PWA World Tour '07 DVD is out now

Tonix productions proudly present the story of the 2007 World Windsurfing season. Follow the best windsurfers in the world as they tour the globe's best windsurfing spots, and fight for world titles in wave, freestyle and Slalom.
Eyewitness life threatening mast high Cape Verde swell, set alongside slalom racing in over 40 knots of wind, and jaw dropping freestyle only meters away from the beach.
The golden season for the elite world tour included the historic Cabo Verde World Cup, in addition to 10 other events, 4 brand new stops, 3 disciplines, 6 world titles and 100% wind.
Kicking off on the Island of Sal, the year had a perfect start beyond the wildest dreams of the stars and fans alike. Powerful waves peeling down the Ponta Preta break stunned the outside world and set the tone for the season. The wave tour also took in beautiful Guincho in Portugal, wild Gran Canaria, a fresh stop in Brazil, the traditional German windfest in Sylt, and the ultimate cultural experience in Scotland.
Fast and furious slalom racing gripped the public in Korea, Lanzarote, Cataluña, Fuerteventura, Pozo, Turkey and Germany before the twists and turns of the Freestyle fleet whipped up a new world champion in the final seconds. Tune into all the tension and drama of the almighty 2007 PWA World Tour with this awe inspiring release.
To order your copy and check out the DVD trailer, navigate to the homepage and click on the PWA Tour 2007 icon in the DVD section on the left hand side of the page. DVD's will start shipping on the 3rd of June.


PWA Lanzarote scheduled for June 23/28th

The Spanish town of Costa Teguise, on the Canary island of Lanzarote, will welcome the PWA to their coasts for the second encounter of the men's freestyle, and the first clash in women's freestyle discipline.
The dates have been confirmed, and the action will take place between 23 and June 28. Expect to see all the big names of men and women freestyle pull down anything in the light breezes, a 40 knot trade winds and mast high surf. If last year is anything to go, this case will go off.
Tune in to keep up with all the action of this epic freestyle, including impressive photo and video galleries, interviews with sailors, and daily summaries of the contest.
Application forms are available at the PWA office, or if you have any questions regarding this event, e-mail

10.000 athletes to compete in the Asian Beach Games '08

Indonesia will make history from the 18th to October 26, 2008, when it hosts the first games of beach Asia in the world. Bali will become the venue of this international event which will see 45 countries participating with more than 10000 athletes, officials, media and all volunteers who come to the Island of the Gods for this world-class event.
At a press conference held in Puri Santrian Hotel in Sanur, President of The National Olympic Committee of Indonesia (Koni), Ibu Rita Subowo officially announced and informed the press about the ongoing preparations for the 2008 Asia Games beach, marks the largest event ever hosted in Bali.
"Through the Beach Games Asia 2008, Bali will become the focal point of Sporting Tourism in Asia. In addition to strengthen Bali as one of the known tourist destinations in the world, but also the independence of Indonesia as a of the major sporting nations in Asia. "He said the Governor of Bali, Dewa Made Beratha BPK.
IBU Rita Subowo added: "It's a great honor for Indonesia to be selected to host this historic sporting event. Bali is the perfect place for the Games of Asia and beach as this event is the first of its kind in the world, Indonesia is ready to show the world our true hospitality by welcoming all athletes, officials and everyone involved in our great country to witness the spirit of the Beach Games Asia 2008. We are confident that all people attending were impressed and hope to leave a lasting impression in the minds of everyone. "
More than 50000 people are expected to support the countries participating in 13 sports will compete for the first time this case commissioned by the Olympic Council of Asia. The areas of Kuta, Sanur, Serangan Pulau, Tanjung Benoa Jimbaran and have been selected to serve as the headquarters of each sport. Beach Volley Ball, surfing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing, Takraw Beach, Beach Hand Ball, beach football, Para Gliding, Dragon Boat Racing Triathlon, Marathon Swimming, and the new sports are wooden ball sports that will be competed on.
The Beach Games in Asia is a multi-sport event held every two years among athletes representing countries in Asia. The games celebrate cooperation and unity despite differences where athletes from a wide variety of nations are able to travel, meet new people, and bring back memories for the rest of the world to their nations of origin. The Beach Games in Asia forge unity and friendship among its member nations to join the athletes, coaches and officials together.
Many beach international sporting events are organised each year in Bali. But games such as beach games in Asia, requires a specific plan with the participation of concentrated efforts governmental and non-governmental sectors for its success. To address these diversified activities, in Asia Bali Beach Games Organizing Committee (BABGOC) was formed in March 2006.
BABGOC, under the sponsorship of Koni and the city of Bali, in close cooperation with the Government of Indonesia, is working diligently to meet the schedules and expectations of preparation stage and sustainably exploit Beach Games in Asia, leading to a long-term legacy.
"We also hope to raise awareness of youth in Indonesia and sports enthusiasts and those across Asia through improving the quality of life, instill pride and achievement of international prestige and recognition through sports beach. " Said Ibu Rita Subowo, chairman of Koni.

KPWT Tours heads to Paros in Greece

Paros, one the beautiful Cyclades Islands in Greece, will be the theater of the Paros Kiteboard World cup, scheduled in July, 19th to 25th This exciting event is the result of a co-organization agreement between the Paros Kite Pro Center, major actor of the sport in Greece and the KPWT, international circuit of the world cup of kiteboarding since 1999.
This is also the opportunity for the KPWT to come back in Paros, where the team held a stage of the 2001 and 2006 circuit. Located in Pounda at Paros Kite Pro Center, which offers top riding conditions, the event will gather the top pro international kiteboarders's competition board to be further announced - for 6 days of relentless competition with a 30,000 prize money at stake, and points for the freestyle, course racing world title. A Kiteloop super session, Hang Time World record !!
Needless to say, Paros being one of the most attractive european location for summer holidays and KITEBOARDING, the event is sure to attract crowds who will attend the competition show and enjoy with the athletes the various enterntainement activities that will be organized in this leisure and pleasure place.

Sander Lenten (HOL) Abel Lago (SP) Erik Volpe (ITA)
Mitu Monteiro (Cabo Verde) Victor Borsuk (POL)
Antoine Auriol (FR) Giusseppe Esposito (ITA)
Ainhoa Garcia (SP) Kristin Boese (GER) Marine Sudre (AUS)
Hélène Barrière (FR) and many other riders
The winner will gain points, taken into account
in the world overall ranking
€18 000
Course Racing
A speed race from one point to another
€8 500
Best Kite Loop
Riders will loop the kite while in the air on way up or at the highest point
If there is time, there will be Hang Time (KPWT World Record 10"08) and Best Tricks for fun.


Guincho '08 stage postponed due to lack of funding

Regrettably, the PWA, in conjunction with Club Overpower, has been forced to announce the postponement of the Guincho World Cup, previously scheduled for early June.
Due to reorganization of the Portuguese Tourism Authorities, it has been impossible for Club Overpower (the event organizers) to get confirmation of the event funding in time for the event to take place in June as had been planned.
Club Overpower, in collaboration with the PWA, are now looking at possible rescheduling and / or relocation of the Portuguese leg of the tour for dates later in the year. Further details of dates, locations and disciplines will be announced as and when available.
The existing relationship between the PWA and Cub Overpower will continue and the event will be back in the future.

