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Amanda Beenen’s awesome 2014 – Video & Interview

Amanda Beenen released a short windsurfing clip which she called “my 2014 was pretty awesome”. So, we asked Amanda, why 2014 was so awesome: “I think in 2014 I got the chance to step it up a bit. I said at the beginning of the year I want to get into the top 5. And it went better than expected. I managed to get 4th overall and won the indoor event in Poland. I put a lot of effort into my training on but also especially off the water and I do think this really helped me get better results. I was really stoked to be competing in the indoor event, this was a dream come true! It was such a well organized event. Just unreal! The whole year went so fast and I had such a great time it’s amazing! I got to meet and hang out with a shit ton of awesome people and I feel like it’s just the start!”

Read the full story on Continent Seven

Dominant Shaw Seals The Deal In the Women's RS:X

Bryony Shaw (GBR) converted her outstanding week of racing into ISAF Sailing World Cup Final gold on the final day of racing in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The British racer has been flawless throughout the series and took a 16 point lead into the Medal Race. The Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist put in an assured, astute performance coming through in second to claim the honours.

Read the full story on ISAF

70 and unstoppable!

As the weather gets a little colder we’re all in need of some windsurfing inspiration, and today it’s coming from 70-year-old reader and windsurf addict Teena Gustafsson. We catch up with Teena to find out if anything will ever stop her windsurfing…

It was my husband who started windsurfing first, way back in 1984 when our two boys were little. It p…….. me off because he was having all this free time enjoying himself with me left with the kids; I insisted on having a go, so it must have been in 1985. My husband was also rather concerned because I’m not really a swimmer, I only learned to swim a length when I was an adult! I had very limited time on the water because then he had to do the babysitting, but I persevered, and the first board was a ‘Wayler Gipsy’. 

Read more on Boards

Girls Want to Get Wet – Episode 1.5

Sarah Hauser edited a nice, entertaining clip featuring the AWT girls having fun in Punta San Carlos (Baja California) during the AWT Punta San Carlos event.  The girls: Vickey Abbott (Cape Verde), Fiona Wylde (Hood River), Ingrid Larouche (Canada), Sam Bittner (Maui), Sarah Hauser (New Caledonia), Katie McAnena (Ireland), Kate Barker (Australia), Roz Thomson (Canada)

Fiona Wylde Breaks Through

Fiona Wylde is just a teenager, yet she is setting the bar high with incredible results on both the AWT and world SUP tour this year. Fiona won Breakthrough Performance of the year at the recent SUP Awards, which she adds to her AWT event win. Watch out for this girl, here's why:  Read more on Boards

Making the 1000 mph car
…with the help of a windsurfer!

Zara Davis joins the designers of the BLOODHOUND SSC to discuss how wings work and why they're so important to windsurfers and the 1000mph car… Read more on Boards

Screw Loose Windsurfing ft. Justyna Sniady

Despite a severe foot injury in 2012 and a long time off the water the Polish windsurfing lady Justyna Sniady fought her way back to be able to windsurf and compete again. She never gave up and has released a video with footage filmed at different locations over the last two years. "'Rocky' voice-over part was made while I was waiting for my first surgery 2 years ago. His words kept me motivated to push the rehabilitation and get back on the water," Justyna said.  Watch Video

17 Year Old Fiona Wylde Baja Women's Champion

The AWT (American Windsurfing Tour) is doing a fantastic job at showcasing the brilliant talent of new up and coming talent. First Bernd Roediger, now Morgan Noireaux and seventeen year old Fiona Wylde. These guys are all taking over their predecessors and already winning tour stops in style.

Check out this unbelievable video of Fiona ripping in Baja, where she recently won the women's AWT event.

Twin Towers and Duck Tacks - Marji Keith's Story

The most inspiring, life-changing windsurf story read. If this doesn't inspire you to get on the water, nothing will.

