Walvis Bay Speed Week: Namibia loves windsurfers and kitesurfers

The Walvis Bay Speed Week is returning to Namibia, in 2012, and promises to be the best natural speed sailing event venue in the world.

The speed sailing challenge is being staged by the legendary Hennie Bredenkamp and will run from the 23rd-29th September. Winners will also be awarded the title of African Speed Windsurfing champions.

The demand for an event at this iconic spot has become apparent over the last couple of years. With the fantastic marks recorded in Luderitz, the speed record chase has been well and truly taken away from Walvis Bay.

Up to 80 competitors can be accommodated on the speedstrip at any time, at Walvis Bay, and windsurfers and kitesurfers can also compete at the same time.

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Taj Burrow: showing his new surfboard channels

Taj Burrow showed sensational form and stormed his Round 2 heat at the Rip Curl Bells Beach 2012, between Rincon and Bells Bowl wave peaks. Light offshore and onshore winds pumped three-to-five foot (1.5m) perfect lines.

Burrow, who has already clinched the most famous surfing contest in Australia, beat the rookie wildcard Davey Cathels, avoiding an early shocker and securing 17.53 points in the first minutes of the heat.

"That was a lot of fun," Burrow said. "I actually don’t mind surfing Round 2 as it’s another opportunity to get some waves and test out some equipment. I just didn’t feel like I got in a rhythm yesterday and it feels great to iron out the kinks today and stoked to get through to Round 3."

Taj is considered a major contender to break through for his maiden world crown in 2012 and a result at Bells is crucial.

West Australia's Yadin Nicol posted the event's highest single-wave score of a 9.87 out of a possible 10 for blasting two turns out the back before cleaning sticking a full-rotation aerial on the inside section.

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São Paulo University: where teachers and students are surfers

University of Sao Paulo is ready to kick off the fifth edition of its advanced academic program in surfing management. All classes will run from 24th April to 19th June, from 7pm-9.30pm.

The two-month course "Surfing: Administration, Marketing and Business Management" promises to gather the best names of the Brazilian surf industry in a complete lesson kit.

The MBA of Portuguese-speaking surfers features several interesting dossiers. History of the surfing market, managing surf companies, marketing in surfing, events and sponsorships, surf publishing, surfing legislation and surf retail.

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