PWA World Windsurfing Tour The Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) represents excellence in windsurfing. It's current and past members constitute the very best windsurfers in the World. We the PWA are the sailors who represent the sport at the highest level of competition, we strive to improve everyday and make windsurfing better for you, the public. en_GB PWA Worldtour Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:43:42 +0200 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:43:42 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-6084 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:13:48 +0200 ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup 2020 Day 4: A Supersession With A Twist As Tag Team Comes Into Play Strong north westerly winds greeted the competitions on Day 4 of the 2020 ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup, which led to the organisers staging a super session with a difference…

Instead of the usual biggest trick wins, this time the next generation were split into teams led by pro captains - Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone), Marc Pare (Fanatic / Duotone), Arthur Arutkin (Fanatic / Duotone) and Mads Bjørnå (Fanatic / Duotone). Only one sailor from each team was allowed on the water at a time and they would then need to land their best jump and link together their best wave as quick as possible - making sure to claim the move/wave by raising their arm to indicate that the judges should just that manoeuvre. Once complete the sailor must then return to the beach and tag their next team mate. As an added incentive to land all their moves as quick as possible, the fastest team would be awarded an extra 10 points!

Unfortunately, with the wind being bang onshore that made the conditions quite difficult, but there was still plenty of excellent action with Fernandez and Pare both landing double forwards, whilst Fernandez also spun through a stylish taka. Meanwhile, Anton Richter (JP / NeilPryde), who won the U15s on the opening day - landed a textbook backloop!

After the completion of the semifinals, Team 2 leg by Arthur Arutkin (Fanatic / Duotone) with (Giulio Gasperini (Starboard / Severne), ,Valters Videnieks (Hot Sails Maui), Nick Spangenberg (JP / GUNSAILS), Maria Behrens (Fanatic / Duotone), Lars Bubelach, Mads von Holten (Fanatic / Duotone) - would take on Team 3 Tobias Bjørnå (Fanatic / Duotone), Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), Leon Maethner (Fanatic / Duotone), Henri Kolberg (Hot Sails Maui), Luis Ilgner, Nadia Jablonski (Sailloft Hamburg), Leo Ricther (JP / NeilPryde) and their captain Mads Bjørnå (Fanatic / Duotone), who was a late stand-in for Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Duotone), who couldn’t make it. With the wind dying for the final things became even trickier, but in the end Team 3 deservedly took the victory with all of their team members successfully landing stylish jumps and wave rides!

Later today the official prize giving ceremony will be held to conclude what has been an excellent week in Cold Hawaii once again!

news-6082 Wed, 16 Sep 2020 05:39:43 +0200 Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup 2020 Day 2: Supersession Victories For Giulio Gasperini, Liam Dunkerbeck, Simon Thule & Lina Erzen Day two proved a stark contrast to the opener as yesterday’s driving rain and strong winds were replaced with a summer-esque vibe with the next generation being greeted with a balmy 21 degrees celsius and sunny skies. 

The wind remained relatively light throughout day two of the 2020 ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup, but there was still enough to run a fun supersession in which the Youth’s would be judged on their best single wave score. That led to victories for Giulio Gasperini (Starboard / Severne), who finished 2nd in the U15s in the main contest, whilst Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne) once again came out on top in the U17s. Simon Thule competing in his first event was able to claim the top spot in the U20 Boy’s, whilst 15-year-old Lina Erzen (Flikka / Duotone) claimed an impressive victory in the U20 Girls.

The forecast for Wednesday 17th looks promising with northwesterly winds of up to 30 knots expected whilst the swell is expected to increase to about 6ft, so there should hopefully be more action to come from the young guns!

Result ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup - Girl’s

1st Line Bang Wittrup (Goya Windsurfing)
2nd Lina Erzen (Flikka / Duotone)
3rd Maria Behrens (Fanatic / Duotone)

Result ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup - Boy’s U15s

1st Anton Richter (GER | JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Giulio Gasperini (ITA | Starboard / Severne)
3rd Tobias Bjornaa (DEN | Fanatic / Duotone)

Result ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup - Boy’s U17s

1st Liam Dunkerbeck (ESP | Starboard / Severne)
2nd Lennart Neubauer (GER | Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Lars Bubelach

Result ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup - Boy’s U20s

1st Henri Kolberg (GER | Hot Sails Maui)
2nd Simon Thule (DEN | Starboard / Sail Loft Hamburg)
3rd Malte Rahbeck Oegelund (DEN)

news-6080 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 07:13:38 +0200 Miss vs Don't Miss Sebastian Kördel, Max Matissek, Caterina Stenta & Marina Alabau All Share What They Miss The Most About Competing Next up in 'Miss vs Don't Miss' are four more PWA sailors, who we simply asked what they miss about competing? And on the flipside what they don't miss...

Sebastian Kördel (Starboard / GA Sails / Starboard Foil)

1. I miss the thrill and adrenaline the most when going full speed towards the first mark with 7 other fast guys. 

2. I could do without the waiting on the beach and airport hustle while traveling.

Max Matissek (Fanatic / Duotone)

1. The PWA family

2. The gusty spot of fuerteventura 

Caterina Stenta (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360 / Maui Ultra Fins)

1. I miss the adrenaline before the heat, the pre race preparation and hanging out and sailing with people from the tour. 

2. I don't miss struggling with the boardbags transport in the airports, finding a place where to store everything on tour and the excess fees fight at the check in counter! 

