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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:

"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.

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.

Sometimes we all need to travel "As Far As We Can"

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 5 Dec 2018

Adam Sims, Alina Shalin, and Riccardo Marca went on a surf trip to Norway. And they say it's been worth it.

When everyone was heading south, the trio packed their gear and traveled north to the Arctic Circle, where the sun is low in the sky, and the water temperatures are not inviting.

The adventurers visited Gladstad, and Bodo, before exploring the sailing and wave riding potential of the Lofoten archipelago, a region where they found an active surfing community.

10 national records broken at the 2018 Luderitz Speed Challenge

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 30 Nov 2018

The 2018 Luderitz Speed Challenge is over, and ten new national records have been set.

Antoine Albeau and Alex Caizergues can relax for now. They are still the fastest windsurfer and kiteboarder on the planet, but there are several riders close on their heels.

In this year's edition, the Luderitz Speed Challenge debuted a live speed update system, which allowed fans to follow the action in real time.

A dream wave sailing week in Tahiti

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 27 Nov 2018

Charles Vandemeulebroucke is a passionate windsurfer, and rarely misses an opportunity to go wave sailing in Tahiti.

The sailor from Dunkerque, France, currently lives in Tahiti and is sometimes blessed with epic sessions in Polynesian waters.

The story behind these shots is pretty simple. They chronicle a dream windsurfing week in Tahiti.

Does blending windsurfing and football really work?

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 22 Nov 2018

Sam Esteve has been trying to figure out a way of blending windsurfing with football. It doesn't seem to work, but it can be fun.

Is it the offseason or the silly season? Whatever the answer is, French freestyle windsurfer is getting creative while prepping for the 2019 PWA World Tour.

Esteve finished eighth last year, so he should be quite pleased with his performance among the elite. But that doesn't mean he isn't actively training for a bigger and better season.

Gunsails launches a new weapon named "Bow"

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 15 Nov 2018

Gunsails announced the launch of a conceptual new windsurfing sail.

The "Bow" features a unique design, and it was specially developed for free racers, slalom maniacs, and foiling enthusiasts seeking constant power and effortless drive across a huge wind range.

The four-cam sail works best with the "Bow Flex," a mast that bends within the sail.

Défi Wind is coming to Japan in 2019

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 13 Nov 2018

The Défi Wind concept is about to hit the Land of the Rising Sun.

The organizers of the long distance windsurfing race announced that they will launch a new event in Japan from February 28 through March 3, 2019.

The Défi Wind Japan will take place in the southwest end of the Miyako-Jima archipelago, in the Okinawa Prefecture.

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.

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