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 Sat, 05 Dec 2020 06:45:26 +0100 Sat, 05 Dec 2020 06:45:26 +0100 TYPO3 EXT:news news-6170 Fri, 04 Dec 2020 06:28:19 +0100 Onwards & Upwards Maciek Rutkowski Talks Croatia, Podcasts, Signing a New Multi-Year Contract with FMX Racing & Looks Ahead to Next Year After a highly successful 2019 season, Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) was looking ready to attack the top of the racing world in 2020 - having just earned his first event podium and winning several eliminations on the world tour for the first time in his career. However, COVID-19 abruptly changed those plans with the majority of the events unfortunately having to be cancelled. In the end just one racing event was held on the world tour in 2020, the Zoo Station PWA Slalom Croatia, which the Pole would happen to win comprehensively to show that despite a lack of competition this year he is still in form. We recently caught up with Maciek to talk about that event in Croatia, his WindsurfingTV podcast, and signing a multi-year contract with FMX Racing despite the strange year we have just experienced.

Hey Maciek, how's this strange year been for you? 

Hey Chris, first of all I hope you and the rest of the PWA staff are well and staying safe. I guess we’re all in a similar boat missing the tour and maybe now realising how cool it actually is to be a part of that travelling circus. Having said that my year was actually relatively normal in terms of training, preparing for events, competing etc. Sure, it wasn’t major events and there was less of them, but after not knowing if we’re ever gonna be able to do our job again in March, competing internationally in the European summer felt like a breath of normality. And then the extra time I’ve had due to less events I could put into other projects which I always have a huge list of – some of them already came alive and others still need a ton more work! 

If you can cast your mind back, in July you won what would turn out to be the only event on the world tour for 2020 - how was that event for you as a whole and how pleased were you with your level of performance having not raced for the entire year beforehand? 

Damn, it feels like ages ago already and it was only July! Going to Croatia I had no idea what to expect. Who would even show up as travelling restrictions were in place and also what my level of performance would be. I spent the 3 prior months at home and as great as the foiling scene is in Poland, it’s pretty hard to get good “fin slalom” training. But the event was good, Toni the organiser is a legend and makes sure everyone feels at home in Bol, we scored epic conditions and as a cherry on top of the cake I took the lead the first day and then never really gave it away, so it was one of my best performances. I also had no idea how it’s gonna be with racing on foils, but it turned out my gear was good and racing was just like “normal” slalom.

Your rise up the rankings may have taken a little longer than some may have thought - having been crowned youth world champion in 2010 and then again in 2012. However, last season you made a major breakthrough - cracking the overall top 10 for the first time and also winning your first eliminations on tour - how much of that success would you attribute to your move to FMX Racing? 

I attribute quite a lot. Boards are very fast and suit my style well, they ride high and loose and I’d always rather have too much power than try to create lift. But first let me stop you, cause I feel like cracking the top 10 sells me a tiny bit short. It was really a season of two halves, in France we had only one elimination and I got crashed into and in Korea no discard either and some bad decisions from me. So after 2 events I was out of the top 20. From there though I managed to find my groove a bit and build. Fuerte was really fun and I started to realise like “shit I can actually race the big3”, in Denmark like you say, first win and a podium overall, and in New Caledonia I was even leading the event! So 7th is pretty low for my late season form and it could easily be 4th or 5th, but the beginning of the season really held me back. And yes obviously gear is mega important and the FMX/Challenger combo is a match made in heaven. But I’m pretty sure a few years ago I wouldn’t be able to utilise that gear to the max, so timing is critical here. Also I probably matured a bit and that makes the rider-brand communication much better which is crucial in any relationship, but even more while developing products. Especially from scratch like the slalom foil board which was something totally new. There needs to be an almost telepathic understanding between the designer and rider. Finian and myself worked that out, he knows exactly how it is to race for a living and I start to understand when is the time to push and when I should just focus on myself. I feel really comfortable at FMX Racing and I feel our mission is far from done yet. 

And what do you think some of the other major factors were which allowed you to make such a big jump? 

Well first of all we can’t forget the sails. Challenger is so underrated I can’t even put it in words. I’ve seen some designers work but Claudio Badiali is just on another level. This year every prototype we had was an improvement! The guy just doesn’t get it wrong and even with all that skill there is no ego trip like “I’m the designer I’m gonna do my thing, you just race”. Again there’s a chain of communication and since I got there in 2018 we managed to improve at a crazy pace. And for sure I’ve developed as a windsurfer and as a person. Every year I try to look back, analyse the data I gathered throughout the year, talk to my coach and tweak certain things either in preparation or even the mindset on race day. It’s endless and I love that process. 

You've created a great podcast together with - how have you enjoyed that experience and is that something you want to continue to do in the near future? 

Yeah I’ve been telling Ben Proffitt for years now – man you should do the podcast. And I guess he was over listening to me and just gave me the job! Seriously though it’s a privilege to be able to pick the brains of some of the most successful people in our business. I probably wouldn’t have had the chance to talk to Robby Naish for more then 30 seconds and now I got him 1-on-1 for 2 hours! It’s really fun and yes if time allows I will keep doing that! Check out The Windsurfing Podcast! 

Now, back to the racing - What are some of your goals for the future? And how do you think your relationship with FMX Racing can help you to achieve them? 