Marina Alabau (Severne Sails / Starboard Foil)

1. I miss having the same level of motivation for training with no competitions close.

2. I don't miss going to the airport with the boardbags.

Thanks Basti, Max, Caterina & Marina!

news-6078 Mon, 14 Sep 2020 14:15:58 +0200 ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup 2020 Day 1: An Action Packed Opening Day Sees Results Gained In Every Fleet Day one of the ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup certainly didn’t disappoint with Klitmøller delivering a full day of competition, which allowed results to be gained in every fleet. The next generation were given a stern test with the North Sea throwing up some sizeable nuggets, while fluctuating winds -20-35 knots - made things tricky at times. However, they passed that test with flying colours with every fleet putting on impressive performances. 


Line Bang Wittrup (Goya Windsurfing) enjoyed a great day as the young Dane was able to win two out of the three girl’s finals completed on day one, which gives her a slender lead over Lina Erzen (Flikka / Duotone) in second place, while Maria Behrens (Fanatic / Duotone) completes the top 3. All the girls thoroughly impressed the judges with their cutbacks in particular catching the eye.



The level in the U15s proved to be incredibly close with almost nothing separating the top 4 boys. In the second semifinal Anton Richter (JP / NeilPryde) caused a big upset as he took down the local talent of Tobias Bjornaa by just half a point, leaving the local boy gutted not to make the final at his home event. The young Dane picked himself up from that disappointment though to successfully win the battle for the final place on the podium against Val Erzen (Flikka / Duotone), who also impressed the judges throughout the day. 

Having caused the upset of the day, Richter, continued to impress and deservedly won the final ahead of Italian Giulio Gasperini (Starboard / Severne), who also enjoyed a solid day of competition.


Last year’s U15 World Champion - Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne) - and Vice-World Champion - Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - set up another final together with both sailors looking in formidable form. Having looked so dangerous in the preliminaries - Dunkerbeck - continued to fire on all cylinders in the final and was able to gain the upper hand against Neubauer with his rail-to-rail fluid wave riding really standing out! 

The top 3 was completed by Lars Bubelach after the German was able to see off Marlon Moelner.


In the U20s, Henri Kolberg (Hot Sails Maui) / Maui Ultra Fins) was the clear standout sailor with the 19-year-old sailor being the only sailor in the fleet to land double forwards! The top 3 in the U20s was completed by Simon Thule and Malte Rahbek Oegelund.

The forecast for the next couple of days looks quite light, but there is still the possibility of hosting a super session later in the week.

Result ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup - Girl’s

1st Line Bang Wittrup (Goya Windsurfing)
2nd Lina Erzen (Flikka / Duotone)
3rd Maria Behrens (Fanatic / Duotone)

Result ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup - Boy’s U15s

1st Anton Richter (GER | JP / NeilPryde)
2nd Giulio Gasperini (ITA | Starboard / Severne)
3rd Tobias Bjornaa (DEN | Fanatic / Duotone)

Result ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup - Boy’s U17s

1st Liam Dunkerbeck (ESP | Starboard / Severne)
2nd Lennart Neubauer (GER | Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Lars Bubelach

Result ​Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup - Boy’s U20s

1st Henri Kolberg (GER | Hot Sails Maui)
2nd Simon Thule (DEN | Starboard / Sail Loft Hamburg)
3rd Malte Rahbeck Oegelund (DEN)

news-6076 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 05:25:30 +0200 Freestyle Friday How To Shaka Modern freestyle has progressed tremendous amounts since the birth of aerial freestyle in the early 2000s. However, one move that continues to stand the test of time is the shaka, which was invented by 3-time Freestyle World Champion - Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails) - in 2002. The shaka remains one of the hardest moves to initially learn, but once you unlock this amazing looking and feeling move it will remain one of your favourites and also be one of the best ways to show off in front of your buddies. Whether you’ve been struggling with the shaka for years or yet to try your first attempts here’s some tips from some of the best freestylers in the world!

Yentel Caers (I-99 / Point-7): “First of all it’s really important to be comfortable with your gear and also the basic moves such as upwind 360s and helitacks, but also the flake will help you unlock the shaka a lot because the end of the move is exactly like an upwind 360 and flaka. 

Once you’ve got the basics down you need to find a nice steep piece of chop. I recommend to learn the shaka on lakes because normally you have the chop slightly upwind from you, which helps with getting the initial pop up. Move your backhand slightly back on the boom and bend your elbows slightly then began to carve upwind by pulling up on your toes. When you take off you are going to stretch out your whole body. You need to straighten both your legs and front arm simultaneously, but sheet in your backhand. This is really important. Try and point your board directly into the wind and bring your body weight over your gear (forwards), while the sail goes back to turn the board upwind. Once you start to get the body and sail movement the end of the move is relatively simple as it’s the same ending as a flaka. Once you can do it, the shaka is one of the easiest moves to do in all conditions and it’s also still one of the most fun!”

9-time PWA Freestyle World Champion Sarah—Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins): “Try sailing in a straight line and all of a sudden carve upwind to launch of the chop. If you're already sailing upwind before initiating the move you lose momentum and it becomes hard to land the shaka.

-As you carve up wind for the shove it, look over your shoulder really hard, lay your sail down and push the sail down with your front hand. Not as much with your back hand.

-Always lean your body weight toward the nose of the board. Actually kind of in between the the mast and the board. These are my top tips.”

Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing): “Better know how to flaka as it’s kind of the same rotation. Better not be to powered up at the beginning, just good, because then the move is harder to control, and choose a stiff on shore chop.
Top tips -> Stay over the board, don’t throw yourself on the back. You have to give an energetic kick with your hip and throw the sail as far forward as you can (like a low wind stall, you know what I mean ? :p ) and then don’t forget to push with your front hand in the air to control the up wind position.

Riccardo Marca (Fanatic / Duotone)

- Before stepping up to the shaka you should be able to flaka as first it’s important to have the confidence with an upwind rotation.

- Possibly try this move in a choppy spot, it will help you to take off the first times. 

