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    Windsurfing news of the moment.

    This is a new running thread for windsurfing news and topical stuff, perhaps for other watersports too.

    The idea is there is one thread were current stuff can be noted, especially where it doesn't justify its own thread – or if you are too lazy to start one.


    Feel free to add any windsurfing news, or add a mention of events you know are current or about to happen.



    In freestyle, the second EFPT* event of the season has been underway at the weekend at Lake Neusiedl. Unlike at their first event this year, they have had wind.
    Tonky Frans won the single elimination yesterday, ahead of Giovanni Passani. Rikki Marca was third with Sam Esteve fourth.

    The double elimination is underway right now and Steven van Broeckhoven has fought his way back through the draw to be at least fifth.
    And SVB is now in a heat against Sam Esteve in the battle for fourth place. How far will he get on this comeback trail?

    You can follow the draw ladder and heat scores live, here:
    http://www.efpt.net/surf-worldcup-ne...d=mc4wp-form-1



    *The EFPT is the European Freestyle Tour.
    Last edited by basher; 30th April 2018 at 12:20 PM.
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    We Brits like moaning about our weather and this thread is started on the last day of what has been a very wet April in 2018.
    There is an east/west divide today but here in the Southeast we have a useless northerly wind and heavy rain.
    There must be some places where it is sailable today, but I wonder if anyone has bothered? Despite the strong wind, conditions don't look too inviting and the midday temperature here in Hove is just 6 degrees.

    But the hope is that the wind turns to the west again by tomorrow and that temperatures recover by the coming weekend.

    This is not the weather thread, but it seems worth noting just how crap the windsurfing weather has been in UK so far this year – and for much of the winter.
    Last edited by basher; 30th April 2018 at 04:25 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basher View Post
    There must be some places where it is sailable today, but I wonder if anyone has bothered? Despite the strong wind, conditions don't look too inviting and the midday temperature here in Hove is just 6 degrees.
    I think Joss Bay, Botany Bay, Sandwich and maybe St Mary's could be really good today but port tack of course, and Westbrook for onshore with a slight Starboard bias. I would have gone to WB or Joss if I didn't have a physio appointment I've been waiting for for four months this afternoon.
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    Just to update on the EFPT freestylers, Steven Van Broeckhoven's comeback trail through the double elimination at the Neusiedl event was stopped by Sam Esteve, albeit in a very tight heat. SVB ends up fifth at this event.

    Esteve then went on to beat Rikki Marca, and Giovanni Passani to then take on Tonky Frans in the final.
    Sam Esteve had a clear victory in that final but the double elimination rules now mean that there has to be a superfinal, where the two sailors meet again.

    And that superfinal will start shortly. This will be Esteve's fifth heat in a row, whereas Tonky Frans has only sailed once today – so fitness may come into determining the final result. Esteve has however been racking up 40+ points in each of his heats so far today.


    (Good to see all of the top four are good friends and were all out in Cape Town training earlier this year. But notable absentee at this event is Jacopo Testa.)


    Late update:
    Tony Frans takes the superfinal and the EFPT Neusiedl event, with an amazing score of 46.92 points. The 35 year old freestyle veteran outsailed the 20 year old Esteve – who must have been knackered after sailing five heats back to back, and who crashed a lot of his moves in the superfinal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by basher View Post
    We Brits like moaning about our weather and this thread is started on the last day of what has been a very wet April in 2018.
    There is and east/west divide today but here in the Southeast we have a useless northerly wind and heavy rain.
    There must be some places where it is sailable today, but I wonder if anyone has bothered? Despite the strong wind, conditions don't look too inviting and the midday temperature here in Hove is just 6 degrees.

    But the hope is that the wind turns to the west again by tomorrow and that temperatures recover by the coming weekend.

    This is not the weather thread, but it seems worth noting just how crap the windsurfing weather has been in UK so far this year – and for much of the winter.
    I sailed today - living on an island does have its advantages in that you can usually (although not always) get in somewhere. Powered 5.3m/100L conditions but it was chilly for sure, although not as cold as some days have been. That said you're right: 2018, so far, has been rubbish for windsurfing. The winter wasn't too bad up until Xmas (at least here) but since then it's been awful. Is it just cyclical? Is it a result of global warming? Maybe a combination? As far as events go, at least if you're an organiser running one (and not just windsurfing), UK weather sure makes things tricky and can be headache inducing. But it's the same everywhere. Maui has had lots of rain, the first EFPT comp (Mondial du Vent) was largely windless, Tenerife has had a run of odd direction winds (see Colin Dixon's FB post about his coaching period there) and so on...Hopefully we'll get a good run in the near future and any event - windsurfing or other - has Mother Nature smile down.

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    Last year was also rubbish until June then it was one of the best shingly windsurfing summers in recent memory.
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