October 11th, 2018
As we head into autumn proper in the northern hemisphere it’s a time that traditionally signals waves and wind. For experienced windsurfers it’s the best time of year. If, however, you’re still contemplating the wave arena and making the leap then consider these pitfalls.
September 20th, 2018
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.
September 7th, 2018
As summer 2018 gives way to autumn and eventually winter there’s much debate about what type of low season we’ll get – especially among those of us who use the waters surrounding our lands for fun and frolics. Surfers, windsurfers and other sorts preoccupied with waves and wind will be watching and waiting keenly to see how things pan out and whether we get a ‘classic’ or damp squib.
August 20th, 2018
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.
August 7th, 2018
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.
July 19th, 2018
In times where consumerism and instant gratification is booming we regularly get frowned eyebrows when we tell people the waiting list for a new Witchcraft board is 3 to 4 months. Being used to instant gratification buying something new makes them feel good and they want it right away. Many gadgets are just a few mouse clicks from delivery and often arrive the next day or in store there and then. This means, however, the item needs to be in stock behind the scenes and the retail chain needs to guess what will get sold. If they guess it wrong items remain unsold and will be dumped eventually. This is bad for the environment and economy at large. Losses on stock need to be made up elsewhere.
July 5th, 2018
Choosing a brand new windsurf board or quiver of windsurfing sails is never easy. There’re so many options that riders can be blinded by everything on offer. It’s even worse if you’re still progressing through the ranks and trying to figure the sport out. There are, however, a few points to consider when looking for gear, either new of used.
June 6th, 2018
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.
May 24th, 2018
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.