Marcin Urbanowicz: celebrating victory in the new BIC Techno 293 Plus class | Photo: BIC Techno 293

Marcin Urbanowicz and Karolina Lipińska have taken out the first edition of the BIC Techno 293 Plus European Championship, in Sopot, Poland.

Forty-six windsurfers from 13 nations competed in 15 races, including a marathon race and slalom. Techno 293 Plus is a brand new Youth Olympic windsurfing class, and all sailors proved it has a bright future ahead.

The windsurfing scene is currently dominated by the Polish armada and, once again, nothing changed. The Open Men and Women divisions were dominated by Urbanowicz and Lipińska in front of their home crowd.

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Uphauling: a basic windsurfing technique | Photo: Carter/PWA

Uphauling is part of the windsurfing game. The more you sail, the more you'll need to fine-tune your uphaul proficiency.

One of the most common mistakes is to think that uphauling is the result of a miscalculation made while tacking or jibing. Yes, errors can happen. But there many other reasons to uphaul.

For example, if the wind is not strong enough to lift your sail while doing a waterstart, you need to uphaul to try and get things going. Problems can also occur in high wind conditions, or when wind gusts are very much unpredictable.

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Steven Van Broeckhoven: experience paid off | Photo: EFPT

Belgian windsurfing wizard Steven Van Broeckhoven has claimed the EFPT Lanzarote, in Costa Teguise, Canary Islands.

The second stop on the European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) had powerful winds and exciting swell. Adrien Bosson won a single elimination, and Van Broeckhoven took out a double elimination.

The 2011 PWA Freestyle world champion landed a shaka flaka, pasko, shove-it spock 540 and air-bob counting on the way out and a double culo, air funnell 360, double burner and planing culo scoring on the way in. The judges were unanimous in their winning decision - 5:0 on the Belgian's favor.

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