Yeah Andy at Wind NC puts lots of time in getting events going. Actually Paddle Pallooza is this weekend. I was thinking about the AWT wave sailing series and I had windsurfing in mind when I asked the question.
Wind NC has Starboard SUPs (I own one) but I don't think has any new Starboard windsurf boards. I'm a Starboard fan and would love to see these in a shop. Try before you buy is a huge help and that would be best case. However you mentioned the windsurf industry budget cuts- I know this has made for fewer demo opportunities and I guess even a company as dominant as Starboard is effected.