Archive for Mai, 2020

Would You Rather

Posted: 29th Mai 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Next up in our ‘Would You Rather’ feature is Italian Freestyler Riccardo Marca (Fanatic / Duotone / Maui Ultra Fins), who made his debut on the world tour back in 2015.

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

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

Would you rather be free or be totally safe?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Riccardo!

Blast From The Past

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

Sarah-Quita Offringa (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins) is one of the most successful windsurfers in recent years - dominating the Freestyle scene with 12 world titles, while she has also accumulated 4 Slalom world crowns also. Over the last few years the Wave world title became her biggest goal and after winning back-to-back events in Sylt and then Maui she captured her first wave world title to end 2019. SQ is next up in ‘Blast From The Past’

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

In Aruba at the Fishermen’s Huts.

When was it? 

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

Who were you with?

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

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

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

Who was your local hero? And why? 

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

What gear were you using? 

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

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

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

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer?

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

Give a tip for the next generation!

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

Thanks, SQ!

Fuerteventura PWA Grand Slam

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

Dear Friends
 
Further to yesterday’s announcement regarding Tenerife, we unfortunately have to bring you further sad news regarding this year’s tour. Although there have been several stories in the press reporting that the Fuerteventura Grand Slam event was already cancelled, we had been working with the organisers to see if the event could be rescheduled and run on a reduced scale, in order to maintain its presence for 2020.
 
Despite those efforts, it has not been possible to keep the 2020 edition of the event alive any longer, and we are left with no choice but to announce the cancellation of the event for this year.
 
As with all of our events, we fully expect Fuerteventura to continue in 2021, and work will begin immediately to ensure that the event comes back next year, bigger and better than ever!
 
We will continue to bring you announcements regarding the remaining events as they arise.
 
A brief statement by the organisers is available on their website at rene-egli.com/windsurfing/events/world-cup-2021.
 
Kind regards

The PWA

Tenerife PWA World Cup

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

Dear Friends
 
Due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 situation, and complications arising from those circumstances that affect funding and logistical support, the decision has been taken to cancel the 2020 edition of the Tenerife PWA World Cup, and to focus instead on the 2021 event.
 
At this time there are no other final decisions regarding events that remain on the PWA calendar for this year, but we will continue to keep you updated as any developments occur.
 
Kind regards
 
The PWA

Cow Island

Posted: 26th Mai 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Jamie Hancock (Tabou / GA Sails) is back with his latest edit, which once again sees him teaming up with Thomas Traversa (Tabou / GA Sails) for a last minute mission and their gamble paid off…

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

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

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

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

You can see Cow Island @ vimeo.com/421003703

Blast From The Past

Posted: 25th Mai 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Next up in ‘Blast From The Past’ is Estonian windsurfer Betti Vainkula (Tabou / GA Sails)

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

In Estonia, Haapsalu - Holm beach.

When was it?

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

Who were you with?

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

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

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

Who was your local hero? And why? 

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

What gear were you using? 

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

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

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

How did you realise you were becoming a professional windsurfer? 

I feel like I still haven’t realised that…

Give a tip for the next generation…

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

Thanks, Betti.

Gran Canaria Wind & Waves Festival

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

Dear Friends
 
Despite the best efforts of the organisers, the circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have left little choice other than to postpone the 2020 Gran Canaria Wind and Waves Festival, PWA World Cup, until 2021.
 
Although disappointing for everyone involved and for all those looking forward to the event, the safety and wellbeing of athletes, crew and everyone living in the Canary Islands must take precedence.
 
Further information can be found on the event Facebook page www.facebook.com/GranCanariaWindWavesFestival/.
 
We look forward to returning to Pozo in 2021!
 
We will continue to bring you news of any other developments with the PWA World Tour as soon as we have it.
 
Kind regards

The PWA

Would You Rather

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

In 2018, Maëlle Guilbaud (Patrik / Loftsails) earned her first podium on the PWA Slalom World Tour after finishing 3rd in South Korea - showing her potential as one of the future young hopefuls who could potentially challenge for the world title in years to come. Last season, the 23-year-old was able to secure another event podium finish, again in South Korea, while her consistency which saw her record only one result outside the top 4 in 4 events led to her completing the prestigious overall top 3 for the first time in her career. Maëlle is up next in ‘Would You Rather’.

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

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

Do you prefer to be free or totally safe?

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

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

Free coffee - like this we can meet new people!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Travel the world on a shoestring budget.

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

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

Thanks, Maëlle!

Blast From The Past

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

Next up in our 'Blast From The Past' series is Svetlana Kalpikova, who was born in Russia, but now lives in Spain. The 36-year-old competed in the opening two wave events on the 2019 calendar - finishing the year in joint 20th place.

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

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

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

With who were you? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give a tip for the next generation...

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

Thanks, Svetlana. 

Wave Wednesday

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

Josep Pons (I-99 / Point-7) is considered one of the jumpers and high level coaches in the world and now that slightly more people are being allowed to hit the water again it might be the perfect time to learn a new trick or finally crack the move you’ve been working on for so long.

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

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