#WINDSURFLIFE Special

Posted: 19th März 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
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Maciek Rutkowski (FMX Racing / Challenger Sails) has been through his fair share of ups and down on the PWA World Tour, but last season the Pole experienced his highest high so far after locking in his first podium on the world tour during the 2019 Hvide Sande PWA World Cup. 

With most of the world temporarily on lockdown that has given Rutkowski a chance to cast his mind back to Denmark and he’s just released an excellent special edition of #windsurflife which documents his emotions on the journey to that maiden podium.

Maciek Rutkowski: ”The back end of last year was amazing for me. After a few years of competing full time on the PWA World Tour I’ve come really close many times to get some great results. But, there was always a ‘but’. A little detail here, a big meltdown there, a piece of trash in Korea, whatever it was there was always something in the way, even if at times I felt like I had the skill to compete with the best. That didn’t change but I managed to work out the ‘buts’ and finally get some strong results in the bag in 2019. The cherry on top of that cake? PWA Denmark. But as you will see in my new video, it was still a hell of a rollercoaster with a ton of stress and big emotions. But i guess that’s what I live for, that thrill of competing and no matter the result it always feels good to battle the best in the world. Hope you enjoy the video and hope everybody stays safe in this uncertain time!”

You can see Maciek Rutkowski’s journey to his first podium in Denmark @ youtu.be/6AOtp3dmHu4

COVID-19

Posted: 18th März 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Dear Friends,
 
Undoubtedly, by now, everyone is feeling the impact of coronavirus COVID-19, both professionally and in their personal lives. While it is our duty to ensure we do the best for our sport and for everyone involved in windsurfing and the PWA, we all have to ensure that we do what is required for the long term good of our communities, friends and families as well. The health and safety of people the world over needs to be a priority for all of us.
 
Travel limitations and rules preventing large public gatherings make it impossible for most events to happen at this time. The huge demands that the current situation is putting on society cannot be underestimated and, as with many other sporting organisations, we have to support all necessary actions in the fight against coronavirus, including cancelling or postponing events as we have done already.
 
The impact of the virus extends far beyond just limitations on travel and large gatherings, it has also significantly impacted other aspects of  the PWA Tour, with much of the new 2020 equipment needed by our athletes to compete being unavailable still, on the large part due to China’s initial shutdown, which kept many of the factories from producing equipment.
 
Beyond that, retail outlets are closed in many locations with equipment orders being held in limbo with no way to reach the shops (let alone the customer). Any plans for windsurfing holidays this year are at best on hold, if not cancelled entirely. This is having a profound effect on our sport and the industry that surrounds it, creating uncertainty and immediate financial difficulty for some. As with almost all industry, the year ahead will be a tricky one for windsurfing, which we know will, in turn, make life hard for our athletes, with sponsorship contracts very possibly affected. We are considering all these aspects in our decision making and contingency planning and are aware of, and understand, the challenges that all our members are facing.
 
It is impossible to know exactly how the situation will unfold. Right now we are working closely with all our event organisers and, so far, no further events have been cancelled. That does not mean that we are not monitoring the situation closely or that other events will not be moved or cancelled but, in each case, both the PWA and our local event partners want to do everything possible to try to make the events happen if they can – provided we can do so safely, and without negative impact to the communities that host them, our athletes, or our supporters. If that becomes impossible then we will take whatever action is necessary, but with such a dynamic situation where things could get far worse, they could also get far better, in a short space of time, so until we are forced to do so, events will not be cancelled pre-emptively. As soon as any decision is taken to cancel or postpone, we will inform you without delay.
 
We are, like most of you, in the process of planning and preparing for all possible scenarios and we are confident that both windsurfing and the PWA Tour will survive the challenges we are all facing. The PWA is an organisation that operates very efficiently, and our remote, satellite working practices make us well suited for working in the current environment. At present nobody can know for certain how long we will have to endure the prevailing conditions, but however long it takes, we will continue to work to bring you windsurfing events at the highest level, as soon as possible.
 
We will continue to update you of any developments, but in the meantime, we will keep our online and social media channels alive to entertain you from a safe distance, so please stay safe and healthy and protect those around you by following the advice of your respective governments and health authorities.
 
We look forward to seeing you all on the water as soon as possible.
 
Kind regards
 
Jimmy Diaz (PWA Chairman)
Richard Page (PWA Tour Manager)
 

True Lines Ep. #2

Posted: 18th März 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Before Tenerife and the whole got shutdown by COVID-19 - Adam Lewis (Fanatic / Duotone / SWOX) - who was also training in Tenerife went behind the scenes for a day with teammates Marco Lang (Fanatic / Duotone), Jordy Vonk (Fanatic / Duotone / LOKEFOIL) and Vincent Langer (Fanatic / Duotone) to catch up with their training schedule and also a quick look at Duotone’s ‘secret’ development loft.

