Jason Polakow: he always wanted to ride Nazaré | Bardos/Red Bull

Jason Polakow has become the first windsurfer to ride the big wave of Nazaré, in Portugal.

The Australian wave sailor has finally fulfilled his longtime dream of riding a windsurf board on the monstrous liquid cliffs of Praia do Norte, the spot usually reserved for surfing, bodyboarding and, more recently, skimboarding.

Polakow rode 43-foot waves (13 meters) after carefully studying and preparing the adventure in the last 12 months.

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Windsurfing: staying fit is never easy | Photo: Carter/PWA

Why can't we just increase our core strength by doing stand-up paddleboarding or windsurf as much as possible to stay fit? Health and fitness expert Henrik Beyer answers these common workout questions.

Can't we just do some squats, push-ups, and crunches on the beach (or at home) to increase our fitness and improve our windsurfing performances? Why don't we get a TRX home gym and start doing a full range of different exercises? Isn't it enough?

"In fitness, many roads lead to Rome. Getting fit and healthy can be truly simple or terribly difficult depending on socio-economic factors, health literacy, physical status, and personal as well as professional obligations, etc.," says Beyer, author of "Health & Fitness for Windsurfing."

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Starboard AirPlane: the the world's first fully-planing inflatable windsurf board | Photo: Starboard

Starboard launched the world's first fully-planing inflatable windsurf board. The AirPlane is tough, light and extremely compact.

It was an inevitable move. Starboard officially enters the inflatable windsurf world with four new models for beginners, progressive riders, and kids. The Airplane introduces Rail Edge, a 3D rubber formula that allows the board to plane.

The inflatable technology by Starboard also features a fully-integrated mast track which avoids deflation at sea, a strong and stiff fin box, and a 6'' drop stitch. The new inflatable windsurf board can be fully inflated in between five and ten minutes.

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