PWA Cabo Verde 2008

Around the windsurfing world, the question on everyone’s lips is, ‘Can the island of Sal can possibly repeat the epic conditions of 2007’s historic PWA wavesailing event?

And anyone who dares ask out aloud simply trembles at the mouth-watering prospect of Ponta Preta serving-up anything on the scale of what we witnessed last year.

As curtain raiser to the 2008 season, this tiny archipelago takes centre stage in the windsurfing community, as the entire planets wavesailing focus zooms in.

The groundbreaking 2007 event was won by Cabo Verde’s very own hero, Josh Angulo (MauiSails), who narrowly defeated the current world Champion, Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) of Brazil, after an all-time final, in barreling, yes barreling, mast-and-a-half high waves.

And let’s not forget that, before that jaw-dropping showdown, American Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / Gaastra) shrugged-off one of the most gritty double elimination comebacks ever by Australia’s Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde) to take bronze at a milestone event for the sport.

During the build-up to this contest the conditions have already shown promise, with many select riders, such as the 2007 season runner-up Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Simmer), already pinching themselves that Ponta Preta’s throwing up powerful clean surf like clockwork once again.

With €30,000 at stake and vital tour-rankings points on offer, this World Cup’s just destined to be insane.

Source: PWA World Tour

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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