Archive for Februar, 2020

Pull The Trigger

Posted: 27th Februar 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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To your average by stander on the beach the forward loop still remains the most impressive looking trick out there despite its simplicity and relative ease. However, whilst it may be one of the most technically easy manoeuvres it still represents a huge psychological battle for most. With the correct tips and approach the forward loop doesn’t need to be scary or dangerous and we recently caught up with some of the top female sailors in world to gain their insight into the forward loop, which will hopefully encourage you to begin your looping journey or help take your loops to the next level - make 2020 the year of the loop.

Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins): "For the front loop:

The forward loop is a very dynamic movement where your arms, legs and your head all have different tasks.

It only becomes more and more fun as you get better at it!

So the main tips are mostly :

- Moving your backhand as faaaarr back as possible (you can never be too far down) right before you hit the ramp. 

-As you launch, move your rig up and forward across your body and then sheet in as hard as possible. 

- Tucking in your head and looking down to your feet between your arms will make you rotate vertically, so as you’re sheeting in remember to exaggerate looking over your (back) shoulder to get a more horizontal rotation. 

- Other than that, get really small by tucking in your back leg under your butt. Combine this tucking in of your back leg, with sheeting in hard with your backhand and getting your body close to the boom.

Last but not least, go with speed! I used to slow down before the ramp and just launch into a really out of control loop because my sail would feel heavier and would be harder to control. Whereas if you go with speed the loop will feel more effortless."

Oda Brødholt (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins): "Make sure you know the technique on how to get the rotation before starting.  And when you do try, go for it and be committed! Put your backhand far back. Remember to get the board out of the water beeeeefore sheeting in and look backwards. On flatter water (without a ramp) you get the board out of the water by lifting the front foot up at the same time both arms up and forwards - slightly downwind! And right after sheet in with backhand and tuck up your back leg and look over your back shoulder. Life is too short to not loop! It’s easy to learn - never give up!”

Lina Erpenstein (Severne / Severne Sails): “Choose a short and steep little ramp. While going up the ramp, slightly downwind, get over your board and open your sail while putting your hand far back on the boom. As you take off, put your sail against the apparent wind, keep your backhand close and as far towards your hips as possible, while the front arm is fully stretched out. Look back as you rotate and try to orientate by spotting your landing.

As you land slide your hand forward a bit to open the sail and smile because you’ve just landed a perfect forward ;)”

Battle Of The Cyclone

Posted: 26th Februar 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Cyclone Uesi recently hit New Caledonia, which opened up some new spots for Antoine Albert (Goya Windsurfing) to go and freestyle at!

Antoine Albert: “Early February 2020 the cyclone Uesi hits New-Caledonia bringing some strong north east wind opening up some new spots in the south. We sailed two different spots in one day, the first one is in Nouméa in the morning and the second one is the Yaté lake, down south of the island, that we scored in the afternoon, in between the mountains and in the red dirt.

Here is a short clip recap, filmed by Gill Chabaud / EyeFlyPacific”

You can see Antoine Albert’s latest edit @

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The Chase

Posted: 25th Februar 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) constantly has his eyes monitoring the forecasts in the hope of scoring pumping waves and wind. Recently such a forecast materialised for a slab in Galicia, Spain, and despite the wind being too strong to begin with it eventually settled down to let Traversa and Julien Taboulet (Goya Windsurfing) tuck into some bombs!

You can see Thomas Traversa and Julien Taboulet taking on the raw power of Galicia here.

2020 Ulsan PWA World Cup

Posted: 24th Februar 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Further to the cancellation of the Japan World Cup last week, and in light of the worsening situation with COVID-19 on the Korean Peninsula, the local authorities of Ulju County and Ulsan City have taken the decision to cancel the Ulsan PWA World Cup in Korea.

As with the Japanese event, we fully expect Korea to return to the PWA Calendar in 2021.