'The Windsurfing Movie' to be shown in London

National Windsurfing Week are appreciative to advertise the aboriginal UK Premiere in a British cinema of The Windsurfing Movie.
"The Windsurfing Movie" at The Prince Charles Cinema abreast Leicester Square in London, on the black of Tuesday 29th April. This will be the first, and apparently only, befalling to see what abounding feel to be the best blur anytime fabricated about windsurfing on a big screen.
Tickets for the assuming are £10 each, and can be appointed in beforehand by calling the box appointment on 0870 811 2559, or purchased on the aperture accountable to availability.
All profits will be donated to the RNLI.
Doors accessible at 6.00pm with the blur actuality credible at 6.45pm
The Windsurfing Movie is assertive to be windsurfing's defining film. Directed by accolade acceptable cinematographer Johnny DeCesare of Poor Boyz Productions and featuring the best riders in windsurfing history—The Windsurfing Movie conveys the adorableness of Windsurfing in ablaze 16mm film.
How does an 11-year-old kid from a baby landlocked boondocks in Oregon become admired as the best freesailor in the world? The Windsurfing Movie activity follows Red Bull amateur Levi Siver in his decade continued advance to the top of windsurfing. Using never afore credible footage from Levi's childhood, The Windsurfing Movie will bang a bond with anyone who has anytime dared to dream—and watched that dream about-face into article more.
What will bodies bethink about Levi Siver's windsurfing career? Contest results, a Apple Title—we don't know. Siver likens himself to a artist whose music withstands the analysis of time. Every beachcomber credible in The Windsurfing Movie is a adventitious for Levi to appearance what windsurfing can be!
Jason Polakow's resume includes acceptable aback to aback Wavesailing Apple Titles in 1997-98. But those achievements are overshadowed by the access of Polakow's appearance on the action itself. Polakow revolutionized the windsurfing apple with powerful, tweaked aerials and is amenable for the actualization of the pin appendage as the appearance of best for windsurfing boards. But one moment can change everything—and no one knows that bigger than Polakow. After a abominable motocross crash, doctors said Polakow may never airing after a limp, let abandoned windsurf again. A year after Polakow won in the finals of the PWA Hawaii Pro adjoin Apple Champion
The Windsurfing Movie< activity is a adventitious for Polakow to analysis the boundaries of wavesailing. Polakow's sites are set on windsurfing the best able after-effects in the apple and Poor Boyz Windsurfing will be there to abduction the images.
At 12 year's old, Kai Lenny is windsurfing's beneficiary apparent. Not back the again 13 year-old Robby Naish won his aboriginal appellation has there been a added heralded adolescent windsurfer. The affiliation amid Lenny and his idol Robby Naish is undeniable—with identical accessory and absolute talent.
Lenny afraid assemblage at this year's Aloha Classic as he rode behemothic after-effects with a aplomb able-bodied above his years. Kai's accustomed adeptness is guided by a admiring ancestors and molded by the sailors he's developed up with. His appetence for windsurfing is catching and scenes from The Windsurfing Movie will draw kids to the sport.
Any acceptable windsurfing adventure charge accommodate Robby Naish. During the common bang of windsurfing in the 1980's, Naish was absolutely dominant. His account of achievements includes 24 apple championships and rivals any ability in sports history.
Naish's windsurfing career started in his, and the sports adolescence—his aboriginal titles happened in a time back windsurfing booms were fabricated of wood! Back asked to accompany The Windsurfing Movie project, Naish had one capital condition—that the blur isn't a attendant "Robby Naish Story." Robby capital an befalling to windsurf in the best locations and captain with his friends. After lugging accessory about the apple for two decades, area does Naish appetite to go? Mauritius, Cape Verde, Japan, and Tahiti to name a few…

PKRA '08 heads to Leucate in France

The next stop of the PKRA Kiteboarding World Tour will be the city of Leucate, located in the southwestern coast of France.
From April 12 to 18th, more than 50 world-class kiteboarding athletes from all over the world will be competing at the renowned Mondial du Vent, the most prestigious kiteboarding event in Europe. This is the first time that the PKRA World Tour competition will be held in France and the addition of Mondial du Vent to the ever expanding realm of the PKRA solidifies the Tour's credibility as having the best kiteboarding events in the world.
More than 160,000 people are expected to grace the event with a full week of fun-filled and exciting kiteboarding and windsurfing actions.
The best kiteboarders in North and South America, Europe, Australia and other parts of the world will be battling it out for a chance at the €45,000 purse and will be competing in three disciplines - Freestyle, Course Racing and Long Distance.
Freestyle is an exciting kiteboarding discipline where riders are rated by a full panel of international judges based on technical difficulties and hard core style. Course Racing brings the best kiteboard racers in the world challenging each other in a series of racing events on a preconfigured course.
In the Long Distance event, riders start in a pack and race to the finish line in a format of 20 kms.
Reigning Freestyle World Champion Aaron Hadlow (United Kingdom) and last year's runner-up Kevin Langeree (Netherlands) are once again expected to give an all-out performance for a shot at this year's world championship title.
Also among the roster of world-class professional kiteboarders competing at the second PKRA tour stop this year will be Alvaro Onieva and Cesar Portas who both hail from Spain, Rui Meira (Portugal), France's own Etienne Lhote, Sebastien Garat and Florian Daubos.
Current long distance world champion Bruno Sroka, Kitespeed world record holder and French kitespeed record holder Alexandre Caizergues, as well as Fabienne D'Ortoli and Sjouke Bredenkamp will be competing for the Course Racing and Long Distance events.
PKRA World Champion Gisela Pulido (Spain), Jalou Langeree (Netherlands) and Bruna Kajiya (Brazil) are also expected to compete in the women's freestyle event.
The Mondial du Vent 2008 is organized by the Office de Tourisme de Leucate in partnership with the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association.

Surfers block Russian oil tranfer

Good news and a campaign victory from Scotland! Following pressure from several environmental groups, including SAS, Forth Ports have made the decision not to allow Russian tankers to transfer oil in the Firth of Forth.
The decision came only a few weeks after Shipping Minister Jim Fitzpatrick told the House of Commons that the Government would be bringing forward a consultation on regulating ship-to-ship transfers of hazardous substances in UK waters – a move welcomed by SAS.
Because of its twin role as plc and harbour authority, SAS believed it entirely inappropriate that Forth Ports had been both promoter and regulator of SPT Marine's scheme to transfer up to 7.8 million tonnes of Russian oil into ultra large crude carriers en route to the United States and the Far East. They were also set to benefit financially from the contract.
The Russian export blend crude oil had been described as very dense, thick oil, making it particularly persistent in the event of a spillage and a big threat to the Firth of Forth.
A Scottish Green Party investigation had previously found SPT were responsible for spilling around 35,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico - but failed to disclose the information when providing official evidence to the Scottish Parliament. In written evidence to the parliament the company, SPT Marine, claimed an "excellent" record on ship-to-ship oil transfers by only referring to incidents dated after the shocking oil spill in 1995.
SAS campaigners were involved in several actions against the proposal and were on hand to present a petition to Forth Ports at their agm last year calling for them to say 'NO' to the proposal. We also made a 'Star Wars' inspired campaign film called Forth Wars that was watched by hundreds of people including some of Forth Ports shareholders!
The Firth of Forth is an exceptional marine environment and is highly valued by its many recreational water users, many of which use the water all year round and all of whom will delight in this decision!
May the Forth be with you always!


MauiSails completes team with Dan Ellis

The MauiSails team is now complete and ready for action with the recent signing of Dan Ellis from the UK. Dan has been part of the strong UK contingent for the past few racing season's, winning the Asian Windsurfing tour, and finishing strongly in the PWA Racing events.
Dan is now spending the majority of his time on Maui during the off season and will be assisting with testing, and will be able to join in the Team's vigorous training sessions on Maui.
Dan had this to say about joining Maui Sails: "I'm really excited to join the MauiSails Team. At the end of last season I packed up all my belongings in England and moved to Maui so I could train and be in the best possible environment for success.
At today's PWA events you need the best possible equipment to make it to the top, and MauiSails provides that. The chance for me to work alongside Barry Spanier and Phil McGain, two of the best race technicians in the sport is what excites me the most.
They have been making world beating sails for longer than I've windsurfed and I'm looking forward to joining them at the beach, testing and making a contribution to the development".
Dan's first event on MauiSails will be the DEFI wind long distance race in France, then after that he'll be off to Korea for the PWA racing event.


