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How is a windsurf board made?

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 8 Nov 2018

The process of building a windsurf board from scratch is a lot more complicated than shaping a surfboard.

Although there are identical stages, techniques and steps, windsurf boards feature specific parts, like the mast track and the footstraps, which require extra craftsmanship.

The windsurf board manufacturing methods and approaches vary from brand to brand, but the main stages will not differ much.

International Windsurfer becomes an official World Sailing class

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 6 Nov 2018

The Windsurfer has officially been granted an International Class status.

The World Sailing (WS) Council has finally recognized the historical relevance of the Windsurfer, also known as International Windsurfer, as a pioneer windsurfing class.

The decision to re-introduce the Windsurfer was made on November 4, 2018, and puts the classic sailboard equipment where it once was.

Luderitz Speed Challenge returns with high hopes

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 31 Oct 2018

The world's fastest windsurfers and kitesurfers will hunt new speed sailing records from October 22nd through November 25th, in Luderitz, Namibia.

The 2018 Luderitz Speed Challenge returns with high hopes and plenty of well-known faces. The event is running since 2007.

Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Steve Allen, Chris Bertish, Philippe Bru, Mark Grinnell, Farrel O'Shea, Twan Verseput and Alberto Possati (Windsurfing), as well as Sébastian Cattelan and Martin Carter (Kitesurfing), are some of the stars of this year's showdown.

What is land windsurfing?

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 26 Oct 2018

Land windsurfing is the sport of windsurfing in terra firma. Riders use a windsurfing sail to skateboard across dry land.

You can land windsurf in the city streets, at skate parks, on a beach during low tides, on a football field, in a flat indoor or outdoor surface, car parks, salt, and dirt lakes, or in any open space with few obstacles.

Believe it or not, land windsurfing is nearly as old as windsurfing. And, besides cruising, it also allows you to perform tricks and maneuvers.

Marc Paré Rico triumphs at the 2018 Tiree Wave Classic

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 23 Oct 2018

After hard battles all week, the wave warriors of Tiree gathered on the beach to feast in respect of the ocean gods who would settle for another year.

The Tiree Wave Classic wouldn't be a quintessential Scottish wave sailing event without stormy conditions.

Maze Beach delivered the goods, and athletes embraced the spirit of the Scottish Highlands to overcome the challenging weather conditions.

Israel's only Olympic gold winner won't sell his medal after all

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 18 Oct 2018

Israel's only Olympic gold winner wanted to sell his medal on eBay. But now, he has changed his mind.

Gal Fridman is 43 years old. Fourteen years ago, competing in the Mistral Windsurfing class, he won the gold medal at the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics.

The sailor from Pardes Hanna-Karkur immediately became a national hero in Israel and, until today, he is the only athlete ever to win a gold medal for his country in the Olympic Games.

Brian Røgild aims for 50 knots before turning 50

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 17 Oct 2018

Human beings can't live without goals, objectives, and future plans. We just need to do more and much better.

Brian Røgild is a Danish windsurfer with lots of experience in the competitive scene. He is a multiple-time Nordic champion, a slalom king in his country, and a former PWA World Tour campaigner.

Røgild is also one of the fastest sailors in Denmark. He hails from Veddelev, a spot near Roskilde, and his fastest ever speed is 47.26 knots.

A sharky windsurfing adventure in the Southern Outer Banks

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 11 Oct 2018

Anthony Vandenberg has once again participated in the Shackleford Challenge 2018 in Cedar Island, North Carolina. This time, he had a close encounter with a shark.

The event is a 100-mile challenge, and the windsurfer known as "Bermuda Boy" is becoming a specialist in solo sailing marathons. Here's his story.

Wow, Driftwood Drive has changed. The new and improved Sharky's Bar And Grill is a glorious thing to behold.

PWA World Tour crowns seven world champions

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 9 Oct 2018

It's all over. After a long and intense season, the world's best windsurfers have concluded another year of competition.

Antoine Albeau and Delphine Cousin (Slalom), Jose Estredo and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Freestyle), Victor Fernandez and Iballa Moreno (Wave), and Gonzalo Hoevel (Foil) have been crowned 2018 PWA World Tour champions.

In the slalom division, Albeau secured his 25th world title on the last day of competition in Sylt, Germany. The French windsurfer also finished third in the foil and has no plans to stop.

Benjamin Fabres tastes home win at 2018 Matanzas Wave Classic

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 4 Oct 2018

Benjamin Fabres and Maria Andrés have taken out the 2018 Matanzas Wave Classic, held in Chile.

The famous Chilean wave delivered the goods, and the world's best wave sailors put their skills to the test in highly contestable ocean and weather conditions.

