' sees Bubble battling with his onboard camera before heading onto the water to throw down some sick power freestyle. Check him out in action below...
Also spending some time training in Egypt is Dutch freestyle lady Arriane Aukes. She has updated her blog with a quick report from the Dahab Festival last week, what she learnt from the competition and plans for a trip to the Blue Lagoon. Click HERE to read more.
The BIC Techno 293 fleet have a promising year ahead of them. With the World Championships in the Netherlands in August, the Europeans in Spain in October and countless other regattas happening worldwide, the 2012 competition calendar is looking very healthy for the racers. The next big event is the European Team Racing Championships in Italy next month. For further details and to check out the rest of the calendar, head to Techno293.org.
May 1st sees the return of the Red Bull Storm Chase. With the aim of sending windsurfers into 3 \'Force 10 plus\' storms, the competition has seen some massive action in previous years. Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page to find out who will be brave enough to take on mother nature!
We\'ll be back with some more video action in the PM update, so be sure to check back later...