Portugal to host 2008 Windsurfing Grand Prix

The 2008 Portugal Windsurfing Grand Prix will take place in Sines, between the 6th and 10th May.
This is an important year for windsurfing. The Formula Windsurfing Grand Prix series goes global. Where better to start the world tour than in Portugal, home of so many international events and championships.
At this years Sines-Portugal Grand Prix we will be unveiling our bid to represent olympic windsurfing in 2012: the Formula One-Design.
Overpower have consistantly delivered quality events; and we look forward to a long association with the municipality of Sines.
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Günzlein Normen conquers the Toro Andaluz

Tarifa, often called the European capitol of windsurfing didn't disappoint us at all. What more an you wish for the first event in a new season? Nothing!!! Sure a second double elimination would have been great, sure a bit more stable condition would have made it easier but as windsurfers we're used to life with compromise and what we got here again was just perfect!!! No doubt…
Normen takes home a lot of points for the overall title, that's for sure. He is the one that the guys will be chasing now but as the young German is a pro he will handle the pressure for sure. Competing for many years on the tour, having a lot of experience he will take good care to stay in leading position.
Kevin Mevissen (RRD) on the second place is fully on fire, coming to Spain he had not much freestyle practise on his account, you might say none. His awesome performance on the water infected him again and its clear that we will see him on some other efpt stops as well.
Antxon Otaegui (JP/NP) takes the third place, amazing start for the Spanish rider. Coming from the cannaries you can't say that he's a local so it was not easier for him at all to compete here and the third place shows how well Antxon is prepared and motivated to go on tour this year.
The man of the event has to be Steven van Broeckhoven though, almost unknown to European riders he kinda appeared out of nowhere, eliminating big names all over the ladder. The Belgian magazine cant wait to get him close for some interviews and reports how he did but we can tell you straight away: GREAT!!!
The first event of a season is always a good place to see what to expect over the rest of the season. In this case Tarifa was amazing, the well known riders in the event have to watch out for the newcomers and also know now which moves they need to get in first positions.
so the next weeks before Podersdorf will be full of practising and preparing for that one, especially as it will be a combination with the PWA.
We sort of had a foretaste of what to expect, Raimondo Gasperini (Starboard), who was practising in Jeri this year started a project to support young talents and he brought some brasilian hotshots as well as Italiian styler to the Andalusian beach. The X-Ray project is fantastic; supporting riders to give them some event experience is just great. Although the brasillians cant become European Champion obviously they still improve their contest sills and push the level massive…
Wow, we had a immense competition fleet and its so hard to mention all riders, 35 riders from 15 nations hit the water leaving impressed spectators behind. Moves like double flaka, ponch, switch chachoos, super high shakas seem to become standard and if a rider is not able to do it at the beginning of the event he practises them between the heats and shows (or tries to show) it in his next heat. The excitement in this competition was amazing so if you have the chance to visit a event near you, that's definitely something you should do.
As the forecast for the last day was not good the complete (and it was complete) efpt family met at the "café del mar" in tarifa city. A super nice place, stylish as hell so it was just the perfect place to celebrate the start of the tour and the end of the event. The group went crazy all night and could only be stopped by the fact that the police shut down the place in the morning hours. Nevertheless the guys continued in tarifa downtown and surprisingly were all present at the today's super session at one pm. For the last time in this year they showed the crowds on the beach what first class freestyle is all about!!! Smiling faces all over the place showed once again that they're not just amazing competitors but a bunch of good friends who live for this sport, travel the continent and just want to know who will be the best in the end.
Hard to say our "good buys" once again to the friendly people who organize the event and support us with all we need to run the competition. But gypsies as we are we have to go and can only promise to be back next year…
As great and fantastic it was the stories told around the world about tarifa and the region of Andalusia will be just the best. We highly recommend this place to everyone in Europe and around the world. Every windsurfer and kitesurfer who wants to have a good time, great conditions and stay in a place which is fully addicted to water sport will be damn happy to come here!!!
01 Günzlein Normen GER G-186 JP/NP
02 Mevissen Kevin NED H 79 RRD
03 Otaegui Antxon ESP E-169 JP/NP
04 Van Broeckhoven Steven BEL B72 F2
05 Roßmeier Michael AUT AUT 256 Exocet/the Loft
06 Popretinskiy Egor RUS RUS-11 JP/NP
07 de Weerd Remko NED H-23 Tabou/Gaastra
07 Paskowski Andre GER G-2 Fantic/North Sails
09 da silva danilo menez BRA bra 83 Fanatic/North Sails
09 Olandersson Andreas SWE S-66 Fanatic/Simmer Style
09 Stråhlén Niklas SWE S-4444 RRD/Simmer Style
09 Sumereder Michael AUT AUT-9 RRD/North
13 Akgazcyan Nicolas FRA F 400 Starboard/Gun Sails
13 Kosmowski Jakub POL POL 288 Tabou/Gaastra
13 souza de pedro edvan BRA bra 250
13 Žan Andraž SLO SLO 49 RRD/the Loft
17 De Rycker Roeland BEL B67 The Loft
17 Dixon Colin GBR k 99 Tabou/Gaastra
17 Forstenlechner Lorenz AUT Aut-7 F2
17 Janssen Kenny BEL B34
17 Kruse Stefan GER G 360 F2
17 Petrisie Ruben/Bang NED NB-50 Exocet/the Loft
17 Slabe Tine SLO SLO 6 F2/Naish
17 Spadea Nicola ITA I 44 Starboard
25 Alvarez Mauricio AUT AUT 86 Tabou/Gaastra
25 Caers Jelle BEL B 47 F2/the Loft
25 Caers Rolien BEL B74 F2
25 Pollet Arthur FRA BRA218
25 scheuble pete SUI sui 969 JP/NP
25 Seyss Alexander AUT aut-61 Naish/Naish
25 teixeira francisco samuel BRA bra 64 Starboard
33 Cervero Rafael ESP E-13 The Loft
33 Gasperini Raimondo ITA i 157 Starboard
33 Van der Eyken Dieter BEL B35 Starboard


Kite Gen to compete with nuclear power

Kite Gen is pioneering a revolution on how to produce clean energy from wind, with the aim not only to compete within the current wind industry but, as still too rarely happens with renewable sources, to move the battlefield into the territory of fossil fuels.
Today's technology is just capable of scratching the surface, in few favourable points, of the enormous energy field contained into the wind (see Wind data). Wind turbines cannot reach higher and touch altitude wind, they are already close to their dimensional limits: difficultly hubs can be positioned at more than 100 m above the ground, the holding structure grows exponentially heavier, more unstable and above all more expensive with the height.
This situation may be compared with what happened in oil drilling, where only after having found better and better solutions it was possible to move away from the ground - downwards, in this case - and to reach the deepest and most profitable fields. To help visualizing the existing unexploited potential, just consider that the flight prohibited area over a nuclear power plant can easily get to contain 1 GW of wind power, equal to the power of the plant itself.
To reach altitude wind and exploiting its higher kinetic energy, the Kite Gen project starts from a radical change of perspective: no longer heavy and static plants like current wind turbines, but instead light, dynamic and intelligent ones. In the air, to subtract energy from the wind at an altitude of 800 / 1 000 m, power kites, semi-rigid automatically piloted high efficiency air foils. On the ground, all the heavy machinery for power generation. To connect the two systems, high resistance lines transmitting the traction of the kites and at the same time controlling their direction and angle to the wind.
SOURCE: Kite Gen

Kitesurfers fighting against Power

Kitesurfers feel that OÜ Nelja Energia puts their lives at risk.
The company has set in place kaytserferov favourite, on the northern cape Ristna in Hiiumaa, with the mast anemorumbometrom. Against the mast no one has danger fastening ropes, which may add kite surfers.
If someone still does not know Kite Surf - so if simplistically say, when people dressed in suits on the board for surfing on the waves slide and pulls his kite, or air snakes.
"First of all, it's dangerous so long straps that can be entangled in Dublin tether mast, and then the kite becomes impossible to manage. He can draw on track for a "ropes - has expressed concern kaytserfer Yaano Martin Ots.
In a more three-page treatment steam tens unions investigates why when installing masts not taken into account the requests and suggestions of experts on safety surfers.
Power workers argue that they did not receive any offers, the more so that the mast is installed there, for two years, and its installation consistent with the service of environmental protection and township government. Try, razberis those rights.
"We contacted the Estonian Union Kitesurfing lessons and trying to find a compromise, especially on the issue of security - noted director of the company has approved the mast Martin Kruus. -- As one of the steps we are prepared to reduce the period to one year of measurement, and to enhance the security necessary to install warning signs. "
"It is clear that the responsibility for the safety of himself kaytserfer, evaluating potential risks. Our mast is a factor that must be taken into account. Other facilities located on the bank of trees, rocks, buildings, electric lines, parked cars, even when other people have also provided a threat "- adds Kruus, who hoped to find a common language with surfers

