Highland Spring HIHO: loads of fun and transparent water

Champion racers Willhelm Schurmann from Brazil and Californian Ernie Johnson will join this year’s Highland Spring HIHO 2010 event.

Schurmann, who won the event in 2008, is the top ranked Formula windsurfer in the World and a multi-World and national Champion racer. He’ll be competing on a Techno 2 and Neil Pryde V8 sails.

Johnson is a top US SUP racer whose list of victories includes the 2009 Battle of the Paddle and races in California. He’ll be joined by his wife Andie, who is also a top female competitor.

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Kimberley Birkenfeld: collision caused brain and spinal injuries

American boardsailor has lost her nearly eight-year bid to get $15 million damages from Olympic gold medallist Bruce Kendall.

Once the United States' top female boardsailor, Birkenfeld suffered severe brain and spinal injuries in 2002 when her windsurfer collided with a Yachting New Zealand-owned motorboat driven by Kendall in Greece.

She claimed she had stopped in the water when he ploughed into her, but Kendall said she came at him at high speed and he was unable to avoid her.

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Canadian Windsurf Women: they can even smile while riding

The CMWA is hosting its annual weekend for women in windsurfing. There will be no formal clinic this year. Everyone will be around to share their knowledge and experience. The focus will be more time on the water together in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Andrée and Bob will also offer tips for all levels of windsurfers from beginner to advanced sailors. All ages are welcome.

Whether you have windsurfed before or have never stepped on a board, this weekend will allow you to learn and practise in the company of other women who love the sport. Bring your own windsurfing equipment (borrowed or rented). It will be a fun filled social weekend for everyone.

There may be special guests to work with you before or after being on the water.

The Burgess Enclave is located on beautiful Lake Simcoe in Port Bolster. There is plenty of grassy rigging area with access to the sandy shallow beach. It is ideal for all levels of sailors.

Includes weekend lodging in the cottages:
$100 for current CMWA members $145 for non-members (includes CMWA membership)
Saturday ONLY (no lodging) June 19:
$60 for current CMWA members $105 for non-members (includes CMWA membership)
What to Bring? Bring your own bedding (sleeping bag and pillow), toiletries, food for breakfast and lunch as well as a potluck dish for Saturday night dinner. You’ll need a wetsuit, lifejacket, water shoes, hat and sunscreen.