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What to expect from windsurfing lessons

Fri 17 Nov 2017

Have you decided to become a windsurfer today? Learn what to expect from your first windsurfing lessons.

Windsurfing is a fun and exhilarating watersport that can be enjoyed at all ages, and marginal wind conditions. All you need is a small lake to get started.

The best way to learn to windsurf is by enrolling in an officially recognized windsurfing school, with a welcoming environment and an instructor/students ratio no greater than 1:6.

Morgan Noireaux claims Aloha Classic and 2017 IWT title

Mon 13 Nov 2017

Morgan Noireaux and Sarah Hauser have taken out the Aloha Classic 2017, at Hookipa, in Maui, Hawaii.

The 2017 International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) season is over, and what a better way to wrap up the year than with mast-high sets and intense wave sailing clashes.

The pro men's final had Camille Juban, Kevin Pritchard, Morgan Noireaux, and Bernd Roediger battling it out for the prestigious trophy.

RS:Convertible crowns its first world champions

Tue 7 Nov 2017

Thomas Goyard and Maelle Guilbaud have been crowned the first ever RS:Convertible world champions at Praia da Vitoria, in the Terceira island, Azores.

Twenty-five male and female athletes gathered in the Portuguese Atlantic archipelago for the inaugural foil windsurfing world championships, in an official class sanctioned by World Sailing.

The French armada was able to grab two gold medals, but not all the medals at stake. Sebastian Kornum in the Men's fleet, and Marina Alabau and Emily Hall made sure there we more national flags in the podium.

Records begin to fall at the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge

Sat 28 Oct 2017

The world's fastest windsurfers and kiteboarder have once again returned to Namibia for the 2017 Luderitz Speed Challenge.

The event runs from October 16th and November 26th, and it is considered by many the most prestigious speed boardsailing competition on the planet.

For the first time since its creation, the Luderitz Speed Challenge will be organized by a new duo. Former event organizers Sébastien Cattelan and Sophie Routaboul have passed the torch to Raffaello Gardelli and Mark Grinnell.

Adam Lewis raises the sword at the 2017 Tiree Wave Classic

Fri 20 Oct 2017

Adam Lewis conquered the 2017 Tiree Wave Classic, in Balephuil Bay, Scotland.

The wave sailing contest is all about earning the right to raise the legendary Tiree Sword, a symbol of might, perseverance, and resistance. And this year, all windsurfers were greeted by epic wind and wave conditions sponsored by Hurricane Ophelia.

"I think it probably comes down to the last waves. Ben did a 360 on his last wave, and then he did some stuff after in the whitewash, so I don't know," said Lewis just before the announcement of the winner.

Jacopo Testa is the 2017 European Freestyle Pro Tour champion

Tue 17 Oct 2017

Jacopo Testa has been crowned the 2017 European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) champion.

The Italian windsurfer from Sardinia confirmed the European title at the Dam-X, in Brouwersdam, Netherlands. Testa, 25, won two season events and finished third in other two EFPT stages.

On the women's side, Sarah-Quita Offringa was crowned the queen of European freestyle windsurfing with yet another flawless run in the winds of the Old Continent.

IMOCA vs Windsurfer: who's fastest?

Fri 13 Oct 2017

Foil boards are taking over the world. But could a windsurfer beat a 60-foot monohull sailing yacht down the line?

Windsurfing is evolving a lot these days, and foil systems are boosting the sport into high-speed performances never seen before; even in low wind conditions, thanks to the hydrodynamic features found in these wings.

The foil revolution, which is also taking place in surfing and kiteboarding, promises to get boardsports to a whole new level, competing directly with large watercrafts like super yachts, and racing boats.

"Dear Iceland": we, windsurfers, fell in love with you

Tue 10 Oct 2017

Three days, three French windsurfers, and three freezing cold surf spots.

Thomas Traversa, Jules Denel, and Sylvain Bourlard got on a plane and headed to the Nordic island nation of Iceland, land of spectacular volcanoes, stunning geysers, hot and massive glaciers.

In case you don't know, Iceland has fantastic wind and wave conditions, so the trio knew what they were looking for. Traversa, Denel, and Bourlard ended up sailing in three different scenarios.

Philip Köster celebrates fourth PWA Wave World Tour title

Fri 6 Oct 2017

The 23-year-old windsurfer secured the fourth wave windsurfing title of his career at the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam, held in Germany.

The North Sea didn't disappoint, delivering the storm force winds and powerful waves needed to test the world's best wave sailing performers.

All eyes were on world title contenders Philip Köster and Victor Fernandez. If the German won the semifinal against his direct opponent, we would immediately be crowned world champion.

Benjamin Fabres steals the show at inaugural Matanzas Wave Classic

Thu 28 Sep 2017

Benjamin Fabres has taken out the inaugural Matanzas Wave Classic, held in the waves of Chile.

The penultimate event on the 2017 International Windsurfing Tour delivered logo-high wave sets on the second day of competition, allowing organizers to run the finals.

The superb conditions ignited the pro and amateur fleets. Athletes were invited to put their gear to the test in the waves of Matanzas beach, a place once visited by Sir Francis Drake.

