PWA World Windsurfing Tour http://www.pwaworldtour.com 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, 29 May 2020 04:47:04 +0200 Fri, 29 May 2020 04:47:04 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-5927 Fri, 29 May 2020 04:36:41 +0200 Would You Rather https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5927&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=fc0bbd2704f7d69c4f8c54c1ec6ba4f2 With Italian Freestyler Riccardo Marca Next up in our ‘Would You Rather’ feature is Italian Freestyler Riccardo Marca (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins), who made his debut on the world tour back in 2015.

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

Hard to say but I guess more in the past, I always found it interesting and curious the rock scene and all that movement, it would be really cool to live those experiences yourself and to see how it really was. If I should pick one or two precise moments I would like to experience “Woodstock” and the live concert from the Rolling Stones in “Hyde Park” in 1969.

Would you rather be free or be totally safe?

I would be tempted to say totally safe, but I would prefer to live my life at its fullest being free, even if this means not being totally safe.

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

It’s kind of sad to say but nowadays not having wi-fi feels like being disconnected to the world in a way. We’re all dependent on phones and so on wi-fi, and even if I’m always trying to moderate its use I’d rather have wi-fi instead of coffee… even if I’m Italian :)
 
Would you rather lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak?

Without any doubt I’d “prefer” to lose the ability to read. Human’s relations are so important in our life and being able to speak to each other is just great… probably if we wouldn’t be able to speak we would realise how good and important it is.

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

I quite like the idea of living on a sailboat but not for such a long time ahaha. If I should pick one of the two I would choose to live on a RV. I love the ocean and I’m always up to go for a surf and spend some time in it, but I guess that living on a sailboat can get pretty tough after a while. 

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

Flying first-class is for sure amazing, but I’d choose the second one, especially in the case that I could choose the restaurants where to eat myself.

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

I like singing especially when I’m in the shower and when I’m driving ahaha, so I’d choose singing instead of dancing. Both singing and dancing every time you hear a song could be awkward but maybe singing a bit less… well maybe that depends on the situation. 

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?

Mmm, that would really depend on the place where I should live one year in luxury. If I could choose the place I want I would go for the second one and live one year in luxury, I can still travel the world after that :)

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?

For sure I would prefer to work all my life but to do something I love. 10 years is such a long time and no one will give them back to you. Who knows what could happen in 10 years … Steve Jobs said “the only way to do great work is to love what you do” and I totally agree with that. 

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’d for sure love to be able to land all the possible moves, but I would be more worried to lose that motivation that keeps my passion for windsurfing alive. For this reason I’d choose the second option. 

Thanks, Riccardo!

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news-5925 Thu, 28 May 2020 05:48:05 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5925&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=a8705e7e86bf591c7cee5d7704ab646b With 17-Time World Champion Sarah-Quita Offringa Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) is one of the most successful windsurfers in recent years - dominating the Freestyle scene with 12 world titles, while she has also accumulated 4 Slalom world crowns also. Over the last few years the Wave world title became her biggest goal and after winning back-to-back events in Sylt and then Maui she captured her first wave world title to end 2019. SQ is next up in ‘Blast From The Past’

Hey SQ, can you take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience - Where were you?

In Aruba at the Fishermen’s Huts.

When was it? 

I was three years old, so that must have been 1994.

Who were you with?

With the owner of the windsurf school JP.  He was holding up my sail.

What do you remember from that very first ‘session’? 

So I was really young, and I just remember I was holding on to the boom while JP was holding the sail.
I just remember really blue water.

Who was your local hero? And why? 

When I really started sailing around 9-10 years old. My local heroes were Javier Sint Jago who was learning all the new school freestyle super quickly, Wim eelens who was giving us freestyle lessons and had the best forward loops around and Janet ziekenoppasser was one of the older girls that was a total badass windsurfing far out in the deep water!

What gear were you using? 

My first own sail and board was an F2 Air 85L and a Neilpryde Zone 4.7.

Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time…

That’s when I was still using these dacron sails. I wouldn’t get in the straps yet, but at least I would harness the wind and the speed I generated was insane! For a while I think I was just trying to plane on port tack, so I was doing that same run over and over again. Excitement levels were through the roof.

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

Am I a professional windsurfer?? I’m having too much fun haha. I guess when I started spending my birthdays and whole summers in the Canary Islands for PWA contests.

Give a tip for the next generation!

Windsurfing has treated me to some of the greatest adventures and fun times I’ve ever had. Get on the board, grab the sail and hold on for the ride :-).

Thanks, SQ!

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news-5923 Wed, 27 May 2020 17:40:13 +0200 Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5923&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=50d2956a2da5efb23ab9e008b10f9049 Event Update Dear Friends
 
Further to yesterday’s announcement regarding Tenerife, we unfortunately have to bring you further sad news regarding this year’s tour. Although there have been several stories in the press reporting that the Fuerteventura Grand Slam event was already cancelled, we had been working with the organisers to see if the event could be rescheduled and run on a reduced scale, in order to maintain its presence for 2020.
 
Despite those efforts, it has not been possible to keep the 2020 edition of the event alive any longer, and we are left with no choice but to announce the cancellation of the event for this year.
 
As with all of our events, we fully expect Fuerteventura to continue in 2021, and work will begin immediately to ensure that the event comes back next year, bigger and better than ever!
 
We will continue to bring you announcements regarding the remaining events as they arise.
 
A brief statement by the organisers is available on their website at rene-egli.com/windsurfing/events/world-cup-2021.
 
