Highland Spring 

Highland Spring HIHO 2008 is gearing up to be the most exhilarating windsurfing and sailing extravaganza yet to be hosted by the organizing Ocean Promotions team. The annual event, which takes place this year from June 29 - July 6 shows off the hot spots and shares the windsurfing secrets of the British Virgin Islands.

Windsurfing racers compete in class races from one island to the next whilst non-racers follow the route aboard the captained Moorings catamarans, which serve as 'home' for the week. The new Kona racing class, faster Neil Pryde sails and new additions to the itinerary make the 2008 edition the perfect pre-cursor to next year's 30th anniversary.

Getting a big push in 2008 is the Kona class. Perfect for inter-island racing, the 220 liter Kona longboard appeals to a wide range of abilities. Kona racers will compete under one-design class rules with participants assigned to one of three classes: Light weight (5.8m sail) 64.9k (143lbs); Medium weight (7.4m sail) 65-85k (143-187lbs); Heavy weight (9.0m sail) over 85.1k (187lbs).

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Keith Atkinson

On Sunday 24th February a packed Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge Suffolk witnessed record breaking nine times British Windsurfing Champion Keith Atkinson, being presented with the evenings’ most prestigious award - Suffolk ‘Sports Personality of the Year’.

His move to Felixstowe in 2007 was the beginning of a boost in the promotion of the sport of windsurfing in the region. It saw not only the formation of his Windsurfing Academy but also Keith Atkinson being the driving force behind ‘XtremeFest’ 2007, Felixstowe’s first extreme sports event.

His aim was to target the area’s youth with the object of channelling their energies into sport and away from the less welcome temptations that they are exposed to today.

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Karpathos 

Confirmed price money of 18000 Euros is sure to attract a good field for the 2008 Speed Windsurfing European Championship to be held on the island Karpathos in Greece from 20-26 August this year on the "short track" (250m run).

The Speed:World:Cup is the officially sanctioned world tour of the International Speed Windsurfing Class (ISWC), the Professional Kite Riders Association (PKRA) and ISAF.

Events go from exceptional action in Namibia to more cosmopolitan spots such as Fuerteventura - the historical European Speedsurfing Capital, to huge shows of extreme conditions on small islands like Karpathos. In total, there are 200 to 300 competitors at the same time, from places like Australia, Brasil, Germany and Norway.

The Tour has to offer: dynamic, thrilling action, and bring the most visually dynamic aquatic sports to the audience, making it a perfect vehicle to locate sponsors logos; a sport that is set outdoors, healthy and environmental friendly.

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