2020 Fly! ANA Yokosuka PWA World Cup

Posted: 22nd Februar 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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As a result of the impact of the corona virus, COVID-19, the organising committee of the Japan PWA World Cup at Yokosuka, have taken the decision to cancel this year’s event in the interests of the health and safety of competitors, crew and spectators.
The committee made the following statement:
“The Japanese Government has issued a directive for the restraint of nonessential and nonurgent activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As a result, many large-scale events within Japan have been cancelled.
The members of the Executive Committee have decided to prioritize the health and safety of the sailors and visitors.
In order to prevent the spread of the virus, we have determined that it would be best to cancel the 2020 Japan PWA competition.”

We know that many of you will be disappointed to lose the event from this year’s calendar, particularly for all the windsurfing fans in Japan, but we understand and support the decision of the organising committee.
We fully expect to return to Japan in 2021.

On The Rise

Posted: 21st Februar 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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In 2016 Marion Mortefon (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) found herself ranked 12th overall, but in 2015 she had already shown some of her potential with a second place finish in Alaçati, however at that stage she lacked the consistency to continually challenge for top honours. That’s when Mortefon decided to roll the dice and quit her full-time engineering job to pursue life as a professional windsurfer and up to now things have been going exceptionally well. With the time to fully focus on training the now 28-year-old has made tremendous progress - completing the prestigious overall podium in both 2017 and ’18, while this season she put her name in the running for the world title before eventually finishing the season as the vice-world champion. We recently caught up with Marion to find out more about her rise through the ranks and her aspirations for the season ahead.

Hey Marion, congrats on your best season to date on the world tour - how did it feel to finish the year as the vice-world champion and to have your brother [Pierre] win his first world title?

Super happy to finish the year like this. Winning the last event was my last chance to think about becoming world champion, I finished one point behind the title. It’s also my third time on the PWA annual podium, that’s a good sign, I continue to work to reach the top spot ;-) For sure happy for my brother, it was amazing to win an event together, it’s been a long time on the tour that a brother and sister are on the top spot at the same event I think.  

You performed excellently and consistently for the whole season - finishing on the podium at every event - how happy were you with your performance? 

It’s hard to be consistent, but for sure it’s the key. I had some trouble in Denmark, really sick all the week, I did not find the good energy to perform better, but I never gave up and managed to come back on the podium with a tight level with lots of girls pushing. So yes happy with my performance, I have to be even more consistent this year!

In New Caledonia you briefly put yourself in contention for the world title… how were your nerves on the final day? And how did it feel to win your first event on the world tour?

I was relaxed on the last day, I did the job to win the event, I had a super big lead regarding the points compared to the others. I was just praying that Lena [Erdil] and Maëlle [Guilbaud] gave their best that day, but that was not working :), Delphine [Cousin Questel] came back strong. It’s a big moment to finally win an event. Winning a race is already a good feeling, but an event with 11 races, was something big, super happy and it gave me a lot of motivation for the future, for sure you want to come back… 

Over the last few season you’ve made tremendous progress - what would you put your continual progression down to?

3 years ago I was working as engineer in a company, with normal contract, having the weekend to train, my holidays were only for competition. When I was coming back from Asia or Turkey, the day after I was back in front of my computer at 7:30am. I decided to give myself a chance to become a professional windsurfer and try to live my dream. Hard choice, but now it’s another world for training, not easy everyday with the contracts with the sponsors, but nothing else compares to spending all day long in front of a computer :) Now I can train like a real professional and give all my energy to this. It’s changed everything for me!

The start of the season is now just 6 weeks away - how are you preparing for, and feeling about, the first event of the year?

I trained for 2 weeks in Tenerife, 2 weeks in Japan for an amazing event, DEFI Wind, actually really good training in Foil and Slalom, and I’m now in Tarifa to begin a training session with the French team. So I think I have all the keys to be ready for Marignane! 

The first event of the season will be in Marignane again - how happy are you to have a French event on the world tour again?