Kind regards

The PWA

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news-5921 Wed, 27 May 2020 06:43:30 +0200 Tenerife PWA World Cup https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5921&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ecd0bc47ea91cd998a6329941bc7546d Postponement Announcement Dear Friends
 
Due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 situation, and complications arising from those circumstances that affect funding and logistical support, the decision has been taken to cancel the 2020 edition of the Tenerife PWA World Cup, and to focus instead on the 2021 event.
 
At this time there are no other final decisions regarding events that remain on the PWA calendar for this year, but we will continue to keep you updated as any developments occur.
 
Kind regards
 
The PWA

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news-5919 Tue, 26 May 2020 08:10:07 +0200 Cow Island https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5919&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e7760ef7ca3ce56076153cc658ddafec Thomas Traversa Charging A Solid Day at Cow Island Jamie Hancock (Tabou / GA Sails) is back with his latest edit, which once again sees him teaming up with Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) for a last minute mission and their gamble paid off…

Jamie Hancock:”This winter I took a day trip on a promising forecast to the spot, Ile Aux Vaches (Cow Island) in France. We had been there the previous winter for The Windsurf Project, this time it was just me and a one day trip. Thomas has the place totally dialled and is always a joy to film as he tears apart 20ft+ waves.

We left in the evening to take the Euro Tunnel, picked up JC in Calais, drove through the night without any sleep to Brittany and arrived with Thomas rigging. I then shot from the land, flew the drone for a few waves in between the rain squalls and then finished off the day on the back of Pierre's ski. A couple of voiceover recordings later and we were off to the ferry, exhausted.

Film | Drone | Edit | Jamie Hancock
Voiceover | Timo Mullen / Thomas Traversa / Robin Goffinet
Featuring | Thomas Traversa / Robin Goffinet / Pierre Bouras
Image | Pierre Bouras

Shot with Lumix S1H / DJI Mavic Pro 2 / DJI Osmo Action”

You can see Cow Island @ vimeo.com/421003703

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news-5918 Mon, 25 May 2020 09:10:31 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5918&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4f7b2f7e94892a90a8356897a277fe42 With Betti Vainkula Next up in ‘Blast From The Past’ is Estonian windsurfer Betti Vainkula (Tabou / GA Sails)

Hi Betti, take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience - Where were you?

In Estonia, Haapsalu - Holm beach.

When was it?

It might have been in 2008 or 2007, when I tried for the very first time. But it was not the time I started windsurfing properly.

Who were you with?

I was with my family as we have a country house there.

What do you remember from that very first ‘session’?

As I started off with some freestyle gear and I was quite small I remember it was quite a lot of fun. It was more playful as freestyle gear might not be the best gear to start with :D  But it was enough to get the feeling and a bit later I knew I had to learn how to do it properly.

Who was your local hero? And why? 

Penny - Ain Härmson, was my local hero, because he was the one who got me into windsurfing and during the time he did some cool freestyle tricks.

What gear were you using? 

Fanatic skate 2007 LTD and Gaastra Manic 2008 which was also Penny’s gear.

Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time…

When I was properly planing for the first time I had a Techno293 board and it was also the same time when I first got my feet into the footstraps. It took me a few seconds to enjoy the feeling until I crashed into a rock and destroyed my board and my fin. I was a bit scared at the time, but it did not stop me :D 

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer? 

I feel like I still haven’t realised that…

Give a tip for the next generation…

My tip is just to enjoy it, to have fun… find some friends to do it together with and push each other if needed. 

Thanks, Betti.

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news-5916 Sat, 23 May 2020 04:41:35 +0200 Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5916&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e295b33bca3818bdc1080c6cf5615e14 Postponed Until 2021 Dear Friends
 
Despite the best efforts of the organisers, the circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have left little choice other than to postpone the 2020 Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival, PWA World Cup, until 2021.
 
Although disappointing for everyone involved and for all those looking forward to the event, the safety and wellbeing of athletes, crew and everyone living in the Canary Islands must take precedence.
 
Further information can be found on the event Facebook page www.facebook.com/GranCanariaWindWavesFestival/.
 
We look forward to returning to Pozo in 2021!
 
We will continue to bring you news of any other developments with the PWA World Tour as soon as we have it.
 
Kind regards

The PWA

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news-5914 Fri, 22 May 2020 06:12:04 +0200 Would You Rather https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5914&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f42e05abcc6dcac86e8303f4f38291a1 With Slalom World No.3 Maëlle Guilbaud In 2018, Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) earned her first podium on the PWA Slalom World Tour after finishing 3rd in South Korea - showing her potential as one of the future young hopefuls who could potentially challenge for the world title in years to come. Last season, the 23-year-old was able to secure another event podium finish, again in South Korea, while her consistency which saw her record only one result outside the top 4 in 4 events led to her completing the prestigious overall top 3 for the first time in her career. Maëlle is up next in ‘Would You Rather’.

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

In the past, I would like to stay small like 7/10 years [years old]. I was making my first plans.

Do you prefer to be free or totally safe?

I prefer to be free, so I can make my own choices. Let no one dictate to me what I should do or think. I can travel where I want and how I want.

Do you prefer to have free Wi-Fi wherever you go or have a free coffee where / when you want?

Free coffee - like this we can meet new people!

Do you prefer to lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak?

Oulala! that's hard! I think I would rather lose the ability to speak because I could always write to communicate. but it is above all that I want to keep my ability to read, to be able to see everything around me, because the world is full of beautiful things.

Do you prefer to spend the rest of your life with a sailboat as your home or a motorhome as your home?

A sailboat - what a question! So I can move with the wind.

