There's a lot to digest in 120 + entries from DaNews. This week's blog highlights some of the reporting from the first 2 weeks of October.
wrote, "So how do these speeds affect us? Well they vindicate our decision to park the old boat and build a new one. I'm pretty sure that the speeds are also out of practical reach of all the other boats we have seen to date. Part of the reason I say this is because I think that the kites still have a few knots up their belt. They are not subject to the same issues of ventilation and cavitation that windsurfers and boats are, well not to the same degree anyway, and with a few readily available tools they can make an ideal course. That's a big part of the equation..." Windsurfers who have gone to this event usually come back less than thrilled with the course. BIG Congratulations to Alex Caizergues and his new record of 54.1 knots. That's over 100 kph and 62.25 mph. The video below shows Anders Bringdal being chased on the Luderitz course. More here: Speed Challenge website
Mutant Definition. The Jimmie Hepp photo (above) of Mark Angulo's latest ride only punctuates that he's a different kind of windsurfer.
On Maui, the first swell of the season is expected by mid September. The video below records that first, true swell of the season. Hookipa by Happy Surfer is another video from the same day.
Tropical systems, especially hurricanes, are a fact of life on the U.S. eastern seaboard and September is usually the most active month. Hurricane Earl brought his winds to Lake Erie.
North Sails | EPX
Zane's World | Ledbetters ands Jalama
New Futura Fin for Starboard. We all know him as Boogie.
The beauty of windsurfing in far off exotic locales is too compelling to ignore. While DaNews does focus on North America (hey we're beautiful too), almost everyday there is a new video of some dreamy I wanna go there place. Here's a perfect example.
The PWA World Tour usually finishes at Sylt, Germany in early October. This mega event puts more eyes on windsurfing than any other single event in our sport. Now that reporting is coupled with live web casting, the viewership for windsurfing is definitely amped and forever changed. If you're gaga for windsurfing, then celebrate 2010, truly a breakthrough year. Live web casting, hopefully, is here to stay. The PWA still takes great photos (John Carter) and videos. Get a sample of the live web casting on their website.
A Solo Sports vacation cost real money. The volumes of reporting about this Baja landmark indicate one thing: it's worth the money. OK, I've never been but I'm getting a better picture of when to go. This year, starting in late August going through October, there was a steady stream of week long wave sailing clinics by windsurfing's best instructors. They must know something. This Clive Boden video, whose famously humorous learning to loop video is one of my all time favorites, once again showcases the mighty splendor of Baja.
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