- During the shaka move your head in the direction you want to turn.

- The sail has a lot of power in this move so you will have to learn how much pressure you have to put through your hands.

- Keep your legs stiff during the first “air-time” part of the move.

Oda Johanne (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins):

“My shaka tips: Have a lot of speed look for a chop and carve the board aggressively as you keep the speed and your body flying forwards (not too much upwind) with your backhand sheeted in and push down hard with your front arm. As soon as you are in the air push also hard on the backhand to fly longer. Look around in the direction you are going and enjoy the airtime!”

Adam Sims (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg):

- Power in the sail is the most important and speed is definitely your friend. 

- Aim to take off across the wind and as you carve up to get the board in the air push down on the boom and swing it behind your body, so the sail is pressing against your shins.

- Pull up with the back hand if you are struggling to rotate in the air.

- Aim to land the move first, don’t aim to try and do it high, you need to learn the rotation first, height comes later.

- Lastly, if you are rotating and not sliding then go off the wind a few degrees.


news-6074 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 04:42:55 +0200 Top 3 Watch 3-Time World Champion Victor Fernandez Sailing One Of His Three Favourite Spots In Gran Canaria Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Duotone) may not have spent as much time as he normally does in the Canaries this summer, but he’s still been able to pop over to Gran Canaria to rack up plenty of time on the water…

Victor Fernandez: “One of my 3 favourite spots in Gran Canaria where we usually sail in lighter winds. I just had a few sessions on a 4.7 Super Hero proto by @duotone.windsurfing , the sail is feeling amazing :). Thanks for the filming @nachorochae17 @marcpare334 @joanpareborralleras & @josep_e203”

You can see Victor Fernandez’s latest clip here.

news-6072 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 06:06:34 +0200 Miss vs Don't Miss What Does Taty Frans Miss & Not Miss About Not Competing In 2020 2020 has certainly been a unique year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had huge implications on the entire world. For some sailors that has meant not competing for the first time in almost two decades, so we thought we’d ask some of them what they miss and what they don’t miss about not competing this year. First up is Bonaire’s Taty Frans (Future Fly / Point-7), who has been competing on the world tour since 2002. 

1. What do you miss the most about not competing?

​After 17 years travelling, competing with a fixed schedule thru out years and suddenly all that comes to a halt its sure a mixed feeling, now I understand how fortunate we as windsurfers are to be able to be so free and travel around the world, compete and get to meet again new people, friends and much more, the competition side, adrenaline, the tension, the nerve wrecking, soar muscles in windy Fuerteventura. The any moment big shore break 10 days in cold Sylt, the waiting game in Japan, Korea but got to be prepared for that little wind prediction.. there's a lot more that is missed, but I am sure 2021 will be better than 2020.

2. What do you not miss about competing?

​Just the traveling with all the boardbags!!!

Thanks, Taty!

news-6070 Tue, 08 Sep 2020 04:46:30 +0200 Gran Canaria 2020 Gran Canaria Isn’t All About Jumping As Antoine Albert Shows PWA Freestyler and Wave sailor - Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing) - decided to head to Gran Canaria this summer despite the contests unfortunately having to be cancelled! The 26-year-old recently spent 6 weeks in Gran Canaria and his latest video highlights the fact that there is much more to Gran Canaria than just jumping.

Antoine Albert: “With all the competitions getting cancelled whole year long, I decided anyway to move to Gran Canaria for a month and half in order to train as good as possible in freestyle and wave.
Here is a little recap clip, wave only, mostly filmed end of august.

Filmed by Marc Paré, Nacho Rocha, Victor Fernandez, Joan Paré”

You can see Antoine Albert’s latest edit @

news-6068 Mon, 07 Sep 2020 05:46:31 +0200 Western Australian Winter Lina Erpenstein Belting Lips & Flying High Over Western Australia Last winter - Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails) - spent her time in Western Australia again and scored lots of epic conditions during that period! 

Lina Erpenstein: “I’m super excited to show you this clip from my time in Western Australia last winter. It’s been an epic trip with many great moments and sessions to remember. I’m probably mostly excited because I wrote the song to the video myself. I was having so much trouble to find a CC song that would fit until I just made my own. Curious to know how you like it!

Thanks to everyone for filming!
Nicolas Hess
Dieter Van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails)
Sarah Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins)
Julian Salmonn (Bruch Boards / GUNSAILS)
And many more :)

You can see Lina Erpenstein’s latest video from Western Australia here.

news-6066 Fri, 04 Sep 2020 04:47:54 +0200 Would You Rather A Short, But Sweet Would You Rather With Jenna Gibson This is the last of the last, of the last, 'Would You Rathers' with British racer Jenna Gibson (Fanatic / Duotone), who only competed at two events in 2019 - Marignane and Denmark - the latter at which she just missed out on the podium - 4th. Read on to hear a prompt response from the 23-year-old.

If you were reborn in a new life, would you rather be alive in the past or future?

The future please, as we will be out of lockdown and I can go windsurfing again.

Would you rather be free or be totally safe?

Free, but without any sharks.

Would you rather have free Wi-Fi wherever you go or have free coffee where/whenever you want?

Free wifi, I hate the smell of coffee.

Would you rather lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak?

I'm not famous for either…

Would you rather spend the rest of your life with a sailboat as your home or an RV as your home?

I love my van.

Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?

Free food always.

Would you rather be forced to dance every time you heard music or be forced to sing along to any song you heard?

I'd  rather sing ....not sure others would agree.

Would you rather travel the world for a year on a shoestring budget or stay in only one country for a year but live in luxury?

I'd rather travel all the time.

Would you rather have a horrible job, but be able to retire comfortably in 10 years or have your dream job, but have to work until the day you die?

