Surf Today Windsurfing
Image the following scenario: you're sailing for a couple of hours, and your confidence grows with each tack and jibe. Suddenly, the wind plays a trick on your sail, and you're catapulted into the water.
You realize you're tired, away from the shore, and your windsurfing gear is totally immersed in water. There's still work to be done - flipping the board over, and then uphauling.
Wind gusts have a duration of less than 20 seconds and are often caused by either turbulence due to friction, wind shear or solar heating of the ground.
They are considered gusts when the difference between the slowest and fastest wind speed is of 8.6 knots (10 mph, 16km/h).
"Dis.Traction" is a 30-minute video-on-demand adventure into the giant mountains of water they both ride and share on the island of Maui.
The action-packed documentary features Marcilio Browne and Morgan Noireaux descending the 40-foot waves of Jaws/Peahi, as they prepare for another intense wave sailing season on the PWA World Tour scene.
The freestyle windsurfing event organized by Julien Mas attracted 28 sailors, including a contingent of kids, and got underway in medium wind conditions.
For many riders, it was the perfect venue for a pre-season warm-up. Vrieswijk was fired up, and he ended up winning the contest by landing double culos, no-handed burners, and shifty shakas in all heats.
Both divisions are capable of racing in two modes - foil and fin - with the same board and rigs, and they've already been registered at World Sailing.
The RS:X Convertible is the elite division featuring an ultimate convertible performance pack with the latest technologies available in the industry: full carbon board, foil and fin, and a 7.8 sail for men or 7.0 for the women.
The sailing conditions were not perfect because of the shifting winds and mild temperatures which resulted in wet snow, and icy tracks.
However, the contest had everything a rider needs to feel ready for action, and there was plenty of activities being held day and night.
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To put things into perspective, in the United States, any urban area with an average wind speed of more than 7 knots (12.9 km/h) is considered a windy city.
Take Chicago, for example. America's Windy City has an average wind speed of 8.9 knots (16.6 km/h). But Wellington tops that with an impressive annual mean wind speed of 11.8 knots (22 km/h).
The young sailing class made its debut at the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics with a men's only regatta.
The first ever Olympic sailboard was the Windglider, the one-design windsurf board manufactured in Europe by Fred Ostermann.
The historical competition got underway in 18 knots of wind, 10-foot wave sets, and attracted sailors from Japan, Africa, England, Switzerland, Australia, and North America. Tom Tatum filmed the windsurfing contest that defined a new era for the sport.
The high-quality documentary explores the competition itself - the freestyle (wave surfing and jumping), dual surf slalom, and course racing action - but also features interviews with the athletes, and showcases the social side of the event.
Once again, there are not many surprises in the full schedule, and the reduced number of freestyle events is not a good sign. Is the sport still suffering the effects of the global crisis?
Why can't the PWA talk to circuits and organizations such as the International Windsurfing Tour (IWT), and the European Freestyle Windsurfing Pro Tour (EFPT) to get more contests on the calendar?
So, what do you need to know to keep your sail, board, mast, boom and other accessories like new? The answer is preventive maintenance. If you take care of it, it will last longer.
Windsurfing is an all year round sport. However, when the weather's cold, or when the wind is not blowing at your local break, we need to keep our gear safe from the elements.
In the 1970s, the sport of windsurfing was exploding in Europe. Germans, Dutch, Italians, and French were massively buying brand new windsurfing kits, and the wind sport was becoming a national obsession.
That was when two men thought they could channel the windsurfing madness into the music world. Willem van Kooten (publisher) and Jaap Eggermont (producer) wrote "Windsurfin'" and invited six artists to sing it, and record it in a studio.
Romeo, 23, hails from Como, a small city located in the north of Italy, blessed by a giant lake with the same name. The freestyle windsurfer learned many of his favorite maneuvers there, but he has already been traveling the world.
Matteo Romeo loves his home spot, but he has recently discovered outstanding wind opportunities in Lagoa Grande, a stunning lake located near Jericoacoara Beach, Brazil's windsurfing and kitesurfing mecca.
The notorious Lancelin wind finally came through just after lunch time, with competitors anxious to get in the water at Ledge Point and compete for the title of fastest windsurfer, kitesurfer or paddler in the Lancelin Ocean Classic.
Windsurfers and kitesurfers entered the water at the same time, delivering an absolute spectacle on the horizon for onlookers on the beach. The competition was tooth and nail between Allen and kitesurfer Alty Frisby.
Sidney Newman Darby Jr. was born on January 31, 1928, in Wilkes-Barre, a small city located in Pennsylvania, just 120 miles west of New York. Darby loved boats, and at 12 he was already building them.
Sidney also worked for his father, who owned a sign shop. His most genius invention would only see the light of day when he hit 20. Living in a region surrounded by forests, there was not much to do. The lakes didn't have waves, so he couldn't surf. Boring.
The freestyle windsurfer from Essex started sailing in the Mersea Island, and he competed for the first on the PWA World Tour in 2010. Last season, he finished 19th.
"I personally thought Ross Williams would grab it after the incredible performance he put together this year. 2016 has felt like a comeback year for me after a disappointing season of results in 2015, a sponsorship change and a broken ankle," explained Rowe.
Wiemar started windsurfing at the age of six, and when he hit 10, he joined a windsurfing camp with Ricardo Campello as a mentor.
In 2015, the German sailor debuted on the PWA world and, since then, he has been trying to step up his game. Julian Wiemar is the star of the latest movie by Valentin Bockler.
Wipeouts are only funny for those who watch from the sidelines. And when they involve windsurfing equipment, and flesh and bone windsurfers, it can get pretty scary.
Windsurfing wipeouts have already sent hundreds of people to surgery rooms, and hospital beds. Why? Well, a Force 10 storm (with winds of 48–55 knots) can quickly transform a challenging windsurf session into a monstrous nightmare.
Learning to windsurf can be exciting, and if you start off in a proper sailing site, you'll have a good first day, and will probably be hooked for life.
It is quite frustrating to get the first windsurfing lessons in bumpy and choppy waters so, in many cases, the open ocean is the worst enemy of a beginner windsurfer.