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A sharky windsurfing adventure in the Southern Outer Banks

Thu 11 Oct 2018

Anthony Vandenberg has once again participated in the Shackleford Challenge 2018 in Cedar Island, North Carolina. This time, he had a close encounter with a shark.

The event is a 100-mile challenge, and the windsurfer known as "Bermuda Boy" is becoming a specialist in solo sailing marathons. Here's his story.

Wow, Driftwood Drive has changed. The new and improved Sharky's Bar And Grill is a glorious thing to behold.

PWA World Tour crowns seven world champions

Tue 9 Oct 2018

It's all over. After a long and intense season, the world's best windsurfers have concluded another year of competition.

Antoine Albeau and Delphine Cousin (Slalom), Jose Estredo and Sarah-Quita Offringa (Freestyle), Victor Fernandez and Iballa Moreno (Wave), and Gonzalo Hoevel (Foil) have been crowned 2018 PWA World Tour champions.

In the slalom division, Albeau secured his 25th world title on the last day of competition in Sylt, Germany. The French windsurfer also finished third in the foil and has no plans to stop.

Benjamin Fabres tastes home win at 2018 Matanzas Wave Classic

Thu 4 Oct 2018

Benjamin Fabres and Maria Andrés have taken out the 2018 Matanzas Wave Classic, held in Chile.

The famous Chilean wave delivered the goods, and the world's best wave sailors put their skills to the test in highly contestable ocean and weather conditions.

Actually, you could almost hear the 10-foot swell coming from the horizon, and the roaring sound of the overhead waves breaking near the shore.

Harness lines: length, width and positioning for windsurfing

Tue 25 Sep 2018

Do you need guidance in setting the length and position of your harness lines? Here's how to do it for better windsurfing performances.

In intermediate and advanced windsurfing, sailors often apply their body weight in the harness, rather than the arm strength, to counterbalance the wind on the sail.

Once you get acquainted with the harness, it is important to know how to adjust the harness lines to the conditions you're experiencing in the water.

The band named Windsurf

Sat 22 Sep 2018

Bands often have curious and extravagant names. But these electronic music artists were quite explicit.

Meet Windsurf, a San Francisco-based duo comprised of Daniel Saxon Judd and Samuel Milton Grawe.

Judd is a multi-instrumentalist that started making music and releasing songs as Sorcerer. He is a fan of warm atmospheres, and maybe the name Windsurf comes from those inspirations.

Who said you couldn't windsurf in the heart of Stockholm?

Wed 19 Sep 2018

There are not many windsurfers in Stockholm. The most popular sports in Sweden are football and ice hockey. But that could be about to change.

Comprised of 14 islands, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous city in the Nordic countries. But, for many, it is also the undisputed capital of Scandivania.

Recently, a local windsurfer decided to hit the cold waters of Lake Mälaren's Riddarfjärden Bay. Tim Eriksson went sailing in front of the Stockholm City Hall, on a gorgeous sunny day.

How to do a 180-degree static turn in windsurfing

Sat 15 Sep 2018

The static turn is one of the most helpful beginner windsurfing techniques.

Many times, and mostly when you're learning the basics of windsurfing, you will need to drive the board toward a specific area or place.

Performing the static turn will help you point the nose of the board in any direction without having actually to sail the equipment across the water.

Antoine Martin triumphs at 2018 Pacasmayo Classic

Tue 11 Sep 2018

Antoine Martin has taken out the 2018 Pacasmayo Classic, in Peru.

Hailed as the longest sailable wave in the world, Pacasmayo delivered the goods and provided thousands of meters of perfect wave faces.

The breathtaking left-hander saw Federico Morisio, Morgan Noireaux, Maxime Fevrier and Martin battling it out in the pro men's final.

John Carter: the ultimate windsurfing photographer

Tue 4 Sep 2018

He is probably the most experienced windsurfing photographer in the world. John Carter is the official lensman of the PWA World Tour and has been shooting windsurfers for four decades.

When you look at his work, it seems like every single shot was staged. But they never are. They're always intense, expressive, in the moment, and informative.

John Carter is passionate about his job, even if it means carrying equipment weighing up to 130 pounds between Europe and Hawaii.

Antoine Martin conquers the 2018 Baja Desert Showdown

Tue 28 Aug 2018

Antoine Martin has taken out the 2018 Baja Desert Showdown, in Mexico.

The third stop on the International Windsurfing Tour saw the sailor from Guadeloupe consolidating his first place in the rankings.

Despite the tricky and varying weather and ocean played conditions, the organization found a precious window to run the pro men's final.

Foil windsurfing will be a standalone PWA World Tour discipline in 2019

Fri 17 Aug 2018

The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) announced that the foil windsurfing will become a standalone discipline.

