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How to flip over a windsurf board

Tue 28 Mar 2017
It happens when you're learning to windsurf, and when you wipe out and crash. Learn what to do when your windsurf board is turned upside down.

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.

What causes wind gusts?

Wed 22 Mar 2017
A wind gust is a sudden, abrupt, and brief increase in the speed and direction of the wind. The phenomenon is immediately followed by a lull.

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": an intense wave sailing experience with Marcilio Browne

Fri 17 Mar 2017
What do a two-time world windsurfing champion and a Hawaiian big wave windsurfer have in common? Apparently everything.

"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.

Amado Vrieswijk is the King of Bonaire 2017

Thu 16 Mar 2017
Amado Vrieswijk has taken out the King of Bonaire 2017, at Lac Baai, in Bonaire.

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.

NeilPryde announces the launch of the RS:Convertible class

Sat 11 Mar 2017
The RS:Convertible is a multigenerational one-design wind foiling class featuring two divisions: the RS:X Convertible and the RS:One Convertible.

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.

Russians dominate the 2017 World Ice and Snow Sailing Championships

Tue 7 Mar 2017
The event organized by the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association (WISSA) was held at the Kuybyshev Reservoir, in Togliatti, Russia, and attracted more than 180 snow sailors.

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.

Who said politics and windsurfing don't mix?

Thu 2 Mar 2017
Windsurfing was always a very popular sport in Italy. And, apparently, Italian politicians thought it was a good idea to use it as a marketing tool.

Political campaign commercials are usually dull and boring. Why? Because they all communicate vague promises and when the circus is over, you end up with nearly nothing.

However, sometimes, you get a treat; you're surprised by an unconventional way of telling you what politicians plan to do when they sit in the chair of power.

Welcome to Wellington, the windiest city in the world

Tue 28 Feb 2017
Wellington is the world's windiest city. Let's find out how windy the capital of New Zealand can be.

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 history of Olympic windsurfing

Thu 23 Feb 2017
In 1984, windsurfing became the youngest sport ever to be included in the Olympic Games. Since then, sailboarding has always been part of the Olympic sailing competition.

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.

Welcome to the Maui Windsurfing Grand Prix 1982

Thu 16 Feb 2017
If you had to pick one event that changed the perception of professional windsurfing in the eyes of the general public, the Maui Windsurfing Grand Prix 1982 would be one of the greatest examples.

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.

The 2017 PWA World Tour schedule

Tue 7 Feb 2017
The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) released the calendar for the 2017 season.

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?

How to store your windsurfing equipment

Wed 1 Feb 2017
Looking after windsurfing equipment is not only a matter of saving money - it can also play a major role in water safety.

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.

The day The Surfers encouraged you to go "Windsurfin'"

Sat 28 Jan 2017
Surfers usually are dedicated defenders of their sport. So, why would they suggest you go windsurfing?

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.

Matteo Romeo storms Brazil with creativity and talent

Tue 24 Jan 2017
Italy not only has spectacular conditions and spots for windsurfing, it has also produced several top performers in the past years. And Matteo Romeo is one of the best Italian windsurfers of his generations.

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.

Steve Allen was the fastest windsurfer at the 2017 Lancelin Ocean Classic

Tue 17 Jan 2017
Steve Allen secured his fourth Lancelin Ocean Classic title after finishing first in the windsurfing marathon race held in Australia.

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.

S. Newman Darby, the inventor of the sailboard, passes away at 88

Thu 12 Jan 2017
For many, Newman Darby is the original father of windsurfing - the man who opened the way to an entirely new form of sailing.

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.

Max Rowe is UKWA's Windsurfer of the Year 2016

Mon 9 Jan 2017
Max Rowe has been named Windsurfer of the Year 2016 by the United Kingdom Windsurfing Association (UKWA).

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.

Julian Wiemar proves windsurfing is free

Sat 31 Dec 2016
Windsurfing films are quite rare these days, but "Entrance Free" has 25 minutes of exciting freestyle moves by Julian Wiemar.

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.

The best windsurfing fails, crashes, and wipeouts ever

Tue 27 Dec 2016
The wind has an incredible force, and when humans are not competent enough, accidents will happen. Take a look at some of the most painful windsurfing videos available on the web.

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.

The best places to start windsurfing

Tue 20 Dec 2016
Learning to windsurf is easy, and if you choose the right place to start sailing you'll be up and riding in no time. So, where should you start windsurfing?

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.

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