You can see Adam Lewis catching up with the Fanatic and Duotone team @ youtu.be/PqvWt9MAcuU

A Day In The Life

Posted: 17th März 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Cape Town, South Africa, may not have been firing on all cylinders 100% of the time this season, but it’s still produced more than its fair share of wind and waves over the last few months. Young guns Lucas Meldrum (Fanatic / Duotone) and Miguel Chapuis (JP / NeilPryde) have recently been in the Cape and have documented one of their road trips down South!

Lucas Meldrum: “Join me & Miguel Chapuis on another day in Cape Town but this time we go down south!! 
Scored a great day with wave riding action at Scarborough and mega jumping at Witsands + everything in between.

Road trip 1:30
Wave riding 2:30
Jumping 6:10
Monkeys 8:50

If you like this sort of style please let me know and we'll do some more!!

Subscribe and stay tuned for the next videos!”

You can see Lucas Meldrum’s and Miguel Chapuis’ down day South @ youtu.be/7hbZ-X5Lo0w

Maui Dreamin‘

Posted: 16th März 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

While most of the world is seemingly on lockdown - Ricardo Campello (Naish / Naish Sails) - has still be enjoying plenty of wind and air time in Maui as he continues to tweak and develop his new gear - hopefully ready for another charge at a maiden world title in 2020.

From the look of Campello’s latest video he’s sailing better than ever with huge turns, 360s and air takas all looking seemingly effortless, while his jumping is second to none (as usual).

You can see Ricardo Campello’s latest edit here.

20 Questions

Posted: 14th März 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Josep Pons (I-99 / Point-7) made his debut on the PWA World Tour in 2008 and he has recorded several top 10 finishes within that time. The 35-year-old is not only one of the best jumpers in the world, but also a top coach with several other top pros entrusting Pons as their coach to unlock some of the most difficult jumps in the world. We recently caught up with Pons for the latest of our 20 questions feature…

1. Why are you so passionate about windsurfing?

Windsurfing is the most addictive thing in the world for me. My passion for it gets bigger and bigger every day because every single day is different, with different incredible feelings and with unique experiences. It allows me to disconnect from all my  problems and I get out of the water with a big smile on my face. It's kind of a meditation for me.

2. What quality do you like most in other people?


The quality that I value the most in people is sincerity.

3. What annoys or frustrates you the most?

What frustrates me the most in life is not being able to do something. In daily life I always strive to learn how to do everything, no task is insignificant. In windsurfing, what frustrates me the most is not being able to correct a manoeuvre and crash it over and over again.

4. What do you most like in yourself?

What I like most in myself as a person is my simplicity. In sports, my perseverance.

5. What do you dislike in yourself?

I overthink things too much: I try to reach perfection without hurting anybody.

6. What has been your best moment on tour?

Every single moment on tour is amazing. But the most special moment was when I finished second in an expression session in Pozo, and Duncan dedicated some words to me.  

7. What has been your worst moment on tour?

My worst moment on tour was last year. Before the first stop of the 2019 tour I was feeling better than ever. But three weeks before the Pozo event I got injured and I couldn’t compete 100%. I felt utterly impotent.

8. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you have given yourself when your career started?

I would have started earlier and I should have had the help of my father-in-law since the beginning. Every professional windsurfer needs a trainer.  

9. What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Believe in yourself

10. What would be your perfect day?

The one that combines having a great time with the family, friends and a perfect windsurf session
 
11. Do you have any superstitions?

No. I’m not superstitious

12. Which living person do you most admire?

My dad. 

13. What is your greatest fear? 


My greatest fear is that someday I won't be able to windsurf.

14. What is your most treasured possession?

My family.

15. If you weren’t a professional windsurfer, what would you like to be?

I would like to help people to learn and improve their skills. I would like to be a trainer, hahah exactly what I am!!

16. Where is the best place you’ve been?

Maui. I love it. 

17. Where would you most like to go to that you haven’t been to yet?

Chile, I have wanted to go since 2016 but I haven't found the right moment…

18. Who would you most like to have as a dinner guest, dead or alive?

My family, especially with my Mum. 

19. First App you open in the morning?

Windy. hahaha

20. A phrase you live by?

Enjoy every single moment. 

Thanks, Pons! 

If you are in Pozo and want to take your sailing to the next level you can get in touch with Pons to be your coach - just visit http://www.ponstraining.com/ and send him a message. You can also see numerous testimonials, which vouch for Pons as not only a world class sailor, but also a world class coach.

You can see Pons’ latest video @ https://vimeo.com/397383179

Brilliant Brouwersdam

Posted: 12th März 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

Brouwersdam has become famous in the explosive world of freestyle and rightly so as thus far it has produced world champions for whom Brouwersdam is/was their home spot - Steven Van Broeckhoven (Starboard / GUNSAILS), Dieter van der Eyken (Severne / Severne Sails) and most recently Yentel Caers (I-99 / Point-7), while the women’s Freestyle vice-world champion - Maaike Huvermann (Severne / Severne Sails / Maui Ultra Fins) - is also a Brouwersdam local.

