It was a good week for the first French Cup for Speed Windsurfing, held from 22.03.-28.03. in Port St. Louis du Rhone. Cyril Moussilmani (Fanatic, North) won the event after 6 rounds, of which 5 were validated by the rules. The womens fleet was clearly dominated by Valerie Ghibaudo (Loft Sails).

The event started windy from the first day, the race committee around organizer Jochen Krauth, former world champion, was on spot from the first minute. Due to the weather conditions, the riders were only send out for two rounds a day, temperatures below 10 degree did not allow for more.

Although, the first heats were dominated by Cedric Bordes  and Fabien Pendle, but after the first discard Cyril took the lead and defended it with two bullets on the last windy day of the competition. Fabien ended up second, and Cedric Bordes in third.

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The summer of 2008 has seen a number of great windsurfing events held throughout New Zealand. There were the slalom nationals in Dunedin, the Auckland freestyle competition and the Wellington freewave and harbour blast. The wind has cooperated for all these events. However for the most recent event, the 2008 New Zealand Wavesailing Nationals, Mother Nature was required to bless us not just with wind, but also with a swell to allow the event to run.

The days leading up to the competition showed that clean ground swell would be present for most of the competition, but the wind direction and strength were always going to be fluky. With competition scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the long Easter weekend, we had a good chance of getting a result as a full single elimination can be run in a little over 4 hours if required.

30 competitors entered the event this year, increasing the level of competition from the last couple of years. This shows either a growing interest in wave sailing and the elimination style competition, or perhaps the competition is just a good excuse to spend Easter in Taranaki enjoying the consistent swell.

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Surf Sales Ltd announces in conjunction with UK Windsurfing Association (UKWA), The British Kona Cup 2008, a series of Kona one-design race events taking place around the UK over the coming months:

May 17th – 18th @ Whitwell (Inland Event – Midlands)
May 24th – 16th @ Christchurch (Coastal Event – South)
June 28th – 29th @ Bridlington (Coastal Event – North East)
July 12th – 13th @ Derwent (Inland Event – North West)
July 19th – 20th @ Eastbourne Extreme (Coastal Event – South East)

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