Calema Midwinters 

TeamPryde and the RS:Racing do it again, taking out the podium at the 23rd Calema Midwinters. Calema has long been the first major formula event of the year with top international riders taking the opportunity to show off their new gear and size each other up for the season ahead.

The RS:Racing introduced in February 2007, was clearly the sail to beat last year and now looks set to continue its domination of world Formula Racing again in 2008 with no changes to the design at all.

Gonzalo Costa Hoevel was injured at the event last year and was therefore unable to complete the competition but this year Gonzalo was flying and was thrilled to be back on top of the podium.

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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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