Dream job please… I already have it… windsurfer.

Would you rather be able to land every move in the world right now and never crash again or still be able to still learn new moves, but crash 10 times more frequently than it usually takes you to land a new move?

I love learning to crash in different ways... crashing with style is always fun.

Thanks, Jenna!

news-6064 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 06:03:15 +0200 The Superman Ricardo Campello Has Been Upping His Efforts To Finally Land The Elusive Superman - Do You Think It’s Possible? With Maui’s trade winds still in full flow and Ho’okipa pitching up some fun ramps recently - Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails) - has been increasing his efforts to finally land the elusive superman… 

Ricardo Campello: “A few days ago back at Ho’okipa giving a more consistent try on the #superman. I will keep on working to see if it’s possible to land it. On my last try I got more convinced that it is possible - what do you think?”

You can see Ricardo Campello trying to crack the superman @

Photo Credit: Jimmy Hepp & Fish Bowl Diaries

news-6062 Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:45:35 +0200 Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup 2020 Lennart Neubauer Is Looking Forward To Competing In Demark... Are You? The Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup is now just 11 days away from starting and with all other events on the PWA calendar unfortunately having to be cancelled, that means that the spotlight will be centred completely on the next generation of budding windsurfers.

Last year’s Boy’s U17 vice-world champion - Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - is just one of the names already on the registration list and the 16-year-old is looking forward to competing in Denmark already… Here’s a short video with Lennart.

news-6060 Mon, 31 Aug 2020 04:04:32 +0200 Wissant Storm Arthur Arutkin Battling 110kmh Storm Force Winds In Wissant Storm Francis has been battering Europe over the last few days with winds of up to 110 kilometres per hour hitting Wissant, France.

Arthur Arutkin (Fanatic / Duotone), who lives in Wissant, couldn’t resist the storm chase conditions and you can see the highlights of his very own storm chase @ - which features some massive backloops and bailouts! 

news-6058 Sat, 29 Aug 2020 06:35:36 +0200 Marignane PWA World Cup Update Regarding Cancellation Of The 2020 Marignane PWA World Cup Dear Friends,
Sadly, amidst a climate of worsening COVID-19 reports across large parts of Europe, the decision has been taken to cancel the 2020 PWA Marignane World Cup which had been scheduled for Early October.
It had been hoped that the event could continue and grant a spectacular world championship showdown, featuring the best racers in the world, in the fantastic slalom conditions at Marignane. However, with a recent surge in cases in France as well as several other European locations, combined with increased restrictions on travel from certain countries, and tighter rules for large scale events, Club Nautique Marignanais, in conjunction with the PWA, have taken the reluctant decision to cancel the event and focus instead on 2021.
Although this is sad news for all concerned, the safety of competitors, crew, the Marignane community and society in general, must come first, and to continue with the event under the current circumstances would not have been a responsible decision for the greater good.
The cancellation of the Marignane World Cup will mean that no PWA World Championship titles will be awarded in 2020, but work is already well underway to ensure that the tour returns to deliver windsurfing at the highest level, better than ever, in 2021 – COVID-19 permitting!
The PWA Youth and Junior World Cup wave contest will still go ahead in Klitmoller from the 13th September and we will continue to bring you news and entertainment from around the windsurfing world through the PWA website and social media channels, to ensure you get your fix of our fantastic sport and the athletes that make it what it is!
We hope to see you all on the water soon!
Kind regards

news-6056 Fri, 28 Aug 2020 04:24:30 +0200 A New Journey Daida Moreno On Life As A New Mother & Returning To The Water Just 7 Weeks After Giving Birth Daida Moreno (Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) needs no introduction with a lifetime of experience on the water and countless titles. In this interview, she gives us an insight into her new life as a mother and her journey to where she is today. (Interview courtesy of Severne Windsurfing).

Back on the water after the birth of your soon Axel and a new daily routine to go with it… how has it been?

Axel arrived at our lives after two years trying with doctors. After going through cancer I never lost my hope to become a mom, and even though it has been a hard road, we are now a happy family. 

My pregnancy was also really hard with lots of rest and could not do any exercises just some walking. It became even harder with the lockdown due to COVID, giving birth in a hospital with lots of people with the virus. I gave birth one month before the time due to the type of pregnancy I had and to avoid putting mine and Axel’s life at risk. I had the C section on April 9th, and after 5 weeks I started doing some exercises for my pelvic floor and slowly started sailing seven weeks after giving birth. Three months later I continue sailing every day and slowly getting stronger. I don’t really feel like before at all, but this will be just a matter of time and effort. For now, my daily routine is breastfeeding, windsurfing and working with the physiotherapy clinic I am building and my studies

How was it to get back into the water after several months without sailing?

It was an amazing feeling. We scored some starboard tack sailing in May and after each ride, I had to take deep breathing to continue sailing ;-). My hands were wide open but it was the best feeling in the world.

Last year you only competed on the PWA event Pozo for clear reasons. How hard was it to watch the rest of the tour from the sideline and not compete together with your sister?

Yeap, in 2018 I did only two events (Pozo and Tenerife), then I couldn’t go to Sylt because I was pregnant… I had another 3 losses after this. I was not sure I was going to compete in Pozo last year, just one month before I had another loss, but even though I was not in shape I decided to compete last minute. It mentally helped me to announce I was not going to compete at more events that year. I guess to be mentally ready and without the stress of the competitions, helped me to get pregnant again.

For the past 8-9 years, you and your sister have been organising the PWA event in Gran Canaria together with your team. Unfortunately, it had to be cancelled due to COVID19 this year. How was this experience from an organisers point of view?

