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Jaeger Stone claims 2019 Red Bull Storm Chase

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 13 Mar 2019

Australian windsurfer Jaeger Stone has taken out the 2019 Red Bull Storm Chase, in Ireland.

The specialty event got underway with wind gusts of up to 70 knots (80 miles per hour, 130 kilometers per hour), and 26-foot (eight-meter) waves breaking off the Irish Coast.

Eight world-class windsurfers traveled from all corners of the globe to Magheroarty Beach, in County Donegal, to take on the full force of a massive North Atlantic storm.

Philippe Bru and Bjorn Dunkerbeck announce triple windsurfing event series

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 8 Mar 2019

The founder of the Défi Wind and the legendary windsurfer will organize three international windsurfing events - the Défi Wind Caribbean, the Sorobon Masters, and the Dunkerbeck GPS Challenge - in a single week.

The triple windsurfing event series will run in Sorobon Beach, Pink Beach and Te Amo Beach, in Bonaire, between June 23-30, 2019.

The Sorobon Beach Resort and Dunkerbeck Pro Center will provide the headquarters and the windsurfing equipment rentals for the events.

World's toughest windsurfing contest is back on with Force 10 winds

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 8 Mar 2019

Red Bull Storm Chase, the world's toughest windsurfing contest, is back on after three years of waiting with a serious storm brewing off the Irish coast.

Eight of the world's best windsurfers are about to hit the water in Force 10 winds (89-102 kilometers per hour) with the location needing close proximity to an international airport, adequate medical coverage, and emergency services.

A massive low-pressure system approaching the coast of Ireland has now created the ideal conditions and riders are expected to arrive in Dublin over the next 72 hours.

Ludovic Jossin and Yuki Sunaga win inaugural Défi Wind Japan

Surf Today Windsurfing - Sun 3 Mar 2019

After three days of fun races, the wind was finally strong enough to run three official races on the last day of the Défi Wind Japan.

Three different winners excelled on the downwind course that brought a smile to the pros and amateurs alike. In the end, Ludovic Jossin and Yuki Sunaga won the first Défi Wind in the Land of the Rising Sun.

As every windsurfer knows, the wind can play tricks on you. The pro-am concept of the Défi Wind involves waiting for conditions in which everyone can enjoy themselves before official races are launched.

PWA Freestyle World Tour downsized to 32 windsurfers

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 28 Feb 2019

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) announced a change in the PWA Freestyle World Tour format.

The 2019 PWA Men's Freestyle World Tour fleet will be reduced from 48 to 32 sailors.

The decision will allow the professional freestyle windsurfing circuit to run two-man heats earlier at each venue.

Everything you need to know about the Windsurfer Class

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 26 Feb 2019

Windsurfing was born in 1964 and became an officially recognized sailing sport in 1973. But the history of the water sport is indissociable from the Windsurfer.

The International Windsurfer Class Association (IWCA) started its activities in the early 1970s. The class - created by Hoyle and Diane Schweitzer - was introduced in the USA and Europe in 1973, and to Australia in 1976.

The first international windsurfing events were run with the Windsurfer, a one-design class that showcased one single board and the same sail for all competitors.

The Windsurfer wants to replace RS:X in the Olympic Games

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 21 Feb 2019

The International Windsurfer Class Association (IWCA) has announced a candidacy for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The Windsurfer wants to replace RS:X as the official Olympic windsurfing class and has already formally presented the project to World Sailing.

But let's go back to the roots of sailboarding in the Olympic movement.

Is Kiri Thode making a comeback?

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 12 Feb 2019

It has been two years since Kiri last competed in the PWA World Tour.

There has been some ups and downs, some victories and some losses, but Kiri is hungrier than ever to get on the podium again.

With an impressive winning streak from 2007 until 2015, Thode managed to secure a spot on the podium each year.

Niclas Nebelung wins Tow-In Contest at 2019 boot Düsseldorf

Surf Today Windsurfing - Sat 26 Jan 2019

Niclas Nebelung has taken out the 2019 boot Düsseldorf Tow-In Contest, in Germany.

The German Freestyle Battles held an indoor tow-in competition at boot Düsseldorf, one of the world's largest and most influential boat and water sports trade show.

And who needs wind to sail a windsurf board? Pulled by a cable similar to those used in wake cable parks, five riders accelerated across the 65-meter pool and performed their best tricks and maneuvers.

A historical wave sailing session at Jaws with Camille, Kai and Rudy

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 23 Jan 2019

On November 26, 2018, the World Surf League (WSL) suspended the iconic Peahi Challenge, in Maui. Why? There was too much wind, and the conditions were too gnarly for big wave surfing.

