Sadly we don't have the space to canvas all of the sensational new kit set to hit our shores over the coming months, however, here's our pick of the hot-ticket items for the 2010 season.
"Out with the old" - CCS End of Season Sale
If you're one of those who prefers to save some dollars by investing in quality superseded kit you owe it to yourself to check out the offers Al Green's got at Caloundra City Sailboards during his annual "End of season sale".
You'll find terrific deals on a huge range of late model boards from Mistral, Naish and Exocet with prices starting from a low $999.
Al's also slashed the prices of a massive selection of superseded wave, race, and freeride sails from Aerotech, Ezzy and Naish.
And with big discounts on the entire range of booms, masts, and accessories, there's never been a better time to buy!
See Al in-store for even more red-hot specials during his "End of season sale" or check out the 'Sale Catalogue' at: www.caloundracitysailboards.com.au .
2010 "Collection" now on the Coast
Christmas has come early on the Gold Coast this year with the recent arrival at Surf FX of the first shipment of boards, sails, and accessories from the 2010 JP-Australia and Neil Pryde "collections".
And - from the new double concave bottoms which feature on the 2010 Wave, Twinser, and Freestyle Waves, through to the new compact clew feature in the Pryde range - the new season's board and sails are some of the most innovative to date.
Another of the unique design features in the Pryde range for 2010 is the introduction of the 'S' arms and liquid forged heads across the full range of booms - X3, X6, and X9.
For those new to the sport Surf FX have also taken delivery of a selection of entry-level boards and sails, including the hugely popular "Funster" and "Fun Ride's" from JP and the ever reliable (and robust) Pryde "Excess'".
See Ian and Michael in-store for details or give them a call on: (07)5531 3199 .
Neil Pryde - 'S Boom'
Without doubt the most visibly radical change in the 2010 Neil Pryde collection is the introduction of the new 'S' shaped booms, which it's claimed assists in maintaining a stable sail shape regardless of the conditions.
The new 'S' shape arms feature in all of the booms in the Neil Pryde range - the X3 (full alloy), X6 (alloy/carbon hybrid), and X9 (full carbon) - with a 'new school' head profile also offered in the two smallest sizes of all three lines.
The smaller sizes (140cm and 160cm) also feature 28mm arms and come complete with a boom shim for use with RDM/skinny masts, while the larger sizes feature 30mm arms.
Another innovation is the application of new Pressure Flow Forging technology for the construction of the boom heads. Produced with seamless material integrity, Pryde says the new heads are stronger, more rigid, and more robust than ever.
More information on the 2010 Pryde booms is available at: www.neilpryde.com .
JP-Australia - 'Ergo Deck'
One of the most distinctive changes in JP's "Freestyle" range this year is the introduction of the new 'Ergo Deck'.
JP claim that the lower heel to forefoot position of the 'Ergo Deck' encourages a much more relaxed sailing position and enables the rider to instantly transfer their whole body weight from one rail to the other.
All of which they say contributes to a faster carving board with greater control and enhanced pop for big air.
See your local JP dealer or visit www.jp-australia.com for a look at the new 'Ergo Deck'.
Starboard - 'iDO: Changing windsurfing forever'
Akin to adding "training wheels" to a beginners' board, Starboard claim the new 'iDO' will make it even easier for learners to come to grips with basics. And has the potential to quite literally "change windsurfing forever"
Designed - by Dario Oliviero - for use with boards over 85cm wide, and with sails up to 5m2, the 'iDO' is a mast base that limits the lean of the sail. Thus allowing the rider to focus solely on moving forward and manoeuvring the board in a more natural and relaxed fashion.
Starboard say the 'iDO's' unique design eliminates the need for first-timers to learn to uphaul and balance the rig, making it possible for people to literally get going from the get go.
To learn more about the ins and outs of the 'iDO', log on to: www.star-board.com .
Exocet - '3X'
Despite having a well-desreved reputation for innovation, Exocet was one of the few board brands that didn't release a twin fin model last season, with Patrice Belbeoch on record as saying he wasn't "convinced" multi-fins had merit.
Well all that has certainly turned full circle in 2010 with the release of the new "3X Wave". The three model lineup - 70lt, 82lt, and 96lt - all feature a classic thruster configuration with the option to also run the boards as single fins.
Available in carbon/pvc construction the 3X's also feature Exocet's renowned DDSA heel bumper system and are according to Belbeoch the "the first truly convertible waveboard".
For details log on to: www.exocet-original.com
Session Logs - 'A world of sessions'
"Session Logs" (www.sessionlogs.com) is the brainchild of "Deep Fried's" Chris Brown and aims to allow windsurfers, surfers, SUPers, (and yes even kiters) the chance to share their 'sessions' and 'spots' with like-minded crew from around the globe.
A bit like a cross between a conventional forum and a twitter-type feed, the "Session Logs" is a really user-friendly site that also enables you to follow the action at a given spot, or the adventures of a particular individual.
Not surprisingly, given its roots, the site has a strong (and active) Kiwi contingent though is slowly but surely generating a strong international following too, with regular contributions from readers in Europe, the U.S., Maui, and here in Oz.
A great idea and damn good fun - get involved!
New World Spirits - '5 Elements'
Billed as "National Geographic documentary meets windsurfing movie", '5 Elements' is the latest offering from the team at New World Spirits - brothers Thomas and Christian Miklausch, and film-maker Richard Pichler.
The film follows the intrepid Austrians as they tackle wind and waves in Antarctica, the Andes, and even the Amazon. Interspersed with a snapshot of the people and places they see along the way.
Superbly shot, the 45 minute-long film features some stunning and dramatic images and truly is "a journey unto itself".
To watch the trailer, or to order a copy of '5 Elements' log on to: www.nwspirits.com .