To cancel this year’s event was a really hard decision. We followed the news every day and it was far from encouraging. After talking to the sponsors of the event and looking at all scenarios I think we did a strong exercise of responsibility. We couldn’t apply any protocol to avoid contagious, riders coming from all over the world, without test or having the tent working. I just hope there is a solution soon and we can work something for next year, there is still a lot to learn from ourselves (how we face this) and the virus. The Canary Islands are working on an action protocol to ensure every life involved in all the sports events is safe. For now, all the sports events in the Canary Islands has been postponed (until November or December where it obviously wasn’t possible due to the trade winds) or cancelled until next year.

Any tips for aspiring windsurfers and athlete mum’s out there?

Uff, this is a hard question. I am fortunate to live right in front of the sea, and can easily jump in the water with some prior organisation and obvious help with the baby. This could be a good tip ;-). No, but seriously, every family is a world. To be a mother and windsurfer is not the same as being a dad. First the physical scars after giving birth, then breastfeeding… there is still a lot to learn, so I am also happy to hear tips from other mams around the world.

Photo Credit: Jose Pina

news-6054 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 04:41:04 +0200 Gran Canaria Flo Jung Visiting The Wind Machine Which He Calls Pozo Izquierdo Pozo Izquierdo, Gran Canaria, is world renowned for being one of the windiest places on the planet - particularly during the European summer. With that in mind - Flo Jung (Starboard / GUNSAILS)

Flo Jung: “If you want to spend time on the water, Pozo is the place to be . This is what I love about this little fishing village in Gran Canaria. The waves are maybe not perfect but you can sail almost every day during the summer months. Here are some short impressions of a few days in Gran Canaria in August. Enjoy the clip…”

You can see Flo Jung’s short impressions of Pozo @

news-6052 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 05:19:32 +0200 Blustery Summer Nic Hibdige Enjoying A Windy English Summer At Home & Going Massive If you aren't a windsurfer or kitesurfer then this summer in England probably hasn't been that great with the recent run of solid wind! However, for Nic Hibdige (Tabou / GA Sails) this has been one of the windier and better summers for windsurfing in the UK and he's just dropped a radical new, but short, action packed clip!

Nic Hibdige: "One of the better summers for wind here in the UK!"

You can see Nic Hibdige's explosive new clip here.

Photo credit: Andy Corner

news-6050 Mon, 24 Aug 2020 07:07:07 +0200 Air Camp Goes Garda Air Camp Riders Return To The Home Of Modern Freestyle Windsurfing - Lake Garda When you think of modern windsurfing, Lake Garda is at the very roots of where aerial freestyle was born and proceeded to take off - developing into the crazy acrobatic discipline that we know and love today!

Julien Wiemar (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) and Valentin Böckler (Starboard / GUNSAILS / Maui Ultra Fins) recently travelled to Lake Garda where they met up with Italian freestyler and friend - Riccardo Marca (Fanatic / Duotone) where they produced the latest Air Camp episode, which you can see @

Air Camp: “Times are changing and the level of freestyle windsurfing keeps going up, up and up. Air Camp took a trip to where it all began to see what the fuss was about and get some well needed training in after lock-down… we don’t mean where COVID-19 began silly, we are talking about the foundation of modern Freestyle Windsurfing. Check out the beautiful location, crazy scenery and happy-go-lucky Air Camp style over on their Youtube channel. Rumour has it that Air Camp is looking for more projects to film with freestyle windsurfers. The real question is… where should “Air Camp Go…” next?” 

news-6048 Fri, 21 Aug 2020 04:07:47 +0200 Would You Rather With Marino Gil The last of our ‘Would You Rather's’  is with 18-year-old - Marino Gil (Goya Windsurfing), who finished just outside the world’s top 16 last year - 17th - while he also won the U20s Youth PWA Wave World Championship! Read on to see what Marino had to say:

If you were reborn in a new life, would you rather be alive in the past or future?

In the future hahahaha don’t really have a reason but I think I would prefer it.

Would you rather be free or be totally safe?

I think be free so I can do whatever I want.

Would you rather have free Wi-Fi wherever you go or have free coffee where/whenever you want?

Free wifi, I don’t like coffee hahahahaha

Would you rather lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak?

Speak so I can actually still read magazines and books.

Would you rather spend the rest of your life with a sailboat as your home or an RV as your home?

In a boat for sure, I can’t stay at home!

Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?

Unlimited international first class tickets hahahahaha, I will be traveling everyday for sure!

Would you rather be forced to dance every time you heard music or be forced to sing along to any song you heard?

Be forced to sing, much less embarrassing

Would you rather travel the world for a year on a shoestring budget or stay in only one country for a year but live in luxury?

Travel the world, you learn a lot from different cultures!! Is much better than staying in the same place!

Would you rather have a horrible job, but be able to retire comfortably in 10 years or have your dream job, but have to work until the day you die?

Have my dream work! So I can enjoy working and don’t mind to spend that much time working.

Would you rather be able to land every move in the world right now and never crash again or still be able to still learn new moves, but crash 10 times more frequently than it usually takes you to land a new move?

For sure land every move right now hahahaha!!! Still a lot of moves to land!

Thanks, Marino!

news-6046 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:21:49 +0200 As Far As We Can II The Final Episode Of As Far As We Can II - A Quest To Reach A Spot Never Surfed Before The final episode of Adam Sims' (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg) 'As Far As We Can II' is now out. This time it sees the adventurers scaling the deserts of Namibia in a quest to sail a spot never surfed before!

Adam Sims: "From Iceland to the deserts of Namibia, As Far As We Can II takes you on a journey to discover new locations and never before surfed spots. Episode 3 sees the crew attempt the final mission to reach a spot never surfed before."

