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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 - Mon 13 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.

37.29 knots: Zara Davis sets a new speed sailing record

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 7 Aug 2018

Zara Davis broke the world women's nautical mile speed sailing record.

The British windsurfer sailed at 37.29 knots during the La Palme Speed Masters 2018, in the south of France.

Davis, who held the record for nearly 12 years, saw her mark of 34.74 knots being smashed by Heidi Ulrich at the French event. On July 16, the Swiss windsurfer improved Zara's world record after sailing at 35.91 knots.

A video essay that blends architecture, religion and windsurfing

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 7 Aug 2018

Experimentation is the mother of creation. Whether you're developing a new recipe, creating a new gadget, or inventing a new action sports maneuver, you need to try out new approaches.

"Human Made" is a video essay that smartly blends architectural lines, claustrophobic music, and unexpected living being - windsurfers.

The conceptual and experimental windsurf video comes from the mind of Oliver Stauffacher, a former, low-profile PWA World Tour competitor who keeps his life incredibly private.

Gabriel Dantes writes a literary myth inspired by windsurfing

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 31 Jul 2018

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if windsurfing was as influential to the culture as soccer is?

Or have you ever read an amazing book like Harry Potter and wondered how great it would be if the main characters were windsurfers too?

In Gabriel Milano Dantes' fantasy book "The Love of Nessa and Kêlet," the author conceives that world.

Köster and Daida triumph at Pozo Izquierdo

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 24 Jul 2018

Philip Köster and Daida Moreno have taken out the 2018 Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival, at Pozo Izquierdo, in Las Palmas.

The 30th anniversary of the wave sailing event had some of the best conditions in years, with 50 knots plus of wind on several days, and plenty of swell.

Four-time PWA World Tour champion Philip Köster kicked off the season with an impressive performance whether going for huge jumps and loops or applying critical maneuvers in the wave faces.

Windsurfer World Trophy crowns five new champions

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 24 Jul 2018

Five new champions have been crowned at the Windsurfer World Trophy 2018, held at Circolo Surf Torbole, in Lake Garda, Italy.

The last day of competition had a long distance race early in the morning, blessed by the Pelèr wind and two classic races in the afternoon powered by the Ora.

It was the perfect end for an event that saw the great champions that made the history of windsurfing back into the water - Riccardo Giordano, Christoph Sieber, and Cesare Cantagalli were some of them.

What are the main windsurfing disciplines?

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 19 Jul 2018

There are many ways of enjoying windsurfing, and they all require the same equipment items: a board, a sail, a boom and a mast.

Whether you're hooked to maneuvers, waves, speed, or racing, you'll always find a discipline that will make you fulfill your dreams.

Today, there are many types of sails and plenty of windsurfing board models. Each one serves a different purpose and distinct windsurfing disciplines.

Windsurfing makes historic move toward equal prize money

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 10 Jul 2018

For the first time in its history, the Gran Canaria Windsurf World Cup will award equal prize money to men and women at Pozo Izquierdo.

The 30th anniversary of the windsurfing competition held in the Canary Islands will be a special one to all the female athletes involved in the waves discipline.

"As women windsurfers, we have been dreaming about this moment for the last 21 years. We run the same risks, train hard and even worse, with lower salaries and opportunities," Daida Moreno, organizer, and competitor, told Continent Seven.

The quest for the triple loop is on

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 6 Jul 2018

It looks unreal, and it can be dangerous, too. Windsurfing's triple loop is not yet a reality, but Ricardo Campello is leading the way.

Looping requires a lot of practice, but when you're going for a triple attempt, the chances will hurt yourself increase dramatically.

Wave sailing specialists know that timing, speed, a good ramp, and a powered sail are needed to land a double loop. And everything happens quickly.

Bruno Martini sets a new record at the 2018 One Hour Classic

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 3 Jul 2018

Martini, the bearer of Circolo Surf Torbole, was able to sail 19 laps in one hour and 31 seconds, with an average speed of over 50 km/h.

It was an epic day on Lake Garda. The spot was blessed with a 25-knot south wind with peaks of up to 30-35 knots. For many, it was the most beautiful One Hour Classic ever.

