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 Wed, 22 May 2024 16:00:10 +0200 Wed, 22 May 2024 16:00:10 +0200 TYPO3 EXT:news news-7550 Thu, 16 May 2024 07:49:58 +0200 Aruba Hi Winds Youth Slalom World Cup Summary: Event Champions crowned to conclude the opening event of the 2024 PWA Youth & Junior World Tour The first slalom champions of the year have been crowned at the PWA Youth & Junior World Cup in Aruba, the opening event of the Youth Slalom World Tour, which will also see contests in Bonaire and Turkey with other possible events still to be announced. 

With all fleets racing together this week, athletes of all ages battled it out in both fin and foil divisions. 

Bobbi-Lynn De Jong (Starboard / NeilPryde) was the standout in the girls division taking the victory in both the fin and foil rankings overall and will lead the U17 rankings heading into her home spot next week in Bonaire. Whilst Brendan Lorho (FMX Racing / Point-7) & Benedikt Emser (PATRIK / PATRIK Sails / PATRIK Foils) took home the win in the fin & foil boy's fleets respectively. 


Storm Nicolai (Duotone) and Tycho Smits had some fierce battles all week on both the fin and the foil. Nicolai took the edge in the fin division, also scoring his first bullet, whilst Smits took the honours in the foil division. This battle will continue with both boys vying for honours on home turf in Bonaire. 


Arxon Gomperts showed unbelievable potential against competitors much his senior this week. After a shaky start, he grew with confidence as the week progressed and his results just kept improving. Day 3 was his real breakthrough when the 12-year-old took a 4th & 5th overall in the winners’ finals to catapult himself up the rankings. 

The De Jong (Kit & Lone) (Starboard / NeilPryde) twins had one of the tightest battles of the week and ultimately just one point separated the two of them with Kit edging out Lone in the last race to take the victory in the U15 girls. 


Joey Ross may have been the youngest competitor this week, but that didn’t slow him down and he had some amazing battles with riders nearly double his age and size! Talking to him, you can tell immediately how stoked he is about windsurfing and how much he just loves being out on the water! We are sure this won’t be the last time you hear the name Joey Ross on the podium!

Where's Next on the PWA Youth World Tour?

After a short hop, skip and a jump, the next generation of racers will be in action again next week for the Bonaire Youth Slalom World Cup, which takes place from the  21st-25th May. 

news-7548 Mon, 13 May 2024 07:35:09 +0200 DEFI Wind Twenty24 Day 3 & 4: Massive fun races see Matteo Iachino & Marion Mortefon come out on top with no Tramontana in sight With no Tramontana on sight, the DEFI Wind turned into massive fun races with hundreds of happy faces on the water. DEFI is a meeting of amateurs and professionals. The goal is to race all together on the same course whatever your level is and whatever gear you have. Basically, everyone should have plenty of power in the sail to glide over the course. With 1,500 registered sailors, so many sails on the water, it has to be proper windy to work, that’s why the wind minimum is around 20 knots. The off-shore Tramontana is the key element in Gruissan, making the marathon course flat and « easy » along the shore. Saturday, the wind blew the other direction, easterly, side on-shore, and way below 8 knots. Only fun races were possible to the delight of the numerous racers on site.

Undoubtedly, Foil was the choice, but the course remained open to fin sailors to keep the spirit of the DEFI. The rabbit start procedure plus a semi long distance course was set bringing the racers off to the sea. All foilers took explosive starts while fin racers, amateurs, were happy to sail the course without planing. 400 competitors signed up just to get wet and share good time on the water, and for some of them to recover from the heavy collection of concerts. Marion Mortefon (PATRIK) won the two races in the ladies division. Alexandre Cousin (PATRIK / PATRIK Sails / PATRIK Foils), Pierre Mortefon (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) and Nicolas Goyard  (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) made the top 3 of race 1 when current world champion Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails) took first place in the second race ahead of Johan Søe (FMX Racing / Point-7 / F4 Foils) and Hidde Van Der Meer.

Reading absolutely zero wind on Sunday, competitors were freed right after an early prize giving ceremony. Matteo Iachino and Marion Mortefon closed the DEFI 2024 leaving with the unofficial fun races trophies. Despite the lack of Tramontana, the largest windsurfing competition in the world was a huge success for the racers, exhibitors and crowd who enjoyed the unique vibe of the DEFI, mixing pros and recreational sailors from all around the globe.

The DEFI Wind 2025 edition will take place from May 29 to June 1st, and many have already booked their week. Add a reminder to your calendar if you don’t want to miss out for next year’s event that will surely be sold out again to another 1,500 racers.

Words: Franck Roguet.

news-7546 Sun, 12 May 2024 07:14:57 +0200 DEFI Wind Twenty24 Day 2: Vonk’s clinic riders are ready to battle to out DEFI Wind is a unique concept mixing professional windsurfers and recreational sailors. Both fleets need one common thing to express themselves and perform, wind. Day 2 of the DEFI Wind didn’t get lucky with the key element of windsurfing. Despite lots of activities on site, we found some time to catch up with Dutch slalom sailor Jordy Vonk (Duotone), who ran popular DEFI clinics prior to the event.

Clinics to improve your windsurfing skills are popular all over the globe, but there’s one kind of clinic you can only find in Gruissan, the DEFI Clinic, to better your racing abilities and facilitate your DEFI experience on a marathon course. Jordy Vonk together with Surfcenter set a clinic in Gruissan for the third year in a row that became so popular that they had to multiply the number of coaches.

Jordy Vonk: "The clinic exploded this year, we had more than 60 riders! We started three years ago with 8 participants, 18 last year, and this year it went crazy. I had to expand the number of coaches. Nico Prien became involved together with Blanca Alabau, speed sailor Twan Verseputt and Femke Van Der Veen. We’ve had more than 15 nationalities from Australia to Puerto Rico, Argentina, USA, and a hell lots of Dutchies. We had very good days on the water including a practice race. It couldn’t have been better. The goal of the clinic is to make the DEFI as easy as possible. For lots of people, it is a big step if you don’t know how it is, how to deal with it. But when you arrive, you feel that open community, everybody is helping each other. There’s no wind, but i can only see happy people. We are having fun, we check all the racing details and we have amazing parties, we are making good memories. In the end, it’s all about good vibes."

Why do you like so much the DEFI and what makes it so special?

JV: "I’m a DEFI addict because the race is amazing! I get goose bumps every time. It doesn’t matter how many times I did it, when I see the start and so many people, I get goose bumps. There’s no other feeling like that. It is a pro-am, amateurs only see you online the whole year, and here they get to know you. Sometime on Instagram you see comments and you see that people follow you, it’s cool, but then here every 5 minutes they talk to you, they make pictures with you, you really feel like what you do is worth something. You realise, even if we are a small sport, you get the recognition when you walk around here."

At DEFI, you have to chose a category at registration: Fin, foil, or unlimited. You are one of the only 2 racers who won a slalom elimination last year on the PWA tour. Fin is back for its own ranking this year on the World Tour. Did you sign up for fin?

JV: "When i was practicing on a foil during the clinic, I realise I was actually fast on a foil! I was wondering if I should change my registration as I subscribed for fin. I’ve been training 80% of my off season on foil and I start to look better on a foil. There’s a fire burning in me, I want to show that I can pretty damn fast on a foil as well. I’ve been pushing the foil a lot, that’s where I had a lot to gain. I don't want to say that I focus on fin, but I’ll be there. It’s good that the PWA split up foil and fin. I was fighting on a fin, but to fight on a fin against 40 other people on a fin is a lot more fun. I can’t wait to be on a fin with all the fast guys and prove myself again instead of let’s say being lucky that the fin has the preference over the foil on some course. I think it’s cool if Matteo [Iachino] who knows to be fast is on a fin, Pierre [Mortefon] as well, or Taty [Frans] and then winning. It’s gonna be a great show. It’s going to be tough on the water but the more I foil, the more I realise fin is for real men, Jesus it’s so physical! Fin sailing is awesome too!"

news-7544 Sun, 12 May 2024 06:55:36 +0200 Aruba Hi Winds Youth Slalom World Cup Day 3: The Youths undergo a firm test as the wind increases to 20-25 knots as Aruba continues to deliver  Day 3 saw the 2024 Aruba Hi Winds Youth Slalom World Cup lived up to its name as winds of 20-25 knots greeted competitors. After a couple of lighter wind days, today gave the youths a real test of their mettle, but there were a bunch of familiar names at the top of the rankings come the end of the day despite the different conditions. 



