Kevin Pritchard

After weeks of independent testing, Kevin Pritchard finally chose Gaastra from the stack of sail brands hunting for a multiple world champ.

Not only that but Kevin, 31, now gets to work alongside his brother Matt once more, though this time round big bro Matt’s the team manager as well as a tuning buddy.

It’s the third time for Kev back on the ‘The Big G’, after starting out as a junior team rider in the 90s with one of windsurfing’s truly legendary superbrands.

Kevin seemed over the moon about the switch at his Blog.

‘I am super stoked on the sails, they are working really good, and everyone at Gaastra is very supportive and ready to take the brand to the top. I am happy to be working with Matt again and feel like there is some real positive energy pushing us forward. Dan Kaseler is keen on designing some new fast gear, along with a great group of team riders, it will be fun to see where it can take us.’

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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

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