Prefer to have unlimited first class international tickets or never have to pay for food in restaurants?

Having international tickets for sure! I love the food but I still prefer to move. I still have lots of places to see in the world.

Do you prefer to be forced to dance every time you've heard music or to be forced to sing along with any song you've heard?

I'm thinking of dancing because if I sing it would rain every time!

Do you prefer to travel the world for a year on a shoestring budget or stay in one country for a year but live in luxury?

Travel the world on a shoestring budget.

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 of your death?

Heuuuuuu there I don't know. I'm too young to think about it and I don't have enough experience to take this idea. Haha!

Thanks, Maëlle!

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news-5913 Thu, 21 May 2020 10:11:01 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5913&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=9a33f3b03a344632ff245d2af75f01f2 With Svetlana Kalpikova Next up in our 'Blast From The Past' series is Svetlana Kalpikova, who was born in Russia, but now lives in Spain. The 36-year-old competed in the opening two wave events on the 2019 calendar - finishing the year in joint 20th place.

Hi Svetlana, take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience - Where were you? 

I took my first classes in Oropesa del mar, a small town on the Eastern coast of Spain, Mediterranean. I was living in Benicassim, Castellon. I think this is one of the less windy places on Earth to do windsurfing :)))) It was not a long time since I divorced then. All the life went upside down and I was sort of rebuilding all my personality.
 
When was it? 

It was in summer of 2008 if I am not mistaken.

With who were you? 

With my best friend Alina. She came to visit me and give me some emotional support and I was trying to entertain her as much as I could. It occurred to me that we could try windsurfing. We paid the class and gave it a go. When she left back to Russia, I continued with my classes and that’s how everything started.
 
What do you remember from that very first ‘session’? 

Falling down all the time. We had low wind and some waves as the classes were on the Mediterranean Sea. But I had a lot of fun. This is something that I think is very important: though sometimes windsurfing may bring you huge frustrations, you still enjoy it at all the levels and stages, from slow cruising when you begin, to jumps and wave riding.
 
Who was your local hero? And why? 

Well, I think my teacher Sami. He was incredibly keen on sailing and he looked like a Marvel Superhero doing tricks :))) Then we had these freestyle videos that looked stunning. I never tried any freestyling though. When my vision of windsurfing got a bit wider, I knew about Moreno Twins and they (especially Daida) became and still are my personal heroes.
 
What gear were you using? 

I did a normal progression any student in a windsurfing school does. My first own equipment was a 5.6 Gaastra Manic sail and a Fanatic Hawk 126l board for all kind of conditions. When I started going to Riumar to Delta del Ebro and started sailing with 30 knots, I bought a 4.4 Triboard sail… You can imagine that it was tough. Then little by little I made up my “pro” gear: a 100l RRD free-wave board, the 5.6 for “stronger” winds, 6.2 Poison for “normal” conditions, and thank god I could change the Triboard sail for a 4.4 Goya Eclipse. It was not until my first trip to Pozo Izquierdo 8 years ago when I first tried a ‘small’ 72l board and a 3.2 sail. This changed my perspective on windsurfing completely. I can say that I started windsurfing properly in Pozo.
 
Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time...

It was a feeling of complete joy and happiness. It took me a lot of time and effort to achieve it, as there were not a lot of windy days in the place where I was windsurfing for years. So it was like having all the Christmas presents you ever wished concentrated in minutes. However, due to my personal “history” and lots of days of floating, I don’t think that planing changes your perspective in windsurfing that much.
 
How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer? 

I think I never realised this. I still do not consider myself “professional” I think one can call him/herself professional of something when this is your profession and it feeds you, and I never stopped working. I just love sailing. Competing and being a part of this small world gives me impulse to keep improving. Almost nobody knows that one day in that “not windy” past, after my first trip to Pozo, a good friend of mine Pepe gave me a small wave board to try in Riumar. I was playing with chop in the shore break trying to “carve” the board in the clumsiest way you can imagine. And I don’t know what happened then, but I came out to the shore and said “I will compete in waves”. This was the most stupid thing I could say then! I didn’t even know how the proper waves looked like, I didn’t jump, I could hardly water start… But this must be something that I always had in my mind since then, and here I am.

Give a tip for the next generation...

Take it easy, enjoy and follow your dreams. Be humble and respectful with others. This is just how we have fun. And enjoy knowing people cause somehow they all form part of your history.

Thanks, Svetlana. 

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news-5911 Wed, 20 May 2020 12:29:37 +0200 Wave Wednesday https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5911&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4caa5073e0fe35c61ec9e15d08df927b Josep Pons Breaks Down One Of The Most Difficult Wave Moves Out There… The Backloop! Josep Pons (I-99 / Point-7) is considered one of the jumpers and high level coaches in the world and now that slightly more people are being allowed to hit the water again it might be the perfect time to learn a new trick or finally crack the move you’ve been working on for so long.

Pons classes the backloop as one of the most difficult wave moves there is, but with his top tips you will at least have a fighting chance of unlocking the backloop! 

You can see Pons’ top tips @ youtu.be/cFs3dbLemCc

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news-5909 Tue, 19 May 2020 05:28:14 +0200 Portuguese Freedom https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5909&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=138e4d0c7270d757095041c17658f736 More Than Just a Windsurf Trip Featuring Thomas Traversa & Antony Ruenes Sometimes it can take years for the right forecast, at the right time to pop up so Siam Images new movie featuring Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) and Antony Ruenes (Tabou / GA Sails) explains that there’s more to a windsurfing trip than just the windsurfing, but once the windsurfing does start it is epic by all accounts…

Mathieu Pelikan: "This is it, a small documentary about the preparation of a shoot in magic Portuguese conditions.