China rules the 2017 RS:X World Championships

Wed 27 Sep 2017

Bing Ye has been crowned the 2017 RS:X world windsurfing champion, at Enoshima, Japan.

Forget the Polish, the Israeli, the Dutch and the Spanish. The Olympic windsurfing class is now in the hands of China, the new force to be reckoned in the RS:X world.

The Chinese sailors claimed five out of the six medals on offers at the 2017 RS:X World Championships. And they weren't even competing in home waters.

Robby Naish inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame

Tue 26 Sep 2017

Robby Naish, 54, has been inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF), at the New York Yacht Club, in Newport.

The windsurfing legend and seven other inductees were honored for the impact they have had in sailing. The National Sailing Hall of Fame has now enshrined 65 sailors.

Robert Staunton Naish was born on April 23, 1963, in La Jolla, San Diego, California. He started windsurfing at the age of 11 when his family moved to Oahu's Kailua, Hawaii.

Sarah-Quita Offringa nominated for 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year

Fri 22 Sep 2017

She is one of the most successful professional windsurfers of all time. Sarah-Quita Offringa has been nominated for 2017 Rolex World Sailor of the Year.

Sarah-Quita Offringa was born on July 4, 1991, in Oranjestad, Aruba. She says she started windsurfing because she lives on an island surrounded by water and great winds.

Initially, Offringa didn't like it because "the equipment was quite heavy and as I was quite young. It was hard to get the sail out of the water."

Sarah-Quita Offringa wins 14th PWA World Tour title

Tue 19 Sep 2017

Antoine Albeau and Sarah-Quita Offringa have raced to victory in the 2017 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup, held in Denmark.

The French cannon continued his winning streak on the PWA Slalom World Tour, and with two events to go, he holds a small, yet manageable lead over Matteo Iachino.

Four consecutive bullets were enough for Albeau to celebrate his third back-to-back event year this season. Iachino won the last race but had to settle for runner-up.

Morisio and Zola raise the Italian flag in the waves of Pacasmayo

Tue 12 Sep 2017

Italian windsurfer Frederico Morisio will never forget the 2017 Pacasmayo Wave Classic, held in Peru.

The talented young PWA World Tour campaigner won his first ever windsurfing contest at the iconic Peruvian left-hand point break of Pacasmayo. And his job was not an easy one.

Morisio faced Russ Faurot, Yann Rifflet, and Morgan Noireaux in a 30-minute final. Rifflet unleashed a few aerial moves, and Faurot found long rides in which he applied smooth turns, but they eventually had to settle for the fourth and third places.

Guillermo Sfiligoy: the paraplegic adventurer that went windsurfing

Tue 12 Sep 2017

In 2008, Guillermo Sfiligoy suffered a near-fatal car accident. As a result, he spent ten days in a coma and became paraplegic.

Sfiligoy has always been passionate about the ocean, but his disability stopped him from doing some of the things that truly made him happy. 

But the day has come. With the help from professional windsurfer Diony Guadagnino, the Venezuelan architect and motivational speaker got back to the water.

How to windsurf in waves

Wed 6 Sep 2017

Wave sailing is one of the most challenging and thrilling disciplines in windsurfing. Learn how to get into a wave your windsurf gear.

Contrary to popular belief, windsurfing is a sport made for the waves. In fact, the wind and the waves are the DNA of windsurfing.

Windsurfing waves can be an exhausting experience, and it is not as easy as it sometimes looks, but if you're an intermediate sailor already with experience in medium-to-high, there's no reason why you shouldn't try and catch a wave.

Missing the 1980s? Here's a retro windsurfing party

Fri 25 Aug 2017

If you're a fan of the good old days, you'll love this retro windsurfing event. It's called "La Planche à Voile à la Papa."

Windsurfing has made a long way since the Windsurfer One Design époque. The boards, the sails, the gear and all side accessories became lighter and more functional.

Old school windsurfing was all about having fun and cruising across the water under sunny skies and gentle winds. Today, everything's different - we seek the highest jump, the raddest maneuver, and the fastest lap.

Noireaux finds the set wave at the 2017 Baja Desert Showdown

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Morgan Noireaux has taken out the 2017 Baja Desert Showdown, Punta San Carlos, in Mexico.

The fourth stop on the International Windsurfing Tour (IWT) had a wide variety of favorable wind and wave conditions and attracted sailors from 14 nations.

The 30-minute finals got underway in calmer seas, and with less consistent set waves. In the women's division, Annamaria Zollet found and rode the biggest waves and stole the show.

How to read wind direction

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Reading the wind and putting it into words can be especially confusing. Learn how to convert wind directions in degrees to compass directions, and check out their corresponding official abbreviations.

How do you read wind direction? Which direction is SSW? Which direction is 0 degrees - north or south? All you need is a Rose of the Winds and a good memory.

The first thing we need to know is that wind direction is reported as the orientation from where the wind is blowing. For instance, if it's coming out of the southeast and blowing towards the northwest, it is a southeast wind.

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