Well I think anybody that races, races to win. I’m no different. But in the short term I try to set goals that are more about the performance rather than results. Even in Croatia I could’ve done a few things better, and the previous year even more. So if I continuously improve on my performance I’m happy – let’s not get into the measurements of that cause we’ll run out of space here. And as for FMX it’s just that our timelines are correlated. Already I think no newcomer has ever been so successful as a brand and Finian very much like me wants to win. We drive each other towards that every day and I have the utmost confidence moving forward I have the best tools available and that once the flag goes up it’s all in my hands and feet. If I perform, results will appear. 

Looking ahead slightly, hopefully after a turbulent 2020 things will return to normality in 2021 - do you already know which weapons you will be choosing for the race course next season and what is your current favourite setup? 

Yeah, so next year it’s still 4 boards and 7 sails. So we’re looking at a foil slalom design, the Hyperion 178, and then 3 fin slalom sticks, Invictus 138, 118 and 98. For sails it’s 2 foilslalom designs Aero+ 9.1 and 8.1 and then 5 slalom, Aero+ 8.4, 7.7, 7.0 6.2 and 5.4. As for my favourite combo I won in Denmark, NewCal and a couple in Croatia on 138 and 8.4, but if I had to choose one it would be 98 and either 6.2 and 5.4. There’s nothing like high wind racing! 

You also just signed a new contract, right?

Yeah, I’m super excited to announce that FMX Racing and myself have reached an agreement on a multi-year contract extension. From day one this was a great match, our goals align and we will continue to build towards achieving them together. New boards are on the way… cant wait to get my hands on those puppies! 

And finally, if things return to relative normality will you be returning to Tenerife for your annual winter training?


Thanks, Maciek and congrats on the new deal.

news-6168 Wed, 02 Dec 2020 12:05:09 +0100 Winter Waves Marc Paré Battling The Elements To Score Some Fully Lit 3.4m Wave Sailing in Cold Hawaii The cold doesn’t seem to phase Marc Paré (Fanatic / Duotone) with the Spaniard setting up camp in Klitmøller, Denmark, for the last few months despite the increasingly wintery conditions.

However, if you are brave enough to face the cold then you can score some epic conditions and Paré’s latest clip, edited by Mads Bjørnå (Fanatic / Duotone), sees the Spaniard battling the elements armed only with a 3.4m.

You can see Marc Paré’s latest edit @

news-6166 Tue, 01 Dec 2020 03:55:11 +0100 Spring Watch Marcilio Browne Shredding During Spring In Maui Spring is usually a crazy time at Ho’okipa with many of the annual photoshoots taking place during March-May. However, with the COVID pandemic Ho’okipa was markedly quieter, but that didn’t affect the wind and waves, just the number of people enjoying them.

Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) was one of the few lucky enough to be tucking into some clean Ho’okipa walls, while the stronger trades at that time of year also made for some great jumping.

You can see the highlights from just a couple of those spring sessions @

news-6164 Fri, 27 Nov 2020 08:24:13 +0100 Freestyle Friday Looking to Learn to Ponch? Here's Some Top Tips Since it’s invention the ponch has become a staple on the PWA Freestyle World Tour and is still seen regularly on today’s circuit, while also progressing into futures (ponch in flaka) and carrying a heavy influence on moves like the burner and culo. If you can flaka then you are ready to try this move, but although the ponch may not be the most technically difficult move it will require a certain level of bravery to throw yourself into your first rotations

Adrien Bosson (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins): “For the ponch, I would recommend that you should be able to control perfectly the flaka because the approach is the same and the pop similar. The easiest conditions are with side/side off wind and waves, like this you can use the waves to pop and just work on the rotation or with onshore winds off the back of the swell/chop.  On flat water you will need a solid pop, which makes it harder to learn. 

For the first try it is better to not be too overpowered, it is important to have the timing with the chop/waves and to be sailing fully downwind to have no power in the sail. The ponch isn't a technical move, commitment and speed are the most important. With the speed you can pop and neutralise the sail and rotate with commitment. 

For the rotation, while throwing the sail upwind you will need to twist your body to put it above your boom. Important: your board has to follow your body otherwise you’re gonna stop the rotation, plus push on your arms to keep your sail stable without wind. You can look at the top of your sail, this will eventually help.

For the landing, be ready to bend your legs (the landing can be hard) and lean backwards (to the wind) to pull up your sail.”

Good luck on your ponch journey.

news-6162 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 04:22:45 +0100 Middle East Waves Middle East Waves? Federico Morisio Proves There Is When you first think of the Middle East, windsurfing probably isn't the the first thing that pops into your head. However, as Federico Morisio (JP / NeilPryde), shows there is an abundance of wind and waves if you know where to look...

Federico Morisio: "This week's new YouTube video is about and it's about my last trip to the Middle East: yes, there are sick waves over there!

Oman has a special meaning to me because it's where 6 years ago I had my first real waveriding trip 

Last year, in July, I decided to go back to train pure starboard tack conditions for the upcoming International Windsurfing Tour events and also simply to enjoy to the max long, fun, uncrowded waves!

I also got filmed a bit by my dad and some friends, so I realized it would have been cool to show you more about those conditions!

Thank you so much to Nic Van Ysendyk that actually edited the video and motivated me to share it!"

You can see Federico Morisio's latest trip to the Middle East @

news-6160 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 04:24:21 +0100 Siblings The Alabau Sisters Another installment of siblings on tour. This time with the Spanish Alabau sisters! Marina Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil), who became Olympic Champion in 2012, & her younger sister Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne / Starboard Foil), who finished 4th overall on the PWA Foil World Tour in 2019. Over to the girls...

- Who are you, how old are you and who is your sibling?

