First a prize-winning oportunity from FlyMount.
We're running a sweepstake competition on our Facebook page.
We have 2 Flymount and GoPro HD bundles to give away, and 2 Flymounts to give away as runner up prizes. The GoPro HD camera and Flymount make a perfect combination of crystal clear, super wide angle footage, and bomb proof attachment to your kit. The ultimate windsurf photography package.
Since quite a few of our customers are using GoPros with their Flymounts, we've decided to promote the two products. We're also developing an adapter plate to make our system work perfectly with the GoPros, without using the GoPro tripod mount.
Micah Buzianis wins the IFCA North American Slalom Champs ahead of Diony Guadagnino.
Check out Philip Koester's profile and boost for the sport on prime time German TV in this lifestyle and action clip aired last weekend.
Lose the slip and use K4 for grip.
Public Holiday here today. Back tomorrow. More news from last week below.
The Dutch Speed scene is going from strength-to-strength. Check out these speeds, and number of competitors from just 25 knots of wind at a low water level USM meet at Strandhorst. Looks like that new StarboardFutura is also fast as claimed.Thanks to [Belgian] Herman who clocked in 34.51 over 500m himself for the heads-up.
Windsurfer International Magazine is a finalist of the Digital Magazine Awards 2010. A massive thanks to all the contributors and everyone who's played a part in making that nomination possible.
Steve Thorp's mammoth roadtrip in the name of speed.
The Irish Slalom Series 5th stop is confirmed green light go for this coming weekend.
Congratulations to Nicholas Schreier - the 2010 Formula Experience World Champion.
Here's Starboard's latest PR about their new iSonic Speed Special, iSonic and Futura lines.
<<New iSonic, Futura and iSonic Speed Special in stores now!
With the days getting shorter and the winds getting stronger, the new iSonics, Futuras and iSonic Speed Specials are in the shops now, ready to make the most of the upcoming storm sessions.
The latter is the definite answer for those looking to up their personal GPS records, while the new iSonic features six upgrades, creating a situation where more than half of the top ten slalom sailors in the PWA ride an iSonic (that’s twice as much as in 2009).
And last but not least, the new Futura is also in stores now: an advanced freerider with a maximum wind range, early planing power and a very high speed potential.
These all-new shapes can be ordered now at your favourite Starboard dealer.
For more information please visit: star-board.com
Fanatic Boarders Centers are giving away more Acer netbooks again starting Nov 1st - all you got to dois complete a survey.
Check out Sebastian Schoeffel and Fabian Weber's 'Windsurf highlights' 2011 Calender.
Check out Thomas Traversa and Julien Taboulet's new ramp!
Pic Charles Oreve
A change from the regular news collection today.
On Monday we featured Mark Angulo and raised the questions about the difference between a Mutant and a Wave 360. And is a Goiter a wave 360 or not? Who better to ask than the man himself? Who says we need no education? Who says we need no thought control? Innovating since the 80s, it's the ultimate Mad Professor of Mutantology, Doctor Mark Angulo. (Watch this clip of the first Mutant on video from GP first...)
On Monday we featured Mark Angulo and raised the questions about the difference between a Mutant and a Wave 360. And is a Goiter a wave 360 or not?
Who better to ask than the man himself? Who says we need no education? Who says we need no thought control? Innovating since the 80s, it's the ultimate Mad Professor of Mutantology, Doctor Mark Angulo. (Watch this clip of the first Mutant on video from GP first...)
"First things first. I would be remiss to not state the obvious, most of the maneuvers all of us are doing should be considered 360s. Goiters and Takas being counterclockwise [at Ho’okipa] and carving 360s, aerial 360s and Mutants being clockwise.
As we progress into landing tail first, or taking off tail first for that matter, than we enter into the realm of 540s and then 720s...
Many get confused with the many different names we have for them all, but in reality these descriptions do serve a practical purpose. Now sometimes we get a little excited and try to rename something because of a little addendum or tweak.
Sometimes it will stick sometimes it doesn’t. It usually sticks when it is obvious that the difficulty factor went up by doing it , or it’s something out of left field ( Boujmaa's "Blackshot" for example).
It usually is borne from our attempts to articulate exactly what we did to a fellow sailor. " No, it wasn’t just a 360, it was an aerial 360".
We want our friends to really understand it was a much bigger and badder move than the one they saw, and we are determined to convince him how difficult it really was. Some friends take the bait, some don’t, so as the age old adage says " choose your friends wisely"!
It seems that most of the problems with identifying 360s (clockwise ones on Maui’s Northshore), began when I named something which I felt to be “different" - the Mutant". I have included a picture from Charles Oreve that kicked my pursuit off.