You can see the final part of As Far As You Can II @

news-6044 Wed, 19 Aug 2020 09:17:32 +0200 Ricardo Campello & Kai Lenny Go Extreme Tandem Windsurfing Maui may have gone relatively flat at the moment, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop as Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails) and Kai Lenny (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) show as they go extreme tandem windsurfing at Ho’okipa and Lanes.

Kai Lenny: “Wave sailing tandem Windsurfing at Ho'okipa with world champion and mad man, Ricardo Campello. The beginning of riding huge waves and sending massive jumps.”

You can see Ricardo Campello & Kai Lenny’s maiden tandem voyage together @

news-6042 Tue, 18 Aug 2020 06:04:04 +0200 Art of Waves Graham Ezzy Delves Deep Into His Inspiration For The ‘Art of Waves' Instead of competing on the windsurfing world tour full time when I turned 18, which is what most of the windsurfing world expected of me, I went to university. At that time, I wrote poetry and enrolled in creative writing seminars in which I was lucky to be taught by great American poets like James Richardson and Brenda Shaughnessy. Not enough physical fear was the reason Richardson said that I would not write truly great poetry. Shaughnessy was more encouraging: write about the sea, she said. 

Despite knowing the ocean intimately, I struggled to write about it. I could not think of anything interesting to say about waves or the ocean. I was too close to them and could not get any perspective. The poems I did write were strange and too microscopic—noticing the distorted colors and sounds one hears underwater as related to the Hawaiian language. I did not enjoy writing these poems, and I enjoyed reading them even less. 

After graduating from Princeton, my writing turned to other things: drama, essays. I started competing full time on the world tour, trying to fulfill the dreams of my youth. Competitions are full of dead time. Hurry up and wait. A windsurfing world cup is normally a week long, but the competition only happens when the wind and waves are good enough—as determined by the head judge—to compete. The first day is busy with registration and rigging sails to be ready to perform at a moment’s notice. And then you wait. You can’t wander very far from the beach because the event could be called on at any time. I thought that I could use this time for something productive, but the mind, ready to suit up and compete at the blow of a horn, struggles to concentrate on much. The week of waiting and at the end you are completely exhausted—mentally and physically. 

Poetry can provide a certain therapeutic calm—more than other kinds of writing, at least for me—and I felt the itch to write some poems. Brenda Shaughnessy’s advice came back to me, and I focused on the sea. 

My method for writing poetry is to take a lot of notes, let those notes ferment over some weeks, and return to the notes to see what I still find interesting. Most of the notes and half-poems are discarded. One of the discarded poems from that time was the following: 


Waves: a better mark than stars
for the dead. 
The infinite dead. 
Some say that there are more people
alive now than ever before. 
That’s wrong—
the dead greatly outnumber us. 
Like the waves beating the shore, 
our eyes wander, lost in their endless crashing: 
an uncountable infinity of an army. 
An army general’s nightmare. 
And yours.
And mine. 
Until you realize that each wave is the same
water rising and falling. 

The discarded fragments—ideas, metaphors, half-poems like the one above—live in a notebook or a text file never to be seen again. 

Fast forward to 2017 when I was writing an essay for a British magazine about a recent surf trip to Cabo Verde, an island in an archipelago nation off of western Africa. I wrote: “windsurfing is a strange sport. We go around and a round in circles, riding the same water that keeps rising and falling.” 

I had completely forgotten the old half-poem with this idea, but the phrase felt familiar enough that I went back through my old notes to see if I had used it before. I found “Cardinal.” I did not feel bad about stealing the idea from my discarded poem. 

But after the essay was published, that line kept coming back to me—“the same water that keeps rising and falling”—and I had a nagging feeling that something was not right. 

I turned to Google, and to my surprise, I found a hit: “…not wave after wave, as it appears from the shore, but of the very same water rising and falling…But it is when we perceive that it is no succession of waves, but the same water, constantly rising, and crashing, and recoiling, and rolling in again in new forms and with fresh fury, that we perceive the perturbed spirit, and feel the intensity of its unwearied rage.” The source is John Ruskin’s “Modern Painters,” discussing Turner’s paintings of the sea.

I was mortified. Not only had I inadvertently plagiarized the idea, but the original was much better than my homage. 

I guess I had come across Ruskin at Princeton—storing his ideas in my sleep-deprived mind without care to properly catalog and credit. 

I went on to read the entire essay “Of Truth of Water,” and I was awed by Ruskin’s surf writing. Yes, he is writing about painting, but make no mistake, this is top tier surf writing. 

What is the point of good surf writing? On the surface, there is value in using surf writing to communicate surfing to non-surfers. See! This is why I’m never around when the waves are good. 

The best surf writing though—which is very rare—does something more. The best surf writing shows surfers something we knew but did not realize about surfing. Ruskin does this. 

Another example is Tim Winton in his novel “Breath.” The novel is full of great surf writing, and one of the best examples does not even talk about the ocean or surfers. The protagonist reacts to seeing surfing for the first time: 

“I couldn’t have put words to it as a boy, but later I understood what seized my imagination that day. How strange it was to see men do something beautiful. Something pointless and elegant, as though nobody saw or cared. In Sawyer, a town of millers and loggers and dairy farmers, with one butcher and a rep from the rural bank beside the BP, men did solid, practical things, mostly with their hands. Perhaps a baker might have had a chance to make something as pretty as it was tasty, but our baker was a woman anyway, a person as dour and blunt as any boy’s father and she baked loaves like housebricks. For style we had a couple of local footballers with a nice leap and a tidy torpedo punt, and I would concede that my father rowed a wooden boat as sweetly as I’d seen it done, in a manner that disguised and discounted all effort, but apart from that and those old coves with plastic teeth and necks like turtles who got pissed on Anzac Day and sang sad songs on the verandah of the Riverside before they passed out, there wasn’t much room for beauty in the lives of our men. The only exception was the strange Yuri Orlov, who carved lovely old-world toys from stuff he fossicked up from the forest floor. But he didn’t like to show his work. He was shy or careful and people said he was half mad anyway. When it came to blokes, his was all the useless beauty the town could manage.”