Hi, I am Marina I am 35 and Blanca is my little sis.

Hi, Im Blanca I'm 24 years old and we are 11 years apart.

- At what age did you start windsurfing?

M: When I was 11, and started to competite
B: I tried when I was 9 but started properly when I was 11 years old.

- Were your parents also windsurfing?

They don't windsurf, they prefer to stay on the beach or ‘en el chiringuito’.

- Did you both work towards competing at a high level in windsurfing?

M: We are training together most of the time, and is my favorite part of training.

B: We used to train together most of the time, until Matteo Iachino arrived in my life.

- How is it to travel to the same events all over the world?

M: Lovely, I love to share this big experience with my little sister, it always has been in my dreams, she is my biggest motivation and who pushes me to keep competing.

B: Lovely, I love to share this big experience with Marina, because we are really close.

- Are you helping each other during an event or are you focusing on your own event only?

M: We always help each other, we have the same equipment and always work together on the tuning and choosing equipment together.

B: First my own, if I’m free and she needs me, I always help.

- What’s a weird habit of your sibling?

Marina has a power nap of 10 mins before partying.

- What do you both have in common?

Almost everything, work, family, hobbies, humor...

Only one word answer possible, your siblings name or the word ‘me’.

Who is faster? Blanca

Who takes longer to get ready to go on the water? I take more time to get to the water (except when Marina have the influencer mode and she wants to do 1000 videos and pictures before going).

Who has more windsurfing gear?

I have more gear because I also have Matteo’s gear.

Who has won more windsurfing medals?

Marina has more medals.

Whose room is a mess? I will say depends of the day but we are both getting better at it.

Thanks Marina and Blanc's. 

news-6158 Tue, 24 Nov 2020 03:17:57 +0100 Tenerife 2020 One Epic Summer in Tenerife with Dieter Van der Eyken Dieter Van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) spent the majority of his summer in El Medano, Tenerife. 

The Belgian, 2015 PWA Freestyle World Champion, continues to compete on both the Freestyle and Wave World Tours and his latest clip is focused purely on wave sailing - shot in El Cabezo where the Tenerife PWA World Cup is usually held. 

You can see Dieter Van der Eyken's latest edit @

news-6156 Fri, 20 Nov 2020 03:46:01 +0100 Chicks Can Fly Justyna Sniady's Highlights of an Extremely Windy & Wavy 3 Months in Gran Canaria Having been couped up in Poland for two or three months, Justyna Sniady jumped at the first opportunity to escape in the search for wind and waves, which she found in plentiful supply in Gran Canaria...

Justyna Sniady (Naish / Naish Sails): "I'm currently stuck in quarantine (after arriving in Australia) but have been keeping myself busy trying to go through all the footage from over 3 months of sailing.. almost every day! What a summer it has been in Gran Canaria. There's been only a handful of days I used anything bigger then 3.0 or 3.4. It has been weird to be in Pozo without the PWA World Cup on but it gave me a chance to test my new Naish Force4 sails and Assault Custom Quad boards and I had a blast doing it! I have so much footage that for the purpose of finishing this video before the end of quarantine and... staying sane! I had to give up on going through all of the folders. That means there might be a part two coming.. or maybe the next video will be from here in OZ as next week is looking solid up north :) I have spent quite a bit of time locked up in quarantine or in country lockdown this year due to pandemic and I am so so grateful that the time I did have freedom for was so windy and wavy. You have to love Gran Canaria! I hope you enjoy this edit, and I hope we can all meet in Pozo for the PWA event next year. Stay safe everyone x."

You can see Chicks Can Fly @

news-6154 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 11:35:05 +0100 Technique Thursday Iron Out Those Spinouts With The Help of Nico Prien Struggling with spinouts? Well, luckily Nico Prien (JP / Neilpryde) is on hand to explain not only how to avoid those spinouts, but also the science behind what causes them in the first place.

You can see Nico Prien's latest tutorial @

news-6152 Mon, 16 Nov 2020 03:57:40 +0100 Siblings Next Generation Siblings Lina & Val Erzen Take The Hotseat  

Up next in our 'Siblings' feature are another pair of next generation windsurfers - both of whom compete on the PWA Youth Freestyle World Tours, so without further ado its over to Lina Eržen (Flikka / Duotone) and Val Eržen (Flikka / Duotone). 

- Who are you, how old are you and who is your sibling?

Lina: I am Lina Erzen  and I am 15 years old. I am professional windsurfer from Slovenia.

Val: I am Val Erzen from Slovenia and I am 13 years old.

- At what age did you start windsurfing?

Lina: I started windsurfing when I was about 7 years old.

Val: I started windsurfing when I was 5 years old with my sister Lina.

- Were your parents also windsurfing?
Our parents were windsurfing, but just for fun. My father still joins us on the water sometimes!

- Did you both work towards competing at a high level in windsurfing?

When we were little we both started windsurfing just for fun. In 2016 Val joined his first ever windsurfing competition (Martini EFPT Croatia). Since then we both wanted to compete. The feeling of competing and being on tour with friends its just amazing. This year me and my brother did only 3 competitions and to be honest it feels like the season  haven't even started yet.

- How is it to travel to the same events all over the world?

Lina: I am always super exited when we go to some competitions around the world because i know i will meet lots of new friends and also see lots of new places.

Val: I always love to travel around the world for competitions because I always meet new friends, get some new experience and see a lot of new beautiful places.

- Are you helping each other during an event or are you focusing on your own event only?

