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Niclas Nebelung shines in the 2018 German Freestyle Battle kick-off

Surf Today Windsurfing - Thu 17 May 2018

Niclas Nebelung has taken out the first event of the 2018 German Freestyle Battle (GFB) series, in the Fehmarn Island.

For the fifth consecutive year, the German freestyle windsurfing elite gathered for the Mercedes-Benz Surf-Festival 2018.

Despite the lack of wind on the first day, there was enough breeze on the last day to start a single elimination and crown a champion.

Nicolas Warembourg wins the 2018 Défi Wind

Surf Today Windsurfing - Mon 14 May 2018

Nicolas Warembourg has taken out the 2018 Défi Wind, in Gruissan, France.

It was one of the most exciting editions of all time with 1,200 windsurfers in the starting line speeding up powered by epic 35-knot plus winds.

After two days without wind, the Tramontane returned to the regatta field and allowed the organization to run two epic races won by Warembourg.

How can a windsurfer survive beatings and wipeouts?

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 11 May 2018

You don't need to be a beginner to get caught by a three-wave set or closeout wave. It happens to the best us. Here's what you should do when getting washed by waves.

In windsurfing, potentially life-threatening wipeouts are especially dangerous in wave sailing. If you're freestyling in flat waters, the risks are significantly lower.

Waves do not wait for us. They keep coming and hitting everything they encounter with no mercy at all for windsurfers.

The story of Naomi Albrecht, the world's first female windsurfer

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 8 May 2018

In 1964, a young woman named Naomi Albrecht became the first ever woman to stand up on a sailboard.

It was summer day like many others. But what was about to take place in a Wyoming Mountain lake, in Pennsylvania, would change the course of water sports forever.

Naomi Albrecht and her boyfriend, Sidney Newman Darby Jr., were testing an innovative board controlled by a simple sail. She was a canoe racer and photography student. He was a talented 36-year-old amateur inventor.

Le Défi: The windsurfing and kiteboarding marathon in numbers

Surf Today Windsurfing - Sat 5 May 2018

Hailed as the largest wind sports events on the planet, the Défi Wind and the Défi Kite are a sum of impressive facts and figures.

Every year, between April and May, the windy waters of Gruissan welcome thousands of windsurfers and kiteboarders for a unique, exhausting challenge.

They are all invited to face the elements along the beautiful beaches of Occitania, and complete a 40-kilometer sailing marathon.

Tonky Frans steals the 2018 Surf Worldcup

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 2 May 2018

Tonky Frans has taken out the first event of the 2018 European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT).

The windsurfer from Bonaire claimed the Surf Worldcup, in Neusiedl am See, Austria, after beating Sam Esteve in an exciting super final blessed by howling southerly winds.

The 20th anniversary year of the Austrian competition brought plenty of action into the local cold waters. Esteve and Frans were probably the most in-form sailors of the entire contest and fully deserved their spots in the decisive heats.

World Sailing and Virtual Regatta announce the eSailing World Championship

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 27 Apr 2018

The inaugural 2018 eSailing World Championship will kick off on May 10.

World Sailing, the world governing bodyboard for the sport of sailing, announced that the first eSports sailing season will feature a series of challenges and live events with different levels of importance.

The digital competition will get underway at Virtual Regatta, an online platform with one million players created in 2002 by Philippe Guigné.

Tyson Poor and Youp Schmit conquer the 2018 OBX Wind

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 24 Apr 2018

The 2018 OBX Wind was a huge success. The event attracted over 200 racers and had wind nearly every day.

On the final day of competition, cold, 25-30 knot northeast winds invaded the Hatteras Island regatta field, and slalom fleet completed their last races.

Despite the cold air and water temperatures Tyson Poor imposed his experience and stole the show in the slalom category.

How freestyle windsurfing looked back in the day

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 20 Apr 2018

Windsurfing is a relatively new sport. When it evolved from a cruising pastime to a high-performance outdoor activity, new doors opened, and freestyle windsurfing quickly became a hit.

The idea of performing exquisite, and sometimes slightly uncomfortable and unnatural tricks, started to take shape in the late 1970s, early 1980s.

Windsurfing pioneers understood that the sail pivots around the mast and that their boards could actually spin, turn, revolve and rotate. The discovery changed everything, and the water sport conquered new participants.

PWA World Tour introduces the Freestyle Qualifying Series

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 17 Apr 2018

The professional windsurfing circuit is about to revolutionize the freestyle competition.

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) announced the introduction of the Freestyle Qualifying Series (FQS), in association with the European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT)

The new system will allow any windsurfer to make it to the 2019 PWA Freestyle World Tour, where only the top 20 sailors compete.