Kitesurfers fighting against Power

Kitesurfers feel that OÜ Nelja Energia puts their lives at risk.
The company has set in place kaytserferov favourite, on the northern cape Ristna in Hiiumaa, with the mast anemorumbometrom. Against the mast no one has danger fastening ropes, which may add kite surfers.
If someone still does not know Kite Surf - so if simplistically say, when people dressed in suits on the board for surfing on the waves slide and pulls his kite, or air snakes.
"First of all, it's dangerous so long straps that can be entangled in Dublin tether mast, and then the kite becomes impossible to manage. He can draw on track for a "ropes - has expressed concern kaytserfer Yaano Martin Ots.
In a more three-page treatment steam tens unions investigates why when installing masts not taken into account the requests and suggestions of experts on safety surfers.
Power workers argue that they did not receive any offers, the more so that the mast is installed there, for two years, and its installation consistent with the service of environmental protection and township government. Try, razberis those rights.
"We contacted the Estonian Union Kitesurfing lessons and trying to find a compromise, especially on the issue of security - noted director of the company has approved the mast Martin Kruus. -- As one of the steps we are prepared to reduce the period to one year of measurement, and to enhance the security necessary to install warning signs. "
"It is clear that the responsibility for the safety of himself kaytserfer, evaluating potential risks. Our mast is a factor that must be taken into account. Other facilities located on the bank of trees, rocks, buildings, electric lines, parked cars, even when other people have also provided a threat "- adds Kruus, who hoped to find a common language with surfers

Maui Sails Team

February has been an intense and happy month for all the members of the Maui Sails Team.
Josh has been flying in and out of Maui to pick up all his new babies: sails, masts, extensions, etc… Lucky guy, he managed to get some of the best Hookipa sessions in a while, allowing him to test his new wave sails, the Legend and the Global. He scored one of the biggest sailable days at Hookipa in a long time. Only him and Alex Aguera out, getting flash backs from when they sailed Jaws for the first time on their own. He also started tuning everything for his upcoming season in Slalom, in which he we'll be using Tabou Slalom boards.
Back in Cape Verde he rushed around between flights to Boa Vista, Sao Vicente, just like a proper businessmen, organizing the last details for the Cape Verde PWA event. At this moment, Josh is second at the Cape Verde event, with still the double elimination to run, so he could still have the victory in his first event sailing with Maui Sails.
Gabriel Browne (BRA-50) has now signed with the brand, and at only 17 he is one of the hottest up and coming sailors in the PWA Slalom 42 fleet.
Gabriel comes from a long line of Champion Windsurfers. He is Marcilio Brown's brother (Brawzinho), current Freestyle World champion, but also his dad and his uncle were Brazil Windsurfing Champions.
He is now in Maui, training and testing together with Barry Spanier, how says about Gabriel "We have been looking for a young racer for some time and Gabriel fits the role. He has shown some promising results over the past 2 years and we look forward to supporting him as he grows into a premier racer".
This season Gabriel will be focus on the PWA Slalom 42 and some specific Formula events. He is stocked about been with Maui Sails, saying "Joining the Maui Sails team is a dream for me and now I have great opportunity to learn more about windsurfing from some of the best people in the sport. I'm looking forward to some serious training on Maui over the next few months and then heading off to compete on the PWA World Tour Slalom 42 events. I now have all the support I need and together with my effort I'm looking forward to an exciting year".
So far, he took part in the Calema midwinters, and the young sailor finished 5th on the event (quite impressive as he was fighting with big names like Antoine Albeau, Jimmy Diaz, Gonzalo Costa) and he was really happy about the performance of his rig

At the same time, on the other side of the World, Martin van Meurs was recovering from a broken leg, wishing he could be out trying to break some speed records. But while he was recovering, his team mate Dirk Doppenberg was breaking the Doutch speed record  with a 44,57 knots blast.
For both Barry Spanier and Artur Szpunar, it was an intese and happy month. With loads of testing and really good feedback from the testers, new materials to try and test and loads of motivation towards the new 2009 Maui Sails Designs.

The Pritchards

Since a while ago, Kevin Pritchard has been blogging a lot, sharing his life with all his fans, showing his pictures and even getting in trouble for being too honest (good on you, it is your blog, say what you want).
But now the two brothers have just release their new website. There you will find a lot of information about renting gear in Maui, accommodation, how to get private lessons (for real, with Kevin or Matt!). Even they give advice about training and how to get fit for the upcoming summer season. Check it out here.

Kauli Seadi wins PWA Cabo Verde '08

Kauli Seadi kicks-off the season with a critical victory over local favorite Josh Angulo and wavesailing legend Jason Polakow
The historic 2007 Cabo Verde event set the bar to an all-time high for PWA wavesailing, so it was a full house once again for the top names in the sport on the island of Sal.
A strong forecast for early in the event stayed true and a good swell with mast-high waves reeled down the racetrack at Ponta Preta on day 1
Single Elimination
The crew made no delay in getting the single elimination underway, and by sunset the judges had filtered-out four riders for a final that would go ahead on day 2.
A trend was also set on the first day for some impressive performances from riders making it through from the qualifying contest.
Dany Bruch (F2 / Gaastra) and Francisco Porcella (Mistral / Simmer) stood out from the trialists on day 1 with superb wave-reading skill and expertise to knock out some top players from this 32-man limited entry event.
The final was completed on day 2 in slightly smaller surf, and much lighter wind.
25-yr old Brazilian Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) thundered into the lead with a skilled display in tricky, light wind conditions, to give an instant return on his new sponsor's investment.
During a 40-minute heat, counting the best two waves rides each, the fluky wind truly tested the finalists' fitness and ability to catch waves and not get caught inside on the razor sharp reef.
Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde) went for it with his aggressive vertical attack, but paid the price for pushing it with a couple of trips to the rocks.
Polakow's big-wave partner Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde) pressured his team mate hard for third position with a smoother style, but in truth he also struggled in the smaller swell.
Josh Angulo (MauiSails) was also always going to be a major threat here after his historic victory last season.
'It was a total battle out there' he explained. 'I tried to go for a really powerful and vertical attack and look for the shorter rides and big hits on the main peak where I was hanging out.
Everyone was scratching around to catch the good sets and outdo the other to lock into a decent wave.
I know it was close and I didn't even look at the scores. It's tough you know.
You always strive for first and it kind of tastes a little strange to come second, especially after last year.'
Seadi chose different tactics to Angulo to wrap-up the victory, including one spectacular aerial over Swift who was swimming in the impact zone.
'I tried to go for the ones that opened-up into longer blowier sections and to do a mix of turns and connect the ride all the way down the reef', said the 2007 World Champion.
Double Elimination
As soon as the double elimination got started some big names spewed out by up-and-coming talent.
Levi Siver (Quatro / NeilPryde) was the first victim of an on-form Jonas Ceballos (Fanatic / Simmer), and Marcilio Browne (Mistral / Gaastra), who fully made-up for a stuttering start in the single elimination.
Next to fall was Nik Baker (Mistral / North) who had a tough time in the fading conditions against light wind specialists Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) and Camille Juban (Quatro / GUN).
Boujmaa Guillol (Starboard / Severne) was also ejected in that heat despite throwing some outrageous Goytas right onto the rocks.
But Traversa scored wave of the day with perfect timing and a flowing rhythmic groove connecting all his turns together.
The remaining second round heats had to wait until day 3 when the event moved up to the west coast to a spot known as 'Little Ho'okipa'.
25-minute heat duration was set with the best 2 waves counting and the best 2 riders advancing at a time.
The action was hot once again and competition was tight for spots in every following heat.
Trialist Kai Katchadourian (Quatro / Simmer), a regular Cabo Verde visitor, really got the chance to show-off his knowledge of the islands breaks.
The American survived a tough encounter against Scott McKercher (Starboard / Severne), John Skye (F2 / Naish) and Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) before getting on a roll to reach the top 8.
Things got serious in the third round when more top names fell by the wayside.
Both 2007 season runner-up Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / Simmer), and former world champion Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / Gaastra) were axed by fiery performances from Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra), and Marcilio Browne – the reigning freestyle world champ.
Traversa shone brightly with his radical vertical riding style, which that saw him launch tweaked airs and show aggressive gouging of the steep head-to-half mast-high wave faces.
And Browne pulled a perfect air taka and looks set to fulfill another prophecy to reach the top of the wave sailing rankings just as he has in freestyle windsurfing.
But the star of the day had to be Alex Mussolini (RRD / NeilPryde) who clocked a 9.0 for a Goyta and big aerial back-to-back on the same ride.
But fading light and dropping breeze brought the day to an end before 6 agonizing days were spent on hold waiting for new swell and wind.
Eventually time just ran out and Kauli Seadi breathed a sigh of relief.
'It's the perfect start to the season for me', grinned Seadi at event HQ today.
'New year, new gear and a win to polish it off.
I'm especially happy that I can pay my new sponsors back so soon for their faith in me, plus it means a lot to beat someone as talented as Josh in waves of such quality.
Runner-up Angulo was instrumental once again in organizing this event in his back yard. 'I'm glad we got this event together again. It means everything to me to have riders of this quality here, plus I'm happy for Kauli as he's an exceptional sailor, so I'm just looking forward to seeing the contract signed to have the PWA back in 2009.'
Our special thanks go to the event sponsors and the people of Cabo Verde for welcoming us back once again, and our congratulations to Josh, Kauli and Jason for their achievements.
The 2008 Cabo Verde PWA World Cup Results
1st    Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) Brazil
2nd   Josh Angulo (Maui Sails) Cabo Verde
3rd    Jason Polakow (JP / NeilPryde) Australia
4th    Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde) Great Britain
5th    Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra)
5th    Alex Mussolini (RRD / NeilPryde)
7th    Kai Katchadourian (Quatro / Simmer)
7th    Marcilio Browne (Mistral / Gaastra)
9th    Peter Volwater (F2 / North)
9th    Kevin Pritchard (Starboard / Gaastra)