We train together all the time and help each other on the water and out. When it comes to competitions we always help each other.

- What’s a weird habit of your sibling?

Lina: Whenever we go somewhere with a car my brother always wants to seat in the front also if it's my turn.

Val: My sister when she wakes up always goes to see our cats first never something else. 

- What do you both have in common?

One thing about me and Lina is that we are both super competitive.

- What is the funniest thing that happened on tour together with your sibling?

It was in 2018 at EFPT Brouwersdam competition. It was a day before the competition started. Some of our friends from Slovenia texted us and just said "see you there in a few days". Of course we didn't take it serious. We just remembering that moment coming out of the water and seeing them cheering for us. It felt like we were home!

Only one word answer possible, your siblings name or the word ‘me’...

Who is faster? Val
Who takes longer to get ready to go on the water? Val
Who has more windsurfing gear? Same
Who has won more windsurfing medals? Lina
Who room is a mess? It’s funny but our rooms are most of the time clean

Thanks Lina & Val, keep on pushing the sport and your skills! 

news-6150 Thu, 12 Nov 2020 04:09:50 +0100 Naxos Freestyle Lennart Neubauer Lighting Up Naxos With a Spectacular Blend of Freestyle The Meltemi winds continue to blow in Naxos and Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) has been enjoying the idyllic conditions at his home spot...

Severne: "Lennart Neubauer is one of the most promising talents on the Freestyle scene. With a top16 results on the 2019 PWA tour in the bag, even bigger things were expected of him this year. Due to the pandemic, there was no official international world cup season, but this didn't hold Lennart back from improving his freestyle skills for the upcoming year. After receiving his brand new 2021 Severne Freek sails in Naxos, Lennart took them straight out on the water and sent us back this amazing clip."

You can watch Lennart Neubauer's latest edit @


news-6148 Wed, 11 Nov 2020 06:01:24 +0100 #WINDSURFLIFE Ep.15 Can You Actually Compete on an Old School 1990s Raceboard? Maciek Rutkowski Tries to Find Out Maciek Rutkowski is back after a short break with episode 15 of #WINDSURFLIFE. This time the Pole investigates whether a racing board from the 90s can compete with today's offerings.

Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails): "It's time to dust off the channel and kick things off in style. This time, I'm testing out the 1999 Mistral Windsurfing Board and seeing how it can perform in a real competition. I will be comparing it to the current racing gear, having a look at the differences and similarities and seeing what it's actually like to sail in some real life heats.

The video was shot in March 2020 in Rewa, Poland, during one of the Polish National events."

You can see episode 15 of WINDSURFLIFE @

news-6146 Mon, 09 Nov 2020 11:21:16 +0100 Siblings Two of the Most Likeable Characters on Tour - Tonky and Taty Frans - Are Next Up - Who are you, how old are you and who is your sibling?
My name is Tonky Frans (37) and my younger brother is Taty Frans (36). We are no twins!

- At what age did you start windsurfing?
Tonky: I started windsurfing with 11/12 years old.
Taty: I think when I was 11 years old.

- Were your parents also windsurfing?
No…our mom is a nurse and our father is working in construction.

- Did you both work towards competing at a high level in windsurfing?
Taty: I believe it all came natural, when you windsurf everyday and you come to a certain level that you have to go out there and see what all the hours you invest into windsurf is about. Competing at a high level was a dream and the day we had the chance we just took it in full force.

- How is it to travel to the same events all over the world?
Tonky: It’s fun, also in between the years I knew what I was gonna expect in wind or sea conditions. So I was always happy to go to the same events and meet the people for the first year and to see them the next year again.
Taty: It's amazing to me.

- Are you helping each other during an event or are you focusing on your own event only?
Tonky: When is time to help always
Taty: It all depends, I mean if I am out and Tonky is still in, of course it comes natural to help him out, with whatever. I never felt rivalry/ envy or whatever towards Tonky, since we started windsurfing, we are always happy for one another if he beats me that's okay. No hard feelings ever.

- What’s a weird habit of your sibling?
DO the fact that people always confuse Tonky and I for each other counts as weird?

- What do you both have in common?
I guess windsurfing and a lot more.

- What is the funniest thing that happened on tour together with your sibling?
Tonky: Was not funny but when I was too late for my flight from Amsterdam to Vietnam.
Taty: I can't remember at this moment. (shame on me).

Only one word answer possible, your siblings name or the word ‘me’.
Who is faster? Taty
Who takes longer to get ready to go on the water? Me
Who has more windsurfing gear? Taty
Who has won more windsurfing medals? Taty
Who room is a mess? Me

Only one word answer possible, your siblings name or the word ‘me’.
Who is faster? Guess I am.
Who takes longer to get ready to go on the water? Tonky
Who has more windsurfing gear? Me
Who has won more windsurfing medals? Me
Who room is a mess? Tonky

Thanks Tonky & Taty

news-6144 Fri, 06 Nov 2020 06:49:54 +0100 How To... Frontside Wave 360 The frontside 360 needs perfect timing, positioning and wave reading to be executed properly, but when done properly it is one of the best looking wave moves out there. The frontside wave 360 may be quite technically advanced, but if you are able to carry plenty of speed through your bottom turns already then it might be time to spice up your sailing and add a few attempts of frontside 3 to your next session. To help you out with understanding the move more here are some top tips from several pros.