I can't describe the feeling of now seeing this video completed, I've been dreaming for ten years about this wave next to Lisbon and I'm now watching my video. What an amazing adventure, looking forward for more action with these legends (is it god talking?) in Portugal and abroad.

This would not have been possible without the help of Pierre Bourras, thanks bro. Thanks for watching and looking forward to sharing a session all together!

Mathieu.”

You can see Portuguese Freedom @ vimeo.com/418518433

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news-5907 Mon, 18 May 2020 16:46:36 +0200 Mercedes-Benz PWA Windsurf World Cup Sylt https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5907&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=81598021ec7576a5ca9a7643660c6b6a An Update Regarding The Postponement Of The 2020 Edition Dear Friends
 
Amid the continuing issues created for sporting events around the world by the COVID-19 virus, the organisers of the Mercedes-Benz PWA World Cup Sylt have taken the decision to postpone the 2020 edition and apply all resources to the 2021 event which will take place in the same period as usual.
 
This is a sad loss to the tour and we will miss visiting this historic windsurf location, but we all understand the realities of the circumstances we find ourselves in this year, and look forward to being able to return to Sylt in 2021.
 
You can read further information on the organisers Facebook page www.facebook.com/worldcupsylt/posts/10158930302039869.
 
We will bring you further news regarding PWA events as soon as we have it.
 
Kind regards

The PWA

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news-5905 Mon, 18 May 2020 10:26:13 +0200 Western Australia https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5905&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=69be5aa1f1b8b67467c0603fda07ebdc Dieter van der Eyken’s Western Australian Winter Playground Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) has just released the highlights of his annual winter trip to Western Australia…

Dieter van der Eyken: “Like nearly every winter I spent a fair bit of my time on the shores of W.A., being the home of Severne and one of the better places to train over the European winter it has become my winter retreat for nearly 7 years now.

Each season is different but every year the trip ends up being one of the highlights of the year. The consistent conditions, the laid-back vibe of the Australian people & the beers at sunset never get old. Living the van life to chase forecast around the coast gets people together who are likeminded in putting quality sailing above comfortable living.

Working part time for Severne I spent most of my time traveling between Perth - Geraldton & Margaret River. This past season was a particularly windy one when it was on, with lots of days sailing on 4.0 or even 3.6 in Geraldton and only a few classic evening sessions in Margaret River with light winds.

The video might not show all the best sessions there were this season, but it gives a glimpse of how sailing in W.A. was this winter.

Let's hope we can all enjoy the water time soon again!”

You can see Dieter van der Eyken’s latest video @ https://youtu.be/qIUK_1bJ8TY

Photo Credit: Nicolass Hess

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news-5903 Fri, 15 May 2020 10:04:08 +0200 Would You Rather https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5903&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=3b1be0aecab25e18fe324fa8aa55a14d With Slalom World Champion Pierre Mortefon Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) completed his dream last year of winning the PWA Slalom World Championship after a thrilling battle against Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil) - but would he travel around the globe or life a year in luxury? Find out by reading our latest ‘Would You Rather’ with Pierre below:

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

In the past, I would like to see how it was before . For sure not easier than now, but maybe more simple… 

Would you rather be free or be totally safe?

Free as we are locked down since more than a month already, I realise that being free is simply the best thing in the world ! 

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

A coffee to refuel whenever it’s needed! 

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

Lose speaking and keep the view ;) 

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

Sailboat to cruise around the world and discover new places! 

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

1st class ticket to discover even more new places!

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

Joker*

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?

One more time I would say > Travel around.

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?

Horrible job for 10 years, but just if I am sure I can enjoy for the rest of my life! 

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?

Just continue to gybe like now…

Thanks, Pierre. 

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news-5901 Thu, 14 May 2020 08:21:57 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5901&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=aed6aea2ecaa65c507af052c8487ec26 With Rytis Jasiunas Rytis Jasiunas (Fanatic / Duotone) was born and raised in Lithuania, but he is currently based in Tenerife, where he has been training this winter. Rytis is next up in ‘Blast From The Past’

Hi Rytis, take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience - Where were you?

Torbole, Lago di Garda, Italy.

When was it?

2003, when I was 9 years old.

With who were you?

My parents took me ta Vasco Renna windsurfing school.

What do you remember from that very first ‘session’? 

That the teacher (a super cute girl) was really fun and made the whole experience a fun game for the 6 or 8 kids that were in her class.

Who was your local hero? And why? 

So during the first week, this super cute teacher whose name I unfortunately forgot was my hero for sure hahaha  - she was sailing so effortlessly and I was super impressed.

What gear were you using? 

I think a 2.5 meter learning sail.

Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time…

I thought the board lit up, and was exploding - I was fucking flying like a rocket across my lake 10x faster than anybody else, I felt like I was about to spritz superman himself. In reality I was on a Starboard Go 155, 3.5m sail with an aluminium mast that was bent and shifting left and right unable to go straight, but I felt like a King of the lake. And when I got out of course I said 'Mom, did you see that?' hahaha.

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

When I catapulted for like 6 times in one hour while trying to learn to foil, I was like - this is amazing - I wanna do this for the rest of my life.

Give a tip for the next generation! 

Windsurfing is the sickest sport ever - if you started it - never stop and if you are thinking of stopping because of the everyday problems, just think of the last session when you were planing across your lake/sea/bay and the feeling you had then - you'll realise the feeling of freedom, being one with nature, the speed, the wind, sun and water in your face is irreplaceable!!

