Techno 293 European Championships

The 2008 Techno 293 Championships, held in Civitavecchia, near Rome, have finished. The brits put in a good performance and ended with podium placings in both the 7.8 and 6.8 divisions for boys.

Sam Sills maintained his form and, despite an illness just before the start of official racing, claimed a silver medal in the under 17 (7.8) fleet. In the 6.8 (under 15) division Kieran Martin had his first taste of international success by claiming third spot and bronze medal.

The 6.8 boys did exceptionally well, with 3 more racers in the top 12 - Stuart Hards (6th), Joe Bennett (9th) and Jack Plummer (12th).
In the 7.8 girls Joanne Evans finished a very creditable 4th, just missing out on a podium placing.

Source: UKWA

Kauli Seadi 

Kauli Seadi kicks-off the season with a critical victory over local favorite Josh Angulo and wavesailing legend Jason Polakow. The historic 2007 Cabo Verde event set the bar to an all-time high for PWA wavesailing, so it was a full house once again for the top names in the sport on the island of Sal.
 
A strong forecast for early in the event stayed true and a good swell with mast-high waves reeled down the racetrack at Ponta Preta on day 1. The crew made no delay in getting the single elimination underway, and by sunset the judges had filtered-out four riders for a final that would go ahead on day 2.

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Gabriel Browne 

17 year old Gabriel Browne from Brazil has now signed up with Maui Sails and will be focusing on PWA slalom 42 events and some specific Formula events.

Gabriel started windsurfing when he was 4 years old with his brother Marcilio, "Brawzinho".  Gabriel comes from a long line of Champion Windsurfers including his father who is a former Brazilian champion, his Uncle and now his Brother who is PWA Freestyle World Champion.

Barry Spanier has recently spent some time with Gabriel in Maui and had the following comments. "We have been looking for a young racer for some time and Gabriel fits the role. He has shown some promising results over the past 2 years and we look forward to supporting him as he grows into a premier racer".

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