Boujmaa Guilloul 

Morocco’s Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard, Severne) has taken the reigns of windsurfing’s new era of combination moves, with the creation of another brand new move, The Black Shot. After mastering the Seadi-invented push-forward, the Moroccan saw the opportunity to invent his own combo move. The Black Shot links a Crazy Pete with a switch stance forward loop. The result is something quite breath taking.

Boujmaa: “I remember the first time i landed a Crazy Pete, i thought it might be possible to make a combo by linking in a forward, but i never had the courage to go for it, and never tried it really. But lately I’ve seen so many freestylers that constantly invent new moves, so i realized it was still possible to do freestyle in the air, and that there was potential to come up with something new. I still have more ideas to come, i just need to step up and overcome my fear.”

For those aspiring to attempt a Black Shot, Boujmaa claims, “it’s an easy move. I think people who are not scared of heights can do it really easily. The only secret is to not let go and not think too much, it's easier than doubles and push forwards.”

Watch it here.


SOURCE: PWA

Channel Cross 2008

British Champion windsurfer Guy Cribb and the world’s fastest windsurfer and current World Champion Antoine Albeau of France, are about to attempt to windsurf across the English Channel from Cherbourg to Poole; over 70 nautical miles (more than 130 kms) of rough seas, some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and howling winds, to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Trust and their French counterpart A Chacun Son Cap.
 
The Ellen MacArthur Trust aims to support, empower and enliven children suffering from cancer, leukaemia or other serious illnesses by introducing them to the joys of sailing.
 
By donating to the Ellen MacArthur Trust through supporting Guy and Antoine to windsurf where no other windsurfers have tried before, you will give confidence and happiness back to children who’ve been stuck in hospitals for months or years, by enabling them to mix with other children who’ve recovered or are trying to recover from cancer, and feel the camaraderie and bravery of each other whilst sailing or possibly windsurfing.
 
Guy and Antoine will windsurf the channel in a storm this September, keep checking www.guycribb.com for updates in the next few weeks, and wish them luck by making a financial pledge to the Ellen MacArthur Trust at the following link www.justgiving.com/windsurf


SOURCE: PWA

Bjorn Dunkerbeck

One of windsurfing’s most enduring partnerships has come to an end with the announcement that Bjorn Dunkerbeck has split from his long-time friend and shaper, Peter Thommen.

The move comes after Dunkerbeck sailed to victory on Starboard’s isonic boards at the 2008 PWA Alacati World Cup. Peter Thommen commented:

“I am stunned by his sudden choice to switch gear mid season. I cannot but close a chapter – not only in my professional life, but in windsurfing’s history books as well. Yet there is always a new beginning; change is good. I am not one clinging onto times and memories past…”

At present, the Dunkerbeck camp has not announced a new board sponsor for the upcoming PWA Super Grand Slam in Sylt, from 26 September – 5 October.


SOURCE: PWA