Loft Sails 

The PWA are proud to welcome Monty Spindler’s innovative sail brand onboard as corporate sponsors. Tarifa-based Monty Spindler has worked with all the big names and big brands during a career that’s spanned more than two decades.

Along the way he’s collected a heap of world titles and gained a lifetimes experience of R&D already. And with the growth of Slalom on the PWA, The Loft have joined the club and given their commitment to the pro scene.

2007 was a positive season for The Loft with Vice World Champion Valerie Ghibaudo (Tabou / Loft) challenging Karin Jaggi (F2 / North) like never before, and there’s little doubt they’ll be pushing even harder this year.

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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