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.

NZ Slalom Windsurfing Championships

Defending champion Gareth Woods, of Dunedin, is expected to be one of the frontrunners when the national slalom windsurfing championships start on Otago Harbour today.

Woods won last year's event and is also the joint Australian champion.

His main competition is expected to come from Taranaki's James Dinnis and Auckland's Anton Blijlevens. In the women's competition, Annie Crombie, of Christchurch, has returned to defend her title and Queenstown's Sue Bradley also shapes as a strong contender.

The event has attracted 34 competitors. Racing will start at 10.30am each day providing the wind reaches the minimum 13 knots required.

The tournament will run for four days. Monday, February 9, has been set aside as a reserve day.

The slalom course is six 400m legs, with competitors rounding buoys.

The course takes about 5min and the windsurfers can compete in up to 40 races during the tournament.

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