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Wave sailing subtleties – the (main) differences between side on shore, side and side offshore riding

October 31st, 2017

We often hear about the differences of onshore wave riding versus side shore. When talking side shore, however, there are nuances within these wind directions as well. For instance, as nice as side shore actually is to sail in, what about side offshore? Here we look at the slightly different way of approaching wave sailing with these wind directions.

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Beach breaks vs reef breaks – (generalised) differences from a windsurfing point of view

October 24th, 2017

If you’re a wave sailor then you obviously have a love for riding waves – the clue’s in the name. But what type of surf break you sail at can be a factor, and how you approach things, across all your riding. Here on Fuerteventura, where Witchcraft is based, it’s mainly reefs that tend to be sailed – although some beaches are available too. So what are the differences?

Although it’s hard to categorise each spot accordingly, as local anomalies, bathymetry and other factors can influence the way a wave breaks, there are certain traits which allow us to categorise in general fashion.

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Team riders and their role as windsurfing brand/company ambassadors

October 18th, 2017

Team riders. Supported athletes. Sponsored sailors. Whatever you want to call them there are a lot about. But what does it mean being labelled as such? In layman’s terms a team rider is somebody – man or woman, girl or boy – who is proactive and enthusiastic about a brand’s products or services. So much so that they’re happy to shout about these from the rooftops. And it’s never been easier with social media such a ‘thing’ these days. Insta pics, Facebook posts and tweets (to name a few) are poised to deliver a team rider’s sponsor message to the masses. Even better is if said team rider has a healthy following.

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Witchcraft windsurfing article roundup – what you may have missed

October 9th, 2017

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Withcraft’s website and social media streams you may have noticed an increase in articles coming your way of late. We do appreciate that many of you are busy, however, and therefore may have missed some of these. So, nice types we are, here’s a roundup of the past few months’ stories. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the blog for further updates moving forwards.

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Tips to motivate – finding your windsurfing mojo

September 29th, 2017

As great a sport as windsurfing is we appreciate it’s sometimes hard to keep the stoke and motivation going. If you’ve had a bad run of sessions, where conditions didn’t quiet line up, or you’ve been off the water for a period and the juice has stopped flowing then motivation is hard to come by.

With this in mind here are some tips that’ll help you find your mojo and get back in the windsurfing groove.

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Legendary style – (an non-extensive list of) windsurfers who fit the bill

September 25th, 2017

There’s a lot of talk surrounding the term ‘style’ when windsurfing’s discussed. But what is style exactly and what makes a rider’s style good or bad? And what makes a stylish windsurfer legendary?

Tricky points to discuss as ultimately style, and the legendary status of which, is down to opinion. Opinions, as we all know, differ from individual to individual. A panel of judges may not agree 100% and likewise you reading this may not agree with comments in this article. So, subjectivity makes the topic of style a quagmire to navigate. Yet we’re going to suggest the following regardless.

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Flat water windsurf trickery – essential carving freestyle for improved sailing

September 19th, 2017

As an aspiring windsurfer you’ll probably have been fixated upon the usual goals of:

Turning (tacking, gybing)

Harness and footstraps

Carve gybes

Chop hops

The above skills are definitely ones to master but then what? Of course there are wave moves – big jumps and tweaked airs – but for many the upside down inverted area of windsurfing isn’t appealing. At least, not yet. With that in mind here are a few flat water moves (some would say old school freestyle) to master as you build up confidence to the more aerial inspired trickery.

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Prepping your high wind windsurf board for winter action

September 11th, 2017

For many windsurfers craving ballistic winds and the biggest waves it’s winter that offers up these kinds of conditions. Summer may be sea breeze central, where everyman sailors can get a fix, but the off season is when those possessing the skills love to test their mettle – and not just pros either.

For full power winter weather specific kit will be needed. Smaller boards and rigs utilised with control in mind, as much as anything else, may have been lying dormant the past few months. Now’s the time to dust it down and prep everything so you’re ready.

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Bouke Becker – Witchcraft’s head honcho in the Q&A hot seat

August 29th, 2017

Witchcraft Windsurfing’s founder, owner and shaper Bouke Becker gets put in the hot seat for this Q&A. Want to find out more about the Fuerteventura based windsurfing brand? Then read on…

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Efficient footstrap setting for waves, freestyle and beyond

August 15th, 2017

When windsurfers discovered the benefits of footsraps back in the 80s the door was literally broken down for all manner of aerial shenanigans, as well as more locked in feels that would benefit those who love a cranking carve.

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