Thanks, Rytis.

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news-5899 Wed, 13 May 2020 12:23:23 +0200 Quarantine Part II https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5899&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=64141c690c3349a7b245a9259113c1fe Slow Mo Freestyle With Youp Schmit It seems like it’s a fairly windy period in the Netherlands and Youp Schmit (Tabou / GA Sails) has been making the most of it during quarantine and he’s back with another short edit featuring plenty of nice shots from different angles!

You can see Youp’s latest quarantine session @ youtu.be/A7KpP1QsiEw

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news-5897 Tue, 12 May 2020 05:11:53 +0200 Wipeout Showreel https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5897&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=fb3befb9cfa01239adcac614c348e1f0 A Collection of Ricardo Campello’s Best Wipeouts So Far This Year at Ho’okipa Who doesn’t love watching a good wipeout? Here’s a great collections of Ricardo Campello’s (Naish / Naish Sails) best wipeout whilst training this winter at Ho’okipa, Maui.

Ricardo Campello: “To succeed you have to fall many times, but falling isn't always as 
 "simple" as it  sounds! :)

I’ve had many crashes in my life and I actually enjoy watching them so I prepared some of my best wipeouts during my Ho’okipa sessions this year, I hope you enjoy it, but make sure you put the sound on!”

You can see Ricardo Campello’s wipeout reel @ youtu.be/M6fT7wT17fg

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news-5895 Mon, 11 May 2020 08:48:15 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5895&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=706c2c5260790d5db2a2da12c60d17ce With Marine Hunter Hi Marine, take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience… Where were you?

It was in La Baule, France. My parents have a holiday flat in the area and we used to be there for almost every vacation. We learnt to sail on Optimists when we were kids, then small catamarans, a Hobie Cat 16 (soooooooo much fun!) and I wanted to learn something else. 

When was it? 

It was during summer vacations, when I was 16 I think.

Who were you with?

My brother taught me the basics, he had followed a RYA instructor course and gave me really good tips. 

What do you remember from that very first ‘session’? 

I was hooked from the start! I remember being really focussed and a great sense of accomplishment I had never felt before.

Who was your local hero? And why? 

My brother first of all, I wanted to do everything he did. After that one of my windsurfing instructors who was sending front loops during the courses... I have a couple of local heroes everywhere now, I find everybody inspiring in their own way!

What gear were you using? 

Beginner gear: big board with a dagger bosard, small sail... Classic beginner stuff.

Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time…

Something more or less like WAHOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!! It was a very short moment with an old Sioux cam sail on a beginner board, but I still remember the feeling of moving into a different space-time.

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

When I realised I wanted to aim at becoming one. To me it's a state of mind more than a matter of fact, a status, really. When I started to own that thought, something shifted in me. But when I look back, nothing's changed much, actually. I windsurf because I sincerely need it and love it. Trying to be a little bit more reliable and knowing what I want can only help.

Give a tip for the next generation…

Get good advice and follow your heart, you're doing great already ;) 

Thanks, Marine.

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news-5893 Fri, 08 May 2020 08:24:34 +0200 Would You Rather https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5893&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e9f25bb961ebb6e7fd2c5d37f77022a0 With Lena Erdil Lena Erdil (Starboard / Point-7 / AL360 / Chopper Fins) returned to the race course last season after suffering a serious foot injury in July 2018. The Turk showed great grit and determination to sail through the pain barrier at time, whilst remaining a genuine threat for the podium at each event. The 31-year-old will be even stronger once the COVID-19 pandemic is over and will hoping to get her hands on a maiden world title in the next few seasons. Lena is next up in ‘Would You Rather’…

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

I  think a future where we have solved our pollution problem would be awesome.  I wouldn’t really want to live in the past, as if you are looking for a more simple life you can simply choose to have that wherever you are, just look at the aimish.. Because of the fights generations before us have had we  have much more wealth, freedom and opportunities then the generations before us. I wouldn’t want to not have that.  

Would you rather be free or be totally safe?

Free for sure, it’s the moments when you are scared and overcome your fear that makes you feel most alive.
 
Would you rather have free Wi-Fi wherever you go or have free coffee where/whenever you want?

Free Wifi, even though I love coffee I think free WiFi is more handy to have especially when you are travelling a lot of remote places and want to keep in touch with friends and family.
 
Would you rather lose the ability to read or lose the ability to speak?

Read, with modern technology it’s quite easy to get audio versions of most texts. Not being able to speak would pose a real problem for communicating with people.
 
Would you rather spend the rest of your life with a sailboat as your home or an RV as your home?

Sailboat for sure, that is actually my biggest dream!
 
Would you rather have unlimited international first-class tickets or never have to pay for food at restaurants?

Food at a restaurant, I would not mind not having to cook all the time!
 
Would you rather be forced to dance every time you heard music or be forced to sing along to any song you heard?

Dance, that’s way more funny!
 
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?

Hmmm it kind of depends on the country, a year is not that long when you’re in a big beautiful country. I did some travelling after university just with a backpack and a small budget and  had some amazing experiences. I’m not so interested in luxury but travelling with windsurfing equipment on a shoestring budget is almost impossible…
 
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 for sure, when you have a dream job you’ll love what you do and will want to be doing it till you die anyway!
 
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?
 
Landing every move sounds pretty darn good to me!!! I am sure I would still manage to find new challenges and really enjoy windsurfing landing my double forward ankle dry every time :).

Thanks, Lena. Have a good weekend!