Bobbi-Lynn De Jong (Starboard / NeilPryde) was consistent once again and consolidated her place at the top of the girls rankings, however, the battle between her 12-year-old twin sisters is definitely on as they enter the last day tied on points! Lone De Jong (Starboard / NeilPryde) pipped Kit De Jong (Starboard / NeilPryde) twice today, but with Kit being the stronger of the two in the opening days, there is nothing but countback separating them, whilst only one point separates the twins and Louise van der Meulen, so it’s safe to say that there is all to play for heading into the final day tomorrow for the prestigious podium places.


Brendan Lorho (FMX Racing / Point-7) continues to dominate the fins division after securing two bullets from both fin races completed today. Lorho now opens up 5.2 point lead at the top of the rankings and with only a day to go it looks unlikely anyone will be able to stop him - barring any disaster. 

Storm Nicolai (Duotone) continued to impress as the young Bonairean finished second in both races today to back up his maiden bullet yesterday. That sees Nicolai ranked second in the overall rankings despite competing in the U17s as he continues to sail beyond his years.

The top three is currently competed by Tycho Smits, who is also competing in the U17s division, but he only has a 3.7 point margin error heading into the final day, so he can’t afford any mistakes if he wants to secure the final place on the podium.

The rider of the day, however, was undoubtably 12-year-old Arxon Gomperts, who scored his best results of the contest so far with a 4th and 5th place - which sees him fly up to 7th place in the overalls! 



Bobbi-Lynn De Jong looks on course to complete a fin and foil double with the Bonairean sailing extremely consistently on the foil. Bobbi-Lynn leads Louise van der Meulen by 7 points, while she is 12 points ahead of her sister - Kit, who completes the top 3. 


Today was once again dominated by Benedikt Emser (PATRIK), who is improving with each day that goes by. The young German produced a near faultless performance on Day 3 with his only mistake being a catapult two metres before the finish line in the first race. However, after that he didn’t put a single finger wrong, dominating every race by a considerable margin to open up a 5.2 point advantage at the top of the rankings. Emser has won 5 out of the 7 foil eliminations thus far and has not finished outside the top two once. Brendan Lorho is Emser’s closest challenger, while the top three is completed by Tycho Smits.

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news-7542 Sat, 11 May 2024 06:47:04 +0200 Aruba Hi Winds Youth Slalom World Cup Day 2: Another action packed day sees 4 foil eliminations and two fin eliminations completed The second day of the 2024 Aruba Hi Winds Youth Slalom World Cup started with lighter winds than yesterday, so the decision was made to send the next generation of racers out on their foils, which allowed a further 4 eliminations to be completed before the wind picked up and saw a further two eliminations on the fin.

Girl’s Foil  

Louise van der Meulen took the top spot in Elimination 1, but it appeared this only made Bobbi-Lynn De Jong (Starboard / NeilPryde / F4 Foils) hungry for more as she went on to dominate the rest of the races, while often also challenging the boys.

Boy’s Foil

Brendan Lorho (FMX Racing / Point-7) won the opening foil elimination of the event, but then it was Benedikt Emser (PATRIK) who dominated the rest of the day despite smashing his foil on the reef moments before the first race. After earning his maiden bullet in the second elimination, the young German then cemented his place firmly at the top of the rankings after completing a quite brilliant hat-trick. Emser’s superior straight line speed was apparent as he blew the rest of the fleet away with his speed rather than his gybes. 

After four foil eliminations the decision was made to make a quick turnaround and switch to the fin, which fortunately coincided perfectly with an increase in the wind. However, with the wind still being patchy at times this meant the youths had to be nimble with their footwork and perform skilled gybes to remain on the plane. 

Girl’s Fin

Bobbi-Lynn (Starboard / NeilPryde) continued to lay down the gauntlet in the girls fleet and is currently ranked 6th in the overall event rankings, while she holds a substantial 12 point lead in the girls fleet. Bobbi-Lynn’s sister, Kit De Jong (Starboard / NeilPryde) is current the closest challenger with the 12-year-old enjoying a great day - which included an impressive 6th place in Elimination 4. Meanwhile Louise van der Meulen and Lone De Jong (Starboard / NeilPryde) are currently tied in third place. 

Boy’s Fin

Brendan Lorho fell victim to the patchy winds in the opening fin elimination of the day with the youngster stalling at mark 3, which allowed Nicolai to Storm (Duotone / F4 Foils) through together with Tycho Smits (Future Fly / NeilPryde) after both boys producing excellent planing gybes. This was a huge moment for Storm as at the 15-year-old claimed a bullet against the U21s fleet. Meanwhile, Smits would finish second ahead of Lorho, who currently discards his third place from Elimination 4.

In Elimination 5, Terence Seraus (Future Fly / Point-7) pinged the start and was first to opening buoy hotly followed by Tame Mondria (Tabou / GA Sails) and Lorho. An unbelievable drag race followed (check our Instagram) with Lorho edging ahead into the second gybe before making the perfect gybe to cut off both Mondria and Seraus on the inside, which resulted in the latter falling, which allowed Storm to pass through. Lorho would make no mistakes over the remainder of the course as he secured his third victory in five eliminations to finish the second day with a 2.6 point lead a the top of the overall event rankings.

Overall it was another great day in Aruba with plenty of action and lots of happy kids. 

If you missed any of the racing you can see a replay of all the action HERE.



news-7539 Fri, 10 May 2024 14:20:04 +0200 Defi WIND Twenty24 Day 1: Windsurfing Hall of Fame first ever induction ceremony DEFI Wind, which started with a warm summer day and barely any wind to welcome the 1,500 participants, was the place to be to witness the first ever induction ceremony of the Windsurfing Hall of Fame, in association with Surf Magazin.

The event known as the world’s largest watersport meeting was not blessed with Tramontana this Thursday but emotion reached its climax when legends of the sport came on to the stage for a very special evening. DEFI gathers a mix of amateurs and pros, from all around the world, all actors of their passion, sharing the same vibe for the sport and the wind. There was no other location than the DEFI to celebrate and honour the remarkable people of windsurfing, those who made history, developed the sport and made us dream.

The Windsurfing Hall Of Fame ceremony is the Oscars of windsurfing. Founded by Jonathan Weston in 2021, the who’s who of our favourite sport is now at its 3rd class. TV producer and Executive Director of WHOF Cliff Webb hosted the first ever induction ceremony on the main stage of the DEFI, in front of a large crowd that touched windsurfers of all ages. Riders, world champions, craftsmen of the sport such as sailmakers and shapers, innovators and pioneers, who made significant contributions to the development of the sport, made the journey to Gruissan to be honoured.

Multiple world champion and US National champion in freestyle in the 80`s Andrea Livingston opened the celebration with sail designer Willem Blaauw. Inductees from class 1 Rhonda-Smith Sanchez, Fred Haywood or Robby Naish, who couldn’t attend the ceremony, sent warm video messages. Former racing world champ Nancy Johnson from the USA followed on stage with Michiel Boumeester who has been windsurfing for over 51 years.

Industry members Bruce Wylie, sail designer Monty Spindler from Loftsails and shaper Peter Thomen, famous for his F2 shapes, also inductees shared their emotions on stage. Ken Winner, world champ and innovator of many concepts such as the adjustable boom and top wave sailor Pete Cabrinha made the trip to France to collect their WHOF commemorative plaques.

The highlight of the ceremony came with no surprise with Nevin Sayre and Brian Talma’s speeches. After a long career, innovations and many trophies, Nevin still shows amazing energy on stage as much as on the water. Brian Talma, who shared his positive vibe presented the Beach Culture World Tour, and stamped the DEFI Wind as part of the concept of community, culture, environment and sport.

Sharing together 67 world titles, legends Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde) and Bjorn Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne Sails) closed a ceremony loaded with emotion and souvenirs.

Words: Franck Roguet

news-7537 Fri, 10 May 2024 06:40:58 +0200 Aruba Hi Winds Youth Slalom World Cup Day 1: 3 eliminations completed on the opening day in Aruba in 14-18 knot winds The opening day of the 2024 Aruba Hi Winds Youth Slalom World Cup saw all the fleets combined so that everyone raced in one big elimination. By the close of play, three eliminations have been completed to cap a great start to the event. 

