Jamie Hancock

After quite a few years of tearing it up on his home turf, Jamie Hancock (Tabou, Vandal) has decided it's time to go global. And with backing from his new sponsors, Tabou and Vandal, he's got the tools to take his sailing to the next level.

Hancock will compete on the World Tour in waves for the first time in 2010. However, this won't be his first experience of competing with the big boys. He did in fact take part in some of the indoor competitions when the PWA went to London 5 years ago, and performed very well, so watch out for him on tour this year!

Hancock is currently in Cape Town getting in as much port tack practice as possible, and then on his return we're told he'll be heading to Maui. In amongst his training, he'll also be editing videos for the specialist windsurfing media house, Umi.

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Sean O'Brien'

Lighter winds and rain today for the final day of racing at the 2010 Oceanic & Australian Formula Windsurfing Championships at Hawks Nest which allowed the competitors one more race to bring the total to twelve races for the four-day championship.

Sean O’Brien (Point-7/Gaastra) cemented his second position overall today by winning the last race by a clear 20 second margin becoming the only sailor to beat the Brazilian champion Wilhelm Schurmann (Starboard/Neilpryde) in a race this week.

O’Brien finished the event on 20 points overall, a clear 8 points ahead of Sam Parker (Starboard/Neilpryde) who made the podium finish and Brett Morris (Starboard/Severne) who finished on 41 points overall.

Event winner Schurmann dominated the event all week, winning 11 out of 12 races with an overall point score of 9 points taking home a new Blackberry smartphone and the winner’s trophy for his efforts.

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Red Bull Masters of Caribbean

The deep sea crossing between the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique that use to attract riders such as Albeau, Territeheau or Josh Stone until 1996 is coming back under the name Red Bull Masters of the Caribbean!

5 days of windsurfing and endurance but also a chance of discovering the islands and meeting its inhabitants.

A great happening that convinced Planchemag to become media partner. Set up by Pascal Arnaud, this raid will gather the best worldwide windsurfers for a crossing between Saint Francois and the Vauclin from the 2nd to the 9th of March 2010.

“No more buoys, no more excuses. All alone against the ocean for one winner” summarises Pascal who is also trainer for the Formula windsurfing team in Martinique.