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news-5891 Thu, 07 May 2020 08:39:49 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5891&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b7e8a7ac3d2783d385658e85c80138f3 With Hotshot Lennart Neubauer Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) is one of the top young prospects on both the Freestyle and Wave Youth World Tours - having being crowned the Youth Freestyle World Champion and the U17 Wave Vice-World Champion. The 16-year-old is next up in our ‘Blast From The Past’ series…

Hey Lennart, can you take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience… Where were you? 

I was at my home spot in Naxos, Greece at Flisvos Sportclub.

When was it? 

That was 2014 when I was 10 years old.

Who were you with?

I was with my first windsurfing teacher, a Greek guy called Kostas Pichinas @kostrelos
 
Who was your local hero? And why? 

My local here was Stamatis Proponas, he was an ex PWA and EFPT Freestyler, here from Naxos. I admired him because of his experience, the cool tricks he could do and especially his positive vibes impressed me a lot.

What gear were you using?

I used more or less from the very beginning the Starboard, it was called “Flare” that time and had 81L. The sails I used from the station Flisvos, it was Neilpryde “Wizzard” and “The Fly” from 3.8-4.5.

Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time…

When I was planing the first time I felt something I never felt before, a feeling of speed and freedom combined, still feeling the same when I learn something new.

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer? 

I realised that I wanted to become a professional windsurfer one year later, in 2015, when I took part for the first time in an international competition, it was the EFPT Youth in Croatia. All the Pro’s were there, all these cool tricks they could do, the atmosphere, the fun and the good vibes, was exactly what I liked. I was impressed how competitive the professional windsurfers were during the competition on the water and straight after the heat, they were chilling together at the beach. There was Steven [Van Broeckhoven], Amado [Vrieswijk], Ricardo Marca, Adrien Bosson...I thought this must be a dream. When Tom Hartmann asked me if I would like to take part also in the main fleet I thought that’s it! That was a big motivation for me. So after that competition, where I took first place in the U13s, I travelled home and from that day on, my dream was to compete with the big guys and be one of them.

Give a tip for the next generation…

A tip for the next generation is, the earlier you start the better it is, because windsurfing is a sport where experience counts a lot.

Thanks, Lennart!

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news-5889 Wed, 06 May 2020 13:39:58 +0200 Quarantine https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5889&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b359b8c4167aa0527113e884cd0dfaad Youp Schmit Couldn’t Resist The Lure Of The Wind After Getting Stuck In Holland - Quarantine Sessions With The World No.4 Youp Schmit (Tabou / GA Sails) may have got stuck in Holland whilst on his way home to Bonaire due to cancelled flights, but that didn’t stop the world No.4 from getting his hands on some gear to sneak a session whilst in quarantine.

Youp Schmit: “So blessed to be on the water during these time of quarantine! On my way home I got stuck in Holland because of the coronavirus situation canceling all flights. Right away I saw the wind forecast & I had to find my way to the water! My friend hooked me up and now here’s a little clip of action! ”

You can see Youp Schmit’s quarantine session @ https://youtu.be/cIxLrDuDa2A

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news-5887 Tue, 05 May 2020 06:14:35 +0200 Cape Town 2020 https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5887&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1afc3c5e1c0f6547170a8705269c5e98 Marc Paré - Powerful, Progressive & Destined For The Top Marc Paré (Fanatic / Duotone) has been on the radar as one of the most talented young sailors on the PWA Wave World Tour for the last few seasons, which earned him a move to Fanatic & Duotone over the winter. The 22-year-old has just released his winter training video from Cape Town and it’s safe to say the young Spaniard has taken his sailing to the next level again - adding pushloop forwards to his repertoire as well as stalled doubles and a variety of turns, which will make him an even bigger threat in years to come.

You can see Marc Paré’s latest outstanding performance @ vimeo.com/411683505

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news-5885 Mon, 04 May 2020 08:23:08 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5885&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ad494d58c426ff73343c9ce72c30652d With Francesco Cappuzzo Who Started Windsurfing At The Age Of Just 3 Years Old Francesco Cappuzzo (RRD / RRD Sails / AL360) started windsurfing at the age of just 3-years-old and now at the age 23 the Italian has developed into one of the world’s top freestylers, while also being a talented wave sailor having been crowned the Italian champion in 2016. Cappuzzo is an all round waterman, who also competes in both freestyle and wave on the kite tour. The Italian is next up in ‘Blast From The Past’.

Hey Francesco, can you take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience… Where were you? 

I was in Kartibubbo, a small village close to Puzziteddu (Sicily) where I've been living now for 5 years.
 
When was it? 

It was August 2000, exactly when I was 3!
 
Who were you with? 

I was with my father and he is still my IDOL now. 
 
What do you remember from that very first ‘session’? 

I was the happiest kid in the world, I was doing what I was dreaming of for at least 1 year.
 
Who was your local hero? And why? 

My Father for sure. He was the best [sailor] from the whole island, he was the first one to do a forward loop back in the days and he was building his own boards!
 
What gear were you using? 

At that time there was no kids gear, or it was super heavy, so my father decided to cut one of his sails, then he built a super tiny aluminium boom and an aluminium mast. It was super light and I loved it!
 
Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time…  

Since that summer I was addicted to windsurfing, but I was too young to do it during the winter. After 2 years, at the age of 5, during a family holiday on a boat, the wind was strong and I was crying because I wanted to go windsurfing and my father decided to put me on his board, but with a super tiny sail, and I jumped straight on it with my feet in the footstraps and straight to the beach full power planing! The best feeling ever!
 
How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer? 