Marjorie Keith was born in Michigan, USA in 1972 . She was employed as a broker in New York on the 105th floor of the World Trade Centre from 1993 to 1999. In 1999 Marjorie took an internal transfer and began work in Milan; however, her life was still dramatically affected by the events of 9/11. Now, her life that was once filled with the facts and figures of the stock exchange, has been taken over by vulcans, flakas and words of wisdom from the Frans brothers.   Read more on Boards . . .

Why I Windsurf by Sarah Bibby

Because windsurfing is the best sport in the world. Fact. Why?

Because windsurfing gives you the best feeling, whether it be speed, airtime, landing tricks or riding waves, there is no feeling like it. You are the integral join between your board and sail, riding an ever changing sea, battling the elements, floating in the sky and chasing the dream wave. It is a combination of gymnastic moves and surfing, requiring strength and agility, there is no sport quite like it! Read more . . .

How to Master the Master Blaster

RS:X champion Izzy Hamilton knows a thing or two about racing, here she shares a few things she learnt from her first slalom event in Weymouth. 'Slalom' racing isn't just about the pro fleet, it's great to see rising numbers in the amateur and master blaster fleets.

Boards brings you the ultimate guide to mastering the master blaster, starting off with some words of wisdom from BSA Weymouth top woman Izzy Hamilton: Read more

Windsurfing – a male dominated sport?

The Danish windsurfer Sara Sommer spent her winter windsurf training in Western Australia, mainly around Geraldton and was happy to meet many girls on the water. Sara is sure, that the girls on the water are getting more and more. Read her story from Western Australia and watch the video.

Shaw Explores the West Coast

Britain's own Olympic medallist Bryony Shaw journeys to the west coast of Ireland to soak up the beautiful windsurfing conditions it has to offer. Stepping off the RS:X and onto her wave gear, Bryony blasts around the idyllic shores sharing just why she loves windsurfing.

Bryony is amidst another Olympic campaign, which should see her heading to Rio in 2016; fingers crossed Bryony can bring home yet more medals! Check out the video and more on Boards

Arrianne Aukes Sport Woman of the Year

After my nomination for 'Sport Woman of the Year from the Stellingwerven last month, there was the prize giving last Tuesday and I received the title of Sport Woman of 2013! So happy with this title, it gives such a good feeling knowing that people support me and appreciate my hard work and achievements! It was a very good organised evening, good speakers, lots of banter, some impressive athletic shows and a lot of people. Big thanks to the organisation of the event. During my speech I had the chance to thank my parents for their incredible amount of support, and my sponsors who make me help realising my dream. And of course I now want to thanks you all as well for voting for me!

Windsurfing? from Eva Oude Ophuis on Vimeo.

I just finished a short clip of some windsurf video material from all kind of places over the world: Hawaii, Canaries, Brazil, Denmark and my home: The Netherlands.  Read more at Boardseeker.com

Queen of Freestyle Windsurfing in South Africa

For her first time ever, the queen of freestyle windsurfing took to the air to visit South Africa, just for the pleasure of travelling and windsurfing; no competition, no photo-shoots, just doing what she wanted, when she wanted. Obviously freestyle windsurfing was on the agenda, waves also, but does this mean she will be entering the PWA wave tour this year or is she staying true to freeestyle and slalom. Read on to find out about why Cape Town, what she got up to and if she is considering the wave tour…

Launch of Ultramarina "Girls Only" Clinics

We are pleased to announce Sarah Hebert will join the Ultramarina clinics team! Always striving to improve our services in our clinic programs, Sarah will be responsible for the organization and coaching for girls only clinics. These clinics aim to meet the expectations of ladies in combining growth and expansion around a common passion: windsurfing. The first "Girls Only" event will be held in the run up to Wind Challenge May 24 to 28. This course, run in parallel with two groups of boys coached by Nicolas Warembourg with Stephan Krause, will aim to prepare girls for Wind Challenge! A second "Girls Only" event will be held in October titled "progression in Freeride". Check the dates and info on our website

Lena Erdil & Alice Arutkin in South Africa

The Turkish windsurfer Lena Erdil and the French windsurfer Alice Arutkin chose South Africa as their winter destination and the Estonian photographer Jaanus Ree captured some nice images. Additionally we have hooked up with Lena to get more infos about her trip this year.

