- 25 January 2008 | Windsurfing
The backing for the greatest tour on earth’s growing stronger day-by-day, with Maui Fin Co. becoming the latest Associate Member of the PWA.
The famous composites manufacturer from Windsurfing’s capital in Hawaii has a world-class range of fins as well as impressive soft goods accessory collections.
MFC’s brand ambassador Pio Marasco was instrumental in engineering the partnership, and was only too happy to speak up about why MFC are so amped to be identified with the latest growth in the sport.
‘I think the PWA’s constantly growing and moving forward in it’s mission; every year we’re seeing something new, new sponsors, new events and also the Slalom tour’s bringing a lot more interest for the public.
I also feel for year-on-year growth brands like us need to push hard and support events for the good of the sport.
We’re looking forward to the 2008 tour, and hope to see some spectacular last-minute battles between athletes of all disciplines to really spice it up.
MFC strongly believe in this partnership with the PWA and obviously in the sport of windsurfing.
We’re always developing new fins with our riders to always be on top and assure our team to have a great tool for their boards.
We also feel that together we can bring more interest to the sport by helping people understand that with windsurfing, we have the chance to be in the water, and enjoying nature it in a very particular and unique way that we can transmit to our friends.
- 24 January 2008 | Windsurfing
The NeilPryde 2008 Australian Wavesailing Titles completed late on Sunday afternoon, the final day of competition, with side-offshore wind gusting over 40 knots and head to logo-high waves. The level of sailing throughout the entire week was incredible with sailors demonstrating their versatility in a variety of conditions. As usual though, Marrawah turned it on in the end and everyone enjoyed the challenge.
TeamPryde's Levi Siver traveled to Australia for the event to take part and give the some pro competition and rigging tips to the local competitiors.
Event Report and Final Results
With the early rounds of the single elimination completed on the second day of the event at Bluff Beach, tensions were rising on the third, fourth and fifth days as conditions didn’t suit resuming the competition. Instead, sailors had the opportunity to check out other nearby breaks including Furries and Sundowner Point where conditions were either too onshore or too small for official competition but fun riding nonetheless. Some great free-sailing was also had on the fourth day with good waves and strong but nearly directly offshore conditions giving sailors a taste of starboard tack wavesailing in a week dominated by the more predominant port tack conditions.
Towards the end of the week, the forecast for the final day got better and better and it was soon clear the conditions would be firing most of day with a peak in the swell and wind increasing throughout the day. It was a long day for many competitors starting with the single elimination finals and then followed through to complete double eliminations for the Open and Masters divisions.
In both cases, the single elimination winner was undefeated in the double elimination and Mike Westra and Matt Cudmore claimed the titles. However, both were closely fought with Dan Berry, defending champion, beaten narrowly in the first final but unable to mount a successful comeback in the nuclear wind. In the Masters division, Warren Holder put up an incredible challenge but didn’t have the same aggressiveness and consistency that the judges saw from Matt Cudmore.
- 23 January 2008 | Windsurfing
The Brasil Soccer Team has won 5 FIFA World Champion Soccer Title over the last years and with Marcilio Browne, winning the first title already 9 month after joining Mistral, we all could see which potential, skills and talent these riders have. We have searched a lot for new talents and now we are very proud to present another two outstanding YOUNG GUNS from Brasil, which we will also push to the Top of Windsurfing:
Gabriel Browne, 15year old Brother of acting PWA World Champion Marcilio Browne, is the new Slalom Future from Fortaleza and has won already the Brasil Slalom Nationals.
Edvan Souza, 20year old from Jeri (Brasil) – 2nd Brasil Freestyle Championship 2007, will join the 2008 PWA Freestyle Events and show the world that Brasil has more Champion riders like Kauli and Marcilio.