Pumping: a great way to increase speed in windsurfing | Photo: Carter/PWA

Pumping a windsurfing sail helps to propel the board. Learn how to increase your speed when you really need it.

Pumping is a light-to-no-wind racing technique that allows you to accelerate and/or and get planing. However, if you don't do it correctly, it might slow you down.

There are several moments when you feel the need to pull the windsurfing sail towards yourself. And you don't need a full course to start doing it. Timing, strength, and practice are key ingredients to efficient pumping, though.

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Steven Van Broeckhoven: fifth EFPT title in seven years | Photo: EFPT

Steven Van Broeckhoven and Sarah Quita-Offringa have been crowned the 2016 European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) champions, in Brouwersdam, Netherlands.

In the last event of the European season, Van Broeckhoven was too strong for his opponents. The Belgian windsurfer won the Dam-X and collected his fifth EFPT title (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2016).

"I'm super stoked winning the last event of the year at my home spot, and my fifth European title! It has been a crazy season, with ups and downs, but I managed to win all the EFPT events. My goal for next year is to get the positive vibes in the PWA events and no more brakes!" expressed Van Broeckhoven.

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Red Bull Storm Chase: the toughest wave sailing competition in the world | Photo: Red Bull

After a one-year pause, the Red Bull Storm Chase returns in 2017.

For many, the Red Bull Storm Chase is the toughest wave sailing competition in the world. Only experienced windsurfers are able to challenge Force 10 storms, in which winds of more than 100 km/h and powerful swells defy the human race.

The extreme windsurfing contest will return to the harshest ocean environments the planet has to offer. But only the most experienced sailors will receive the invitation for the event.

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