You have probably asked yourself why are there two governing bodies in kitesurfing/kiteboarding?
KPWT stands for Kiteboard Pro World Tour and PKRA for Professional Kiteboard Riders Association.
Their goal is exactly the same - working out a world kiteboarding tournament.
An easy Google search will help you understand why KPWT and PKRA are running in different paths.
There a lot of kitesurfers looking for those answers.
The question is: having different competitions and ruling formats, wouldn't it be possible to join both 'brains' and bring up the best competition ever made like ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) has been doing for a long time?
The sponsors would get a focused attention, the running custs would be cut to half, the KPWT/PKRA would strength one unique tour brand, the merchandising turnover would rise quickly and the public eyes would be focused on one single tour. Oh, and by the way, the professional kitesurfers would certainly be sure that they would be trying to be the absolute best athlete of their sport.
Not the X or Y champion in a determined category.
Joining KPWT and PKRA is not easy. But, isn't waveriding a tough challenge by itself?


Close call for Hawaii Kiteboarders: Proposed 200' Kite Ban in Hawaii Deferred

The Hawaii Senate Committee on Water and Land deferred a proposed bill this afternoon that would have banned windsurfing and kiteboarding within 200 feet of swimmers and surfers. According to the bills sponsor, Senator Les Ihara Jr, the move "effectively dismissed it from further consideration".
Senator Ihara says he introduced the bill at the request of a constituent.
SBC Kiteboard contacted the senator to find out more and he informed us, "while the legislative idea in SB 2091 seemed worthy of consideration, many valid concerns were raised about the bill even before the hearing. As a result, I suggested to the committee chair prior to today's hearing that unless the concerns were adequately addressed, it may be wise to terminate consideration on the bill."
Hundred of windsurfers and kiteboarders from around the world flooded the Committee with emails and letters when word of the bill spread the day before todays hearing.
Thankfully clear heads prevailed, and the rights of windsurfers and kiteboarders have been protected for now.
Kiteboarding and windsurfings safety record with other user groups has been extremely good. Was the desire to keep windsurfers and kiteboarders off of "surfers wave's" the motivating factor behind this latest attempt to limit windsurfing and kiteboarding? Very Likely. One thing is clear, we as kiteboarders will always need to work together to protect our rights to fair access.
A big thank you to everyone that made sure their voices were heard.
We at SBC Kiteboard believe that the oceans are one of natures greates

Golf De Roses

Golf De Roses, established in the province of Roses in Costa Brava, offers excellent summer shortest path destination. At 2 hour flight from the UK, Gerona airport followed by only 1 hour taxi ride or drive. In rural areas in this region of Spain is a stunning, picturesque cottages and farm houses dotted around the lush and fertile rolling landscape. The coastline here is a mixture of rocky outcrops and beautiful bays and gulfs, some busy than others.

Golf De Roses is the ideal place for families with children of all ages, as well as those travelling with non-surfing partner or friends. There is a massive amount to do here, as well as windsurfing, it is an ideal place, such as mountain biking, snorkelling, sailing, horse riding and walking. There is also a good range of children's institutions on the proposal close to the windsurfing centre.THE SPOT

There is really only one place to Windsurf in Golf De Roses, and this is the main place where Skyriders / Club Mistral center is based.

KEY BAY The centre is located in the middle of the Gulf, and has a clearly marked area for windsurfing, kitesurf learning and free kiting. In areas not particularly great in mid-summer month of July and August, and care must be taken not roam in the area of public beach. If you are not under the supervision of an instructor, it is best to move directly from small start, and then stop about 50 metres from the beach, where there is a lot of space.


There are 2 types of wind in this resort, but Tramontana be that the spring and autumn wind and heat the middle of summer.

Tramontana is a bit strong and gusty wind that comes from the north side to the next, to shore on the left. This, it is generally best to windsurfing and more kiters own, and the average wind force of about 25 knots. Temperatures - during the summer months, from June to September, the wind changes direction aside, on the south coast wind on the right side. Heat wind super consistent and perfect beginner to intermediate windsurfers promising practices. This is pure wind makes the stunts and overall progression much easier, and it is indeed a pleasure ride! UNITED WINDSURFING

Golf De roses suitable for all levels windsurfer, although certain times of the year, better than some others. In spring and autumn, when the wind blows strong tramontana, there can be fair-sized waves creating favourable wave freaks here to get a good run for their money. After the wave passed, the site offers a medium altitude wind swell on the left and freeride possibilities are endless.

In mid-summer thermal wind is very reliable and builds up in the morning. In the morning, the place is ideal for young people, with appropriate children's gear (boards and rigs), nothing prevents them from their boards. But in general, during this season, it is ideal for beginners to intermediate. When the thermal wind blowing, the motto of freestyling and freeriding. Directly in front of the club Mistral centre is a fine, sandy beach, which falls to leave gently and is about 80m worldwide. In the shallow-water area in the water extends to 30 m, ideal for moving from the beach to proceed to begin to deal with water or power gybe.THE OTHER ACTIVITIES

Golf De Roses has many different activities on offer for all ages, the ideal place for the whole family. This is a very proactive, everywhere you look you will see people running, mountain biking, race cycling, swimming and much more.

The area is also famous for its "center of skydiving! You should try it, if you have the nerve !!!!!! TO KITESURFING

Golf De Roses equally good kitesurf destination, Skyrider kite school on the site with all the latest 2007 North kites and boards, as well as a full range courses.THE NIGHT

In the evenings, there are many charming restaurants and cafes / bars dotted around during 10/20 minutes away by car. For those seeking a little more "action" has several large nightclubs and bars in the nearest main town in about 30 minutes away.THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

As a member of the EU, there is no entry requirements, in addition to the full UK passport with the full 6 months validity.

Bay of Roses - in surfing spot in North Spain

A place defined by winds from the Pyrenees, the tramontana with his steady and thermals garbi blowing during the summer months. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are ideal conditions here, whether or garbi tramontana (two prevailing winds) is a blast.

With winds of force 6 to 8, tramontana very strong wind (though not as strong as in the neighbouring southern coast of France), offers ideal conditions on the left side of sideshore club Mistral centre. On good days, a fair-sized waves to create here, which allowed a wave of freaks to get a good run for their money. After the wave passed, the site offers medium height windswell on the left and freeride possibilities are endless. Whenever tramontana not reach a force 6 wind, he lovingly called "tramontanetta" at the local Catalonians. In tramontana prevailing wind is in the "cold" season, ie, spring and autumn. During the summer months, we treat moderate heat and the constant wind, which are cross-ground with the right club at the Mistral centre.

Heat wind is very reliable and builds up in the afternoon from June to September. In the afternoon, the wind often turns toward the coast of the law - this is garbi blowing from the south. In the morning, the place is ideal for young people, with appropriate children's gear (boards and rigs), nothing prevents them from their boards.

When the thermal wind blowing, the motto of freestyling and freeriding. Directly in front of the club Mistral centre is a fine, sandy beach, which falls gently and leave at about 80 m in width. In the shallow-water area in the water extends for 30 meters, ideal for moving from the beach to begin to water start or practising power gybe. Location Club Mistral centre and the wind direction is absolutely safe to do so many places where you never drift in the sea. Nevertheless, our rescue boat is also there in case of emergencies. In windsurfer and kitesurfer zone marked signs and buoys and is located directly opposite our house. We, therefore, there is a huge stretch of beach to ourselves here, because bathers mainly on the left side of the zone, 2 kilometres from the beach camping La Ballena Alegre.