This winter has been an extremely windy one in Europe and Caers scored a super breezy session on 3.6 in the pool… the action is ridiculous with huge power moves showing why he is the current world champion.

You can see Yentel Caers’ latest explosive clip here.

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Marignane PWA World Cup

Posted: 11th März 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop and expand, the decision has been taken to postpone the PWA Marignane World Cup, in order to best protect the best interests of the riders and the event. The Marignane World Cup will now take place from the 9th to the 14th October 2020.
 
Although this is disappointing for everyone, we believe it is the best option to protect the success of the event, maintain sensible demands on travel, and ensure a fair competition for all under the current circumstances. We would like to thank everyone at Club Nautique Marignanais who have worked hard to make the event happen and deal with these difficult circumstances.
 
At present there is no expectation of any further cancellations from the calendar, but we will continue to monitor the difficult circumstances and keep you all informed, should anything change.

Technique Time

Posted: 11th März 2020 by PWA World Windsurfing Tour in Allgemein
Original Post: http://www.pwaworldtour.com

The pushloop isn’t the most technical loop, but it is a variation that holds a lot of fear and psychological barriers for many, but when done right it is still one of the most stylish loops there is. If you’ve been contemplating beginning your pushloop journey or can’t seem to quite crack it here are some top tips from some of the world’s best sailors.

Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing): “For me there’s two ways to do the pushloop… For the traditional one you want the same kind of ramp as for a backloop, so a very vertical ramp… then you jump off the ramp, but I think it’s important to know that you don’t have to rush the rotation. Instead you need to try and feel that you are at the highest point of your jump and then just look back as though you are trying to look at the top of your mast. As with everything in windsurfing your body follows where you head goes, so then you’ll end up on top of your sail… when you get to this point it’s going to feel like you are going to land on your sail, but it’s fine, you just need to push on your backhand so that the wind hits from under you and helps you to complete the rotation. To avoid flat landings, once you are back upright sheet in slightly to land softly. 

The other variation is the tweaked pushloop, which requires a completely different technique… For the tweaked pushloop I feel like you still want a vertical ramp, but you setup by going a little bit more downwind. Once you are in the air I’d say that you want to give it a bit more time than the traditional before starting to rotate. You also don’t throw your head back like the traditional one… instead you need to throw your sail almost as if you are going for a goiter or ponch. At this point you just need to remember to keep your back leg straight - that’s what allows you to get the tweak. From there you really just need to push on your backhand to come back upright. If you feel out of control you can just let go with the backhand.”

Adam Lewis (Fanatic / Duotone)

“First of all the best conditions to learn to pushloop in are when you are really powered up and on as small a sail as possible because this makes the whole rotation really easy. One of the most important things is choosing the right ramp, so you are looking for a ramp that is like a backloop ramp, but not quite as steep, this helps you to keep some forward momentum as you come round to finish the move. When you jump you want to throw your head right back so that you are looking at the mast tip. As you did this you need to pull you front arm in and push out with your backhand. To try and make the rotation a bit easier try and tuck in your with legs to make yourself more compact.”

John Skye (RRD / RRD Sails)

“The number one thing is to make sure you have a lot of speed and power. You definitely don’t want to be underpowered for pushloops. When you take off throw your rig slightly more into the wind than a backloop. One of the key things for me is really pulling your front hand in as you go through the wind. As you come round, having your front hand bent then allows you to straighten it to stop the rotation.”

Jamie Hancock (Tabou / GA Sails)

“You don't need a massive ramp for the pushloop, but you do need one that’s steep to send you straight upwards. As you come into the wind you really have to pull in your front hand and sheet out the back slightly, while trying to focus on getting your body above your equipment as you reach the apex of the jump. The more pulled in your have your front hand the more control you have to stop the rotation by extending it once you have rotated. It’s all about finding the right balance and once you have that you can keep the control through the entire pushloop. 

Kenneth Danielsen (Flikka / Simmer)

“My tip for learning the pushloop is to find a steep wave to take off of. As soon as you leave the wave, sheet out with your backhand as hard as you can, and at the same time throw your head back. This will start the rotation of the pushloop. When you are fully rotated spot the landing by looking under your back arm. Try to land on the tail of the board for a soft landing.”

If you can already pushloop and fancy trying your hand at tweaking them try these tips:

Leon Jamaer (JP / NeilPryde)

“I think it is important to not think of it as a pushloop! You rather take off like you are going for a backloop. When you initiate the rotation you have to separate the movements of your upper and lower body from each other. Your upper body (head, shoulder, arms) starts the rotation while you lower body (hips and legs) remain in the old position for a while. Thats pretty much it!”

Alessio Stillrich (Simmer / Simmer Sails)

“To help trying to learn tweaked pushloops try and throw the mast to your back ankle.”

Good luck with your pushloop journey.