With 17 aspiring slalom sailors signing up that that meant each elimination consisted of the semi-finals and the final and this format worked brilliantly with several great battles on the water as the next generation fought based on their level and not just their age.


Bobby-Lynn De Jong (Starboard / NeilPryde) produced a mightily impressive display to claim fifth overall in the opening race - bearing in mind that she is only 14-years-old and was still holding her own against those who are much older. The Bonairean currently leads the Girl’s U17s after a very consistent day which saw her finish 6th in the other two eliminations - which with the format used today - means that she completed a brilliant hat-trick of bullets for her age category and she is currently the top ranked girl overall. 

De Jong’s current closest challenger is her sister, Kit De Jong (Starboard / NeilPryde), who is competing and currently winning the U15s. The 12-year-old still managed to qualify for a winners’ final.

The girl’s top 3 is currently completed by Louise van der Meulen (Starboard / NeilPryde), but the young Aruban will be hoping to pick up better results in the coming days after probably underperforming a little on the opening day. The good news for her is that there is still plenty of time to turn things around. 


After finishing second in the opener, Brendan Lorho (FMX Racing / Point-7 / Chopper Fins) really hammered home his advantage at the top of the Boy’s U21s as the young Frenchman reeled off back-to-back bullets to open up a 3.3 point lead over Tame Mondria. Lorho finished second in the opening elimination, but after that it really seemed like he clicked into action as he claimed two clear-cut victories and if he maintains that level of performance, particularly his gybing which was the real difference, it’s very difficult to imagine anyone being able to stop him - even at this early stage.

The first victory of the event was claimed by local boy Tame Mandria (Tabou / GA Sails), who is sailing in the Under 21 division and he looked highly convincing throughout the day. Meanwhile, Nicolai Storm (Duotone) from Bonaire finished third overall in the opening elimination, which was more than enough to see him claim first place in the U17s and he only trails Lorho by 3.6 points in the overalls between all age groups. In the battle for first in the U17s, Storm currently holds a 5 point advantage over Tycho Smits (NeilPryde), who won the U15 Boy’s in Alacati last year, so he could still mount a come back. 

Elsewhere, Joey Ross may be the only U13 Boy, but he’s currently ranked 13th out of 17 despite only being 11-years-old, so it’s impressive to seem him pitting his wits against those significantly older than him. 

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news-7535 Thu, 09 May 2024 06:51:47 +0200 Defi WIND Twenty24 Event Preview: One start line - 1,500 windsurfers - 1 rabbit - 20 knots minimum/up to 50 - a 40km course - 10km reaches - 4 gybes - Any catapults? - Finish - Celebrate - Drink - Party - Repeat. Welcome to the Defi WIND! Exciting, right? Well… we are sorry, it’s too late to join, it’s all sold out!

If you want to push your windsurfing boundaries and race with your idols, it happens in Gruissan, south of France. And that’s this weekend. That's Defi WIND, but you’ll have to be patient for another 12 months, this year’s edition is full with a new record of 1,500 entrants!

There’s a well known saying in France from a popular businessman stating that if you do not have a Rolex at age 50, you screwed up your career. We say that if you did not take part in a Defi at 50, your windsurfing experiences are incomplete. As a pro sailor, it’s even harsher. You may be world champ, national champ or local hero, if you do not have a victory at the Defi, your prize list lacks a key element. But is that what attracts so many riders to the same spot?

You’ll want to beat your mate, be quicker than your son/daughter or dad/mum. You’ll want to complete the 40km distance at least once or finish all races, face 40 knots for a marathon, or just start a race with another crazy 1,499 windsurfers at the same time. Australians, Chinese, Uruguayan, Canadian, Mauritian, Gruissanais, Germans, Londoners, and many others, kids, veterans, families, all 1,500 racers have a different goal. Which one will be yours?

For Nicolas Goyard (Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils), event title holder, adding another victory to his trophy room is his simple ambition. Goyard who’s running for the France 2024 Olympic games is fully hooked in and would not miss a Defi even some weeks before trying to secure a gold medal. Matteo Iachino (Starboard / Severne Sails) and Blanca Alabau (Starboard / Severne Sails), the glamorous 2023 PWA slalom world champions, are also lining up to try to overcome the largest fleet of their racing careers. Shall we expect Amado Vrieswijk (Future Fly / Severne Sails), a former PWA Freestyle world champion and the 2023 PWA Slalom vice-world champion to be the strongest to beat the violent Tramontana? 

Foils and fins are mixed but there will be winners in each categories, which means those who opt for the fin can still shine. That’ll be the goal of fin expert Jordy Vonk (Duotone / Duotone Sails), who currently runs a Defi clinic with more than 60 enthusiasts from the Netherlands in Gruissan. Or will it be the coup of a dark horse? What about young waterman Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne Sails), happy to use his gliding knowledge to target the top 50 amongst the giant racers? Who’s going to take the sail designers challenge between Ben Severne (Severne Sails), Peter Bijl (North), Andrea Cucchi (Point-7) and Monty Spindler (Loftsails)? Windsurfing legend Antoine Albeau (JP / NeilPryde), young gun Johan Soe (FMX Racing / Point-7), the Mortefon siblings, Maciek Rutkowski (NeilPryde), Taty Frans (Future Fly / Point-7) and plenty of others, well known or amateurs, are all excited with anticipation for the 2024 Defi WIND, which starts today!

Newly elected PWA president Nico Prien (JP / NeilPryde) will also be racing and will be one to follow on the course and on his social media. Ben Proffitt (Simmer / Simmer Sails) and Windsurfing TV are in Gruissan as well to cover the madness of the largest fun board mass start of the world. And the cherry on the cake, this year’s edition will be live on the Defi YouTube channel! Parties, French food & local wine, live music, exhibitors, the wild Tramontana, and the 1st ever Windsurfing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be at the Defi WIND, to be held from May 9th to 12th.

You can follow live the Windsurfing Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the Defi Wind youtube channel at 6pm (GMT+2).

Words: Franck Roguet

news-7533 Thu, 02 May 2024 15:25:34 +0200 FREE SPIRIT A delve into the life of professional freestyle windsurfer Dudu Levi Dudu Levi (Future Fly / GUNSAILS: "FREE SPIRIT - a journey of an israeli windsurfer.
The film by Dudu Levi, filmed, directed and edited by Julien Bru.
A documentary project showing the life of Dudu, a professional windsurfer from Israel.
A glimpse into his life, the place where he grew up, his family and friends, the place where he discovered windsurfing and fell in love with it.
Julien Bru a videographer and friend who came to Israel for a journey together with Dudu following the wind from the north to the south of the country, and through that showing his personal life.
The experience and emotions you see in the film is the result of a good adventure.
In a 10-day trip that was planned for several months, we showing Israel through the windsurfing life, different  windsurfing spots and the atmosphere outside the water.
The film was shot in May 2023 and also show Dudu’s life windsurf events, competitions and training outside his country

Starring: Dudu Levi

Director: Julien Bru
Main videographer: Julien Bru
Edited: Julien Bru

Assistant director and photography: Louis J Mchugh"

You can see Dudu Levi's FREE SPIRIT @

news-7531 Wed, 01 May 2024 15:35:27 +0200 Chill in Chile Antoine Martin puts the disappointment of the competition in Chile behind him and still manages to find the positives to take away from this beautiful place Antoine Martin (Starboard / North Sails) is currently ranked 10th in the overall Wave world rankings after a joint 13th place in Japan and a joint 9th place in Chile - neither will have been a result that he was expecting or happy with, but despite the disappointments in the opening couple of events, Martin was still able to look at the bigger picture and make the most out of his time in Chile.

Antoine Martin: "A wise man once said « it’s not the destination but the journey that matter the most». Despite a bad result in the Chilean 5 stars world championship event, an injury and being sick, I truly enjoyed every single day of my trip because the energy over there is quite extraordinary. 

Check out the recap in the beautiful edit by Native Picture @"

news-7529 Tue, 30 Apr 2024 07:10:44 +0200 Springtime Ho'okipa Robby Naish still enjoying Ho'okipa's wind and waves at the age of 61 When in comes to names in windsurfing there aren't any bigger than the King - Robby Naish. Naish may have turned 60 last year, but it doesn't look like he's showing any signs of slowing down yet as he pulls off pushloops and a variety of turns at Ho'okipa.

