The first round of the KASail Winter Series was held today at Boggy Lake. The forecast was very light and a few braved the cold conditions (5 deg when I got there this morning) to rig their biggest sails, boards and fins and slug it out for a figure eight one hour marathon.

The fleet consisted of big slalom boards, sails around 7.5m / 9.0m and also Richard Upton on his Exocet Kona, looking very threatening in the light winds. Steve Roberts was on hand with his boat again, and after surviving a high speed blow-out whilst cornering on the way there, he eventually arrived and set the course for us with our shiny new inflatable buoys courtesy of Windsurfing SA.

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JP Australia and NeilPryde have offered 3-times Freestyle World Champion, Ricardo Campello, a bonus of USD10.000 if he can land a Triple Forward and capture it on film and video. With all the pro sailors in Gran Canaria and the conditions heating up for the weekend Ricardo is ready to give it a go!

After watching Ricardo in competition during last years event in Gran Canaria many people were confident that Ricardo was ready to land a triple including Duncan Coombs, Head Judge for the PWA: “For me Ricardo is probably the most radical sailor today – I think he can do it”.

The forecast looks promising for this weekend. There will be plenty of cameras ready for the action to come. Despite suffering a case of tendonitis Ricardo is ready to try it but does not want to put too much pressure on himself.

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Opening its doors from the 3rd to the 12th of July, Pozo’s famed windsurfing arena will be called upon to serve up its characteristic mix of nuclear wind, and pounding waves for a Grand Slam bout of monumental proportions.

Since competition embarked on Gran Canaria’s shores, the biggest names in windsurfing have used this brutal proving ground to settle scores. This year will be no exception, as the 2008 Grand Slam hosts men’s slalom, women’s freestyle, and both men’s and women’s competition in waves.

Men’s Slalom

Rested and ready for action after the trials and tribulations of the Costa Brava World Cup, slalom’s biggest names have confirmed their presence for this high wind, surf-slalom spectacle.

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