Archive for April, 2020

Blast From The Past

Posted: 30th April 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Cyril Moussilmani (Starboard / GUNSAILS) is one of the most experienced racers on the PWA Slalom World Tour. The fiery Frenchman started competing in 1998 and and quickly established himself as one of the top racers over the last two decades - recording multiple podiums and overall top 10 finishes during that time, whilst also battling for the world title in 2014. The 40-year-old recently resigned for Starboard and moved to GUNSAILS for the coming year and Cyril is our next sailor to feature in ‘Blast From The Past’.

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

Marseille, France at Pointe Rouge.

When was it? 

When I was 9 years old.

With who were you? 

With a friend of my mother. Denis.

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

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

Who was your local hero? And why? 

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

What gear were you using?  

I really don't know.

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

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

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

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

Give a tip for the next generation…

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

Thanks, Cyril.

Tenerife Winter 2020

Posted: 28th April 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL), like many of the other top racers in the world, was preparing for the new season in El Médano, Tenerife. Although the start of the season has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still plenty to discuss and the flying Dutchman talks about the biggest rule change in recent years, which will see the integration of foils into the Slalom world.

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

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

Blast From The Past

Posted: 27th April 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Next up in ‘Blast From The Past’ is Oda Brødholt  (Starboard / Severne / Maui Ultra Fins), who enjoyed a quick rise through the Freestyle ranks since making her debut in 2013 - finishing as the vice-world champion in 2014 and ‘15, while she has completed the overall podium for the last four seasons - cementing herself as one of the top female windsurfers in the world. As well as making a name for herself on the Freestyle PWA World Tour the Norwegian has also enjoyed some success on the race course having earned her first podium in France in 2019 - making her part of an elite group of sailors to have earned podiums in different disciplines…

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

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

When was it? 

2009

Who were you with?

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

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

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

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

What gear were you using? 

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

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

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

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

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

Give a tip for the next generation…

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

Thanks, Oda.

Eight Winters. One Day.

Posted: 24th April 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

If you haven’t already seen it then now’s the perfect time to watch Maciek Rutkowski’s (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) new documentary ‘Eight Winters. One Day.”, which tells the story of how many of today’s top racers reached the top and the journey they had to take in order to get there. 

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

Blast From The Past

Posted: 23rd April 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Next up in Blast From The Past is the youthful talent of Titouan Flechet (Tabou / Hot Sails Maui), who currently competes on the Youth PWA Wave World Tour. In 2019 the 16-year-old finishes 8th overall.

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

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

When was it? 

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

Who were you with?

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

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

My first wave for sure!

Who was your local hero? And why? 

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

What gear were you using? 

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

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

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

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

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

Give a tip for the next generation...

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

Thanks, Titouan.

Winter Guadeloupe 2020

Posted: 22nd April 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Antoine Martin (JP / NeilPryde) raised his bar in 2019 when it comes to competition sailing. The 26-year-old has long been one of the most radical sailors in the world, but that didn’t always equate into top results. However, last season that started to change and after starting to the season with a 9th and then two top 5 results, Martin claimed his first win on the world tour at the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Aloha Classic, which saw him finish 4th overall for 2019. Now you can see Martin in action again, but this time at home in Guadeloupe.

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

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

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

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

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

Song: Joji - Run"

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

Viana PWA World Cup

Posted: 21st April 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Dear Friends
 
With no clear, imminent change on the horizon for the current situation, the decision has been taken to try to postpone the Viana World Cup in Portugal until September, final dates still to be confirmed.
 
No further events have been cancelled or postponed at this time, but we will continue to monitor the situation and bring you any updates as soon as we have them.
 
Kind regards

The PWA

GKA Kite-Surf World Cup in Cape Verde

Posted: 21st April 2020 by marcopolo1 in Allgemein
Original Post: https://windsurfnews.de
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Would You Rather

Posted: 21st April 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Next up in our Would You Rather series is flying Dutchman - Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) - who has been ranked 4th overall on the PWA Slalom World Tour for the last two seasons running.

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

Past! I hear lots of people talking about the ‘good old days’, especially about the windsurf scene being bigger, would love to experience that! 

Would you rather be free or be totally safe?

Freeeeeee, no risk no fun ☺ 

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

Free Wi-Fi, pretty easy choice for a guy that doesn’t like coffee. 

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

I guess the ability to read, will save me from some useless hours checking social media! 

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


RV home, I get seasick quickly so there’s no other option! But parking it next to the ocean or lake will not make it a bad choice at all. 

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

Never have to pay for food at restaurants?! Dream!  Flying first class would be amazing, but I’d like to eat a looooot during a day ☺ 

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

I guess I’d rather destroy someone’s view than someone’s ears, so dance, haha. 

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

Travel the world on a shoestring budget, lot’s of windsurfers are used to this! 

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

The dream job, we live now, so better enjoy it instead of pushing it backwards. 

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

I would like to land every move in the world right now, basically I didn’t learn a move in the last 10 years, so gave up on it already ;-) (okay fair enough still learning the loops!) 

Thanks, Jordy.

Blast From The Past

Posted: 20th April 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

María Andrés (Fanatic / Duotone) is no stranger to competing having started racing when she was a youngster. That love of competition has seemingly never faded and over the years she has been crowned Spanish Formula Champion on seven occasions, whilst also being ranked as high as 4th overall on the PWA Slalom World Tour in 2014. However, her proudest moment probably came just last year after winning the International Windsurfing tour (IWT) ahead of Arrianne Aukes (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins). Maria is also next up in ‘Blast From The Past’.

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

I was In Valdelagrana, a flatwater paradise in the Bay of Cadiz, South of Spain.
 
When was it? 

I think around 1992
 
Who were you with?

With my brothers, they were already good windsurfers and when I was 8 they opened the first windsurf club on our beach, so it was the perfect timing for me to learn.
 
What do you remember from that very first ‘session’? 

I remember going with my brother Jaime, his wife and her little sister, and the two of us tried to learn of the kids rig. It was a perfect light Poniente day in the bay.
 
Who was your local hero? And why? 

My brothers and their wives! They were all so good! Then also the kids my age that learnt faster than others were a big motivation to improve!
 
What gear were you using? 

It was a BIC Melody, with a 4m sail if I remember well.
 
Describe your feeling when you were planing for the first time…

I didn’t remember getting the planing from one sesh to the other, it was a process… getting to go faster and faster… I was mainly sailing on a raceboard, so that planing feeling wasn’t that much different... But what I remember being the most fun was sailing with other friends on the same board, because we did not have enough for everybody, so we had to share and learn to gybe, tack and do things ‘tandem style’! It was so fun! Also, with my brother, I used to climb over his legs and stand on his shoulders and grab the top of the mast, that was such a great feeling!
 
How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

When I was 12, if I also wanted to windsurf in the winters, I had to enter the raceboard Andalusian team in a port, so I could have gear available and a coach to train on the weekends with more kids. That, naturally led me to see myself competing professionally in the Olympic Class a couple of years later. Once I discovered Formula, Slalom and Waves, I got fully hooked. After a while I changed to funboard competition again and after a couple years windsurfed professionally.
 
Give a tip for the next generation…

Windsurfing can be frustrating at some points at the beginning, but you can’t give up in those moments, because this will just be a little phase that we all have to go through, and that will lead you to learn and understand the sport. Once you have a little bit more level, it will only get more and more fun! The fact that there is always something to learn, is exactly what will keep you so hooked and motivated! And the most important, there is no age to learn!

Thanks, María.