Adam Lewis (Fanatic / Duotone):

“For this move it’s mainly about timing and position - the movement itself is quite simple. You need to take as much speed as you possibly can into it and try and get yourself right into the pocket of the wave as positioning is critical for 360s- then you can use the power of the wave to knock you around and back into the wave. You have to aim to go as vertical as you possibly can and then present as much of the board as possible to the wave.”

Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde):

“ For me the most important thing for the frontside wave 360 is finding a good section to perform the move off. It all depends on the wave, you need a steep section and to be right in the pocket.”

Dany Bruch (Bruch Boards / Flight Sails / AL360):

“Find a nice wave and make sure you create a lot of speed in your bottom turn, then get as vertical as possible or even further if possible - 11 o’clock - at this point throw with your hips and pull your head back so you get the power of the wave to rotate you through the move.”

Alex Mussolini (Challenger Sails):

“My tip is that it’s all about timing, which requires time on the water and practise. It’s really important to be able to select the right wave and make sure you are in the critical section, so the wave throws you around.”

news-6142 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 04:42:22 +0100 Sardinia Federico Morisio is Back in Europe & Enjoying Some Sardinian Gems Federico Morisio (JP / NeilPryde) hasn’t spent much time windsurfing onshore conditions in the last couple of years, but the Italian is currently in Sardinia, Italy, where he’s been rediscovering his onshore wave riding and jumping.

Federico Morisio: “I’m back! And this time I'm bringing you with me during a full power windsurfing day in one of Europe's best places: Sardinia island in Italy!

It's my first time here and I've been really impressed with the quality and consistency of wind and waves! Jumping, riding, foiling and more, the island offers it all and I will show you more and more video after video!

As always my goal is to share the stoke for windsurfing, show you new spots and inspire you to hit the water and make the best out of every session! I hope you enjoy the video!!

Please let me know your feedback and opinions in the comments!

For more #stoke and daily updates follow me on:

You can see Federico Morisio’s latest VLOG @

news-6140 Tue, 03 Nov 2020 03:41:53 +0100 Siblings Learn More About One of the Most Successful Siblings On Tour at the Moment - Pierre & Marion Mortefon Next up in our siblings feature are two of the most successful siblings in recent history - reigning Slalom World Champion Pierre Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / Chopper Fins / LOKEFOIL) and Slalom Vice-World Champion - Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL, who wrote their names into windsurfing history in 2017 as they became the first brother and sister in over 20 years to finish on the prestigious overall podium. Read on to find out more about Pierre & Marion.

- Who are you, how old are you and who is your sibling? 

Pierre Mortefon - 31 yo / Marion Mortefon - 28 yo we also have a ‘little brother’ Paulo 25yo.

At what age did you start windsurfing? 

Marion started at 10 years old & Pierre around 8-9 years old. 

Were your parents also windsurfing? 

Back in the days our father was windsurfing in the 80s when everybody had a board in his garage. But we never sailed together.

Did you both work towards competing at a high level in windsurfing? 


How is it to travel to the same events all over the world? 

It’s easier to have someone by your side to carry all the bags, and negotiate at the airport counter! We are a good team fighting the bag transportation and negotiation!

Are you helping each other during an event or are you focusing on your own event only? 

M: Mainly focusing on our own event, but sometimes just some words and feedback from the conditions or anything else is helping. 

P: Yes, but it depends. Now we know when we have to do it or not.

What’s a weird habit of your sibling?

M: Pierre is sneezing everywhere.
P: She always wants to be 2 hours in advance at the event site, just in case… 

What do you both have in common?

M: A younger brother ;-) , but also a strong motivation to win and achieve our goal.
P: The passion for the sport and for the competition in general.

- What is the funniest thing that happened on tour together with your sibling?

P: Lot of different moments I cannot say one…

Marion, only one word answer please, either your siblings name or the word ‘me’.

Who is faster? Pierre, but give me 30 kilos more and we will see ;-)
Who takes longer to get ready to go on the water? Pierre
Who has more windsurfing gear? Pierre 
Who has won more windsurfing medals? Pierre 
Whose room is a mess? Pierre 

And now the same for you Pierre.

Who is faster? Easy, me.
Who takes longer to get ready to go on the water? Marion 
Who has more windsurfing gear? Me 
Who has won more windsurfing medals? Me 
Whose room is a mess? Marion 

Thanks, Pierre & Marion.

news-6138 Mon, 02 Nov 2020 04:49:48 +0100 Dakhla Dreaming Julien Mas Enjoyed Lockdown a Lot More Than Most Julien Mas (GUNSAILS) got stuck in Dakhla, Morocco, for lockdown, but for the Frenchman that was a blessing in disguise by the sounds of it with Mas having the time of his life, whilst enjoying Dakhla’s consistent trade winds and mirror flat water.

Julien Mas (GUNSAILS): “lockgolddown”! In March 2020, a terrific virus like in the movies show up from “Batman’s friends” really??… And the world kind of stop Windsurfing! Damn…I couldn’t go back home when the lockdown took place. This is something I will never forget. Imagine a hotel like Dakhla attitude where there is normally around 300 people, empty… just for you and 10 others friends. This is exactly what happened and it was crazy! Many times we thought we were in a TV show because what we were living was absolutely unreal regarding worldwide situation! Gym in the morning, slack line before lunch, windsurf and kitesurfing in the afternoon… evening with your friend (ping-pong, pool, cinema, pétanque, party and more…)”

You can see Julien Mas’ lockdown show @

news-6136 Fri, 30 Oct 2020 03:48:02 +0100 Miss vs Don't Miss With Leon Jamaer, Enrico Marotti & Marianne Kaplas In our final edition of ‘Miss vs Don’t Miss’ we hear from world class wave sailor - Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde), Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde), who really started to make his mark on the Slalom PWA World Tour in 2019 - winning his first eliminations on the world tour, whilst finishing in the overall 10 for the first time in his career and Marianne Kaplas (Patrik / Loftsails), who has a wealth of racing experience and finished 7th overall in 2019. Read on to find out what Leon, Enrico & Marianne miss and don't miss about competing.

Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde)

1. The excitement that flushes your body when the green flag goes up which makes you push yourself to the maximum.

2. Rigging, waiting and derigging. 

Enrico Marotti (JP / NeilPryde)

1. I miss everything
2. I miss that too.

Marianne Kaplas (Patrik / Loftsails)

1. The excitement and adrenaline of lining up with the girls.
2. All the hassle with the gear at the airports.

news-6134 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 03:03:37 +0100 Injury Update Sebastian Kornum Undergoes Surgery on Both Arms to Resolve Ongoing Issues Sebastian Kornum (JP / NeilPryde) has been plagued by injuries for the last year or so, but even so the Dane managed to finish 8th overall on the 2019 PWA Foil World Tour - recording 3 top 10 results - 4th in Japan, whilst finishing 8th in both Costa Brava and Sylt. The 28-year-old recently went under the knife to try and resolve issues with both arms and everyone from the PWA wishes Sebastian a quick recovery! You can read more from Sebastian below:

Sebastian Kornum: “The past year has been challenging, as I’ve been struggling with injuries. I have dealt with a torn tendon in my right elbow as well as arm pump in both my forearms due to compartment syndrome. The latter I’ve had for years, and we suspect that I’ve compensated for the loss of function in a way where I’ve overloaded other muscles, causing my secondary tendon injury.
Yesterday I underwent an operation, cutting open my fascia. We hope that this surgery not only will improve my compartment syndrome symptoms, but also allow a full recovery of the injury in the elbow.

I must admit that it has been tough mentally to be constantly inhibited by this injury. Being unable to train as much as I want and being forced to lower the intensity has been difficult. Being an athlete, I felt guilty when I was not able to move forward and achieve results. Luckily, I have had great people behind me to back me up all the way. @teamdanmark, sponsors, friends, family and my girlfriend. Thanks for the patience and support! You keep me motivated. I’m now going into a rehabilitation period, determined to come back even stronger in the season of 2021. Stay tuned and stay safe.”

For a photo update you can check Sebastian Kornum's Instagram: @sebastiankornum

news-6132 Wed, 28 Oct 2020 07:43:01 +0100 How to... Backside Wave Ride with Josep Pons Josep Pons (I-99 / Point-7) is back with another tutorial, this time the coach takes you through how to backside wave ride, which is probably the easiest wave ride to attempt if you are just venturing into the world of wave sailing...

You can view Pons' backside wave riding tutorial @

news-6130 Tue, 27 Oct 2020 03:11:12 +0100 Team Eržen In Greece The Eržen Siblings Taking Their Freestyle to the Next Level During A Greek Summer Lina Eržen (Fanatic / Duotone) and her brother - Val Eržen (Fanatic / Duotone) - spent their summer together with their father in Greece enjoying the Meltemi trade winds and pushing their freestyle to the next level. 

Balz Müller (MB-Boards / Severne Sails), who edited the clip: “Great to follow the amazing progress of the young Eržen team! They had an amazing summer holidays in Greece, here a few of their latest Windsurf Freestyle Tricks they've learned! 

You can see Team Eržen’s latest video @

news-6128 Mon, 26 Oct 2020 02:47:59 +0100 Siblings Julien and Titiouan Flechet Take The Sibling Hot Seat Next up in our Siblings feature are two more young guns - Julien Flechet (Tabou / Hot Sails Maui) and his younger brother Titouan (Hot Sails Maui). Julien competed in the U19 Wave Youth division in 2019 finishing in joint 23rd place, while Titouan was in the U17s fleet - where he earned 8th place. Over to Julien to tell us more about their sibling relationship.

Who are you, how old are you and who is your sibling? 

We are the brothers Julien (19) & Titiouan Flechet. We live in Brittany (France), just in front of the beach! So we are every day in the water together… surf/paddle/windsurf.

- At what age did you start windsurfing? 

We started windsurfing when we were 5/ 6 years old, in Moulay Bouzerktoun! 

- Were your parents also windsurfing? 

Yes, our father is also windsurfing, he teaches us everything since the beginning! My mother also sails but on the beach, she doesn’t sail but she follows us everywhere! 2 years ago she came 1 months to Pozo during the summer with my brother and me.. Do you know somebody who come to Pozo for 1 month and doesn’t sail?!?!
- Did you both work towards competing at a high level in windsurfing? 

Yes for sure! We have the same dream to be world champ one day! And to share it with our family it’s just perfect!! And now we started to live our dream! 

- How is it to travel to the same events all over the world? 

It’s pretty cool, except when you arrive at the airport with 5 board bags haha! It's reassuring to travel with someone from your family, or a friend, you are never alone, and especially if you have a problem. When we arrive at the competitions, the fact of being two, allows us to film each other, take pictures and this is really very important for all our sponsors, and this allows us to have an outside vision for our navigation of the day…

- Are you helping each other during an event or are you focusing on your own event only? 

Yes, of course, we are primarily focused on our competitions, but we also have an eye on the competition of the other! We are a team so we put our strategies in place together, we help each other.