Cobra International launches the Windsurfer LT

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 13 Apr 2018

The world's largest OEM manufacturers of composite equipment for the water sports industry announced the launch of the Windsurfer LT.

Cobra International, a Thailand-based company that produces gear for windsurfing, kitesurfing, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), developed a new windsurf board that hopes to take the sport back to its roots.

The creation of the Windsurfer LT has been supervised by former Olympic windsurfer Bruce Wylie, and by the Windsurfer Class Association, who is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR, the first 2018 major Olympic sailing event

BYM News - Tue 3 Apr 2018
PRESS RELEASE   Trofeo Princesa Sofía IBEROSTAR, the first 2018 major Olympic sailing event 1 February 2018 The Mallorca regatta will be the kick off for the European circuit and will show the level of the teams battling to ...

Karo van Tonder: the first female windsurfer to complete an 80-kilometer race

Surf Today Windsurfing - Sat 31 Mar 2018

She is not just a pretty face. South African pro windsurfer Karo van Tonder is comfortable in all types of conditions.

Whether she's competing on a downwinder, a speed sailing event, or slalom race, Tonder always pushes herself to the limit.

In September 2017, the athlete from Langebaan became the first woman on the planet to complete an 80-kilometer race - the Défi Wind Mauritius.

The curious connection between Dire Straits and windsurfing

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 30 Mar 2018

Dire Straits were one of the most successful British bands of the 1980s. Between 1977 and 1995, they sold over 100 million records worldwide.

But what many didn't know was that two of their members - Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher - were avid windsurfing enthusiasts.

According to a 1990 TV news story by ITV, the duo started sailing when recording in the Caribbean. Whenever on tour, they always managed to find time to get out on the water.

Circolo Surf Torbole hosts pro slalom training session

Surf Today Windsurfing - Mon 26 Mar 2018

The Circolo Surf Torbole will once again organize a professional slalom windsurf training during April.

All athletes will have the opportunity to train and fine-tune their gear before the first PWA World Tour event scheduled for May 2018.

All windsurfing enthusiasts are welcome to join the training sessions, and the club will provide storage for the equipment.

How to do a flaka into flaka (double flaka)

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 20 Mar 2018

The flaka is one of the most popular jumping maneuvers in freestyle windsurfing.

American windsurfer Web Pedrick was the first to perform the aerial windward 360 trick. Initially, he named it "The Swayze," in honor of Patrick Swayze, but the designation evolved to flaka.

A flaka is a flat water taka. Although it is seen as a quite unnatural move because it forces the sailor to jump forward, and stick the nose of the board slightly under water, it is also a gracious maneuver.

Windsurfstuff.com helps you choose the boards and sails you need

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 14 Mar 2018

An 18-year-old windsurfer from Germany launched a website where windsurfers can easily filter and search boards and sails from every brand in the industry.

Windsurfstuff.com aggregates over 100 boards and 100 sails from 22 windsurfing companies. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate or advanced windsurfer, you can get exactly what you need.

"I created this site from a windsurfer's perspective. I believe that the quality of the products varies little from brand to brand, and new brands are continuously searching their way into the market," explains Jannis Rohden, founder of Windsurfstuff.com.

Foiling added to the 2018 One Hour Classic

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 13 Mar 2018

In 2018, the Circolo Surf Torbole is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The Italian windsurf club founded in 1978 is preparing a year-long series of activities to honor its history and past.

One of the most important events of the season is the 2018 RRD One Hour Classic, a historical flagship regatta that, nearly 30 years after its creation, evolves to keep up with the new windsurfing technologies.

From Cuba to Florida: Chasing freedom on a windsurfer

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 2 Mar 2018

Windsurfing is one of the simplest, easiest, cheapest, and most accessible sailing craft in the world.

Although it was only introduced in the 1970s, windsurfing equipment rapidly became available in nearly all corners of the globe within a couple of decades.

Windsurfing was supposed to be a pleasant outdoor recreation. But for Cubans, it also symbolized hope. It was a vehicle to achieve freedom in the United States.

Jamaer and Ten Hoeve challenge a Danish snowstorm

Surf Today Windsurfing - Wed 21 Feb 2018

Leon Jamaer and Martin Ten Hoeve went windsurfing in Agger, Denmark, during a cold snowstorm that hit the coast.

With air temperatures reaching 0°C (32 °F), they were naturally the only ones out there ripping the perfect waves, smoothed by the offshore wind.

"Leon had already texted me days before, telling me that Agger would be pumping. He wanted to know if I would want to go. Normally, I sail here all winter but lately, the temperatures have been around and under 0°C!" explains Ten Hoeve.

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