More on Continent 7

Carbon Art Rider - Tammy

An interview with CA Rider Tammy, who grew up in the US Virgin Islands and shares with us some of her windsurfing stories and her true love of the sport.

Katya takes us to Sao Miguel do Gostoso

Every winter my friends and I travel around the world. We look for wind, waves and the endless summer. This year I spent my winter holidays in Brazil.  The small village of Sao Miguel do Gostoso, located in the northeastern tip of Brazil, is famous for two reasons: stable winds and the windsurf-club of the legendary, three times World Champion - Kauli Seadi. That's why it didn't take long to decide which spot in Brazil to visit. This place exceeded all my expectations and gave me two months of: windsurfing every day, a positive morale and an unforgettable journey.

Read more on Boardseeker

Another day in the crazy life of Justyna Sniady

There's only one girl we know that could break a rib, break a harness and STILL complete a 15km downwind race.  "So far it doesn't look like 2014 will be any easier on me then the last year, although maybe it's just 2013 rubbing off."

"2014: SAME STORY – DIFFERENT YEAR!!! haha"  Read more . . .

Heleen Muijsers on the North Shore Sardinia

Surfing in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.   A pure windsurfing lifestyle movie with love of the ocean and nature.  While traveling and discovering planet earth's special treasures I'm happy to share my passion. The last seven months I've been surfing, windsurfing and climbing on Sardinia, La Madalena, Caprera and the South of Corsica.

Enjoy my latest clip 'North Shore Sardinia'.

A day at the beach featuring Arrianne Aukes

Arrianne Aukes had a busy summer travelling the coast of Europe including La Tajita in Tenerife, Sagres in Portugal, Sancti Petri in Cadiz, Costa Calma in Fuerteventura, Matas Blancas in Fuerteventura . . . . Watch her stylish clip.

Sarah Bibby in Chile

Sarah Bibby and Stef Hilder are now back from the first trip of their Dream Sabbatical (check out all their plans here!), and it looks and sounds like it was a trip to remember.

For an insight into the Matanzas conditions, which pros were ripping and Sarah's time out there check out these words and vide

Hanna Poschinger in Fuerteventura

Two months in Fuerteventura compressed to 4 minutes with EFPT Press officer and Austrian freestyle lady Hanna Poschinger. Way to go….

What keeps women from sailing?

A Facebook post on the Scuttlebutt Sailing News page asked for women to submit commentary on what keeps women from wanting to participate in sailing. Here is the first of many replies…

Jillian Humphreys: I am a woman, I also have taught sailing for 13-14 years, both adults and kids. Most women are afraid that it requires a certain amount of strength that they do not have. While I grew up sailing, racing and cruising I still look at it as I will never be strong enough when I do certain tasks, but when I try I learn that I can and want to be able to . . .

Add your comments to the debate

Starboard AROUND: Episode 6 Holland with Sara-Quita

The sixth episode of the "AROUND" series by Sean O'Brien takes us to the Netherlands and the new adopted home of 6x World Champion freestyler, Sarah-Quita Offringa from Aruba. Sarah-Quita has been living in Holland for three years now and in this video see our Dream Team rider at home in the city of Utrecht and surrounds, full of canals, boats, windmills and wooden shoes!

Zara Davis, from Namibia

The UK's very own Zara Davis has been out in Namibia at the world famous speed trench in Luderitz. Already known for inflecting far too much pain on herself, Zara racked up a pretty hefty stitch count last year, we heard in excess of 50 stitches! Despite this, she showed her no fear approach and returned again this year, so how could it possibly get any worse?  
 
"The first 3 days of the challenge were good with winds up to about 40 knots and some national records were broken . . . I had a bad crash on my last run of the day - unlucky, I twisted my knee and ruptured a ligament on the inside."