Golf de Roses, Spain background "

In Costa Brava is a coastal strip stretching about 40 kilometres north of Barcelona along the entire coast of the province of Gerona. This is an area with extraordinarily beautiful scenery with lots of heavily Valley, interspersed with small bays offering fine sand. The huge gulf Roses with its fine-grained sand, only 30 kilometres south of the French border, it was well known, windsurfers and kitesurfers for many years. In an exciting and safe places where everyone will have fun - a wave of enthusiasts, the free acrobats, freeriders, children, and kitesurfers so!

At the southern end of the Gulf of Roses, "Mistral Golf Club de Roses" Center opened its doors for the first time in summer 2004. The two prevailing winds, the Tramontana and Gharbi, dominate the region around the Gulf of Roses, turning it into a first-rate sport of surfing.

The vast expanses of sandy calls important episodes from history to mind, the rule of the Romans to Napoleon occupation. Roses is expected to be in the same location as the old Road, a colony established by the Greeks in the 5 th century BC Today's population makes it lives mainly at tourists and fishing trade. The picturesque alleyways of the nearby village of L 'Escala, often filled with the hustle and bustle. There is certainly no shortage of attractions worth visiting in the region, as well as cozy cafes and restaurants invite visitors to stay when they feel like taking a break.

Our insider tips:

∙ Culture on your threshold: the Dali Museum in Figueres, worth a visit, and all who are interested in that house Daly should definitely take a trip to the picturesque village of Cadaques.

∙ The ruins of Empuries can be reached on foot, with its sandy beaches and small bays enticing provide an opportunity for swimming

∙ You may want to try the local wines and liquors in one of the numerous bodegas (wineries), and some of your favorite bottled wine for you. W L 'Escala you will find the best anchovies.

∙ A balloon trip early in the morning, with the sun rising over the mountains, it is fantastically romantic experience. If you want, you can enjoy a glass of "Cava (Spanish champagne) at the same time.

∙ If you are in the lookout for action and adventure, Ampuria Brava, which has one of the best in Europe and the world parachuting centres is very place. Just the right thing for adrenaline junkies: 40 seconds of free fall.

Bahia Feliz

Gran Canaria was the home of international windsurfing elite in the past few years. Stars as Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Marcos Perez, Vidar Jensen and Moreno sisters lived here since they were very young, or even born on the island. Others, like to come here by train. This is not surprising, since the conditions perfect. The trade wind blows almost constantly throughout the year!

Club Mistral centre will be located directly behind the glorious Gulf Bahia Feliz, which adjoined a holiday resort, in the garden, which is more like a park. In winter, Bahia Feliz is one of the best places in the Canary Islands. Sideshore wind blowing from the left and inside the bay, with its flat water conditions are suitable for practicing beach and the water starts or gybing. In addition waves of newcomers will find swell, with waves that are just right for jumping. It is not only an advanced user will receive this place; newcomers, too, will generally find some calmer conditions in the morning, which made its first attempt at windsurfing.

In summer, the trade winds are stronger and more permanent - but they mostly increasingly from the north, so the Bahia Feliz often in the wind shadow of the island during high summer. However, we have used our imagination, and now offer surfing excursions in the very center of the bus during the summer, the high wind sites in the vicinity of the famous places in the Pozo Izquierdo, Salinas de Arinanga or ketchup.

Gran Canaria in the mountains, which up to 2000 meters high, beckoning you to go mountain biking and hiking. Beautiful scenery of dunes, strange rock-arrays, fertile valleys and subtropical forests alternates, all in a very small distance.
As you can see, there is quite a variety, and this, coupled with pleasant temperatures year round.

Our insider tips:
Most fresh catch of the day can be found in one of the many fish restaurants directly on the fishing port Arguineguin - 15 km away from the Bahia Feliz
An excursion to the remote mountain (2000) on the rental car or helicopter
Mountain bike tour across the island - Happy Biking offers a wide range of guided tours
One of the interesting and pristine environment for shopping, tourist, or feast awaits you in Las Palmas - 45 km von Bahia Feliz

Fuerteventura guide

In Fuerteventura, Canary Islands paradise is far less busy than some of its neighbours. He is proud of the longest stretch of beach on the island chain, in its superb outings striking volcanic landscape, and some of the best windsurfing in the world.
Getting there
The airport is located to the south of the capital, Puerto del Rosario, and receives mainly charter flights from Europe, mainland Spain and the other Canary Islands. Of more abroad, flights go via Madrid or Barcelona. There is a local bus service, which connects the airport and many island destination. Those on package holidays, as a rule, get a free transfer. Taxis can be, but very expensive. Ferry services linking the capital with Cadiz, and the other Canary Islands.
Information on the key attractions Fuerteventuras

On the beaches here are among the best in Europe, including around the capital, wide, flat beaches of Jandia (south), and the beautiful golden sand dunes of Corralejo (north). Several excellent trails occur in Corralejo, offering exciting prospects. Walking through the El Cotillo is awe-inspiring, and for the less active, the walk along the quay in Corralejo, winding through large sand dunes, (Las Dunas) is excellent.
Out and about

In the former capital of the island, Betancuria, easily accessible by car, and many attractions. It also offers excellent walking tours, as soon as you get into the city. In brilliant Betancuria Museum and paeleontological impressive archaeological exhibits, and the nearby early 15-century church of Santa Maria also impressive. The huge botanical garden displaying some of Fuerteventura in the beautiful flora. Of the cities in the Mirador de Morro Velosa has outstanding views of the island landscape. For another interesting disc, on the road between Corralejo and Lajares, accessible by jeep, is the next best alternative tours, and shows leave Fuerteventura in the magnificent natural beauty.

Relax to the

For those interested in the islands, water sports, Sotavento, in the south, is a world of speed and slalom windsurfing event, and there are jet-skiing, windsurfing and sailing on the Jandia and Corralejo. Betancuria has many trendy cafes and restaurants, while Jandia, the capital of Corralejo and all of us have a lot of bars and pubs.
Be careful when driving or hiking through the volcanic landscape of the area. Visitors are more susceptible to accidents when in unfamiliar environments. Water sports are also a potential source of danger and visitors should remain alert and vigilant. We strongly encourage you to take out travel insurance for you and your family when you visit Fuerteventura.
It is always in the Canary Isalands Spring. Temperatures vary only a few seasons through 6C. On average, per month ranges from 18 to 24C, and the sea nicely warm all year round. Because of the geographical location of the islands subtropical climate. At the water temperature ranges from 22C in summer and winter 19C. Many people want to spend the winter here because of the pleasant climate.
Be careful when driving or hiking through the volcanic landscape of the area. Visitors are more susceptible to accidents when in unfamiliar environments. Water sports are also a potential source of danger and visitors should remain alert and vigilant. We strongly encourage you to take out travel insurance for you and your family when you visit Fuerteventura.
Weather in Fuerteventura
It is always in the Canary Isalands Spring. Temperatures vary only a few seasons through 6C. On average, per month ranges from 18 to 24C, and the sea nicely warm all year round. Because of the geographical location of the islands subtropical climate. At the water temperature ranges from 22C in summer and winter 19C. Many people want to spend the winter here because of the pleasant climate.

Windsurfing in Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira is a top class surfing location with good conditions all year round. This little fishing town boasts long, white sandy beaches and some of the best conditions for windsurfing in the whole of Africa.
This is the place to go to when you want to just kick back and relax. It still remains relatively unspoiled. It's more popular with independent travellers and holidaying Moroccans than package tours.
Promoting itself as the "Windy City Afrika" Essaouira hosts a number of major national and international windsurfing competitions each year. The most popular places to go windsurfing are Diabat, Sidi Kaouki and Cap Sim. Over the years, it has built up quite a reputation for itself as one of the best spots. The hippies have gradually moved out and the windsurfers have moved in.
Essaouira's main bay offers mixed conditions. The water close to the town fairly flat. In the mid bay area there's quite a bit of chop. It's ideal for beginners. Just half an hours drive from the town, there are two full on wave spots.
During the summer you normally get flat conditions with a slight windchop in the morning. The waves build in the afternoon.
In spring and autumn the best wave conditions (between one and two metres) can be found on the southern side of the bay. From mid-June to August they don't get much bigger than one metre.
The waters off Morocco's Atlantic coast are not nearly as warm as what you'd find in The Caribbean (17-20°C), but there's plenty of space to sail and completely reliable winds in the main season.