I went for a 360 and the thing was unlike anything I had done before. Funny thing was I landed perfectly , but I had already hit the eject button, but now I had gotten a taste of something I really wanted - a giant 360, flying over an entire section of wave, "backdooring" it as we would say, at full power and full speed.
Now this is a problem, because it is very difficult to get the perfect pop from a wave and clear your mast tip, all while blasting full speed, upside down, trying to clear a section and spot a landing.
I have been sailing a long time and it was pretty obvious, that this was a different type of 360. In the end you had to take a different approach on the takeoff.
It had to start like a goiter and then once you see that the mast tip has cleared the top of the wave you complete the rotation back as a normal 360 and not keep pushing through and doing a Goiter.
This was the true difference to me. I called it "Mutant" because to me it was a hybrid between a Goiter and a regular 360, and I identified it differently.
So I identify them like this: There is the carving 360, super tight, usually carving straight up into the barrel in perfect sync with the timing of the wave.
A good one of these will make your session, its like getting barreled, it feels like you stayed true to the wave, one of the best feelings you can have windsurfing.
Then there is the aerial 360. Usually done full speed, getting a nice pop from the lip out into the face, rotating like a backflip and continuing on.
Then there is the "mutant" which when done correctly should include Goiter style take off, super upside down action, eyes on the tip of the mast, traveling over big section, etc.
In all fairness let it be said that in my mind, I feel I’ve only made about thirty of these. A poorly executed "Mutant" looks like a really junk 360.
The mast clips the top, or you get to the lip early or you just plain boggle it. Many times now a 360 is called a "mutant" and that is just not the case.
Think about it, at what point does an aerial 360 become a "Mutant" , there can be a lot of space in between those two moves , but at some point the two must meet.
I will say this also, the clip that Brian got was a clew first 360. Not a "mutant". This was the first clew first one captured on film, (thank you Brian) but no air involved, no mutanto.
The clip that Jake Miller captured recently was an aerial clew first 360, also the first one, (thanx Jake) but not a "mutant" either.
In fact the term "Mutant" might not qualify for clew first because the mast getting in the way doesn’t seem to be an issue.
I would like to say that it wasn’t my intention to bring confusion to our sport. It’s all about having fun and testing yourself and expanding your horizons.
360s are just one aspect of what we do, and we should always be thankful just to be getting in the water.
But remember, as Confucius says " For every wave, Rotation! "
October Windsurfer International Mag is out now.
Here's the October edition of Windsurfer International Mag live and ready to read!
Inside this month:
After the long drive...the reward.
Now I guess we can enjoy a debate on the difference between a Mutant and a 360? Answers on the comments below please. I caught this on film back in April...so what is it...Mutant or 360?
An awesome coast-to-coast, FREE learn-to-windsurf initiative in Australia from NeilPryde and JP Australia - please spread the word and let's get more people involved.
Apart from being more fun of course, remember more windsurfers buying equipment means better gear coming through the system to meet demand and more people to sell your second hand stuff to!
Updates from the Luderitz Speed Challenge. (Bringdal notched 43 knots already...)
Not much happening at the Tiree Wave Classic.
Witchcraft are offering a new rental service in Fuerteventura. A great idea for a hit-and-run mission on a forecast without excess baggage hassle. Check out the PR.
With the ever increasing prices and decreasing weight allowances for flying with windsurf equipment, we will be offering equipment rental from March 2011.
Available will be a selection of the current Wave V3.0 and Chakra V2.0 and Ezzy Sails 2011. Rental is also ideal to test our equipment prior to purchasing. Find out what the hype around Witchcraft and Ezzy is all about and why so many Fuerte locals choose this high quality equipment.
Pre-bookings are recommended and rewarded, especially in the high season from march till september. And off course, rental is also ideal for a short trip on a good forecast. With the increasing connections with low cost airline Ryanair, rental can be the cheapest and easiest option. All you need to take is your wetsuit and harness.
More information from Witchcraft
Apologies if I missed anything - I managed to accidentally delete a massive chunk of my inbox today. It's a pretty cool way to save some time as it turns out and hopefully I only missed some lottery winning notifications, random distant relative inheritance news and Viagra mails!
An important petition to sign to help save Casa de Porros as a much-loved sailing location in Tarifa, Spain.
Not long 'til CV now...
PWA Head Judge Duncan Coombs is interviewed by Windsurfers.de [German language - use Google translate.]
Last week it was wavesailing competition in Ireland's west coast, this weekend it's over to the East side with a need for speed.