Bruno Martini, the athlete from Circolo Surf Torbole, broke the record. It was a perfect end to the RRD One Hour Classic, one of the most famous and historical regattas in Torbole, held on the windsurfing mecca of Lake Garda, in Italy.

João Rodrigues, 46, crowned 2018 Raceboard world champion

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 3 Jul 2018

João Rodrigues and Aleksandra Blinnikka have been crowned 2018 Raceboard world champions in Blanes, Spain.

The popular windsurfing class gathered a total 73 sailors from 13 countries in the warm waters of Catalonia. The event was hosted by Club Vela Blanes.

The windsurfer from the Portuguese island of Madeira clinched the world title after winning six of the 10 regatta races.

How long does it take to learn windsurfing?

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 28 Jun 2018

Learning to windsurf is a relatively quick mission. Depending on your dedication and weather condition, yes, you may start windsurfing on single a weekend.

Ideally, you should book a few windsurfing lessons. Certified instructors will make sure you progress safely and steadily.

However, if you decide to learn how to windsurf by yourself, make sure you find a closed body of water or calm beach to kick off your first experiences.

Nicolas Warembourg wins the 2018 Défi Wind Caribbean

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 21 Jun 2018

Nicolas Warembourg, the winner of the 2018 Défi Wind, also claimed this year's Défi Wind Caribbean, in Bonaire.

On the final day of competition, and after a quiet start, the wind progressively filled up Bonaire's sea and allowed two more long distances races in the afternoon.

With two bullets, Ludovic Jossin was the sailor of the day, but Nicolas Warembourg stayed solid and is the overall winner of the 2018 Defi Wind Caribbean in Bonaire.

Boards & More splits from North Sails, Duotone is born

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 21 Jun 2018

The rumors are true. Boards & More, the co-founders of North Windsurf and North Kiteboarding, are about to launch Duotone on August 1, 2018.

The new water sports company will also to develop windsurfing and kiteboarding products, and they will focus a large part of their efforts in foiling and hydrofoils.

"We and North Sails Group had different views about the future of North, so we decided to come up with our own brand," explains Till Eberle, managing director of Boards & More GmbH.

Boujmaa Guilloul sails to victory at the 2018 Pistol River Wave Bash

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 13 Jun 2018

Boujmaa Guilloul conquered the 2018 Pistol River Wave Bash, in Oregon.

The second stop on the International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) season attracted sailors from a dozen countries flocked to Gold Beach for yet another splendid contest.

The entire fleet took time to pay tribute to a fallen IWT campaigner, Attila Tivadar, who lost a battle against melanoma. He was a genuine and kind person, and will forever be remembered by his friends.

What is the difference between sailboarding and windsurfing?

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 8 Jun 2018

Sailboarding and windsurfing: why are there different names for a single the same sport?

In 1964, S. Newman Darby not only invented the sailboard, but he also opened the way to a new wind and water sport - windsurfing.

Sailboarding is the original term used for describing the outdoor activity in which someone stands up on a board that is connected to a mast and sail.

The Windsurf Project kicks off in Nazaré

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 6 Jun 2018

The Windsurf Project is an ambitious film series that aims to document the most radical and perfect windsurfing from around the globe.

During the 2017/2018 winter season, French windsurfer Thomas Traversa focused his efforts on tracking every storm in Europe. His agenda led him to the notorious Portuguese big wave break of Nazaré.

"Nazaré, right now, is definitely one of the top spots for big waves in the world. It is one of the scariest waves, and it was intimidating to sail it," notes Traversa former PWA World Tour champion, and winner of the Red Bull Storm Chase.

Steven Van Broeckhoven blasts the 2018 EFPT Sardinia

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 5 Jun 2018

Steven Van Broeckhoven claimed the 2018 EFPT Sardinia, at Porto Liscia Windsurf Club, in Italy.

The European Freestyle Pro Tour is back to the stunning shores of northern Sardinia, eight years after the last event. At the time, windsurfers were greeted with both light breezes and howling winds.

This time, and despite the shifting conditions, the thermal westerly winds allowed the completion of the event. Pro and amateur sailors delivered a fantastic show of style and creativity.

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