Windsurfing in Essaouira

   Windsurfing holidays in Essaouira
The ancient fortified city of Essaouira offers a unique blend of culture and Atlantic sailing conditions. This is a fairly whitewashed town was a prosperous port of fifteen centuries, and with a rich history offers interesting and fascinating rest.
Essaouira has become a magnet for poets, artists and craftsmen from the eighteenth century, in the tiny streets crammed with the local pottery and handicrafts. In the evenings fisherman to return to port in their brightly painted boats, their nets bursting with sardines, and people jostle to buy fresh fish berth. You will not be able to find anything fresh for lunch! ON SPOT
Main Gulf in the form of sand crescent bay Essaouira offers a mixed environment with a flat shallow water closer to the city, crushed in the middle of the bay, and the waves downwind. Ideal for all levels, as well as the wave of newcomers.
MOULAY BOUZERKTOUNE: In sideshore wind stronger than Essaouira, where the Atlantic and the Northeast bidding meet, Moulay offers one of the best wave spots just outside Europe. In winter with 2 - 5 meters waves this place for sure just wave sailors.
SIDI KAOUKI South of Essaouira is 5 km beach again with a cross shore wind and waves good winter. The conditions here may vary, with different entry and you will find the right waves for beginners and more advanced wave sailors. WIND

In the wind (north-east trade wind) blows offshore side to side to the right. In the summer months, that is in June - August, in thermals created much difference in the land and sea temperature accelerates trade winds averaging bft 6 - 8, but because of the massive beach area, it is always safe, even for less experienced.
Autumn and winter winds can during the tour, and comes from the left and it is easy to an average of about bft 4 - 6. It is also the primary season with light waves wave sailing spot in the main by about 1-2 meters, but completely in the wake of navigation in the main wave spot at the end of the main bay and Mulay. In WINDSURFING

Essaouira offers windsurfing opportunity to swim in a whole different conditions. During the summer months, you can count on finding minor windchop in flat conditions in the morning, with waves building in the afternoon at the end of the wind-down day Gulf. Wave conditions particularly well on the south side of the Bay in spring and autumn (-4 m 2), but lower for the period from mid-June to August (0,5 to 1 m) for beginners wave sailors.
Water temperature is typically 20 ° C in summer (shortie) decreased to about 15C in the winter (full 5 / 3). Typically, the conditions are suitable for all levels, in the summer sailors and waves in winter. Other events

With wave surfing spots nearby are very popular in this area. You can take a boat trip to the Mogador islands and bird sanctuary at Purpuaires lies. For more active quad bike is very popular.
Old Town is well explored - in a maze of streets and alleyways always like to throw new look or sound at every turn. On a hill Safi is potters quarter, in which you will find dozens of famous potters creating their difficult work. Along with carpets, glassware, leather goods, etc. This silver shoppers paradise! In KITESURFING

Courses and sets are rolled in Mistral centre. The conditions are usually ideal for beginners, in the morning. In the long sandy bay and curved cross shore winds, these very safe teaching conditions. In NIGHT

Stores are open till late at night to a bustling city and takes on a new aura after nightfall. There are several excellent restaurants offering local seafood and delicious tagines (casseroles). In Morocco predominantly Muslim, you will not be served alcohol in restaurants, but you will find a few bars. Made claims

UK / EU passports Full 10 year passports are valid until at least 6 months after the date of return. No visa required. Other passport check with the Moroccan Embassy (020 7581 0719). HEALTH ADVICE

There are no mandatory vaccinations when travelling from the UK, but we recommend to check with your GP for the last council.

Windsurfing Down Under

By Pascal Bronnimann

Swiss-born Pascal Bronnimann has been travelling the windsurfing world for over twenty years. His latest trip took him 'down under' to Western Australia, home of the infamous windsurfing beaches of Margaret River and Gnaraloo.
I was leaving Honolulu on January 12th and already met some Australians before even taking off – easily recognizable by the first words I heard: "no worries, mate!" – Three words I would hear daily during my trip, a great and easy-going attitude towards life!
Arriving in Sydney for a one night layover (after going through immigration and dragging my bags through the airport) I found Sydney airport all shut down by 11 p.m. – an advice for all future travelers: bring some food with you to Sydney, everything is closed until 6 a.m.
Arriving in Perth I had a friend who picked me up and drove me to the car rental place ClubRedcars – I got a very affordable deal as well as a great and reliable station wagon, a Ford Falcon – I was able to store all my gear inside the car without a problem.
The same day I drove up to Lancelin where I hit the water right away and found myself all of a sudden in the middle of the Australian nationals – competitors were going off, throwing double-forwards and ripping the solid mast-high waves, impressive! Scott Mc Kercher ended up winning the contest with Peter Volwater coming in second place.

I stayed a while in Lancelin where I met more Swiss windsurfers than I've seen since leaving 8 years ago – Western Oz must be a much liked destination for the Swiss. Driving up to Geraldton, Sunset Beach and Coronation it was the same, Swiss in an incredible abundance.
I wasn't too satisfied with all the spots mentioned before because most of them have very similar conditions: Good steady port-tack wind and ok waves but no unreal down-the-line wavesailing which I like most. Those spots are great for beginning- to intermediate wave sailors or just for great jumping.
I therefore decided to head down to Margaret River and to hopefully find some faster reef waves. I was rewarded with mediocre to epic conditions and stayed most of my time in Margaret River.
Margaret River is a small town who has a vibrant surfing- and windsurfing community, people are living for wind and waves and plan their lives accordingly, very similar to Oahu's North shore. But this is not all, Margaret River lies in a beautiful landscape with plenty of eucalyptus trees, vineyards, farms and amazing caves – there is always something to explore if there shouldn't be any wind (or waves – which barely ever happens - there was swell every day, from head-high up to one-and-a-half mast! The wind wasn't as consistent as further North up the coast but surfing can be fun as well!).
My wife joined me in February and we drove up north once more, passing Lancelin, Geraldton and ending up in Monkey Mia to check out the famous dolphins – Monkey Mia is a tourist trap, you have to pay to see free living dolphins being hand-fed – but it is still amazing and well worth seeing! Monkey Mia is located in the Northeast of Shark bay (there are plenty of sharks besides dolphins, manta rays, pelicans, turtles and other great wildlife). A tip for Monkey Mia: sneak in before sunrise and you won't have to pay admission and also come to enjoy a wonderful sunrise.
I always wanted to windsurf Gnaraloo which is even further north and is known to be one of the best and longest lefthanders in the world. The swell was unfortunately not cooperating (Gnaraloo's season starts early in the Western Oz Summer) and we therefore decided to drive back to Margaret where we spent another round of quality days sailing and exploring! I didn't drive down to Esperance neither – another magic spot in South western Oz that didn't work too well while I was there – and was a mere 900 km's away…
Time was up at the end of February and we went to visit Byron Bay on the Australian east coast for one week. It was a welcome change to Western Oz - feeling like having landed back in the tropics – it was hot, humid, not much wind but some great surf spots! Byron Bay had an incredible vibe – most people were either surfers and/or hippies, hippies being in the majority.

Now the time came to head even further South, to New Zealand! Arriving in Auckland we rented another car and drove down South to Taranaki, windsurfing hot spot in New Zealand. Taranaki is like a peninsula with the volcano Mt. Egmont (Mt. Taranaki in Maori) being in the middle of it, reinforcing any winds that pass along. In contrast to Western Oz where the wind is mainly a sea breeze due to extreme temperature differences between the desert inland and the ocean, the winds in Taranaki originate from passing high- and low pressure systems coming from the West. I was surprised of the abundance and quality of spots. You can find perfect point-breaks with side-offshore winds on most days, a dream come true for down-the-line sailing.

Make sure to ask some of the friendly locals about which spots and tides – the locals are eager to help out and not to sail all alone those perfect conditions. Most spots work best in certain wind directions and tides – tides having large coefficients of up to 4 meters. Launching at low tide at some spots can be a real challenge, big boulders and crashing waves… booties recommended but not absolutely necessary, the locals are mostly barefoot.
After scoring some epic conditions at Pungarehu (THE spot with good swell and south-easterlies) and at other spots it was time to head back home to Oahu on April 5th.

Thanks to all the following for supporting me:
Da Kine, Blue Planet Surf Gear, The Loft, CarbonArt, Proflex footstraps, Zeal Optics, Chinook, Brad + Mary of Wetdreams Australia, Gail and Spencer Lewis, John Clark, Mike + Chris etc. A big mahalo and respect also goes to all the Ozzies and Kiwis I met during my trip!