Just before the global quarantines began in the spring of 2020, my friend Paul Reis filmed my windsurfing with his drone. I loved the footage. Similar to the best kinds of surf writing, the footage  revealed an essence of windsurfing at Ho’okipa Beach Park on the north shore of Maui. 

Most windsurfing and surfing videos that are released online are quick-cut montages of best-moments. We call it surf porn, and it feels good to watch but does not at all transpose the feeling of riding waves—or even of sitting on the beach and watching people ride waves. 

Paul’s footage, following me like a bird from above, captures the uncut reality. Flying a drone in gusty winds and rain is not easy. I’ve released many surf porn clips online—full of action. But I’m more proud of what this clip shows about my windsurfing skills: four uncut minutes, two good waves, a subtle dance with the ocean. 

Reflecting on what narration could possibly live up to the footage, I found myself revisiting Ruskin and the idea of the same water rising and falling. I wrote the narration as an homage to Ruskin’s surf writing—some of the best.

After recording the audio and editing the first draft of the video, I sent it to some friends for feedback. A Princeton friend, also a surfer, gave me a few notes. Number one: “Waves don’t enjoy or dislike anything.” Which is a reference to the question I ask: “Do waves enjoy being ridden?” 

When he said that, I laughed because he was so obviously right yet so obviously missing the point. I really love that concept: do waves enjoy being ridden? But was it too silly and ill-fit for this serious clip? 

Brenda Shaughnessy used to quote the famous Faulkner line in our poetry seminars: “kill your darlings.” At the time, I took it to mean that your favorite lines destroy the unity of the poem—and the whole is greater when a part is not trying to steal the spotlight. A poem, then, is each line while at the same time being the sum of all the words—just as the waves are many individuals but also the same water rising and falling. And if you continue the metaphor to its logical end: yes, the waves do enjoy being ridden because I am the waves. 

You can see Gaham Ezzy's 'Art of Waves' @

news-6040 Mon, 17 Aug 2020 05:35:59 +0200 Spring Watch Marcilio Browne May Not Have Put Many Words To Go With His Latest Clip, But He Doesn’t Need To With Sailing Like This... Just Watch & Admire! Spring in Maui, Hawaii, looked pretty epic with consistent swells and trade winds providing the goods which has made Maui so famous!

Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) has just released an new edit and it is nothing short of exceptional with his progressive style being irresistible to watch, so while he didn’t write many words to accompany the clip… you don’t really have to when the action is this good!

You can see Marcilio Browne’s epic new edit @

news-6037 Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:27:52 +0200 Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup 2020 Calling The World’s Best Youth Wave Sailors - Join The Youth PWA World Cup In Cold Hawaii, Denmark, This September Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the senior PWA World Tour stop scheduled for the 13th-19th September will now be replaced by a contest for the World’s best Youths during the same dates.

Once again, Cold Hawaii in Denmark is ready to welcome the World’s best youth windsurfers to one of the best windsurfing spots in the World.

This time, the small, cosy fishing village in Klitmøller will host the 'Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Wave World Cup 2020' with contests being run for the boy’s and girl’s in the following age divisions; U20, U17, U15 and last, but not least U13.

In recent years the level on the Youth PWA World Tour has skyrocketed with a great influx of youthful talent starting to emerge and with the added motivation of competition, they continue to push themselves to the limits - further improving their level. The upcoming week in Cold Hawaii should prove to be another great stage for the Youths to show off their progression - both in the jumping and wave riding departments.

So, if you are a budding youngster, that has either competed before or looking to make your debut, then please go ahead and register for the event @

Klitmøller and the Cold Hawaii region has established itself as a well-known spot on the PWA Wave World Tour over the last ten years or so, and we are sure to see great conditions again, whilst having a fantastic week as we try to find a World Cup Winner in every class. With just one Youth Wave event taking place this year there will be no official Youth World Champions this year, but there will still be plenty of bragging rights for the eventual winners of the event!

The event is part of the Cold Hawaii Games, which will see more than ten different sports events taking place along the beautiful coastline of Cold Hawaii, and we look forward to welcoming surfers and crew alike to see the action during, statistically speaking, the best time of the year for both wind and waves in Denmark.

The event is created in a co-working environment between Friends of Cold Hawaii and the local surf club in Klitmøller North Atlantic Surf Association called NASA and PWA together with our sponsors.


- ‘Noerstick Cold Hawaii PWA Youth Windsurf Wave World Cup 2020' will take place from Sunday, September 13th - Saturday, September 19th.

- The classes are U20, U17, U15 and U13 - for both boys and girls.
- Main sailing location will be in front of the NASA clubhouse Ørhagevej 189, 7700 Thisted. If the wind turns more Westerly, we have an option to sail in the nearby town of Hanstholm.

- Full video, photo and social media coverage from the Cold Hawaii Games will be shared by the PWA and many more.

- Cold Hawaii Games is presented by: Thisted Kommune, Spar Invest and Nordjyske Medier.

- More information and registration details can be found &

news-6035 Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:06:46 +0200 It’s About FREEKing Time Oda Brødholt & Maaike Huvermann Finally Reunite In Naxos For Some Serious Freestyle Training After being on lockdown for several months due to COVID-19 some countries have started to open their borders again - including Greece - which is where several of the world's best freestylers have gathered for a reunion and some serious training at Laguna Beach Park, Naxos. 

