UKWA RYA National Junior Windsurfing Championships

Britain’s top young windsurfers will have a new stage on which to show off their talents this year as the RYA stages the first ever RYA National Junior Windsurfing Championships.

Run alongside the UK Windsurfing Association (UKWA) inland series event, the inaugural RYA National Junior Windsurfing Championships will see the youngsters pit their wits against each other at Whitwell, Rutland Water on 17 - 18 May.

Seven class National titles will be up for grabs at the event in both open and BIC Techno fleets.

Helen Cartwright, RYA National Windsurfing Coach, cannot wait to see the talent on show at Whitwell. She said: “This is excellent news for junior windsurfers and allows all Team15 (T15) and Junior windsurfers the chance to enter a National Championships designed specifically for them.

“We look forward to welcoming the top Junior windsurfers in the country to Whitwell for what is guaranteed to provide a thrilling weekend of racing.”

Gillian Wright, RYA T15 manager, added: “The new Championships offer a fantastic opportunity for Junior Windsurfers and we look forward to giving them a great weekend of racing and socialising with other team15 clubs and Junior Windsurfers from around the UK.”

The annual RYA Youth and Masters Windsurfing Championships will also have a slightly different feel for 2008 as the RYA has joined forces with UKWA to run a combined National Championships at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on 13-14 September.

Helen Cartwright said: “Having the best racers in British Windsurfing all brought together can only be a good thing. We look forward to a weekend of high-quality racing at what is a World Class venue.”

The following fleets will race at the RYA/UKWA National Windsurfing Championships, Weymouth (13-14 September):
· Techno 6.8
· Techno 7.8
· Raceboard (with class divisions)
· Formula (with class divisions)

The following fleets will race at the RYA National Junior Windsurfing Championships, Whitwell (17-18 May):
· 3.5 Open
· 4.5 Open
· 5.5 Open
· 6.8 Open
· 3.5 Techno
· 4.5 Techno
· 5.5 Techno

Source: UKWA

Alex Mussolini

RRD are happy to announce the signing of Spanish wave ripper Alex Mussolini (RRD / NeilPryde) to their International Windsurfing team. Alex’s target will be to rip on RRD boards on both the PWA Wave tour and on his quest for the perfect ride during a schedule of exotic trips.

The man himself, Roberto Ricci said, 'I’m very happy to welcome Alex aboard on RRD. He’s young, radical, very talented and incredibly motivated to improve his development skills both on and off the water.

I think that here at RRD he’ll find plenty of opportunities to grow as a pro rider, and all the tools he needs to catch new waves and enjoy natures pleasures.'

A stoked Alex commented that, ‘It’s such a pleasure to join this team. I came to Grosseto to personally meet Roberto and the RRD crew, and now I’m really sure that this is the right choice for me to boost my professional windsurfing career to another level. I’m strongly motivated to do my best to deserve Roberto’s confidence, and I know that here at RRD I’ll find the boards I need to suit my waveriding style”

Source: PWA World Tour

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. 

MFC also have 103 team riders, and a lot of them are doing the PWA world tour! We want to support them as much as we can, thank you guys for your great cooperation with MFC HAWAII!

The new events like the Ibiraquera and Cabo Verde, and the growing Slalom series are amazing! I had personally a chance to sail Punta Preta and without doubt it’s one of the best spots on the planet.

At places like this we finally have the possibility to show the world the extreme and spectacular edge of Windsurfing and top-level wave riding.

Our wave sailors need real wave riding events, and the PWA is doing a great work in putting it together.

I also really believe Slalom is creating a great connection with a lot of other sailors that love high speed; on top of this, we can use this production gear involved to go slalom sailing on 12-15 knots of wind in summer time, and have fun drag racing our friends.

Windsurfing’s not just about waves and strong breeze because of the fun that racing and freeride gear allows.

That’s also why MFC decide to work with Micah Buzianis to develop the fastest slalom and racing fins; we want to connect with a great rider such as Micah to develop a product that will address a wide range of sailors.

We hope it's another record-breaking year and are stoked to be along for the ride. See you on the water.’

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