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Which parameters to look at when deciding what size of a board, sail or fin(s) you need. A bit of theory.

September 20th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

It can be tricky to judge which size to choose when moving on to new kit. Board sizes are indicated in volume, fin sizes in cm (depth) and sail sizes in m². But is that correct? Not really and it’s not consistent either. Volumes and surfaces are hard to measure for correctness and we´ve seen quite a bit of variation between brands over the years, even if nowadays CAD programs will give the designer the correct figure. Rocker lines or foil depths are hardly ever given but at least can be measured. Widths, depths or luff lengths are nearly always given and can be measured easily for which they are usually pretty correct.

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Witchcraft Windsurfing article round up August 2018 – what you might have missed

August 20th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

The beady eyed among you will be well aware of the regular articles we’ve been putting out. Covering all manner of windsurfing topics these posts are there to inform and if possible inspire. We’re also aware that some of you may have missed a few. So here’s a quick round up of what’s been going on.

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Commitment – staying stoked on windsurfing

August 7th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Windsurfing isn’t an easy sport that much is true. Yet it’s definitely fulfilling – if you commit! Whatever your level, be that beginner, intermediate, advanced or pro, commitment is key. Learning windsurfing’s fundamentals, progressing your skills, stomping a new move, scoring regular sessions, scoring a new spot and so on, commitment is required at every level and in everything you do windsurfing wise.

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Flat water wave sailing drills for progressing sailors

June 6th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

If you’ve aspirations of shredding perfectly peeling waves, but haven’t quite got the necessary skills (yet), then there a few drills you can practice on flat water that’ll help no end. As any proficient rider knows muscle memory is everything so being able to repeat movements is key. Read on for how to ready yourself for surf sailing and spice up those flat water sessions in the process.

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Style and finesse – Yannick Anton Witchcraft team rider Q&A

May 24th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Yannick Anton is no stranger to full on windsurfing conditions. A former PWA competitor, who’s abundant finesse and skill on the water always gets nods of approval, he’s stylish yet humble. We caught up with Yannick in between teaching sessions at his windsurf school and personal windsurfing time to get some more info.

Tell us when and where windsurfing began for you.

I began windsurfing at 9 years old in France, at the AGASC nautical centre of St Laurent du Vars.

It is a place close to Nice, the city where I grew up.

At what point did you think ‘this is the sport for me’?

I originally had a strong connection with the sea and the wind since my family had always sailed boats.  As a 6 week old baby I was already onboard of my grandfather. When my mom proposed I try windsurfing I said: “Ok, why not”, without real enthusiasm. But I discovered that I was really comfortable with this sport.

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Windsurfer A or B – which one are you when it comes to progression?

May 3rd, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

We’re all different and windsurf in our own way. Read the following and see which mould fits you and your riding.

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The ‘evil tack’ – embracing windsurfing with wind from the opposite direction

March 28th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

As windsurfers we’re taught to be comfortable in both right and left mode from the off – if this wasn’t the case then we’d have no way of getting back to the beach, or in fact leaving it. It’s probable one of the few sports in the world where there’s necessity to be able to ride both ways. Yet over time, as we improve, we start to gravitate towards one type of wind direction bias. Whether this be dictated by frequenting the same spot, with similar conditions, or it simply being a head thing that suggests we only try certain moves on one particular tack.

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What windsurfers want…

February 26th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

What do windsurfers want? It’s a never ending list as you can see from the below. Here are some of what we want.

All I want is 30 knots side shore.

All I want is 20 knots side offshore.

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A little boy learned how to windsurf – discovering what’s round the next corner

February 15th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

There was once a little boy who was bored at the beach. He went for a walk along the shore and eventually came across a funny sail and board contraption. The lady whose windsurfing kit it was came over and explained to the little boy how it worked. She offered to teach him how to sail. Having nothing else to do the boy readily accepted.

After a few goes the boy was managing to uphaul the sail and glide back and forth. Turning was still a tad tricky but the lady explained practice makes perfect. Within a week the boy had gained much more confidence and his windsurfing skills were progressing rapidly.

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Bouke knowledge – key quotes from Witchcraft’s head honcho

December 22nd, 2017 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Witchcraft has been existence for a considerable amount of time with the brand’s helm – Bouke Becker – being a part of windsurfing for longer still. As such his knowledge and understanding of the industry, product manufacturing and all things windsurfing is unsurpassed. What follows are a bunch of key quotes from the man himself which sums up the sport and the Witchcraft brand (it also makes for interesting reading).

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