- What’s a weird habit of your sibling?

Joker !! haha

- What do you both have in common?

The same passion!! The same sponsors except the fins.

- What is the funniest thing that happened on tour together with your sibling?

All the sessions are fun together! Especially when you heat up and have good big crashes!

Only one word answer possible!

- Who is faster?

It depends… (now that’s not one word is it?)

- Who takes longer to get ready to go on the water?


- Who has more windsurfing gear?

Both haha

- Who has won more windsurfing medals?


- Whose room is a mess?


Thanks, Julien.

Photo Credit: Eric Bellande / Michel Brehonnet

news-6126 Fri, 23 Oct 2020 08:48:18 +0200 Miss vs Don't Miss What Do The Young Guns Miss About Not Competing? Lennart Neubauer (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), Carlos Kiefer Quintana (Fanatic / Duotone) & Alexia Kiefer Quintana (Fanatic / Duotone) may only just be at the very start of their windsurfing careers, but the young guns are often some of the most hungry when it comes to competing… so what do they miss most about not competing?

Lennart Neubauer 

1. competing is one of my favourite things about windsurfing.You meet new people or just see your friends again. Also during competition I feel like I learn 4x as fast compared to when I’m training alone.

2. The only thing that’s not my favourite about competing is that after competing all day long, there isn’t enough time for all the food that I want.

Carlos Kiefer Quintana

1 I miss all the kids I play with on the water and land.
2 I hate the feeling when its over and we have to leave.
Alexia Kiefer Quintana

1 i miss most my friends from the tour
2 i dont miss the tension during the heats
And Alexia’s & Carlos’ Father - Florian 

1 I miss the entire windsurf family and the ambience.
2 i don’t miss the traveling expenses with two kids.

Thanks Lennart, Alexia, Carlos & Florian

news-6124 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 04:37:39 +0200 Season Opener The King Robby Naish Tucking into the First Swell of the Season at Ho’okipa & Lanes When it comes to windsurfing names there’s still none bigger than Robby Naish (Naish / Naish Sails), who completely dominated the 80s era of windsurfing. 

The now 57-year-old continues to have passion for windsurfing running through his veins and the American was on hand to tuck into the first swell of the swell in Hawaii in early October. Naish still links together smooth fluid line, whilst also still stomping pushloops and tabletops. 

You can see Robby Naish’s latest video @

news-6122 Tue, 20 Oct 2020 04:05:52 +0200 Pure Freestyle 3 Minutes of Pure, Radical Freestyle With Adrien Bosson Adrien Bosson's summer may not have consisted of competing in the Canaries like normal, but the Frenchman has still been enjoying plenty of time on the water at home in France.

The Frenchman, who finished the 2018 season as the PWA Freestyle Vice-World Champion, has just released some of the highlights of this summers Freestyle sessions and it's well worth a watch with 3 minutes of radical freestyle.

You can see Adrien Bosson's latest edit here.

news-6120 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 12:57:17 +0200 Siblings Find Out More About Two of the Most Promising Youth’s in the Windsurfing World, Who Just So Happen to be Brother and Sister - Carlos & Alexia Kiefer Quintana In our new series, we will be delving deeper into the siblings, who compete on the PWA World Tour. First up are two of the most gifted youths on the PWA Wave World Tour - Carlos Kiefer Quintana (Fanatic / Duotone) and Alexia Kiefer Quintana (Fanatic / Duotone). In 2019, they both were both crowned Youth World Champion in their respective age categories and look set for a bright future within the wave sailing world. Read on more to find out more about Carlos & Alexia.

Introduce yourself! Who are you, how old are you and who is your sibling?

Carlos: I am Carlos Kiefer, 13-years-old, I’m the brother of Alexia. 

Alexia: My name is Alexia Kiefer I am 15-years-old and Carlos is my brother.

At what age did you start windsurfing? 

Carlos: I started windsurfing at 9 years of age.

Alexia: I started windsurfing when I was 10 years old.

Were your parents also windsurfing? 

Our father was windsurfing already, our mother learned windsurfing together with us.

Did you both work towards competing at a high level in windsurfing? 

No, we were just windsurfing for fun. In 2017 we saw the juniors competing in Pozo and we had already more or less the same level. Next year we started competing too.

How is it to travel to events all over the world? 

Carlos: I love to travel even though I don't like to fly. I like to see new places and try other food. I also like to meet the people I met on tour again on different spots around the world.

Alexia: I really like to travel and get to know new spots, meet new people, visit new places ...etc.but I hate to fly.

Are you helping each other during an event or are you focusing on your own event only? 

We help and support each other in all events where necessary, but our father is always there to help us.

What’s a weird habit of your sibling?

Carlos: We always fight whose turn it is to hang up the wetsuits from all of us when we get home.

Alexia: When we eat eggs my brother always eats all the egg white first and leaves the yolk for last.

What do you both have in common?

Carlos: We both love and practice the same sports and both love wave windsurfing the most. Last year on Sylt when I was 12-years-old, I was not competing but I took the lycra from my sister and went windsurfing in these heavy conditions, I was very small and many people wondered about me. I ended up in the hospital because I cut my feet on a shell.  

Alexia: We are good at all types of water sports. The first time we competed in GPS Speed Challenge, I was 12 and Carlos 10, on the first day there was a huge shore break and the head Judge who didn't know us thought we are not able to manage the situation. He wanted us out of the water and to not compete anymore. I was crying a lot, but luckily Björn Dunkerbeck saw me and he talked to the judge. We could go back and prove that we had everything under control and were fast too.
Carlos, only one word answer possible, your siblings' name or the word ‘me’.

