Posts tagged " windsurfing "

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Windsurfing science: Witchcraft’s Bouke Becker answers the question ‘what is drive?’

January 4th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

We hear the term ‘drive’ being used regularly but what does it actually mean?

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A few things windsurfing can teach us…

December 6th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

If you’re an enthusiastic windsurfer, committed to the cause, then you’ll have developed a certain way of being over the years. As part of something we can describe as ‘randomised’ our actions breeds specific behaviour patterns. Random because of a reliance on Mother Nature certainly has its unique set of frustrations but there are positives to be had also.

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Sea Twins (Tessa & Nikki Van der Meer) sizzling summer of windsurfing – Pozo youth competition reflections

November 14th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Youth wave sailors Tessa and Nikki (aka Sea Twins) had an amazing summer competing on the PWA. In particular the Pozo event (Grana Canaria Wind & Waves Festival) saw the pair achieve notable success, as well as their overall windsurfing level increase. We caught up with the girls to see how it was.

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Witchcraft knowledge – windsurfing tips, tricks and info to aid progression

November 1st, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Over the last few months any regular follower of this blog will have noticed a whole raft of info related articles about windsurfing and your progression within the sport. If you’re looking to push on with your skills and increase your knowledge then these posts have been designed to help.

Unfortunately we’re aware that things do get missed from time to time so here are links to these stories. If you have any suggestions for articles in the same vein then let us know.

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Wave sailing aspiration – pitfalls to avoid and tips for improving

October 11th, 2018 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

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.

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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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