Whilst waiting for a brace from Ossur to come from the UK so she can sail on, Zara passes on her Top 5 Speed Tips and Top 5 Fin Tips

What's up? Laure Treboux

We used to meet the Swiss sailor Laure Treboux on the PWA events on the Canaries. This year we did not. 

Swiss freestyle lady Laure Treboux (30/ SUI-4) decided to stop her competition career after being several years on the PWA tour. She has started to compete in freestyle in 2005, scored great results and was a regular podium finisher with her best results in 2011 and 2012. She won an IFCA freestyle title and several Swiss titles during her career. In 2008 Laure decided to compete on the PWA wave tour, too. She has moved to Western Australia and was able to push her waveriding level and in her fifth season she managed to make it in 4th position overall. Although her results were improving, Laure decided to stop her competition career at the age of 29. Laure has never won a PWA freestyle event during her career, although she gave Sarah-Quita a hard time on the water, but she impressed with her fluid style on the water.

Read an interview, what Laure is up to at the moment and about her plans in the near future.

Ingrid Larouche

Unlike some of the pros that we've come to know over the years, Ingrid hails from a cold part of the North American continent in north eastern Quebec, far away from any environment that drums up the notion of wanting to become a full-time windsurfer.
 
Making her way south to the US through her physical therapy career, Ingrid found the sport of windsurfing and, as with many of us, it quickly became her passion and obsession, leading her to immigrate to the US. Now, with her 3rd AWT title close within reach, Ingrid plans to take her windsurfing to the next level with hopes of entering onto the PWA scene at the forthcoming event in Ho'okipa.
 
Now it is time to get to know the leading lady of the AWT and hear about her 2013 season.

Sarah-Quita 6 x PWA Freestyle World Champion!

It's official! Sarah-Quita Offringa claimed her 6th consecutive PWA Freestyle World Title in Brouwersdam by winning three out of three eliminations and showed exactly why she is considered the Queen of Freestyle. Undefeated since 2008, she has the skills to beat most men and the same number of titles as Michael Jordan! And she'll be back next year, competing in the three disciplines to get more titles to her belt. In the meantime, congratulations on that title!

Delphine Cousin wins maiden PWA Slalom Windsurfing podium place

The Meltemi wind continued to blow for the final day of the 2013 PWA Pegasus Airlines World Cup. Delphine Cousin will never forget the last days of August. She has reasons to celebrate.
 
"I'm super happy, I don't think I quite realize what's going on for the moment but we made some great racing this week, I'm just so happy!" reveals the young French sailor.

Cousin finished the Turkish event runner-up, right behind Sarah-Quita Offringa, and secured the first world windsurfing podium place of her career.

From Team 15 to Windsurf Pro

"I honestly don't know what I’d be doing now if I hadn't started windsurfing."

At 21, Jo Wright has already crammed a lifetime of windsurfing experience into just a decade.  But despite carving out a reputation as one of the UK's most proactive, young windsurfing ambassadors, not to mention having an impressive PWA Slalom performance under her belt, as far as Jo is concerned she hasn't even started to scratch the surface of what the sport can bring to the rest of her life.
 
Not bad for a girl from near Alton Towers who refused to let her earliest forays into windsurfing be scuppered by the harsh Peak District winter. As Jo explains …. 

Fiona Wylde considered the "Gorge Windsurfer of the Year 2013".

Born in Port Townsend, Washington, on the 18th February 1997, Fiona Wylde is one of the best windsurfing talents of her generation.  The young windsurfer has been sailing for 12 years and competing for seven years. Her first contest was the Gorge Cup Race, when she was only 11.  Wylde, a passionate Slalom and Wave rider, is a frequent passenger in the Hood River waters, but she has already tasted the powerful waves of Hookipa, in Hawaii.
 