Actually, you could almost hear the 10-foot swell coming from the horizon, and the roaring sound of the overhead waves breaking near the shore.

Harness lines: length, width and positioning for windsurfing

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 25 Sep 2018

Do you need guidance in setting the length and position of your harness lines? Here's how to do it for better windsurfing performances.

In intermediate and advanced windsurfing, sailors often apply their body weight in the harness, rather than the arm strength, to counterbalance the wind on the sail.

Once you get acquainted with the harness, it is important to know how to adjust the harness lines to the conditions you're experiencing in the water.

The band named Windsurf

Surf Today Windsurfing - Sat 22 Sep 2018

Bands often have curious and extravagant names. But these electronic music artists were quite explicit.

Meet Windsurf, a San Francisco-based duo comprised of Daniel Saxon Judd and Samuel Milton Grawe.

Judd is a multi-instrumentalist that started making music and releasing songs as Sorcerer. He is a fan of warm atmospheres, and maybe the name Windsurf comes from those inspirations.

Who said you couldn't windsurf in the heart of Stockholm?

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 19 Sep 2018

There are not many windsurfers in Stockholm. The most popular sports in Sweden are football and ice hockey. But that could be about to change.

Comprised of 14 islands, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic countries. But, for many, it is also the undisputed capital of Scandivania.

Recently, a local windsurfer decided to hit the cold waters of Lake Mälaren's Riddarfjärden Bay. Tim Eriksson went sailing in front of the Stockholm City Hall, on a gorgeous sunny day.

How to do a 180-degree static turn in windsurfing

Surf Today Windsurfing - Sat 15 Sep 2018

The static turn is one of the most helpful beginner windsurfing techniques.

Many times, and mostly when you're learning the basics of windsurfing, you will need to drive the board toward a specific area or place.

Performing the static turn will help you point the nose of the board in any direction without having actually to sail the equipment across the water.

Antoine Martin triumphs at 2018 Pacasmayo Classic

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 11 Sep 2018

Antoine Martin has taken out the 2018 Pacasmayo Classic, in Peru.

Hailed as the longest sailable wave in the world, Pacasmayo delivered the goods and provided thousands of meters of perfect wave faces.

The breathtaking left-hander saw Federico Morisio, Morgan Noireaux, Maxime Fevrier and Martin battling it out in the pro men's final.

John Carter: the ultimate windsurfing photographer

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 4 Sep 2018

He is probably the most experienced windsurfing photographer in the world. John Carter is the official lensman of the PWA World Tour and has been shooting windsurfers for four decades.

When you look at his work, it seems like every single shot was staged. But they never are. They're always intense, expressive, in the moment, and informative.

John Carter is passionate about his job, even if it means carrying equipment weighing up to 130 pounds between Europe and Hawaii.

Antoine Martin conquers the 2018 Baja Desert Showdown

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 28 Aug 2018

Antoine Martin has taken out the 2018 Baja Desert Showdown, in Mexico.

The third stop on the International Windsurfing Tour saw the sailor from Guadeloupe consolidating his first place in the rankings.

Despite the tricky and varying weather and ocean played conditions, the organization found a precious window to run the pro men's final.

Foil windsurfing will be a standalone PWA World Tour discipline in 2019

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 17 Aug 2018

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) announced that the foil windsurfing will become a standalone discipline.

The new pro windsurfing division will be an autonomous entity alongside slalom, freestyle, and wave sailing.

According to the PWA World Tour officials, foiling will no longer be tied to slalom events from 2019 on. The new windsurfing discipline will also deliver the same prize money as its slalom counterpart.

Omani windsurfer makes history for his country

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 15 Aug 2018

In a historic landmark decision, Oman Sail revealed the name of the young sailor who will represent the Sultanate at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), in Argentina.

Mohammed Nabil Al Balushi will become the first ever sailor from Oman Sail to represent his country at the Youth Olympic Games, when he races in the Men's Windsurfing Techno 293+ class at the event in Buenos Aires.

The announcement - celebrated at Oman Sail's headquarters in Al Mouj Muscat - is a milestone for the organization as it approaches its 10th anniversary, marking a significant moment in its long-standing mission to secure qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Double gold medals for Netherlands at the 2018 Sailing World Championships

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 14 Aug 2018

Dorian van Rijsselberghe and Lilian de Geus have taken out the RS:X division at the 2018 Sailing World Championships, held in Aarhus, Denmark.

The Dutch duo snatched the gold medals in the event that concluded sailing's first phase of Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification.

Double Olympic champion, van Rijsselberghe, had already won first place before the medal race. The 29-year-old windsurfer controlled his opponents during the 12 races and secured a fantastic result.

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