I realised when I started to travel alone without my family and it was awesome!
 
Give a tip for the next generation...

Believe it, achieve it!

Thanks, Francesco.

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news-5883 Fri, 01 May 2020 07:03:32 +0200 Would You Rather https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5883&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f9c87ccdb7c2d65af35d3aee5d6fc697 With Maciek Rutkowski Next up in ‘Would You Rather’ is Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails), who recovered from a tricky start to the season in 2019 to eventually record his best result on the PWA Slalom World Tour to date - 7th overall. In the end the Pole had a year to remember after winning his first elimination on the world tour and also earning his first podium in Denmark. Over to Maciek…

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

Probably the past I’ll be the freaking king knowing what the future holds! But then maybe it would be boring? Hmm not sure, just doesn’t seem like the world is becoming a better place currently, so yeah, maybe the past!

Would you rather be free or be totally safe?

Free. 100%.

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

I don’t drink coffee so maybe Wi-Fi, but sometimes its good to be offline too!

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

Wow, that’s tough! I guess if you can’t read you’re stuck and if you cant speak you just gotta learn sign language, but it still feels crazy not to speak! I don’t know! 

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

Sailboat – you can’t reach outer reefs with your RV, can ya?

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

First-class that’s eaaasyyyy! 

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

I think it’s better for the world if I dance! Can I rap along tho? [sure why not! Although you might hurt people’s eyes and ears?!?!]

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?

The first option is pretty much what I’ve been doing so let’s continue! 

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?

Hows that quote about doing what you love and not feeling like you work a single day? So option 2 it is! 

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 pretty much crash 10 times more frequently than any other person, so I’ll take every move in the world! Just like that! Boom!

Cheers, Maciek!

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news-5881 Thu, 30 Apr 2020 06:12:18 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5881&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f82e15dbacb8df8f0be84e29853da340 with Cyril Moussilmani Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / GUNSAILS) is one of the most experienced racers on the PWA Slalom World Tour. The fiery Frenchman started competing in 1998 and and quickly established himself as one of the top racers over the last two decades - recording multiple podiums and overall top 10 finishes during that time, whilst also battling for the world title in 2014. The 40-year-old recently resigned for Starboard and moved to GUNSAILS for the coming year and Cyril is our next sailor to feature in ‘Blast From The Past’.

Hi Cyril, take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience - Where were you? 

Marseille, France at Pointe Rouge.

When was it? 

When I was 9 years old.

With who were you? 

With a friend of my mother. Denis.

What do you remember from that very first ‘session’? 

What I remember is the fact I managed to go and come back to my starting point with a no nose board.

Who was your local hero? And why? 

No local hero, just all the people who were sailing when it was windy.

What gear were you using?  

I really don't know.

Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time?

I don't remember my first planing, but I remember my first waterstart and first planing gybe (it was a  duck gybe) it was an incredible satisfaction. 

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

I realised I was a pro windsurfer when I turned 30 and I saw my life and the money I earned was coming from windsurfing.

Give a tip for the next generation…

Don't do windsurfing to become a pro. Just do it for fun. And if you manage to live from it. It's great. 

Thanks, Cyril.

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news-5879 Tue, 28 Apr 2020 03:53:52 +0200 Tenerife Winter 2020 https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5879&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=554957c58f0efcb2eff8f7d164c169f0 World No.4 Jordy Vonk Talks About The New Rule Changes For 2020 - Fin vs Foil Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), like many of the other top racers in the world, was preparing for the new season in El Médano, Tenerife. Although the start of the season has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still plenty to discuss and the flying Dutchman talks about the biggest rule change in recent years, which will see the integration of foils into the Slalom world.

Jordy Vonk: “The video was made not knowing yet how Corona would disturb our season, working hard and preparing for an exciting season with the new rule changes. With the perfect setup we have with the TWS pro slalom training we managed to learn a lot and really looked forward to start the season, now that everything is on hold the drive to get started is just getting bigger and bigger! But for now we just hope everybody stays safe and that when the time comes, we can hit the starting line and see when we will take the fin and when to take the foil."

You can see Jordy Vonk’s new edit @ youtu.be/xbnhK2Cj6Dw

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news-5877 Mon, 27 Apr 2020 07:48:08 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5877&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=726b01131d6fd236398263d540616d6b With Oda Brødholt Next up in ‘Blast From The Past’ is Oda Brødholt  (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), who enjoyed a quick rise through the Freestyle ranks since making her debut in 2013 - finishing as the vice-world champion in 2014 and ‘15, while she has completed the overall podium for the last four seasons - cementing herself as one of the top female windsurfers in the world. As well as making a name for herself on the Freestyle PWA World Tour the Norwegian has also enjoyed some success on the race course having earned her first podium in France in 2019 - making her part of an elite group of sailors to have earned podiums in different disciplines…

Hey Oda, can you take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience… Where were you?

At Larkollen, Norway. My home spot now :-)

When was it? 

2009

Who were you with?

I was trying it out with my sister in high wind and I even think it was with wave kit! Did not manage, the board was too small! And it blew 30 knots....haha

What do you remember from that very first ‘session’?

Daaaamn, that was not easy! But I want to learn it! I bought gear a.s.a.p. :-) 
 
Who was your local hero? And why? 

I guess Ruben, my friend, who pushed me to go sailing again when the wind picked up. I was planing for the first time! I was hooked from that day!

What gear were you using? 

1st session: wave kit; way too small
2nd session: my dad’s 80’s gear; way too old
3rd session: my own BIC 148 litre (freeride), after that I moved over to Starboard boards; the real deal!

