Good morning all, our usual service is still being worked on so we will continue to bring brief summaries on news that doesn\\\'t involve videos. We apologies for this and hope to be back on track by the start of next week.
So firstly we already reported about the passing of Jim Drake. Extremely sad news but Surfer Today have released this nice reflection on a career that inspired and grew as Drake made his way through life. Here are just a couple of quotes they dug up that give us a little something to reflect on.
"I have an optimistic view about the sport (...) The one that\\\'s brought on by the media is the picture of the sport as being this athletic circus trick of jumping waves and whirling around this great wide ocean", Drake once told.
"Well, that\\\'s simply not what the sport is. Just not at all. It has much more broad application and pleasures to it. Because people who are athletically inclined but not as superbly coordinated as Robby [Naish] can enjoy the sport in many regards without having to ever get airborne".
Read more - http://www.surfertoday.com/windsurfing/7543-jim-drake-co-inventor-of-the-windsurfer-dies-at-83
With the AWT in town America has been a hot topic in the news this week. JP have posted this nice little update by first placed youth Morgan Noireaux who has also made an impact in the pro mens fleet, finishing thrid overall. (http://www.jp-australia.com/2012/NEWS.1712.0.html?&no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=303&cHash=6e411a99223c667195c93a4c0c5ee8a5). The youngster talks of incredible conditions and plans to be at Baja to do even better!
Whilst on the AWT, they have posted this nice interview from Marcilio Browne. Here is a quote from it to give you a little insight into the dedication and commitment of this World Class windsurfer.
\\\'I started to compete professionally in 2005, won my first event in 2006 it was a indoor jump in belgium , in 2007 I was freestyle world champion\\\'. More - http://americanwindsurfingtour.com/2012/06/rider-of-the-week-17/
Over to Margarita and the legendary Wild Winds event has come to a close. Winning the Slalom was Wilhelm Schurmann who took the title by just 1.25 points from Diony. Starboard are super pleased with the outcome and have posted this really nice report on http://www.star-board.com/2012/news_events. Meanwhile AHD have posted this report from Diony, who also took the long distance title - http://www.ahd-boards.com/2012/news/diony-wins-margarita-wild-winds/2147
If you missed it in yesterday\\\'s news?! It\\\'s about to go off in the UK. Keep track of the frontal action that is about to hit our shores over on www.bigsalty.co.uk and if you feel up for an event then check out boards.co.uk for the planned Aberdovey Demo Day from Boardwise. With the BSA Slalom and the wind in town it is bound to be an all time weekend for the racers amongst us. Further afield and our facebook cruising has lead us to discover the likes of UK pros, Adam SIms and Bubble hitting up West Witterings over the next few days, whilst Max Rowe sneaks in a last couple of sessions at his homespot Point Clear before heading out to Vass. Talking of Bubble there are some last minute places left on his freestyle week that kicks off on Sunday... in Vass. So if you are the really really last minute kind of person then call 0844 463 0191 to find out more.
Finally lets wrap up with our wave heads. Cornwall and the whole West Coast will deliver in the next few days so send us your snaps and will hopefully be back on track to post some after the weekend. Many of our pros are currently in Pozo, including none other than Ben Proffitt who brings us his next Pozo Diaries episode. We will catch you this afternoon and leave you with this nice little clip, which includes a promised Stalled Forward tutorial from the man himself - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie60kA-4NNg&feature=youtu.be