Luckily, "too much wind" also means perfect conditions for... big wave windsurfing. With a 27-second period swell marching in, Camille Juban, Kai Katchadourian, and Rudy Castorina grabbed their gear and sailed toward the peak at Jaws.

They were out at 4 pm. And then suddenly, the liquid mountains began to rise above the horizon.

The 2019 European Freestyle Pro Tour schedule

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 17 Jan 2019

The 2019 European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) calendar has been released.

This year, the organization secured a prize money of €108,000 and will hold events in eight different venues.

The season will kick off with a tow-in only competition in Austria. Then, after a stop in Spain's Catalonia, the best freestyle windsurfers of the Old Continent will head to Italy for a new challenge in Sicily.

The 2019 European Freestyle Pro Tour schedule

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 17 Jan 2019

The 2019 European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) calendar has been released.

This year, the organization secured a prize money of €108,000 and will hold events in eight different venues.

The season will kick off with a tow-in only competition in Austria. Then, after a stop in Spain's Catalonia, the best freestyle windsurfers of the Old Continent will head to Italy for a new challenge in Sicily.

International Windsurfing Tour announces equal prize money for men and women

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 9 Jan 2019

The International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) announced the introduction of equal prize money for male and female competitors.

The announcement takes full effect in the 2019 season and will award $50,000 overall to the eight best-ranked wave sailors.

The breakdown for both pro men and women goes as follows:

International Windsurfing Tour announces equal prize money for men and women

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 9 Jan 2019

The International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) announced the introduction of equal prize money for male and female competitors.

The announcement takes full effect in the 2019 season and will award $50,000 overall to the eight best-ranked wave sailors.

The breakdown for both pro men and women goes as follows:

"Meherio": the story of three talented Tahitian mermaids

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 4 Jan 2019

French Polynesia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. But it also exports truly talented sportswomen.

"Meherio" is a documentary featuring professional windsurfer Mathilde Zampieri, as well as pro surfers Aelan Vaast and Vaimiti Teiefitu.

They are three of the most exciting young female watersports performers in French Polynesia. The 45-minute movie was shot by Colter Johnson.

"Meherio": the story of three talented Tahitian mermaids

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 4 Jan 2019

French Polynesia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. But it also exports truly talented sportswomen.

"Meherio" is a documentary featuring professional windsurfer Mathilde Zampieri, as well as pro surfers Aelan Vaast and Vaimiti Teiefitu.

They are three of the most exciting young female watersports performers in French Polynesia. The 45-minute movie was shot by Colter Johnson.

Class associations and windsurf manufacturers invited to submit equipment for Paris 2024

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 19 Dec 2018

World Sailing Class has opened the applications process for the windsurfing equipment for Paris 2024.

The governing body for the sport of sailing is re-evaluating equipment selected for the Olympic Games at every eight years.

World Sailing wants to reduce the risk of monopolies, and force manufacturers to remain price-competitive and produce high-quality gear.

Class associations and windsurf manufacturers invited to submit equipment for Paris 2024

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 19 Dec 2018

World Sailing Class has opened the applications process for the windsurfing equipment for Paris 2024.

The governing body for the sport of sailing is re-evaluating equipment selected for the Olympic Games at every eight years.

World Sailing wants to reduce the risk of monopolies, and force manufacturers to remain price-competitive and produce high-quality gear.

Jason Polakow scores big time in Indonesia

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 11 Dec 2018

The first windsurfer to ever take on Nazaré's Praia do Norte continues to impress.

Jason Polakow is probably the most well-rounded wave sailor on the planet, and it's quite clear why. This time, he got on a plane to what appears to be T-Land, in Indonesia.

"Indonesia has always been on my bucket list. I've been watching the Indian Ocean fire up every year, so I've been doing a lot of research and hearing a lot of ghost stories, so I thought it's time that I come out here and find something," explained the Australian.

Jason Polakow scores big time in Indonesia

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 11 Dec 2018

The first windsurfer to ever take on Nazaré's Praia do Norte continues to impress.

Jason Polakow is probably the most well-rounded wave sailor on the planet, and it's quite clear why. This time, he got on a plane to what appears to be T-Land, in Indonesia.

"Indonesia has always been on my bucket list. I've been watching the Indian Ocean fire up every year, so I've been doing a lot of research and hearing a lot of ghost stories, so I thought it's time that I come out here and find something," explained the Australian.

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