Robby Naish (Naish / Naish Sails): "Enjoying the wind and waves of Hookipa, Maui, April 2024."

You can see Robby Naish sailing at Ho'okipa @

news-7527 Fri, 26 Apr 2024 12:04:31 +0200 Happy Mackie One hour of sailing featuring former Red Bull Storm Chase champion Jaeger Stone at home in Western Australia Jaeger Stone (Severne / Severne Sails) remains one of the best wave sailors in the world and although he may not be as prominent on the Wave Tour as he was pre covid he remains one of the best wave sailors in the world to watch with his unique style. Paul van Bellen was recently on hand to capture an hour of Jaeger sailing in WA @

Paul van Bellen: "Jaeger Stone asked me to film for an hour the other day. Wind was 20-25kts. Good times with his dog Mackie keeping me company!

Follow me on Instagram: @paulvanbellen  

Filmed & edited
- DJI Mavic 3 Pro
- Apple MacBook Pro
- Final Cut Pro"



news-7525 Thu, 25 Apr 2024 05:19:28 +0200 Takuma in Chile Takuma Sugi enjoying the delights of Matanzas and Topocalma, Chile Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails / Black Project Fins) is currently ranked 14th overall on the PWA/IWT World Tour after finishing 13th in Japan followed by joint 17th at the recent event in Chile.

The young Japanese sailor may not have earned the result he wouldn't wanted at early event, but the 21-year-old has still put together a highlights reel from Chile @

news-7523 Thu, 18 Apr 2024 15:23:54 +0200 Tuning Tips Flo Jung shares six tips to help you maximise the performance of your sail Flo Jung: "Welcome, take a deep dive into the art of getting the maximum out of your windsurf sail, so you can focus on the wind instead of your gear. In this tutorial, I give you 6 important tips how to take the maximum performance out of your windsurf sail, equipping you with the knowledge to elevate your skills on the water.

Embark on a journey of refinement as we uncover the nuances of rigging, wind dynamics, and optimizing sail performance. 
Prepare to unlock the full potential of your windsurf sail and embark on a voyage of mastery. Hit play now and set course for a different control on the water!"

You can see Flo Jungs top sail rigging tips @

news-7521 Thu, 11 Apr 2024 06:47:22 +0200 Chile World Cup Some of the top sailors react to what was arguably one of the best wave events in the history of the World Tour With the dust slowly settling after an epic finals day at the Chile World Cup here are some reactions from some of the top sailors at this years event:

Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails) reacts after claiming her maiden victory on the World Tour: “I’ve come close to winning before, but this is the first time it worked out.  I’m over the moon happy.  I’ve dreamt about this for so long, but the level was so high and the bombs were rolling in and I was just in survival mode. I’m very happy with my tactics in the heat, I positioned well and read the waves well. It feels unreal to win. 

Just this whole trip has been a trip of a lifetime. Competing in a new place is so different to competing in places that you regularly go to. Today Matanzas showed us it’s best day ever. So many people were watching. The women were out there, in the moment, conditions picked up. We got to enjoy the conditions and we deserve good conditions. I’m super stoked about that. It’s a windsurfing fest.”  

Erpenstein on her world title aspirations: “The world title has been my goal forever. Last year I was very concentrated on it and I put too much pressure on myself. But this year, because I’m doing my medical practical for my study, every event I do is a bonus. This is actually my official holiday and I’m carrying that feeling. I have this holiday feel much more than last year and it’s working well for me.”  

What did you think of Matanzas?

"It was excellent, we’ve been here for 1.5 weeks and the day of the finals was the best and most impressive that I’ve seen it. To score that in a heat is winning the lottery. It’s so cool there is this variety of conditions. It makes it more exciting to watch and more exciting to sail.
The most crucial moment was the start of the semi finals, I was thinking am I going to position well, but in the last minute of the transition period, the horizon started to move and this huge set came in… it just never stopped, there were 8 waves. I managed to position myself well and got the wave of the set. It felt quite big. That’s one of the biggest waves I’ve ridden on port tack for sure.”  

Next up is Alexia Kiefer Quintana (Duotone / Duotone Sails), who claimed an excellent second place:

“It felt amazing. I want to sail like Julian Salmonn. He’s on another level but I love his style. I’m always looking for the sets. It’s very difficult to see which wave is good.  

I really loved this competition because I was absolutely not nervous. I had a lot of fun on the water, but in the final, I wasn’t happy at all with how I windsurfed. However, at the end I had a nice result. 

I want to keep improving my wave riding and I want to start competing in more surf competitions.  I really want to go to Fiji. The waves are crazy powerful and I was very scared today, I fell one time in front of the rock and I thought that was it.  I was very scared. 

I was shouting to myself, come on Alexia, you have to do it. I love wave riding. The waves were really big but you just need self confidence. I’m already looking forward to come here next year.  

I have never been out in waves like today.  I was like wow. The wind was pretty good.  The other girls were ripping, that was nice and I had a lot of fun watching them. It’s nice to see how everybody is improving a lot.”  

14-year-old Sol Degrieck (Severne / Severne Sails) sailed with experience beyond her young years to claim the last place on the prestigious podium: 

“I’m happy, there were some big bombs out there. It was nice, I had some decent waves, so I was happy.  It was really nice.  
It was really fun riding the big waves, there were some bigger than mast high – it was a great experience to sail those big waves at such a tough spot.  I was happy there was enough wind to get out.  

In the beginning it was hard, so I was just hard trying to get out. Overall, I’m happy to be in the top three, I like it.”

Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins) continues his fine start to the season to keep his name in the early running for the world title:

“I went surfing on morning of finals day and I got one decent wave and then there was nothing for 45 minutes. I thought it wasn’t going to be a good day at all. Then it just started pumping, and the waves just got bigger and more consistent. We can’t get Matanzas much better than what we got today.  We finished at the best time on the best day too.”

Morgan on that frontside 360:

“On my best wave, I got a wave 360, it felt good, I’ve only ever done one other like that and it was a week ago. With the bowl I felt like I could do it and I went a lot higher and further than I thought. That was one of the best ones I’ve ever done. I was so surprised when I landed it that I sort of claimed it and then thought I could have done another turn.  

There were some over mast high waves. Some were giant, but when you found the right one that connected into the bowl, it was really good, Camille [Juban] is extremely good at picking waves. How many events has he had where he only makes the final?”

Noireaux on reaching his goal:

“I’m feeling really good, I’m super happy. It was good to set a goal and reach that goal. I would love to win, but I set a reasonable goal of making a podium which is hard. It’s port tack so it’s not necessarily the easiest, but I’ve spent a lot of time and I am a goofy footer and that helps a lot. It’s cool to feel like I’m good in a lot of different conditions. 

My main focus is the Fiji and Maui events, but I’m still going to do the competitions at Pozo and Sylt.  Pozo will be difficult for me to get a good result, but it’s nice to try to improve there.  

That was some of the best conditions we’ve had for an event.  We’ve had some incredible events with Fiji and Peru, but this is right up there with some of the best waves I’ve ever had in a competition.”  

news-7518 Mon, 08 Apr 2024 06:40:52 +0200 Chile World Cup Day 6: Juban and Erpenstein Claim Victories at Insanely Epic Chile Camille Juban (AV Boards / S2Maui) and Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails) tore apart one of the best-ever competition days on the windsurfing World Wave Tour. Head judge Boujmaa Guilloul (Goya Windsurfing) commented:

“It was insane conditions and action. The energy I felt today was that it was one of the best contests of my life to witness. With the conditions, the action, the vibe and the community, it was amazing.”

Right at the start of the semifinals, the swell kicked in with a bang and over mast high sets started to roll in. The current became treacherous and competitors had to wait for lulls to get out, but when the sets rolled in, they offered incredible down the line riding.

Women’s Finals

The women’s final saw a great battle between a super-charged Alexia Kiefer Quintana (Duotone / Duotone Sails) and Lina Erpenstein. Kiefer Quintana’s power turns in critical sections had impressed the judges the entire competition. After a somewhat shaky start, Kiefer Quintana took a good set and slayed her way through three power turns under the looming lip and in front of the rocks. Erpenstein answered back with some solid turns in the pocket. But in the last minute of the heat, Erpenstein took a good sized, peeling wave, slashed her way through several turns and then pulled off a nice aerial to take the win.