Fiona Wylde took the Gorge Windsurfer of the Year 2013 award, as well as the "Most Stoked" trophy for inspiring others with her positive attitude.  More . . .

Lena Erdil in waves – Interview

Aylin Lena Erdil (Tur-33) is a 24 year-old windsurfing addict born in Izmir, Turkey. Her family moved to Germany when she was 2 years old and Lena lived in Germany until 10 years of age and finished primary school there. Spending her summer vacations in Çesme every year, Lena Erdil was taught windsurfing by her father. In 2005, she became the Turkish junior champion, has been competing on the PWA Slalom tour since 2008, has a Bachelor degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Sussex and speaks 4 languages. Big companies like Red Bull Turkey, Roxy or Turkish airlines have seen her potential and have been sponsoring her for many years.

Read the interview . . .

Delphine Cousin stands out in the 2013 French Windsurfing Championship

Delphine Cousin is shining a light in the 2013 French Windsurfing Championship, with a victory in the second stage, held in Brest. Despite the difficult conditions - three days of disoriented and gusty winds - sailors were able to complete two races. The organization worked hard to try to get more races, but even if the windsurfing fleet had spent many hours on the water every day, nothing could be done.

"I won both races and I am really happy about it. I still need to work on my start so I used my good speed and jibes to win races", explains Delphine Cousin. "This second victory allows to get closer to a second French title, although there are two more steps that I must concentrate on. Now I have a two-month break to work on my weak points", the windsurfer adds.

Delphine Cousin is a French windsurfer and has ranked 4th overall in the PWA Women's Slalom Youth Championship.

Club Vass Diva Time

Club Vass are well known for running very successful women's windsurfing tuition, their Diva Weeks helping hundreds of women progress their windsurfing skills whilst having a blast off the water too. Boards catches up with Diva coach, Bethany Mercer, to find out more about what's in store for the Divas in 2013. .... more on Boards

Getting Started

"The thing that puts most people off windsurfing is they think it's too difficult. Or they won't be strong enough or are too old. But none of these things are true. Windsurfing is about learning technique and anyone can do that, especially with all the new developments in equipment. Then the windsurfing world is their oyster."

These are some of the common misconceptions held up as 'daunting' reasons why potential newcomers to the sport never go any further than thinking it might be a cool pastime reflects Amanda Van Santen, RYA Chief Instructor, Dinghy and Windsurfing. There are arguably more routes than ever before into taking those first tentative steps on to a board, yet the common reasons not to remain all too well-worn. Amanda and Gillian Wright, RYA National Windsurfing Development Officer, make it their raison d'etre to explain to the population at large - adults and kids - why these 'reasons' are nothing more than myths. .... more on Boards

Looking forward to the BWA

Boards catches up with some of the regular competitors in the women's fleet of the BWA. It looks like there could be some surprises and very competitive faces on the women's fleet for the new season …more

Izzy Hamilton Brazil Update

Whilst Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw took medals the the recent RS:X World Champs, up coming sailors (surely next in line to follow in the footsteps of Nick and Bryony?) including Izzy Hamilton also produced some fantastic results, showing they have what it takes to reach the top too. Izzy's shared her thoughts upon returning from Brazil, you can check out more updates from Izzy on her blog here.

Interview with Amanda Beenen

In 2004 horse riding was her favourite thing, but back then a traumatic accident changed everything and her life turned in a totally different direction and windsurfing came into her life. In the video W.H.Y by Manuel Grafenauer we see a very thoughtful Amanda, talking about her life-changing horse riding crash and her thoughts. We wanted to dig a bit deeper and find out more about this blond, dedicated Dutch girl.

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Zara Davis

Speed windsurfing is dominated by big powerful guys, the likes of Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Antoine Albeau, so how can a non-professional women, weighing the same 75KG (ish) as your average recreational sailor, ever hope to compete let alone beat them at their own game? Boardseeker catches up with Zara Davis who has just returned from Luderitz, Namibia where she not only broke the women's windsurfing record, but she upset quite a few of the men as well.

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