Mattia Pedrani 

Casting sexual connotations to one side, Italian freestyler Mattia Pedrani has recently updated his blog with news of sponsorship changes, and the release of his latest music and video media.

With the windsurf transfer season still very much in full effect, 23 year old Pedrani has announced that he’s changing both board and sail sponsors. After competing on equipment from Mistral and North during the 2008 season, Pedrani has now made the move across to Starboard and Simmer sails.

While there’s been no official word from either brand about their latest signing, Pedrani, who finished 13th overall in the 2008 PWA freestyle discipline, has been quick on the case to publicise his new sponsors.

In addition to the Italian’s new sponsors, Pedrani’s also released footage of his winter’s exploits in Lake Garda. Ripping in his now trademark dry suit, the video, ‘Iron man on a Mission’, which refers to the models of his new Simmer sails, shows the cold’s no reason to hold back from throwing down literally every move in the book.

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2009 Longboard Windsurfing Festival

LBWS & Windsurfing NSW present the 2009 Longboard Windsurfer Festival, Friday 23 Jan – Monday 26 Jan - It’s all about fun, friends, competitive racing, great blasting and cruising.

This event will be a great opportunity to catch up with other longboard windsurfers from around Australia and check out some of the new longboard equipment that will be on show.

There will also be some great racing as the Festival will include the Windsurfer One Design and Raceboard Oceanic Championships.

Don't forget the festival is held over two locations. The Oceanic Raceboard Championships will be held at Illawarra Yacht Club and the Windsurfer One Design National Championships be at the Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club.

Pull out your Wally or Raceboard and get involved, we are expecting around 100 entries.

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Peter Volwater wins the Lancelin Classic

The first and best long distance marathon race of the year takes place in West Australia - Lancelin.

It is the Guinness book of records longest running windsurfing event and this year around 160 competitors from all over the world started at the beach of Ledge Point to take on the challenge. To enter is more important then winning, lots of familiar happy faces from people that have made this tradition. There is different classes - women, junior, open, masters, grand masters and elite.

Some people do the race on wave boards making it even more of an accomplishment to make the pub down wind in Lancelin - 25 km’s away. For full results check the event homepage, surf around and make sure to come out next year for the 25th LOC!

There was a fine wave event held at South Passage won by Jaeger Stone with impressive manouvres.

In the elite division it was a very tight race with Chris Lockwood. I had a difficult starting position in the middle of everyone, and couldn't get planing at first. But it was no write-off and got up to speed quickly enough realizing that it was a fast pace. The brand new Maui Sails TR-5 7,6  together with F2 SX M proved to be a solid combination.

While overtaking several guys, I finally got Chris at the 5th cray boat, but lost 1st position again at the next one  - cause the reach was soo broad and far we couldn't see where they had anchored, to the advantage of Chris.

But at the last boat he went too wide and I could pass him back (re-spritzed him) pulling a swift gybe on the inside. Leading the last reach back all the way to the finish line in 29 minutes and 16 seconds, I was followed closely by ’08 gps speed champ Chris Lockwood and Patrik Diethelm in 3rd.

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