It was Erpenstein’s first ever win on the World Tour:

“I’m over the moon happy. I’ve dreamt about this for so long, but the level was so high and the bombs were rolling in and I was just in survival mode. I’m very happy with the tactics in the heat. I positioned well and read the waves well. It feels unreal to win. Just this whole trip has been a trip of a lifetime”, she said.

It was also Kiefer Quintana’s first 5 star podium. 

“It felt amazing. I really loved this competition because I was not nervous at all. I had a lot of fun on the water. I was shouting to myself, ‘come on Alexia, you have to do it’. I love wave riding. The waves were really big, but you just need self confidence” she said.

14-year-old Sol Degrieck (Severne / Severne Sails) proved she’s a growing force to be reckoned with, especially in waves of consequence. The young Belgian picked some great bombs and rode across critical sections with no fear to claim third place. Pauline Katz (Severne / Severne Sails) had ridden well the whole competition, choosing good waves and attacking sections to make her way into fourth. 

Men’s Finals

Some of the biggest sets of the day came through in the men’s final. Despite a relaxed demeanour, an intensely focused Camille Juban picked the biggest and best sets, tearing apart the biggest wave of the day with a 15 foot face.  Where many waves looked like they would break too fast for real top to bottom riding, Juban managed to do more turns, in more critical places on the bombs than anyone else, and then finish by nailing huge aerials. The waves seemed to slow down when he was riding, but that was just an indication of how good his read on the waves was. On another bomb set, that many would have deemed to have a close-out section, Juban managed to pull off multiple smacks and an almost impossibly late aerial to score a 9.13. Juban finished the day with an excellent heat score of 18.16 and was the deserved winner.

“We just couldn’t ask for more on a finals day and we got the best in the world. I’m just super stoked.  It was a long week and it was hard to stay focused, but I’m super happy to finish with a such a good day with great waves.” said a stoked Juban.

Not far behind Juban was a fired up Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins), Noireaux pulled the move of the contest with a radically high 360 on a monster wave, that was landed with incredible perfection to score an 8.23. Noireaux acknowledged,

“That was one of the best ones I’ve ever done.” 

He continued his charge by picking off a bomb, riding with his powerful top to bottom surf style and then making a mast high aerial at the end for his best score of 8.57. 

Noireaux looks fired up for a genuine world title run, after following up his 4th place in Japan, with a solid 2nd in Chile. Prior to the event, he said he felt he could make a podium and he achieved that.

“That was some of the best conditions we’ve had for an event. I’m feeling really good, having set a goal of reaching the podium and reaching that goal. It’s cool to feel like I’m good in a lot of different conditions” said Noireaux.

Victor Fernandez (Duotone / Duotone Sails) tended to pick the medium set waves, which may have cost him a higher place, but it seemed a deliberate strategy where he could guarantee pulling off a goiter, aerials and some beautifully critical turns to take third place.

Philip Köster (Severne / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins) had some solid waves, and one very radical rail turn. Despite several very close attempts on large sets, he just wasn’t able to complete one of his extreme aerial manoeuvres.

With the main competition finished after five intense days, Masters and Pro Juniors will likely compete tomorrow. But the Chile World Cup has cemented itself as a premier 5-star event on the World Windsurfing Tour.

news-7515 Sun, 07 Apr 2024 08:56:27 +0200 Chile World Cup Day 5: Europeans Take Down Top Seed Hawaiian Based Riders As Finals Day Looms It wasn’t the day to be ranked world number two as both Bernd Roediger (Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project Fins) and Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) suffered shock losses at the hands of the European lefthand wave specialists.  

Head high swells and mostly light wind characterised the day, where the remaining three heats of Men’s round 3 and the first three heats of the Women’s quarterfinals were held. 

Women’s Quarterfinals – Heats 1 to 3

After a false start, Heat 1 saw a confident Justyna Sniady (North Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) showcase her lefthand riding expertise with some strong turns and lip hits to take the win. Coco Fouveau (Flikka / GUNSAILS) found her rhythm with good speed and an attacking style to secure second place, eliminating the gutsy junior champion from Spain, Maria Morales Novarro (Goya Windsurfing). 

In Heat 2, German star, Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails), leant on her extensive competition experience to ride the right gear, read the conditions and delivered some power moves on the better waves of the heat. Fourteen year-old Sol Degrieck (Severne / Severne Sails) had some strong top to bottom rides with aggressive turns to claim the scalp of world number two, Sarah Hauser, in what was a huge upset. 

The wind picked up and turned perfectly cross offshore for a cracking Heat 3. Alexia Kiefer Quintana (Duotone / Duotone Sails) powered her way through some of the most aggressive snaps and lip smacks to again earn the highest heat total of the women’s round - amassing a grand total of 14.17 points.  Pauline Katz (Severne / Severne Sails) was also impressive with tight snaps and decent aerials to claim the second best heat score of the day - 13 points - as the Swiss eliminated powerful tour veteran and 2023 world number four, Maria Andrés (Duotone / Duotone Sails).  

Men’s Round 3 – Heats 6 to 8

The young Spaniards took charge of Heat 6. Scores mainly sat in the mid-range level for most of the heat. But Marino Gil (JP / NeilPryde) found a fast running set, which allowed multiple aerials, in the last few minutes to take the win over good friend, Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins). With the young Spaniards thriving this leg to local hero Vincent Gonzales being eliminated, after he had battled hard to win the Challenger series. Gonzales had injured his shoulder in a wipeout yesterday, but rode bravely with huge cheers from the local crowd on the packed beach.

Heat 7 was a tight battle of the big wave shredders and current world number 2, Bernd Roediger was the unlucky casualty. Roediger had solid, critical hits on waves, but wasn’t able to connect enough hits before the waves shut down. Former world champion and big wave guru, Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails), took an early lead with aggressive snaps and critical aerials and was able to demonstrate a wide variety across multiple sections to take the win. Local charger, Diego Fabres, read the fast waves well to complete multiple aerials and slashing cutbacks to secure second place. 

Plenty of tricks were pulled out of the bag for Heat 8 to gain that critical point of difference and it was Victor Fernandez (Duotone / Duotone Sails), who nailed a perfect goiter to take the lead. Julian Salmonn (Bruch Boards / GUNSAILS) and Benjamin Fabres encountered a nail-biting exchange, but Salmonn just held off Fabres with better wave selection combined with aerials and powerful, tweaked cutbacks. Fabres remained a huge crowd favourite and was still welcomed back to the beach like a champion regardless. 

Finals day for Pro Men and Pro Women will be on tomorrow with a larger forecast swell and good wind forecast. Large crowds are again expected into this local fishing village to watch the action from the beach and the luxury of Hotel Surazo overlooking it all. The Chile Magic continues.

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news-7513 Sat, 06 Apr 2024 14:14:19 +0200 Chile World Cup Day 4: Local Chileans and Top Seeds Shine as Matanzas Continues to Provide World Class Wind & Waves Elimination rounds and part of Round 3 of Pro Men ran on Day 4 of the Chile World Cup in solid logo high swell with light winds. Heats were a generous 27 minutes, which allowed the world’s best wave sailors more margin for error, while allowing them to attempt higher tariff manoeuvres.

Women’s Redemption

Heat 1 saw young ripper, Sol Degrieck (Severne / Severne Sails) dominate, with a strong top to bottom surf style on well selected peeling waves, finishing her best with a decent aerial. Maria Behrens (Duotone / Duotone Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) also selected the better waves, where she threw spray with aggressive turns on the face and a lip hit. 

Maria Andres (Duotone / Duotone Sails) used her knowledge from previous Chile trips to patiently select the best waves of the heat and ride them with solid rail work. Coco Foveau (Flikka / GUNSAILS) survived elimination after making her way into second place.

Men’s Redemption Round

Heat 1 of the Redemption Round featured several big names, but it was local Andres Tobar who stole the show. Tobar was patient and only rode two waves in the 27 minute heat, but selected his sets well and impressed with local knowledge. His final wave would have been a close out for many, but he raced across sections, hitting the lip mid-way through and finished with a good aerial. Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde) focused on riding the bigger waves with good turns in the pocket and a nice finishing aerial to knockout Poland’s Adam Warchol by just 0.16 of a point.

The swell backed off for Heat 2 as competitors adjusted to fight for mainly mid-range scores. Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails / Black Project Fins) managed to connect some under the lip turns and a small aerial to take the lead. Arnaud Frennet continued the local onslaught to secure second place. 

