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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.

Yentel Caers storms the 2019 Costa Brava Pro

Tue 28 May 2019

Yentel Caers has taken out the 2019 Costa Brava Pro, at Las Dunas, in San Pere Pescador, in Spain.

The second edition of the freestyle windsurfing event used two competitive formats.

In the first days, both categories - pro and junior - completed the early elimination rounds in the tow-in format, with riders being pulled by a jet sky and performing tricks in front of the beach and the crowd.

RS:X is "disappointed" with World Sailing regarding Paris 2024

Tue 21 May 2019

The executive committee of the RS:X is "disappointed" with World Sailing's decision to retain the windsurfing class for Paris 2024.

On May 19, the World Sailing Council voted against the Board of Directors' recommendation to maintain RS:X as the Olympic windsurfing class for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

"The recommendation was pretty much aligned with the RS:X class desire for stability and growth, in a time of instability within the sport," notes the organization led by Carlo Dalla Vedova.

World Sailing Council rejects RS:X for Paris 2024

Mon 20 May 2019

In an unexpected turn of events, the World Sailing Council rejected the Board of Directors' recommendation to select RS:X as the official windsurfing class for Paris 2024.

Last week, the Board made the recommendation to retain the RS:X as the equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The entity stated that the equipment proposed by NeilPryde fitted the equipment criteria set by the Council.

RS:X by NeilPryde en route to Paris 2024

Fri 17 May 2019

In 2017, the World Sailing (WS) Council approved new procedures for re-evaluating the equipment used for Olympic events.

The process is separate from the existing review process for the selection of equipment for new events.

According to the regulation, the Board shall carry out re-evaluations of the equipment selected for Olympic events.

Techno 293 Plus world champions crowned in Portimao

Wed 1 May 2019

Alexandros Kalpogiannakis and Enora Tanne have taken out the 2019 Techno 293 Plus World Championships, in Praia da Rocha, Portimao, Portugal.

The event got underway in the sunny and warm Algarve region where Atlantic winds and swells sweep in across breathtaking white sand beaches.

The men's competition was entirely dominated by a young Greek sailor. Kalpogiannakis stormed the regatta field by winning nearly all races.

Philip Soltysiak retires from PWA World Tour

Fri 26 Apr 2019

Philip Soltysiak announced the retirement from professional competitive windsurfing.

The 31-year-old windsurfer from Toronto, Canada, is dropping out of the 2019 PWA World Tour after 12 seasons and seven Top 10 finishes.

Phil Soltysiak started sailing on an Original Windsurfer in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, in 1995. Since then, he never stopped training and polishing his skills.

Dutch windsurfers secure gold at 2019 RS:X European Championships

Wed 17 Apr 2019

The 2019 RS:X Windsurfing European and Youth European Championships & Open Trophy closed with four scintillating medal races held in near perfect conditions in Mallorca, Spain.

For the 333 competitors coming from 41 different nations and covering six continents taking part in the final race of the event, it was a short postponement ashore before a perfect 12-15 knots filled in for the medal races.

As the breeze built, the race officers decided to use the reaching start courses which allowed the competitors to blast off the start to the first mark - a spectacular sight to watch as the top ten sailors hit the line at full planing speed.

Amado Vrieswijk clinches 2019 Bonaire PWA World Cup

Tue 16 Apr 2019

Amado Vrieswijk and Sarah-Quita Offringa have conquered the 2019 Bonaire PWA World Cup, at Sorobon Beach.

There was no shortage of action in the first event of the professional windsurfing season. And to kick things off, nothing like a freestyle showdown in the southern Caribbean.

On the women's side, Offringa lost the first heat in 11 years to Maaike Huvermann. The Dutch wonder woman forced a super final.

Naish launches the Wing-Surfer for foil boards

Fri 12 Apr 2019

Naish announced the launch of the Wing-Surfer, a hand-held sail that can be paired with a foil board or stand-up paddleboard (SUP).

Robby Naish is the ultimate wind sports pioneer. He was at the heart of the windsurfing revolution and was able to transform his passion into a profitable business.

Later, Naish and his team entered the kiteboarding business and managed to deliver high-quality and durable products. The brand thrived.

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