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From the USSR to California: windsurfing into a new life

Mon 9 Sep 2019

Arkady Kokish was born in Kiev, the capital of the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, on September 9, 1949.

As a young man, he developed a passion for math and physics, which ultimately led him to become a mechanical engineer.

However, he also was an avid, thrill-seeking outdoorsman, whose passion for sports first developed when he began whitewater kayaking through wild and desolate mountain ranges in West Ukraine East, Yakutia, and Siberia.

Robby Naish inducted into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame

Thu 29 Aug 2019

Robby Naish has been inducted into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame.

The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation honored the windsurfing, kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) pioneer, as well as Kai Lenny and Tracy Phillips Darling.

Robert Staunton Naish was born on April 23, 1963, in La Jolla California.

IFCA class crowns first foil world champions

Tue 27 Aug 2019

Luuc van Opzeeland and Anna Sagulenko have taken out the first-ever IFCA Foil World Championship, in Lake Silvaplana, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The 2019 IFCA Foil World Championship came to an end after 11 races in light to medium winds, three discard and only two general recalls.

The event had the largest start line so far with 71 foil windsurfers competing for medals, glory, and a place in the IFCA class history books.

Camille Juban tears Cloudbreak apart

Fri 23 Aug 2019

Camille Juban is an experienced wave windsurfer, and he has never turned his back to big swells.

The 29-year-old from Guadeloupe has already shown us how to sail Jaws/Peahi in triple mast-high conditions.

But Juban has always wanted to visit and ride Fiji's most infamous wave - Cloudbreak. So, when all elements aligned, the veteran got on a plane to fulfill his dream.

Huig-Jan Tak and Johanna Hjertberg crowned 2019 Kona One world champions

Mon 19 Aug 2019

Huig-Jan Tak and Johanna Hjertberg have been crowned 2019 Kona One world champions in Lake Garda, Italy.

The 2019 Kona World Championships had perfect weather conditions during all four days of competition, allowing a total of 13 races.

The last regattas were the apotheosis of an outstanding event. They were held on a sunny day with between 15 and 18 knots of steady wind.

"Maui Glory Days": a remarkable piece of windsurfing history

Wed 14 Aug 2019

Jonathan Weston is a key personality in the history of windsurfing.

Between 1982-99, his life revolved around taking photos, shooting windsurfing movies, and later, releasing kiteboarding's first videos.

Weston has always been an active sportsman. He got into windsurfing, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, scuba diving, and sailing.

World Sailing receives seven windsurfing equipment bids for Paris 2024

Mon 12 Aug 2019

Seven windsurfing manufacturers and classes have submitted bids for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

The tenders received by World Sailing are:

Windsurfer Class crowns first champions of the modern era

Tue 30 Jul 2019

The first Windsurfer World Championships of the new era have come to an end at Lake di Garda, in Torbole, Italy.

In 2018, World Sailing (WS) finally confirmed the International Windsurfer Class Association (IWCA) as an official sailing class.

Now, the Windsurfer crowned its first slalom, course, long-distance and freestyle world champions.

Andrea Ferin makes history at 2019 One Hour Classic

Tue 9 Jul 2019

One hundred windsurfers participated in the 2019 One Hour Classic, held in Lake Garda, Trentino, Italy.

The legendary one-hour race organized every year by Circolo Surf Torbole debuted an official foil division and honored the memory of Alberto Menegatti.

For the first time since it began 30 years ago, the event had three days of splendid wind conditions.

Taty Frans storms 2019 Défi Wind Caribbean

Tue 9 Jul 2019

The 2019 Défi Wind Caribbean, Dunkerbeck GPS Speed Challenge and Sorobon Masters and wrapped up in Bonaire, in the Dutch Caribbean.

The event was organized by the Défi Wind founder, Philippe Bru, and windsurf legend, Bjorn Dunkerbeck, with the help of Sorobon Beach Resort and Dunkerbeck Pro Center.

The combined events had 36 competitors from 16 countries. Bonaire triumphed in all categories.

How is freestyle windsurfing judged?

Fri 5 Jul 2019

Freestyle windsurfing is one of the seven disciplines of the sport of sailboarding.

It blends acrobatics, highly technical sailing skills, speed and knowledge of the wind and the ocean surface conditions.

Today, freestyle windsurfing attracts, not only a large number of amateur and professional athletes but also huge crowds and online followers.

Shackleford Challenge 2019: exotic tales of an unfinished adventure

Tue 2 Jul 2019

The Shackleford Challenge is a 100-mile sailing marathon that kicks off in Cedar Island, North Carolina, rounds Shackleford Banks, and finishes again in Cedar Island.

It's an unsupported race with no committee boat or rescue team. You're on your own with the elements and need to find spots to rest, sleep, and cook.

Last year, veteran windsurfing marathoner Tony Vandenberg, had a close encounter with a shark. This year, "Bermuda Boy" was unlucky and snapped his mast midway through the two-day journey.

The portrait of life on the PWA Slalom World Tour

Fri 28 Jun 2019

Nicolas Prien started a new windsurfing video series on life in the PWA World Tour.

The German professional slalom racer is one of the 64 athletes competing in the six events that will crown a world champion at the end of the year.

Prien wanted to share with the fans the details, the stories, the drama, the emotions, and the personalities that participate in this high-performance windsurfing discipline.

Federico Infantino challenges Margaret River's Main Break

Thu 13 Jun 2019

Margaret River's Main Break is a popular surf spot located in Western Australia.

Although it is mainly a surfers-only reef break, it can be windsurfed when it gets too windy for shortboards.

Federico Infantino is an Italian professional windsurfer. He moved to Australia's Wildflower State six years ago to chase waves and howling winds.

Founder of North Sails passes away

Wed 5 Jun 2019

Lowell North, the iconic founder of North Sails, passed away at 89 in San Diego, California.

North was born on December 2, 1929, in Springfield, Missouri.

He kicked off his sailmaking career when he was only 14, and his father bought a one-design racing keelboat Star with cotton sails.

French riders dominate 2019 Défi Wind

Mon 3 Jun 2019

With 1,176 entries, Défi Wind confirmed his status of is arguably the world's largest gathering of windsurfers.

Sailors from five continents and 45 countries returned to Gruissan to ride the infamous Tramontane wind.

This year, the youngest participant was only 14 years of age and the oldest windsurfer, Farouk Siamer, a 76-year-old veteran. Actually, 200 riders were over 50.

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