The new pro windsurfing division will be an autonomous entity alongside slalom, freestyle, and wave sailing.

According to the PWA World Tour officials, foiling will no longer be tied to slalom events from 2019 on. The new windsurfing discipline will also deliver the same prize money as its slalom counterpart.

Omani windsurfer makes history for his country

Wed 15 Aug 2018

In a historic landmark decision, Oman Sail revealed the name of the young sailor who will represent the Sultanate at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG), in Argentina.

Mohammed Nabil Al Balushi will become the first ever sailor from Oman Sail to represent his country at the Youth Olympic Games, when he races in the Men's Windsurfing Techno 293+ class at the event in Buenos Aires.

The announcement - celebrated at Oman Sail's headquarters in Al Mouj Muscat - is a milestone for the organization as it approaches its 10th anniversary, marking a significant moment in its long-standing mission to secure qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Double gold medals for Netherlands at the 2018 Sailing World Championships

Tue 14 Aug 2018

Dorian van Rijsselberghe and Lilian de Geus have taken out the RS:X division at the 2018 Sailing World Championships, held in Aarhus, Denmark.

The Dutch duo snatched the gold medals in the event that concluded sailing's first phase of Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification.

Double Olympic champion, van Rijsselberghe, had already won first place before the medal race. The 29-year-old windsurfer controlled his opponents during the 12 races and secured a fantastic result.

37.29 knots: Zara Davis sets a new speed sailing record

Wed 8 Aug 2018

Zara Davis broke the world women's nautical mile speed sailing record.

The British windsurfer sailed at 37.29 knots during the La Palme Speed Masters 2018, in the south of France.

Davis, who held the record for nearly 12 years, saw her mark of 34.74 knots being smashed by Heidi Ulrich at the French event. On July 16, the Swiss windsurfer improved Zara's world record after sailing at 35.91 knots.

A video essay that blends architecture, religion and windsurfing

Tue 7 Aug 2018

Experimentation is the mother of creation. Whether you're developing a new recipe, creating a new gadget, or inventing a new action sports maneuver, you need to try out new approaches.

"Human Made" is a video essay that smartly blends architectural lines, claustrophobic music, and unexpected living being - windsurfers.

The conceptual and experimental windsurf video comes from the mind of Oliver Stauffacher, a former, low-profile PWA World Tour competitor who keeps his life incredibly private.

Gabriel Dantes writes a literary myth inspired by windsurfing

Tue 31 Jul 2018

Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if windsurfing was as influential to the culture as soccer is?

Or have you ever read an amazing book like Harry Potter and wondered how great it would be if the main characters were windsurfers too?

In Gabriel Milano Dantes' fantasy book "The Love of Nessa and Kêlet," the author conceives that world.

Köster and Daida triumph at Pozo Izquierdo

Tue 24 Jul 2018

Philip Köster and Daida Moreno have taken out the 2018 Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival, at Pozo Izquierdo, in Las Palmas.

The 30th anniversary of the wave sailing event had some of the best conditions in years, with 50 knots plus of wind on several days, and plenty of swell.

Four-time PWA World Tour champion Philip Köster kicked off the season with an impressive performance whether going for huge jumps and loops or applying critical maneuvers in the wave faces.

Windsurfer World Trophy crowns five new champions

Tue 24 Jul 2018

Five new champions have been crowned at the Windsurfer World Trophy 2018, held at Circolo Surf Torbole, in Lake Garda, Italy.

The last day of competition had a long distance race early in the morning, blessed by the Pelèr wind and two classic races in the afternoon powered by the Ora.

It was the perfect end for an event that saw the great champions that made the history of windsurfing back into the water - Riccardo Giordano, Christoph Sieber, and Cesare Cantagalli were some of them.

What are the main windsurfing disciplines?

Thu 19 Jul 2018

There are many ways of enjoying windsurfing, and they all require the same equipment items: a board, a sail, a boom and a mast.

Whether you're hooked to maneuvers, waves, speed, or racing, you'll always find a discipline that will make you fulfill your dreams.

Today, there are many types of sails and plenty of windsurfing board models. Each one serves a different purpose and distinct windsurfing disciplines.

Windsurfing makes historic move toward equal prize money

Tue 10 Jul 2018

For the first time in its history, the Gran Canaria Windsurf World Cup will award equal prize money to men and women at Pozo Izquierdo.

The 30th anniversary of the windsurfing competition held in the Canary Islands will be a special one to all the female athletes involved in the waves discipline.

"As women windsurfers, we have been dreaming about this moment for the last 21 years. We run the same risks, train hard and even worse, with lower salaries and opportunities," Daida Moreno, organizer, and competitor, told Continent Seven.

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