So that's that for 2007 - hardly a vintage year for windsurfing, but it certainly had its moments. Like the Cabo Verde PWA Wave contest back in February, arguably the greatest windsurfing event ever. Or that unseasonably windy spell in August that saw an amazing week of high-summer waveboard and small sail weather across the UK. Meanwhile Guy Cribb and co had blitzed downwind from Bournemouth to Brighton in a day, and Bryony Shaw took Gold in China at the Pre-Olympic RS:X Regatta in Quigdao, all set for an assault on the main prize at next year's Games. The Fat Face Windsurfing Festival went from strength to strength in September, attracting hundreds of recreational racers despite a dearth of wind. An affliction that cursed the first ever PWA Tiree event too - they only just managed to scrape a result, although the island did charm the World Tour crew who will surely be back in '08. No, it didn't really blow last autumn, but the gales did finally show up as winter set in. Enough to create some of the biggest swells ever to batter the British Isles, and powering Martin Van Meurs over 50 knots on Southend's Ray. And although that may well be it for British sailing until Christmas, we've got one more bite at the cherry – Christmas until New Year's Day weather. Just keep the faith...
Issue #238 The January / February 2008 edition of BOARDS Magazine is now on sale, full of inspiration for the new year.
Simon Bornhoft launches a new WindWise series with his toughest challenge yet as he sets about exorcising David's Demons.
Jem Hall's Wannabe a Wavesailor eases us painlessly towards the back loop - this issue, getting high and vertical jumps.
Our man at the cutting edge, Ian Leonard, presents his own looping innovation: the 49er, possibly our raddest ever Move of the Month...
Then John Skye unravels that most convoluted of windsurfing disciplines as he explains all the moves in Understanding Freestyle.
Also turning their attentions to freestyle, the BOARDS Test Team examine eight freestyle and eight freemove boards at 62-65cm wide (97-105L) . Which way to go, Move or Style?
It's time for an annual round-up as Dave White remembers the Year of Speed, John Hibbard recounts the UKWA Four Nations Wavesailing Cup, and Mike Simpson reports on the final round of UKWA Slalom.
Raphael Filippi and Xavier Huart report from Socotra in the Indian Ocean: The Windiest Spot on Earth.
And, much closer to home, Russ 'Crazy Horse' Tetlow and Steve Thorp take on November's storm surge in Norfolk: The Wild, Wild East...
Brian McDowell takes us Behind the Scenes at a Board Brand.
What Has the RYA Ever Done For Us? The windsurfing girls reveal all...
Richard & Nikki Attree, not forgetting Basil the dog, introduce El Médano and their Life on the Reef.
Plus Readers' Pix, Diary of a Young Gun, Post, News.
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