Alessio Stillrich (Simmer / Simmer Sails) found rhythm during Heat 3 and connected some smaller waves well, showcasing a good variety of tail slides, snaps and aerials. Meanwhile, Hayata Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails) made his way into second place based mainly off a single excellent peeling set wave, which allowed rapid fire aggressive turns in the pocket and a high-speed aerial.

The Chilean riders dominated Heat 4 with their local knowledge shining. Benjamin Fabres had sat in third place for much of the tight battle, but in the last four minutes, he found a great set wave where he showcased aggressive snaps and two, fast paced, critical aerials to take the lead. Vicente Gonzalez continued his great form from the Challenger Round, with beautiful wave selection that allowed for multiple snaps and aerials to just sneak ahead of aerial master, Felipe Wedeles. 
Pro Men’s Round 3

The waves seemed to drop for much of Heat 1, but Camille Juban (AV-Boards / S2Maui) still slashed and aired his way to a dominant victory. Andres Tobar continued his aerial streak from the redemption round to knock out Takara Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails) in the first major upset of the competition. 

Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) didn’t leave anything to chance in Heat 2, securing his first keeper score early on with perfect aerials and snaps. After a few experimental goiters, he found one of the best waves of the day, which he rode as perfectly as a video game to score an excellent 8.40. Alex Vargas started the heat with nerves, but used takas, aerials and 240 degree snaps to take out second place and keep the Chilean roll going.

Heat 3 was stacked with talent, due to an ill Robby Swift having to come through the redemption round. Federico Morisio (Starboard / Severne Sails) immediately scored the wave of the heat with consecutive, high aerial moves. However, Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins) took the lead shortly after, with his exceptional surf style and aerial prowess (not to mention a goiter that he didn’t even need to count). Swift and Morisio traded places multiple times throughout the heat, with Swift persevering despite a slight tear above the clew of his sail. However, it was the superior aerial attack of Morisio that gave him the coveted second place by just 0.3 of a point.

Heat 4 was another nail biter. Jules Denel (Tabou / GA Sails) connected multiple snaps and aerials on good sets to take the win. Miguel Chapuis (Flikka / North Sails) pulled off a goiter on his first wave and then managed to score some rapid fire critical moves on another wave to take second place over Takuma Sugi, who was just 0.67 points away from first place.

Heat 5 saw Philip Köster (Severne / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins) showcase his winning form from last year with the highest heat total of the competition so far - 16.37 points. He started with some of the biggest aerials of the day to score a 7.67 on his first wave. The 5-time world champion then upped his game with an 8.60 pointer, which included more aerials and a beautifully executed goiter. Despite a taped ankle, Antoine Martin (Starboard / North Sails) nailed some solid aerials and lip hits early on to cement second place.

The competition will continue tomorrow with Pro Men’s and Pro Women’s running across the weekend where big crowds are expected on the beach here in Matanzas. We will almost certainly complete Pro Men's and Women’s finals on Sunday in GREAT forecast conditions.

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news-7508 Fri, 05 Apr 2024 05:58:17 +0200 Chile World Cup Day 3: Intense Aerial Action For Early Pro Rounds No holds bar seemed to be the theme of the day, with Challenger Finals and Round 1 of the Pro Men and Women. Today’s conditions had plenty of wind and sunshine with consistent head high waves that occasionally reached logo high on sets.

Challenger Finals

The Women’s Challenger round was won by Dominica Osman (Argentina), with Camila Curinao making her way into second, only just ahead of 12 year-old local, Noni Stuven. Dominca dominated the heat, with a good top to bottom surf style of riding on well selected waves to qualify for the Pro Women’s competition.  

The Men’s Challenger final had whittled down 24 contenders into a four-man final. Vicente Gonzalez started strongly, with some good turns and an aerial on his first wave. He then backed that up with plenty of time to spare, to assert a dominant lead that he maintained for the entire final.  

The battle for second position was more intense between Lucas Meldrum (Duotone / Duotone Sails), Finn Mellon (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) and Tomer Shamgar (Future Fly / RRD Sails). Shamgar was sitting in fourth place for most of the heat, but rode a peeling wave from very deep and finished with a perfect aerial to jump into second place in the last minute of the heat. 

Pro Women’s Round 1

Heat 1 of the Pro Women’s saw dominant performances from Justyna Sniady (North Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) and Sarah Hauser (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing). Both showcased strong snaps in the pocket and attacked the end section. 

Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails) linked together her best wave in the final minute of heat 2 - performing multiple lip smacks to take the win ahead of Maria Morales Navarro (Goya Windsurfing).
Young gun Alexia Quintana (Duotone / Duotone Sails) produced a standout performance with fast snaps under the lip of some good-sized sets. Quintana was well rewarded and finished with the highest heat total in the women’s. Meanwhile, Lisa Wermeister (Duotone / Duotone Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) just snuck into second after showing great wave selection and strong turns. 

The dropping evening wind in Heat 4 didn’t stop Jane Seman (Severne / Severne Sails), who found multiple good waves in her heat and proceeded to attack sections with speed. Pauline Katz (Severne / Severne Sails) let her Canary Islands experience shine to cement her position through to Round 3.

Pro Men’s Round 1

The Pro Men’s started with a cracking heat that included 2023 World Champion Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing, former Chile finalist Camille Juban (AV-Boards / S2Maui), Adam Warchol (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) and Shamgar. By the end, less than two points would separate first from fourth. Browne’s perfection was unmatched in the first exchange, with a 7.23 that included multiple top to bottom turns in the pocket and a solid aerial to finish. The 3-time wave world champion found reasonable back up waves, but nothing that matched his first. After a shaky start, Juban showcased his aerial excellence with two airs on one wave. In the last two minutes and still needing a decent back up, he pulled off a radical tweaked air off the main peak to take the lead. 

Alex Vargas (Naish) nailed his start to Heat 2 with a 6.50 on his first wave, schooling the spectators in how to ride Matanzas. The Chilean easily found several back-up scores to maintain the lead, whilst Takara Ishii (RRD / RRD Sails) just knocked out Dieter Van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) and Takuma Sugi (Tabou / GA Sails / Black Project Fins) in an incredibly tight aerial battle for second place - just 0.44 of a point separated second to fourth.

Federico Morisio (Starboard / Severne Sails) exhibited the results of his lengthy stays in Chile, sailing fast and timing aerials perfectly. On a smaller set, he pulled off multiple aerials and a goiter to lock in his progression to the next round. Local Arnaud Frennet scored a good set from deep and performed several critical aerials to get the best wave of the heat, but couldn’t find a back up. Miguel Chapuis (Flikka / North Sails) was sitting in third for most of the heat, but pulled a goiter right in the last minute to sneak into second place.  

Morgan Noireaux (JP / NeilPryde / Black Project Fins) and Jules Denel (Tabou / GA Sails) crafted a complete French domination of Heat 4. Noireaux’s superior wave knowledge, aggressive turns and aerial prowess had him pegged as a safe round 1 bet for progression, while Jules Denel hammered home a 7.77, with multiple, beautifully timed aerials to take the win.

Antoine Martin (Starboard / North Sails) continued the French attack in Heat 5 with a solid mix of fin slides in the pocket, aerials and a one-handed lip hit for his best wave score of 7.77. Liam Dunkerbeck (Starboard / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins) just snuck into second place with a decent aerial performance.  

Last year’s winner, Philip Köster (Severne / Severne Sails / Black Project Fins) tested his bag of tricks with big tweaked aerials, power turns and some goiter and wave 360 attempts. However, it was Marino Gil Gheradi (JP / NeilPryde) who threw solid spray, landed good aerials and even pulled a taka to progress in first place. 

Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) and Victor Fernandez (Duotone / Duotone Sails) pulled multiple aerials and hard hitting turns in the pocket to fight off local ripper Benjamin Fabres to successfully progress from Heat 7. 

But the show stopper was Julian Salmonn (Bruch Boards / GUNSAILS) who came out with all guns blazing in the final heat of the Pro Men’s. The German connected four strong aerials to earn an excellent 8.63  points, which would be the highest single wave score of the day. Current tour leader, Bernd Roediger (Flikka / Hot Sails Maui / Black Project Fins) had to settle for second, but still accumulated the third highest heat total of the day.

The Pro Men’s and Women’s are likely to continue tomorrow, with finals possibly running over the weekend. 

