Alex Mussolini 

Following a short stint riding for Italian brand RRD, Alex Mussolini has made the move over to French brand, Tabou for the start of the 2009 PWA season. He joins a star studded selection of stable mates that includes the likes of Thomas Traversa, Ross Williams, Anthony Reunes and Valarie Ghibaudo.

On teaming up with crazy Frenchman Thomas Traversa, Alex commented:

“Thomas is a great friend and we do a lot of trips and travel on the tour together. He has some great board shapes and really understands boards. It will be excellent to work with him and be on the same team with him.”

When asked about his ambitions, the laid back Spaniard didn’t divulge too much information, “My main goal for 2009 is to do well on the tour!” We wish him the best of luck.

At present, almost without exception the entire PWA wave fraternity is stationed out in Cabo Verde, training hard ahead of the fast approaching Cabo Verde PWA World Cup.

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Mistral 

The event will be held July 6-11, 2009 in Warnemunde Germany on the Baltic Sea. Just prior to the world championships July 4-6, 2009 Open International German Championships for the Classes RS:X and Raceboard will be held at the same location.  For all events there will be age groups for -20, -35, 35+, 45+, 55+ and the first time also 65+.

While these are World Championships events, they are open to all sailors and we are encouraging as many people to attend as possible even if your skills are not at a high level. We would like to have a longboard festival atmosphere with no one intimidated about attending.

This will be hopefully the biggest longboard festival for many years, and all should attend.

There will be special prizes for the nations with the most sailors (besides GER), sailor who made the longest trip, sailor with the oldest equipment, the youngest and oldest sailors. Many product prizes will be raffled, so that everyone will have the same chance to win a valuable raffle-prize.

Warnemunde is about a two hour drive from Berlin and Hamburg with Poland and Denmark also not that far away. So if you have some spare time it is an ideal base for seeing some of the other parts of Europe.

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Otago Harbour 

James Dinnis, of Taranaki, won the open men's grade in the national windsurfing championships on Otago Harbour, winning all but one of the 21 races. Sue Bradley, of Queenstown, won the women's open grade, finishing just ahead of Annie Crombie, of Christchurch. In the over-50 men's grade, Tim Wood, of Auckland, was a convincing winner.

The 34 competitors in the event were able to enjoy the benefits of good weather throughout the long weekend.

Two promising Dunedin crews filled the top spots in the 29er class at the Sail Auckland regatta at the weekend.

Skipper Chelsea Whitburn and crew Gabrielle Cross, sailing for the Macandrew Bay club, won the event, winning five of the nine races and finishing second in two others.

Dan Meehan and Deryck Edie (Ravensbourne) were second with four race wins and three seconds.

The annual event included 11 divisions in seven different Olympic and dinghy classes at the Waitemata Harbour.

Meanwhile, Dunedin sailor Allan Sutherland guided his Hot C Air craft to victory at the national Farr 6000 championships in Dunedin at the weekend.

Sutherland had five wins and two seconds in racing at the Port Chalmers Yacht Club, enough to give him victory by four net points over Rob English, in Aphrodite.

Canterbury's Vince Williams (Piracy) won the national Noelex 22 championships, also hosted by the Port Chalmers club, with Alex Bruce (Double Dark) second.

The finish was very close with overnight leader Dragos Blaga (Rangatahi) dropping to third and Williams and Bruce having to be separated at the second stage of countback.

Williams got the nod having won the final race.

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