Describe the feeling when you were planing for the first time...

I was screaming: woooohooooo! The rush was insane and I was hooked! I dreamt about it for nights! 

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

It just happened in a strange way. Started traveling to sail more, just for joy. I stopped my pro handball career, but then I wanted to be as good as possible so I joined a world cup, got sponsors and BAM here I am! 

Give a tip for the next generation…

Make sure to have fun and go outside your comfort zone as much as possible -then miracles are happening! Believe that you can do the tricks you want to do! 

Thanks, Oda.

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news-5875 Fri, 24 Apr 2020 07:47:18 +0200 Eight Winters. One Day. https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5875&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=155461854921ae5bea711237c3f58752 Training & Dedication Led to Success, But at the Cost of a Tragic Loss - Maciek Rutkowski’s New Documentary Covers it All If you haven’t already seen it then now’s the perfect time to watch Maciek Rutkowski’s (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) new documentary ‘Eight Winters. One Day.”, which tells the story of how many of today’s top racers reached the top and the journey they had to take in order to get there. 

Maciek Rutkowski: “I would just like to stress that this is not about me. I simply made this documentary, but it’s actually about the training, the rise of quite a few people in the racing world, Alberto [Menegatti], the day he died and his impact on our careers. It’s not some self-promotion gig, the subject was interesting to me and it all connects well so I made it into a film.”
 
Here’s the link: youtu.be/HxTk_pMUDYM

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news-5873 Thu, 23 Apr 2020 06:16:28 +0200 Blast From The Past https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5873&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=250cdfc38f0b512e53d9a3319c6998a2 With Young Gun Titouan Flechet Next up in Blast From The Past is the youthful talent of Titouan Flechet (Tabou / Hot Sails Maui), who currently competes on the Youth PWA Wave World Tour. In 2019 the 16-year-old finishes 8th overall.

Hi Titouan, take us back to the memory of your very first windsurf experience - Where were you?

I don’t remember exactly, but I think I was in the south of France or in Moulay, Morocco.

When was it? 

It was 12 years ago!!! Little bit of time.

Who were you with?

I was with all my family, my mother on the beach, and my father, my brother and I in the water.

What do you remember from that very first ‘session’? 

My first wave for sure!

Who was your local hero? And why? 

It was Boujmaa Guilloul because he gave me some tips, and when he was out and in the water he smiled all the time and he jumped so high.

What gear were you using? 

I’m using a Nautix 0.8m2 and a very big board, it was a big Starboard but I didn’t remember exactly the volume of this board. 

Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time…

It was one of the best feelings I ever had, to go that fast but my first time planing ultimately ended in a catapult!! (I think many windsurfers will relate with that.)

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

I didn’t realise that!! For me all the things I am living now it’s like a dream, like sails with the professional doing my first jump… so each session is a dream for me.

Give a tip for the next generation...

The best tips I can give is to just like what you are doing and don't look at other people, just take the maximum pleasure.

Thanks, Titouan.

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news-5871 Wed, 22 Apr 2020 12:25:47 +0200 Winter Guadeloupe 2020 https://www.pwaworldtour.com/index.php?id=35&tx_news_pi1%5Bnews%5D=5871&tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=6e569fc851261e2900e4e0314d86faac Aloha Classic Champion Antoine Martin Sleighing Waves In Guadeloupe Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) raised his bar in 2019 when it comes to competition sailing. The 26-year-old has long been one of the most radical sailors in the world, but that didn’t always equate into top results. However, last season that started to change and after starting to the season with a 9th and then two top 5 results, Martin claimed his first win on the world tour at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic, which saw him finish 4th overall for 2019. Now you can see Martin in action again, but this time at home in Guadeloupe.

Antoine Martin: “Two months ago in pre-season, I had to leave Guadeloupe for Ireland score a sick storm on a weekend with Thomas Traversa F3 and Pierre Bouras. On Thursday early morning I decided to do one last session thinking I was going to have a little boating with the friends on the home spot "warm before the big Irish cold haha". Despite the small conditions, in the middle I'm making a mistake of excess confidence in wanting to type a section far too late.. I fell into the wave and at the time of reception, I'm getting a double sprain of both ankles, one in bad condition leaving me No choice to stop windsurfing for a little while.. followed the COVID-19 with a global shutdown with the cancellation of all my projects and competitions in the near future which after all this bad news has earned a one week depression in my room during the beginning of the lockdown to grind black for a few days without wanting to do anything or plans for the future.. until I start putting up this video. As the editing I began to feel the adrenaline coming back inside me and allowed me to come out of my cave and realise how important our freedom was. Since I have opened up to other activities around the lockdown to wait and give myself the intimate motivation that windsurfing is and remains the most expensive.

I hope by this post and video that you will find just a little positive message that will allow you too in case of a difficult time to find comfort and stay motivated in every future action you will do.

PS: The voice and the message in the video comes from an interview of Will Smith talking about a motivation that fear of doing things. I thought it looked really like me and I hope one day if I get the opportunity I'll talk about it with my own words in another video.

I thank Pierre for coming last minute to film these magical moments, Lena Combet for the photos, William Ferre for the crazy calibration, Romain Bernadoy for getting me back on my feet, the riders who helped me out of the water the day I hurt myself and all those who motivated me to move forward during the two months of recovery!

Now good luck to everyone and more than waiting for the end of the lockdown to go back to have fun on the water!!

Song: Joji - Run"

You can see Antoine Martin’s latest video, prior to injury, here. Everyone from the PWA wishes Antoine all the best with his recovery.

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