The Surf on Fuerteventura

The most consistent surf is found on the north/NW coast with many spots 'unridden'. There are waves to suit most standards of surfers but also some absolute gems for the more adventurous.
The surf is pretty much divided into two main seasons - Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer - much along the lines of the rest of Northern Europe.
Swells come out of the Atlantic hitting the West and North coast with regularity. Occassionally large swells can wrap around to the island's North East and South coasts.
Your biggest consideration at these times will be swell size, wind directions and the size of your balls.
As the swell wraps around the North, wave height diminishes slightly. So if El Hierro is maxed then there will be surfable waves at other spots further East such as El Muelle (The Harbour) or even Punta Elena (Rocky Point).
When everything is maxed head to Flag Beach at mid to high or El Burro (Glass Beach) where occassionally the point can be small but fun.
Traditionally the Sailing season, has now seeing the explosion of Kite Surfing.
The Atlantic swells are often affected by a dominant high pressure system with a low over the african mainland heralding the North Easterly Tradewinds.
This season's surfing is not nearly as consistent as Autumn/Winter but there are still fun waves to be had predominantly on the East coast and at times the Cotillo region.
Best for surfers who want a quick, warm, easy destination. Water Temperature can reach 22 degrees Centigrade.
North Coast Surfing
Some of the best surf areas on the island are to be found along the dirt road known as the North track.
This road starts near the Bristol Playa Apartments in Corralejo, continues to the lighthouse near El Cotillo taking just over an hour to drive.
The track is not the best of surfaces and beyond the small village of Majanicho it isn't really suitable for small cars. So if you're sensible you'll hire a 4WD jeep.
Another thing to remember before you set off along the North track is that there are no shops etc, so be sure to take a good supply of water and some food!
Rocky Point - Punta Helena - Corralejo
Right hand reef break.
One of the island's most popular breaks. When the other breaks start to close out it can get a bit crowded.
El Muelle - Harbour Wall - Corralejo
Left hand reef that wraps around for a long fast ride, occassionally barrelling but beware - at certain times the barrel section is very powerful and shallow.

Caribbean Playgrounds

Windsurfing and kiteboarding the northwest coast of Puerto Rico
by Gina Bradley
To find some of the best kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing the Caribbean has to offer all you have to do is get on a plane and head to Puerto Rico's Northwest Coast, Aguadilla. This coast can be windy, wavy and the cliffs that surround the bays create dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches, and coves. From mast high waves to flat clear waters, it is the perfect place to go if you do multiple water sports, ensuring that no matter what the conditions, you are going to spend plenty of time in the water on your vacation. The best part about going to Puerto Rico is that the island is vast and varied, so if for some reason you feel you need a change of scene, different conditions are just a few minutes to a few hours away. However, most of the time once people discover this coast, leaving is never an option.

Puerto Rico is a United States territory, so you don't need a passport to get on or off the island. Most everyone speaks English there and if not, there is always someone around to help out. They use the American dollar, so there is no fumbling with money or figuring out currency exchange.

Getting There and where to stay
There are multiple direct flights out of the New York Airports to Aguadilla, (BQN is the airport code) on major airlines and charter companies. The airport is small, it has only a few flights a day so there are never excessive lines or waits for flights, all the rental car agencies are right there at the airport. Since it is such a "board intensive" destination they are really good about dealing with board bags and I have never lost gear.

The best place to stay is in the town of Isabella, which is about ten minutes from the airport, at a beach called Shacks beach. There are great apartments to rent through Villa Tropical 787- 872-7172. It is run by Mike, who has been living on the island for over twenty years and keeps his places in amazing shape. All the units have outdoor decks and ocean views and some are so close to the beach that you feel like the ocean is part of your living room! There are other hotels closer into town that may have cheaper night rates like the Hotel Parador La Cima 787-890-2016 or the Sonia Rican Guest House 787-872-1818. For those with unlimited travel budgets is the Villa Montana, also right on Shacks beach, 888-780-9195 and if you don't stay there, then plan on a meal or two at their beachfront restaurant.

Where to go to get wet:

Shacks Beach
Shacks Beach is probably the most popular spot for intermediate to advanced kiteboarders and windsurfers. On any given day there can be as many as a dozen kiters out on the water, but the place can handle more if need be. The winds blow side/off shore and there is a current that pulls in the same direction as the wind, so it is important to have your upwind skills perfected before going out. There is only about fifty yards of protected water to get yourself launched and moving before heading out to the reef. The bottom is mostly coral reef and there are plenty of sea urchins, so booties are a must. If the swell direction is right, waves can break perfectly on the reef making for some of the best wave sailing and kiting surfing around, but definitely for experts only as the wave is fast and hollow; this makes for an unforgettable, gear and body crunching experience in the whitewater if you fall. Shacks Beach is curved inland, making a large inner bay downwind from the launch. If you can't get back upwind, you can always land on a beach downwind and walk back to the launch site.

Surfer's Beach
This beach is a very popular surfing spot, and when the winds are up it gets blown out and makes for a decent sailing spot in North East winds. The reef here is not as shallow as the one at Shacks and therefore is a more forgiving place to sail. It has a rock and sand bottom which is much nicer on the legs and feet. If the swell is not too big, this place is fine for intermediate sailors and kiters. The launch can be a bit tight for kitesurfers, so make sure you have an experienced person launch your kite for you. Unlike Shacks, this beach has a jagged and rocky coast line, so getting caught downwind can make for a very painful walk back. Surfers Beach is about a fifteen minute drive from Shacks Beach and it is located inside the Ramey Airforce base; it is easy to find if you ask for directions once you get to the shopping center. Don't miss the Ramey Bake Shop if you find yourself there.

Jobos Beach
By far the most forgiving site for kiting and windsurfing is Jobos Beach. It is just east of Shacks and is a nice walk (without gear) from one to the other. Jobos is a very popular surf and boogie boarding spot, and you will find plenty of kids in the far corner by the outcropping of coral heads, surfing the waves there. Since it is a fairly large bay, kiters and sailors tend to sail in the middle away from the surfers. There are lots of restaurants and bars along the beach so it is the perfect spot to bring family and friends.

It is best to bring your own gear as the closest shop is in San Juan and last I checked, they were happy to sell stuff (and would deliver it to me in Isabel) but not rent it, unless I was going to sail there in San Juan. The same goes for kite gear.

The wind is always the best at Shacks. It is usually the most windy spot on the Northwest coast, especially in the winter months. For windsurfers your sail size can range anywhere from a 6.0 to a 5.0 depending on your size and a wave board. Kiteboarders would do well with a 9.5 to 11.5 Naish size equivalent. I have seen some strong winds blow through, where a tiny sail or kite would do, but then it is usually only the hardy who would brave the white water that comes along with the strong winds.

Other Activities
If the wind disappears, there is still plenty to do along the North West Coast. Some of Puerto Rico's best diving can be found right at Shacks Beach. It is recommended that you go out with someone who knows what they are doing because it is a tricky but very exciting dive site. There is also great boat diving to be found all along the coast heading south, try Aquatica Aguadilla Underwater Adventures, 787-890-6071. For those who like to snorkel, you can do so inside the reef at Shacks Beach, but make sure you check with a local about the currents and conditions before heading out. There are all sorts of reef fish and coral formations that come very close into shore, but once again, check with locals about tides and currents. Tropical Tours is located very close to Shacks beach and offers horseback riding on trails, the beach, and in the jungle. It is well run by a husband and wife team and the tours are worth checking out (787-872-9256).

This area of Puerto Rico is also famous for it's world class surf break; starting in the Northwest Corner of Isabella, all the way to Ricon, and a few points further south from there. All the windsurfing and kitesurfing spots double as surf spots when the wind is down and the waves are up. The best place to go if you are just learning to surf is Jobos Beach because it has the most gentle of breaks. Any local surfer will give you the low-down on where to go based the swell direction and your skill level. There are plenty of surf shops all over the area to buy, rent or repair boards.

Probably the most wonderful thing about coming to this remote spot in Puerto Rico, is that you can also do nothing but sit on the beach and enjoy the solitude. The beaches along this coast are long enough so that you can find your own private spot if you are willing to walk along them for a few moments. Pack a picnic lunch and make sure you bring beverages for when the sun goes down; here you will find some of the most dramatic sunsets in the Caribbean. Like the Northwest coast, these are not to be missed!