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Julien Taboulet storms the North Shore of Fuerteventura

Surf Today Windsurfing - Fri 25 May 2018

The North Shore of Fuerteventura is a magical place, and when the right wind and swell align, it produces ideal conditions for wave sailing.

Julien Taboulet is a quiet, yet busy windsurfer. He's not a social media fanatic, and he runs the Wesh Center in Leucate, so it's hard to follow some of his secret adventures.

Nevertheless, recently, he's had the time of his life in the Canary Islands. With winds of up to 40 knots and double mast-high wave sets, the French delivered a stunning wave sailing lesson.

Vincent Langer crowned 2018 IFCA Slalom Windsurfing European champion

Surf Today Windsurfing - Tue 22 May 2018

Vincent Langer claimed the 2018 IFCA Slalom Windsurfing European Championships, in Westerland, Sylt, Germany.

The seven-day event had five eliminations and a broad range of wind and ocean conditions, from light breezes and flat waters to gusty winds and pumping swells.

In fact, on day three, competitors were greeted by three-meter waves and 30-knot plus winds. The good news is that Germans love windsurfing, and they are willing to sacrifice comfort for an exciting competition.

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.

Video : Cape Town 2016 trip from Meikel Thies

MauiSails News - Mon 11 Apr 2016
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Video : 4-Batten sail rigging guide - Mutant (wave) and LocoPro (freestyle)

MauiSails News - Thu 7 Apr 2016
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Video : Wave Sails (5-batten) rigging and derigging guide

MauiSails News - Thu 7 Apr 2016
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Video : Epic - 3-batten wave sail - rigging guide

MauiSails News - Thu 7 Apr 2016
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February in Cape Town

MauiSails News - Wed 23 Mar 2016
Cape Town is extremely versatile so that it never gets boring.

Final day: Defi Wind | Gruissan 2010

Carbon Art - Mon 17 May 2010

Anton's report of the final day of DefiWind 2010!

This was the last day of the 4 day competition. The wind early on in the day was as strong as at the end of yesterday. But since this was the last day I decided that I needed to go out. The race director announced that it would be only one lap around a 25 km course rather than two laps. Everyone cheered.

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Day 3: Defi Wind | Gruissan 2010

Carbon Art - Mon 17 May 2010

A slow start today. In spite of an early start the boys are still wrecked from the day before and the villa was creaking even before Paul put the coffee pot on. Our view from the window looks over the beach and we can see a few hardy souls already on the water at 0800. By 0850 Anton, Paula and james have downed the cereal, grabbed all the gear and are heading to the beach...

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Day 2: Defi Wind | Gruissan 2010

Carbon Art - Sun 16 May 2010

After last year’s quiet days the 2010 event has been a real eye opener. Big days on the water make the big nights a little less appealing is the main observation.

Briefing at 9 and then the race 90 minutes later...

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Defi Wind | Gruissan 2010

Carbon Art - Sat 15 May 2010

Day One at Gruissan, Defi Wind!

James Dinnis arrived in Marseille after a bruising trip from New Plymouth, New Zealand – Auckland – LA (via Venice beach??) – Munich then on to Marseille. Like any good travel story this one had its dramas from the start. The Premium Air New Zealand check-in was the site of the last minute repacking of 217kg of gear all destined for a one way trip to France. As always the Air NZ guys were rockstars. 36 hours later Team Carbon Art arrived in France to be met by team rider Vincent only to find none of the gear had arrived...

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Wave 2010/11 New Shapes, New Graphics, 2 Year Warranty!

Carbon Art - Thu 29 Apr 2010

Carbon Art is excited to announce the release of the 2010/11 wave range.

An extensive amount of work, testing and tweaking on the waves of Taranaki and Maui has gone into our entire range. All three of our wave shapes have been fully refined to give you better performance and more benefits than ever before. The sheer smoothness of the Wave Vee (WaveV) puts you in control 100% of the time, the power and responsiveness of the Wave Single Concave (WaveSC) is more than impressive and the varied style of turns the Wave Thruster (WaveTH) offers is a huge amount of fun.

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IFCA Slalom Worlds Youth/Masters 2010 – L’Almanarre, France

Carbon Art - Mon 19 Apr 2010

The 2010 IFCA Slalom World Championships for Youth and Masters was held last week on the almost mythical spot of L’Almanarre, at the foot of the Gien peninsula near Hyères on the French Côte d’Azur.

With only one day of slalom training on my new boards and sails my preparation going into the championships was far from perfect. This made the gear choice under the IFCA “slalom 42” format even trickier, considering that Almanarre can see the widest range of conditions ranging from strong side-on shore mistral to gusty off-shore “vent d’est”. The forecast was for the week was for building off-shore winds on the first day, and uncertain lighter breezes for the remainder of the week. I decided to register the new SL75pro and SL66pro, with 8.4, 7.6, 7.0 and 6.6 Maui Sails TR6xt’s.

We had a strong fleet, with more than 50 masters and grandmasters registered and a couple of former French and world champions like Gerald Pelleau and Pierre Moretti from France, Markus Poltenstein from Austria and Marco Begalli from Italy. Sailing in his own front yard, living French windsurfing legend Eric Thiémé (remember the indoors in Paris Bercy in the 1990s...) whose windsurf centre is located right on the beach of Almanarre was also present.

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