- 05 November 2008 | Windsurfing
The Follow The Winds Project introduces to the public especially aimed at kids and youth the amazing value of the windsurfing lifestyle. Top Formula Windsurfing riders such as: Arnon Dagan from Israel, Dennis Littel from the Netherlands, Jesper Vesterstrøm from Denmark, Ross Williams from Great Britain, Steve Allen from Australia and Wojtek Brzozowski from Poland will go into the World Media to talk about the educational and inspiring side of their lives.
Through media activity and the website this project shows the value of sport, intercultural learning and understanding as well as the cool and colorful lifestyles of the riders; lifestyles full of funny stories, beaches, sun, water, wind, traveling and meeting new and amazing people.
The website is going to follow the activities of six top professional riders by documenting their travels and lifestyles as well as video interviews to further explain their lifestyle choices, with articles written in a simplistic and easy format to show both youth and young children new and interesting places around the world.
A sport such as windsurfing can teach them about the meaning of international friendships, tolerance to other cultures, positive thinking and enthusiasm as well as about courage, hard work and the determination to chase their dreams. The riders are definite individuals with strong personalities which can make their lifestyles a positive ideal to be followed. Through the next International Events, Formula Windsurfing is going to encourage youth and kids to look more closely at this sport and learn from this untypical and positive type of living.
The project is going to have an international scope. Firstly it will be taken to Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Poland with the hope to be taken further into other countries around the world where Formula Windsurfing takes place. The website will be launched in the English language but will be translated into more European languages very shortly.
- 04 November 2008 | Windsurfing
At this weeks ISAF meeting amongst the agenda items is a proposal to switch windsurfing boards for the 2012 London Olympic Games from the existing Neil Pryde RS:X to a new Starboard built Formula board. While a lighter planing board would be welcomed by many athletes, it seems there are a lot of factors to consider.
Neil Pryde explains ‘The RS: X board was designed and built to parameters set by the International Sailing Federation. (ISAF). The reality of Olympic windsurfing is it’s in the Olympics as part of yacht racing. It has to operate on a fixed time table with events taking place everyday, the television is organized, the press coverage. The Event organiser don’t have the luxury of saying dayafter day 'oh there’s less than 10 knots of wind today so we won’t race. They have to race.
‘So ISAF required a board that would sail on three knots of wind. Normally windsurfers don’t even go on the water unless it’s more than 10-12 knots, so the Olympic board is not like a windsurfer in the normal sense of the word.
‘To build a board which can be sailed upwind at three knots we had to put a dagger board in it. That added a lot of weight because you have to have the whole structure to support the dagger board.
'Going forward, we all hope that Olympic regattas are not sailed in venues that requires races to be run in very light conditions again, but practical considerations come even before and after racing.'
As one multiple Olympic sailor, who campaigns all around the world commented this week ‘One of the problems from a practical point of view of wind surfing boards with no dagger boards is that steerage, leaving or coming into harbours is very difficult without a support boat. May not be much of an issue for the big teams but it’s a problem that adds costs at all levels.'
- 03 November 2008 | Windsurfing
After conquering the PWA Wave discipline three time over, Kauli Seadi (JP, NeilPryde, Mormaii, MFC) has made the decision to undertake an equally bold challenge, with the launch of Club Kauli Seadi.
Providing a vast array of diverse activities, CKS is a one-stop shop for literally all your holiday needs, including lessons and equipment rental of windsurf, kitesurf, surf, tennis, stand up paddle surfing gear and more. The centre also boasts the finest instructors in each field, including clinics with the three times World Champion himself.
Located in the PWA wave destination, Ibiraquera, CKS is not only a great destination to rip up the waves in the prevailing cross offshore wind, but also a great place to master the plethora of additional activities, regardless of ability.
Together with the Club, Kauli Seadi Travel Agency offers excellent packages to Ibiraquera, including lodging, transfers and car rental. Adding to the already vast number of activities available, there’s also the option of going whale watching, horse riding, boat touring, tours of the regions beaches, waterfall walks, sandboarding, cycling, Arvorismo, and yet more!
This unique location has it all, including a flat water lagoon for beginner/intermediate windsurfers and kitesurfers, ideal for getting to grips with the fundamentals before heading out into the more challenging wave conditions.