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news-7505 Thu, 04 Apr 2024 07:10:55 +0200 Chile World Cup Day 2: Big Swell Greets Early Challenger Rounds Mast high waves and strengthening wind welcomed the start of the Challengers round of the Chile World Cup. Twenty-four Chilean and overseas riders battled for just two positions in the main Pro Men’s fleet.  Rounds 1, 2 and half of the Round 3 Quarterfinals were completed, with just 12 competitors now remaining. 

Wave selection proved critical, with the best waves being the larger, peeling left handers that provided multiple scoring opportunities. Top competitors displayed solid rail to rail surfing in the pocket with aerial moves. 

The day started with strong Round 1 performances by Diego Ducci and Vicente Gonzalez, who both picked some of the biggest waves of the day and showcased some excellent rail to rail surfing to progress straight through to Round 3. Gonzalez made it through his Round 3 quarterfinal, but Ducci wasn’t able to repeat his performance in the dying wind of the evening and was knocked out of the competition. 

Round 1, Heat 3, was an entertaining heat for the crowd, with Cristobel Zegers choosing some excellent waves and Matias Vargas doing some of the most radical turns in the pocket. Both improved their form in Round 3 and had convincing wins to progress through into the semifinals.

Finn Mellon (Quatro / Goya Windsurfing) and Inaki Maturana pulled off some good aerials to get through their first round heats and make their way into the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Tomer Shamgar (Future Fly / RRD Sails) quietly went about his business with just enough effort to get through both his Round 1 and Round 3 heats. 

Jose Priewer won a close heat to progress along with Tato Molina. But finishing the Round 1 heats with a convincing win was Kymani Laurent (Guadalope), who read waves well and showcased a powerful surf style that turned heads on the beach.

Kymani afterwards said: “It was quite fun with pretty good conditions today. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to sail in the Challengers and hopefully also the Pro Men. It’s a really good experience for me to be a part of that.”

Crowd favourite and wave legend, Francisco Goya (Goya Windsurfing) missed his Round 1 heat, but joined the repechage round to get a beautiful, multi-turn first wave. He then followed it up with some mesmerising riding deep in the pocket to get the highest wave score of the day - 7-points. Goya continued his good form in the Round 3 quarterfinals with a rhythmic display of aerials and quality wave riding, but his heat was cancelled after he was well on his way to one of the highest heat totals of the day. The rerun was held in lighter winds towards the end of the day and Goya was unable to get a wave in that heat. 

Other winners of the repechage round who still remain in the competition are Lucas Meldrum (Duotone  / Duotone Sails) and Nelson Perez.

The Challenger rounds for men and women are expected to finish on Thursday, with Pro Men’s and Pro Women’s competition following. 

news-7502 Wed, 03 Apr 2024 06:23:29 +0200 Chile World Cup Day 1: Sol Degrieck and Ryu Noguchi claim respective victories in Junior Round 1 in Matanzas, Chile The Chile World Cup kicked off with some dominating performances from upcoming juniors in chest-high swell at Matanzas, Chile.

Sol Degrieck (Severne / Severne Sails) set a new bar for Junior Girls, revelling in the uncrowded conditions as she showcased powerful bottom turns, critical lip hits and an aerial, proving she’s not only a top junior contender, but also a growing threat in the Pro Women. Degrieck was a standout of the entire day’s competition and was rewarded with the highest heat total of the day (12.90 points) and the top individual wave score - which almost went into the excellent range at 7.07 points.

Degrieck said: “It was good to sail without a lot of people. I got one really nice wave and I was happy to pull off an aerial and quite a lot of turns on it. I loved sailing with the other young girls. I was having fun on the water and that’s the most important thing.”

Noni Stuven, a young Chilean girl who is new to wave sailing, handled the conditions well to make her way into second place in the Junior Girls.

Ryu Noguchi (Starboard / Severne Sails) won the first round of Junior Boys with some rapid flow and aggressive turns. Noguchi had a solid start, scoring his best wave in the first few minutes as the young Japanese rider smacked lips, rode with rapid speed and connected multiple sections with an attacking style.

Noguchi added: “It’s difficult for me, because where I am from is starboard tack, but my first wave was good, I got a set and had good flow on it.” 

Noguchi is still on a high after recently making the semifinals at the Japan World Cup in his hometown of Omaezaki, earlier this year in February.

“I was so excited after Japan. I still don’t believe the place I got, but I’m aiming to be the world champion in the Under 18s and I want to be in top 16 Pro Men.”

Second and third place was an ever changing battle between the two local Chilean grommets. Loïc Antoine Harfagar showed good wave selection and a surf style of sailing and looked like he was going to take out second place. However, towards the end of the heat, Francisco Markiewicz pulled off a critical move in the lip and to clinch second place.

The juniors will have another two leaderboard rounds to reach their final result.

Leaderboard 1 Results Junior Girls - Chile World Cup

1st Sol Degrieck (BEL | Severne / Severne Sails)
2nd Noni Stuven (CL)

Leaderboard 1 Results Junior Boys - Chile World Cup

1st Ryu Noguchi (JPN | Starboard / Severne Sails)
2nd Francisco Markiewicz (CL)
3rd Loïc Antoine Harfager Vita (CL)
4th Joaquin Prat 
5th Ismael Labbé

news-7500 Tue, 02 Apr 2024 08:38:45 +0200 Chile World Cup Chile World Cup Breaks Rider Numbers Record The Chile World Cup will be the biggest 5-star international wave event in South America’s history, with around 100 competitors expected.  The popular event was lifted to a 5-star rating for the first time in 2024 and the world’s best competitors are excited for the opportunity to showcase their spectacular aerial wave riding moves. 

IWT Wave Tour Director Simeon Glasson says: “These record breaking numbers mean we’ll have an intense and action packed competition for the Chile World Cup event. It’s the first time Chile has ever hosted a full 5 Star World Cup and it’s off to a banging start as it smashes all previous records.”

The Chile World Wave event will run from April 1-12 at Matanzas and includes a heavily stacked field of 54 Men (24 Challenger Men + 26 Pro Advance Seeds + 4 Wild cards) 17 Pro Women, as well as significant Masters, Juniors and Open AM divisions.  

Contest organiser, Felipe Wedeles, explains the growth.

“So many new people are getting involved in the sport because of the competition. Right from the first invitational event we ran in 2005 to now, everybody gets inspired when they see the top pros ripping.”

Meanwhile, Simeon adds,“The growth that the 2023 unification of the PWA and IWT tours is bringing is also a major contributor. Along with a new 5 Star global pyramid structure, the sport of windsurfing is seeing a resurgence across a wide range of demographics.”

The current forecast shows good wind and waves throughout the 12 day window, with organisers expecting some dazzling performances. Leading the charge will be 2023 Men’s World Champion Marcilio Browne and 2023 Women’s Runner Up, Sarah Hauser.

“This region has magnificent conditions for windsurfing.  We have world class waves and the wind is so consistent,” says Felipe.

An enthusiastic Simeon replies “The competition will be so exciting. We’ve never had a 5 Star World Cup in these conditions. We don’t know who will shine.”

Follow the competition at LiveHeats (Surazo Infernal World Cup), on our IWT YouTube Livestream or on our social media channels (@IWTwavetour / @pwaworldtour).
Follow the live competition scores on LiveHeats. The full Live Broadcast will be streamed on the IWT Wave Tour YouTube channel, and the official IWT event page.  Follow on social media channels @IWT_Wave_Tour and @PWAworldtour.

news-7498 Tue, 02 Apr 2024 07:01:46 +0200 Chile World Cup Warm Up British wave sailing champion - Lucas Meldrum - shares his travel and warmup sessions ahead of the official event. Lucas Meldum (Fanatic / Duotone) became the British wave sailing champion for the first time in his career last year. Now the young Brit is pitting his wits against the best wave sailors on the planet at the Chile PWA World Cup, which runs between 1st-12th April.

Ahead of the event Lucas documented his travel to Chile as well as filming several warmup sessions, which features several sailors and can be seen @


news-7496 Wed, 27 Mar 2024 16:39:42 +0100 Transfer News 2022 PWA Slalom World Champion - Maciek Rutkowski - joins NeilPryde for 2024 The 2022 Slalom World Champion, Maciek Rutkowski (NeilPryde) has announced he will be teaming up with NeilPryde for the 2024 season in a bid to win his second world title.