Who is faster? Alexia, in slalom conditions
Who takes longer to get ready to go on the water? Me
Who has more windsurfing gear? Alexia
Who has won more windsurfing medals? Alexia
Whose room is a mess? Alexia

Alexia, and now the same for you…

Who is faster? Me
Who takes longer to get ready to go on the water? Carlos
Who has more windsurfing gear? Me
Who has won more windsurfing medals? Me
Whose room is a mess? Mine

Thanks, Carlos & Alexia.

news-6118 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 14:59:51 +0200 Miss vs Don't Miss What Do Giovanni Passani, Oda Brødholt & Marine Hunter Miss Most About Competing? Next up to share what they miss most about competing, and also what they don’t miss, are Italian freestyler - Giovanni Passani (Tabou / GA Sails / AL360) - Norwegian freestyler come wave & slalom sailor - Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins) - and French wave sailor - Marine Hunter (KA Sail). 

Giovanni Passani

1) Adrenaline rush, advancing, losing, the voice of Ben Proffitt, motivation, reason to live.

2) German food, German weather, German sea, much love to Germany

Oda Brødhot

1) I am missing the competition excitement and the sick feeling after a good heat! And that you push yourself outside the comfort zone every contest, the strong wind and the good vibes on tour with all my friends! 

2) The board bag checkins at airports... 

Marine Hunter

1) Competitions set deadlines and goals which motivate me to push myself much more than when I simply freesail. I think I miss those deadlines to get more motivation for improving my sailing, especially for jumping which is the thing I'm the most scared about. The conditions are not always easy and it's a great learning experience every time. I also miss everybody! For me competitions mean seeing friends again, meeting and bonding with new people, discovering different places, getting good vibes, creating good memories! I also love watching really intense heats when my friends are on the water or when two sailors are going all out and bring magic into these 12 or so minutes. 

2) Long days outside in the cold, the stress from the travel especially when I have to take the plane, the fatigue I accumulate throughout the year while juggling with work, training and competing, the pressure I put myself under which is not always very productive, early skippers’ meetings, being bound by a heat order, and what I do not miss at all is freesailing on a spot packed with super efficient pros ^^ it's super inspiring and at the time I have to stay focused all the time to be able to catch a wave or find a free spot to jump which gets a little tiring. 

Thanks Giovanni, Oda & Marine 

news-6116 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 04:04:38 +0200 Technique Thursday Learn How To Backloop From One of the Best Jumpers in the Business - Ricardo Campello Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails) recently returned to Maui after a short trip to Mexico, but upon returning to Hawaii he needs to stay in Quarantine for two weeks… whilst he’s not busy on the water he’s been busy putting together some of his top tips for the backloop, so whether you are looking to land your first backloop or are trying to hone your technique be sure to have a look at his latest video tutorial.

Ricardo Campello: “in this video I will show a few tips and a few steps on how to make a perfect backloop windsurfing.

I’m not the best person to teach, but with the images and a few of my tips you can make it work !

Sorry for the bad audio sometimes (my mic broke).

I hope you can be successful on the backloop!

Enjoy it!”

You can see Ricardo Campello’s backloop tutorial @

news-6114 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 13:01:24 +0200 Woanders Leon Jamaer Tracks A North Sea Storm & Strikes Gold Eventually The start of autumn has been a windy one in northern Europe and Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde) has been out chasing storms in the North Sea in search of the best conditions he can find. Things may not have started perfectly on this chase, but it ended beautifully with the German scoring epic conditions which you can see @

Leon Jamaer: “This little North Sea storm came as quick as it disappeared again so we had to be fast. I picked up Stefan, who was going to film me on this trip, early in the morning and drove the four hours to Klitmøller. The storm had arrived before us and after a little wait the waves came too. I was powered up on 3,7 and, due to strong current and really sideways and round waves, struggling to find good ramps. After a few hours I changed to a different spot which had dreamlike conditions compared to that first session. Even though I started to get really tired I couldn’t stop riding and enjoying the clean waves. At some point my concentration and strength was pretty much gone which resulted in lots of crashes and swimming. Stefan definitely performed better that day and got some nice shots despite the stormy autumn weather. The title woanders (elsewhere) refers to people guessing spot locations on social media. I didn’t want to give away all the precious information just like that so I often replied “woanders“. As Robby Naish said on the Windsurfing Podcast… as much as it makes life easier the unlimited information available on the Internet also takes away anything difficult and mostly what is exciting about realising a windsurf trip. I hope this clip inspires people to get in the car and explore their local and foreign coasts.”

news-6112 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 05:55:43 +0200 Jaeger I 2020 SW WA Jaeger Stone Back On The Water & Ripping After Knee Injury Jaeger Stone (Starboard / Severne / SWOX) suffered a knee injury at the end of last season, which caused him to miss the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic. After recovering from the injury Stone promptly returned to the water, but it would be extremely hard to tell that he had just returned from injury with the way he is sailing in his latest video, which was shot in February 2020.

Jaeger Stone: “That’s a short clip from WA in February 2020. This was shot over a couple of days after I returned from my knee injury. Was nice to be sailing again, having fun and building up my confidence. I’m using the 2021 78L production Starboard Ultrakode and Severne Sails S-1 and S-1 Pro. In the video are a few occasional issues with the camera focus as I had it on autofocus.”

You can see Jaeger Stone in WA @