Weymouth Speed Week 

Weymouth speed week was superb this year, with the harbour record being broken on the 1st day by Anders Bringdal at 38.52 knots. Three great counting rounds in the week which gave us our speed champions for 2008 Pete Young with 37.29 knots and Zara Davis with 30.89 knots. Prizes and Trophy were donated by Spartan wetsuits.

It was also a counting round of the ISWC Speed world cup. Results for the UKWA and the ISWC are available. Speedsailing.com has more results and pictures.

Liam Round took the honours for the second year running, being the fastest junior windsurfer at the start of Weymouth Speedweek. 16 year old Exocet rider Liam notched up a speed of 32.27 on Saturday breaking the previous junior record by 3.88 knots. Unfortunately for Liam he lost  out on the overall title to Martin Hayes a kiteborder who posted a speed of 32.43knots.

Liam wasn’t too disappointed though as Anders Bringdal presented him with a 7m X15, courtesy of Tushingham sails who sponsor the Junior Windsurf prize.

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Phantom Series

Starboard announced that they are recalling all Phantoms with a serial number above 40.

The following comments are from the designer, Tiesda and were available on the Starboard forum.

«To owners of the Phantom Race 380 serial numbers #040 and above,

Our manufacturer has advised us that a number of boards have been produced without the specified layer of PVC reinforcement around the critical area in the daggerboard box. This may result in cracks and water intake. We feel that it is the correct action for the World’s number one Windsurfing board brand to make a full recall on this model, to be replaced with the new 2009 version of the Phantom Race 380, scheduled for release this coming spring.

On a positive note, this new 2009 Phantom Race 380 shape has been tested to be quite a bit faster both upwind and on the reach compared to current, World Champion, Phantom 380 of 2007/2008. Racers will get even better kit, and Starboard will thus bring into the market a board that otherwise would not have seen the race scene before 2010.

We apologize for all the incident and we hope that by offering to replace the board with the new and faster model in spring, we would continue to keep all Starboard raceboarders happy and ahead of the game.

For those of you who are not currently on the Starboard Phantom Race 380 and considering to purchase one, production has been discontinued of the current model and the new 2009 model is available from Spring onwards».

Tiesda, on behalf of team Starboard

Jose 'Golito' Estredo 

It is time to crown the windsurfing champions. The 2008 PWA World Tour is over and positions are finally definitive.

Antoine Albeau (Slalom), Jose 'Golito' Estredo (Freestyle) and Kauli Seadi (Wave) are the Men's World Champions.

For Seadi, his second place in Sylt was enough for him to be awarded his third Wave World Title, a hugely impressive feat.

For Estredo, his second place finish was enough to bag him his second successive Freestyle World Title.

On the finish line of Race 4, Albeau celebrated his second race win, earning him the runner up position for the event and the 2008 World title.

Here's the board of results:

The 2008 PWA World Tour Overall Results – Men’s Slalom

1st Antoine Albeau (Starboard, NeilPryde)
2nd Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard, North)
3rd Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC)
4th Ross Williams (Tabou, Gaastra)
5th Cyril Moussilmani (Fanatic, North)

The 2008 PWA World Tour Overall Results – Men’s Wave

1st Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, Mormaii, MFC)
2nd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC)
3rd Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic, Simmer, MFC)
4th Josh Angulo (MauiSails, Dakine)
5th Kevin Pritchard (Starboard, Gaastra, Dakine, MFC)

The 2008 PWA World Tour Overall Results – Men’s Freestyle

1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo (Fanatic, North, MFC)
2nd Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne (Mistral, Gaastra)
3rd Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaastra)
4th Tonky Frans (F2, Gaastra)
5th Antxon Otaegui (JP, NeilPryde, MFC)

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