Ricardo Campello 

After finishing sixth overall in the 2008 freestyle tour, it comes as a great surprise to find that Ricardo Campello, one of the freestyle discipline’s great innovators, is no longer going to compete on the PWA freestyle tour.

Instead, the Venezuelan has made the decision to focus purely on the wave tour for the 2009 PWA season. Driven by a desire to land the illusive triple forward loop and make the podium on the wave tour, Campello will be sorely missed from the freestyle scene.

In addition to changing his sailing focus, Campello has also announced he’ll be opening the doors of his own windsurf centre in El Yaque. Here’s Ricardo with the word on both revelations:

“Right now I’m in the airport on my way to the first event of the year in Cabo Verde. I’m arriving a bit earlier to train and have some fun surfing.

This year I have decided to not compete in freestyle, my goal is to be top 3 in waves and also complete the triple loop; for that I will need to focus full time on wave sailing.

On the other hand you might not of heard much from me lately because I’ve been working really hard on my new project, which is a windsurf centre in El Yaque. It’s called 'Campello Wind Centre'.

We are still not ready but I would like to invite you all to have a look at the latest pictures of it. If things go well, in about a month we will have our first clients on the water.

It’s going to be stocked with the 2009 JP and NeilPryde rang. Also, for kitesurfers we’ll have Cabrinha kites in addition to other activities like snorkelling, wakeboarding, bikes and more. We will teach from beginners all the way to experts, and on some special occasions I’ll give some freestyle clinics.

Yoli De Brendt will be the manager of the centre and she will be taking care of all the clients and giving some special tips.

Philip Koster 

We have just learned that TeamPryde rider Philip Koster has broken his wrist during the Starboard photoshoot.

Philip arrived in Margaret River last week from Gran Canaria and was due to compete in this month's Fuerte Ventura wave classic.

Philip will be out of the water for a minimum of three weeks. We wish him a prompt recovery and can't wait to see him again in action.

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Vassiliki Watersports Festival 

For the past two years the small village of Vassiliki on the idyllic Greek island of Lefkas has been host to a Festival of freestyle and slalom windsurfing competitions, sailing regattas for all types of boats, BMX and skateboard displays, drinks parties, beach barbeques, Greek cultural evenings, UK rock bands, and, of course, the famous Vassiliki Miss Bikini competition.

This year, with up to 10,000 euros prize money being available across the events there is going to be expected even greater International participation than ever before with teams expected from Greece, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Serbia, the Czech Republic and the UK.

DAYTIME EVENTS: Friday to Monday June 19-23

Freestyle and Slalom Windsurfing Competition

Windsurfing GPS speed trials

Master Blaster Long Distance Windsurf race

Saturday and Sunday June 20-21

Open catamaran, Laser 1, Laser Radial, and Open sailing regatta

Round Arkoudi island yacht race

Saturday June 20th

Round Lefkas island bike race

Plus, of course, beach volley, beach soccer and plenty of family fun each and every day!

EVENING EVENTS:Friday June 19

Welcome and Greek Cultural Evening

Saturday June 20th

Miss Bikini competition supported by the WILDWIND ALLSTARS band, also Prize giving for Round The Island Bike race

Sunday June 21st

Prize giving for Sailing & Yacht regattas, demonstration of Greek dancing, followed by VIP dinner

Monday June 22nd

Final prize giving for windsurfing competitions, followed by UK band and DJ Monster Muck.