After completing the move, Maciek added: “I grew up idolising the NeilPryde team! I actually wanted to be a freestyler like Josh Stone or a wavesailor like Jason Polakow, but being from Poland I had no choice but to go into racing. For me NeilPryde is the strongest brand in windsurfing and I feel super grateful and honored to join such an illustrious team. It goes without saying that the goal is to win together, but I’m also ready to contribute in any way possible. Having spent a few days on the sails I’m as impressed and stoked as that kid back in the day and can’t wait to take them racing around the world!”

NeilPryde also commented: “For 4-5 years now Maciek has been one of the very strongest racers out there, culminating in a World Title in 2022. Maciek’s energy and passion for the sport are unmatched since his childhood days, which makes him an asset not only on the racecourse but also on the beach, promoting our sport with all his passion. His knowledge, experience and talent make him an incredible racer to add to our team. The Pole has been hard at work in Tenerife and we can’t wait to see what he will be achieving on our gear. Welcome to the team Maciek!” 

Photos: @rafasoulart 

news-7494 Tue, 26 Mar 2024 15:26:25 +0100 Moments of My Life Sometimes returning back home isn't as bad as it seems... Alessio Stillrich scores some fun sessions in Pozo after his recent trip to Cape Town, South Africa Alessio Stillrich (Simmer / Simmer Sails) recently returned home to Pozo Izquierdo after his annual winter trip to Cape Town, South Africa. However, instead of the usual holiday blues, which many face, Stillrich has had a soft landing with several fun sessions back at home, which you can see @

Alessio Stillrich (Simmer / Simmer Sails): "Moments of my life #15 is now live! Join me on my adventures though the globe and at home.

In this episode I arrived back home from Cape Town to Gran Canaria and could squeeze out some windy days in Pozo! "Down the line riding" and onshore jumping was on the menu.

Follow Alessio Stillrich on Instagram: @alessiostillrich

Location: Gran Canaria, Spain

news-7492 Thu, 21 Mar 2024 16:26:31 +0100 How Important is Carbon Percentage? Newly elected PWA President, Nico Prien, investigates just how much difference mast carbon percentage makes to performance... It's probably a question most windsurfer's ask themselves... is it worth spending the extra money on high percentage carbon masts? Or can you get away with saving some pennies and not losing too much performance?

Well, luckily Nico Prien (JP / NeilPryde) is on hand to give you a comprehensive breakdown of exactly what is what @

news-7490 Tue, 19 Mar 2024 06:28:30 +0100 A New Skipper at the Helm! After 20 years of dedicated service, Jimmy Diaz stepped down from the role of PWA President ahead of the recent elections. We are very pleased to welcome Nico Prien to the role as Jimmy’s successor. With Jimmy’s enormous experience in the sport at every level, his shoes were always going to be very difficult ones to fill, but we are grateful to have the very adequate feet of Nico to do so!

Combining industry and media experience that belies his youth, with exceptional talent on the water, Nico will provide the steady hand on the tiller, to replace Jimmy’s reliable grip. With years of pro level competition experience under his belt already, as well as significant industry experience and owning one of the most successful windsurfing athlete channels in the sport, Nico has all the tools to lead the important work that the PWA does within the sport.

Jimmy will continue to work in the sport, running the exceptional Cagla Kubat Windsurf Academy with his wife, as well as continuing the development of the PWA Youth Slalom World Cup Tour that he helped to establish with the Alacati Windfest Youth World Cup event, now in its third year. 

Jimmy Diaz on the changes:
“The main reason is that I have become too busy and diversified to be able to dedicate the necessary time for this role. That being said, however, I also felt that it was time for a generational change and that new blood would hopefully inject renewed energy and dedication to the PWA as a whole.  It is a difficult balancing act to run the PWA trying to seamlessly address the sometimes conflicting interests of the sailors, industry, and event organisers especially in the current global economic climate and ever growing competitors in the watersports markets. I am confident Nico will be up for the challenge.

Being the president at the same time you are competing is quite challenging. Being a professional windsurfer by itself is very time consuming. It is not just about your on the water training or land training.  It comes with many other responsibilities especially if you are also doing development and promotional work. Having this alone is a full-time job. Being the president of the PWA at the same time and bearing the responsibility of the needs of sailors, industry, and development of the professional side of windsurfing was quite overwhelming at times. One of my proudest personal moments in this context was being able to stand on the podium, dressed in my presidential attire, next to the two guys that I consider the best racers of all time, Björn [Dunkerbeck] and Antoine [Albeau].”

Nico Prien said the following about his goals and ambitions for the PWA:

"I am honoured to take on this role within the PWA, an organisation I've admired since my youth while following the athletes. Having trained to one day compete among the very best, I am excited for the chance to give back to my favourite sport, whilst continuing to compete at the highest level. I'm looking forward the journey ahead, eager to contribute to and lead positive changes, together with the PWA Board. An exciting new chapter, fuelled by passion."

Rich Page, PWA Tour Manager had the following to say about the changes:
“We are very sad to see Jimmy go and his wisdom, diplomacy and enormous experience within windsurfing will be hard to match. Jimmy took on the role during some complex situations back in 2004, and since then, very few days have gone by when we have not communicated regarding PWA matters, working to the combined goal of the best tour possible for riders, brands and the audience as a whole.

Jimmy’s drive on all things windsurfing and, in particular, the need for more high standard youth events, has been a powerful force in the sport.

I am very happy to have Nico pick up that baton and he has hit the ground running on this new leg of the journey. Having worked with Nico as a rider, and especially on media aspects over the last few years, I have every confidence that he can help us continue to drive the sport forwards and build on the foundations put in place by Jimmy. I am looking forward to a bright future for the tour under his leadership.

We know that the entire windsurfing world will share the excitement and anticipation that we feel as we begin this new dynamic chapter in the history of the PWA.”

news-7488 Mon, 18 Mar 2024 09:20:22 +0100 New Caledonia Antoine Albert recently scored an absolutely epic session on one of New Caledonia's outer reefs Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing) is lucky enough to call New Caledonia home. At the start of the month a huge swell New Caledonia and brought the outer reefs to life, which resulted in the 29-year-old scoring an unvelievable session - the highlights of which you can see @

Antoine Albert:  "On the 6th of March 2024, one of the biggest swell hits New Caledonia. This is how the day went.
Filmed by RECMIFILM (@recmifilm) 
Music: Unhelped performed by Sounds Of The Dirty Streets"


news-7487 Thu, 14 Mar 2024 16:17:09 +0100 Transfer News Former world champion Pierre Mortefon joins FMX Racing for Slalom X As one of only two riders to win an elimination on the fin in 2023, with the separation of fin and foil racing, Pierre Mortefon (FMX Racing / Phantom / Phantom Sails / Phantom Foils) will be one of the favourites in the newly formed Slalom X discipline with FMX boards under his feet. 

Pierre said: “I am happy to set this collaboration with Finian and FMX for the PWA Slalom X Tour. It’s exciting the separation of the 2 disciplines as I am still a Fin Lover! This is why I decided to search for the best boards as I also want to go for the title in Fin. I know Finian since the beginning of my career, he was always a big name, a super fast guy and has true passion for the sport. After some boards testing and exchanges, we decided to go for it together! I think I will have good tools under the feet with FMX RACING and on my hands with PHANTOM - Just can’t wait to be on the line!”

Finian said: “FMX Racing is excited to announce the arrival of Pierre Mortefon to the international team! Pierre is definitively one of the very best slalom sailors of the past 10 years, his pedigree speaks for itself. He is passionate about Fin Racing and has big goals for the upcoming season. FMX shares this drive and is stoked to welcome Pierre onboard and give him the elevated performance he needs to launch his attack on the inaugural Slalom X World Title. It’s going to be an exciting year!”

news-7485 Wed, 13 Mar 2024 14:33:56 +0100 One of Them Jules Denel isn't afraid of embracing the cold in the deep midst of winter. Join the Frenchman as he tackles a fierce winter storm in Northern France. Intro: "Windsurfing is a sport that experienced its golden age in the 1980s. Since this period, the sport has continued to lose popularity to the point of almost becoming a forgotten sport even among board sports enthusiasts. However, today windsurfing still benefits from a strong community of passionned maniacs around the world, some of whom do not hesitate to windsurf in the winter storms in northern France. Jules Denel, a professional windsurfer is one of them.

Directed by Ludovic Marquier."

You can see Jules Denel's (Tabou / GA Sails) last video, while sailing on JP / NeilPryde @