Two of those faces include teammates Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) and Maaike Huvermann (Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) and they have just dropped their latest edit 'It's About FREEKing Time' - which features plenty of epic action from their freesailing in Naxos.

Intro: “Freestylers Maaike Huvermann and Oda Brødholt train together in Naxos, but Oda is late for their training... Prepare yourself to witness wild drifting with a Fiat Panda and powerful freestyle tricks! See you all on the water!"

You can see 'It's About FREEKing Time' here.

news-6033 Tue, 11 Aug 2020 06:02:07 +0200 Youth Girl’s Clinic Tenerife Highlights Of A Great Week In El Médano Where Iballa Moreno Mentored Several Of The Sports Most Promising Young Girls With the Tenerife PWA World Cup not being able to take place this year due to COVID-19, the organisers didn’t want there to be absolutely no action, so they came up with a unique idea to run a girl’s invitation only clinic with the help of El Club Deportivo Daniel Bruch who has been working in collaboration with Turismo de Granadilla and Turismo de Tenerife to make the event possible, while they also recruited the expertise of 10-time world champion - Iballa Moreno (Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) to mentor the girls.

Iballa Moreno: “In the clinic we not only taught the technical aspects of the sport, but also how to become a better professional both on and off of the water. I want the girls to continue our legacy with - strength, illusion and imagination -  those are the three words our father taught us to fight strong for our dreams.

Apart from the refining the girls technique, we also taught them how to respond to interviews in front of the cameras, how to promote sponsors, how to correctly use social media and also raised ecological awareness through our beach cleaning. Further to that we also introduced the importance of nutrition, physical training and how to perform better in the competitions by knowing how the judging works... when there wasn’t enough wind to sail we also skated and even went whale watching, swimming etc. A complete week of fun with the girls ;).

Prior to mentoring the girl’s I studied for two years to become a surf, sailing and life saving trainer (coach) - adding to my vast knowledge that I have gained over the years on tour.”

With the event concluding on the 9th August 7Pixels have just released a nice round up of what looks a highly productive week with the girls all pushing themselves to new limits, which you can see here.

news-6031 Mon, 10 Aug 2020 07:32:41 +0200 Naxos Style Old School Meets New School With Sarah-Quita Offringa In Naxos Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) decided to leave Aruba after several months at home for a new adventure in Naxos, Greece, where she met up with a few other PWA Freestylers! The Aruban's latest video sees the 17-time World Champion seemlessly blend together a mix of old school and new school moves with her usual effortless style!

Sarah-Quita Offringa. “My initial plan was to travel to the Canaries because I badly wanted to wave sail and jump most of all. But with the travel advice changing a bit every now and then I decided to go to Greece where I saw Oda, Hakon, Maaike, Lina, Val, Balz and Eva ripping at Lennart’s home spot. It’s been a long time since I travelled to a totally new place, so I was very happy to book that ticket and come down here.”

“Quick Session at the lagoon a couple of days ago! Old school/new school tricks mix. It was so much fun :) Can’t wait for a proooooper smoke on the water type session!

Thanks Balz Müller for the edit and Igor for the filming!”

You can see Sarah-Quita Offringa's latest video @

news-6029 Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:27:36 +0200 Would You Rather With Josep Pons Next up in one of our last editions of 'Would You Rather' is Josep Pons (I-99 / Point-7), who is currently at home in Gran Canaria training and teaching at his Pons Training School, which covers both on and off the water activities to improve your sailing!

If you were reborn in a new life, would you rather be alive in the past or future?

I would choose in the past, when I was younger hahaha!

Would you rather be free or be totally safe?

Free for sure.

Would you rather have free Wi-Fi wherever you go or have free coffee where/whenever you want?

Hard one, but I need coffee in the morning.

Would you rather lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak?

Maybe lose the ability to read, I don’t need it to sail.

Would you rather spend the rest of your life with a sailboat as your home or an RV as your home?

Mmm hard one. Maybe a sailboat to be able to sail to amazing and deserted spots.

Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?

Really? 100% unlimited international first-class tickets.

Would you rather be forced to dance every time you heard music or be forced to sing along to any song you heard?

I am so bad in both, but I would choose to dance.

Would you rather travel the world for a year on a shoestring budget or stay in only one country for a year but live in luxury?

I would travel world on a shoestring budget, including the boardbags hihihi.

Would you rather have a horrible job, but be able to retire comfortably in 10 years or have your dream job, but have to work until the day you die?

If the job is to be a windsurfer, a dream job.

Would you rather be able to land every move in the world right now and never crash again or still be able to still learn new moves, but crash 10 times more frequently than it usually takes you to land a new move?

Love to learn, I don’t mind if I have to crash many times. Difficult things are more attractive for me.

Thanks, Pons!

news-6027 Thu, 06 Aug 2020 05:23:01 +0200 On The Fly A Refreshingly Light Hearted Edit Featuring Arnon Dagan Road Trippin’ Through Portugal & Spain Arnon Dagan (Future Fly / NeilPryde) has been putting in the miles to find the conditions he so desires. That has led to the Israeli packing up his van and driving between Portugal and Spain - finding a blend of flat water and waves along the way!

You can see Arnon Dagan’s light hearted video @

news-6025 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:16:56 +0200 Playstation Freestyle Multiple UK Freestyle Champion Adam Sims Freestyling In Fuerte After 3 months in lockdown - Adam Sims (Patrik / Sailloft Hamburg / ProMounts) - took the first opportunity he got to return to Fuerteventura - where he normally spends the majority of his summers! 

Adam Sims: "Epic conditions on Fuerteventura after 3 months lockdown. Early season with restricted travel meant that it was a ghost town. We scored awesome sessions with the local crew and friends. Enjoy the GoPro only edit!"

You can see Adam Sims’ latest edit from Fuerte @