Maui 

Maui's world-famous "Jaws", or Peahi, break could be shut after storm damage and a lack of maintenance has taken its toll on the closest boat ramp to the action.

If the Maliko Gulch access is cut off, then windsurfers and other recreational users face an additional 9 miles upwind on their journeys from Kahului harbour to the west.

Additionally a local company has not had it’s right-of-use agreement with the State renewed since 1997, and so local community groups and users of the ramp facility are clubbing together to form an action plan that will allow the ramp to function on, and critically, be a vital access point for emergency services as Peahi grows in popularity amongst big-wave addicts worldwide.

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Philip Koster 

NeilPryde have announced the newest member of the TeamPryde International Windsurfing Team. Philip Köster, the 13-yr old wave sailor, of German descent, lives just 100m from the beach in Gran Canaria.

Köster has already made himself known on the professional tour placing first in the junior super jump session at the PWA event in Pozo last year.

“It's fantastic to have the opportunity to work with a young rider with so much talent. If Philip continues to develop his on the water sailing ability as quickly in the future as he has over the past year or so, it's quite possible that were going to see something well out of the ordinary" said Jon Squires from NeilPryde Windsurfing.

Philip will ride the Alpha, a sail ideally suited to the conditions where he lives in Vargas, and he will be joining the rest of the team in Maui next month for the 2009 collection photoshoot and will no doubt attract a lot of interest on the 2008 wavesailing tour.

Source: NeilPryde

Calema Midwinters

The Calema Midwinters 2008 is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28th - Sunday, March 2nd. Racing will be held in the Banana River just off Kelly Park in Merritt Island, FL - USA AGAIN for 2008 - Racing for the Pro's/A Fleet will be three days!! Sport Fleet, Workshop and Kid's Fleets will be on Sat./Sun only as in past years.

The Midwinters will be governed by the ISAF Rules and the rules of Formula Windsurfing (as of 1/1/08) - with regard to the Pro & A Formula Fleets - the specified sail size limitations and the listing of approved production equipment. New Weight Divisions will be used if more than 20 competitors in a division.

As in past years - the Sport Formula Fleets allow for ANY production shortboard - but is still limited to One Board/3 Sails.

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