Super good feeling to have something in France, I know this place since I’m young and it’s where one of my first competitions was. We can have amazing conditions, with really strong wind, I hope we will be lucky this year and the spot will show us its true potential!

Having finished last season as the vice-world champion what are your goals for 2020?

My goal is clear, after being two years 3rd, Vice-World champion in 2019, I can dream only for the title!
I also really want to do well in foiling as I have made a lot of progress. It will be still separate for girls in 2020, so it’s a good challenge to step up also in foil!

Thanks, Marion. Good luck with the rest of your training in Tarifa and see you in Marignane soon!

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Story Time

Posted: 20th Februar 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Words by Jason Polakow: Having previously missed out on a swell in the Pacific Islands, the Australian pledged to never do so again. Here, Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde0 details his epic windsurfing trip with Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing) in his own words.

Last year, I missed out on one of the biggest swells ever in Fiji and told myself I didn’t want to miss another swell heading that way.

Looking at the weather charts, it was easy to see that Fiji was going to get hit hard with a good size swell and plenty of wind on the peak of the swell. My thinking was I was already in Australia visiting my parents and it’s only a four-hour flight to Fiji, so why not?

Since my epic trip to Indonesia two seasons ago I’ve not had great waves so I’ve been craving that adrenaline rush you get when dropping into a huge wave. I put out a few emails to the boys to see if anyone was keen and the next day got a call from Braw (Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne) asking if he could join me.

A trip chasing good waves with Braw was always on my to-do list, so I was more than happy to take him along. He’s one of the top down-the-line wave sailors in the world, if not the best, so I was really looking forward to watching him sail down there.

We both knew it was only going to be one epic day of good waves and wind, so we were up at 5am and in the boat heading up to Cloudbreak by 5.45am. It can be surprisingly windy first light there and this day didn’t disappoint. We arrived with 15 to 18 knots of wind offshore and solid eight-foot surf. As always, I went nuts and we both started scrambling for our gear to get in the water.

One of my favourite moments that day was watching Braw’s first ride there. We were on the outside when the first set came through and I told him to go for it. He gybed, taking the last wave of the set. I watched from the outside as he dropped into the wave and his mast tip disappeared from my view then reappeared as he cut back off the lip.

It was a pretty cool memory watching him ride that wave at sunrise, with the sun just above the ocean line. Spray was pouring off the back of the wave with every turn he did until he went so far down the line he disappeared from my view.

My board was put into wind and I waited for another set wave. A few minutes later I heard him screaming as he made his way back out – he was just tripping out on how glassy the wave was. He told me you could ride any kind of board out there and you would be ripping. He was so happy and I’m sure he will always remember that first set wave he got there.

It only takes one epic ride to satisfy any fanatical windsurfer and Braw had the best move of the trip. He hit the lip super late and super deep on a set wave. And I’m sure that one wave he got alone was worth all the time and cost involved to get him down there.

As for myself I had so much fun catching sets and sharing the experience with Braw. I could not really hit the lip or do aerials due to a nagging knee injury and I was forced to wear a knee brace to help stabilise my knee during our session, but I still had so much fun just surfing the wave.

We both sailed six-hours straight, Braw having to stop due to muscle cramps in his legs and forearms and myself from wearing holes in my hands from not having enough calluses. The palms of my hands were bleeding badly. Braw said it’s the worst he has ever seen, so you can imagine how bad they were.
We were both dead from a full day on the water. An amazing trip that is now logged in my memory forever.

You can see Jason Polakow’s highlights from a memorable Cloudbreak mission here.

Photo Credit: Stuart Gibson & Daniel Hadler

Power Moves

Posted: 19th Februar 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Like many of the world’s best freestyle and wave sailors - Yentel Caers (I-99 / Point-7) - who is the current Freestyle World Champion - has been training in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Belgian has just released a short, but explosive clip of him sailing at Rietvlei, which is full of the latest power freestyle moves with planing air kabikuchis, huge air skopus and double air culos all featuring.

You can see Yentel Caers’ latest clip here.