Plankenkoorts Student Windsurf Association: 14 windsurfers for the Guinness World Records | Photo: SWV Plankenkoorts

A group of Dutch students has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest windsurf board ever made and sailed, and for the most people on a windsurf board.

The old record dated back to the 1980s, when Toen Joop Nederpelt, Holland's first windsurfer, got a sponsorship from Coca-Cola and produced an 18-meter plank for nine sailors.

More than three decades later, 14 members of the Plankenkoorts Student Windsurf Association decided to improve the previous record set by their colleagues at the Delft University of Technology.

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Arrows iRig One: the world's first inflatable windsurfing rig

Is there a windsurfing renaissance in the making? At least, that's the goal of the latest sailing invention: the inflatable rig.

For many fresh beginners, a windsurfing kit is something heavy, complicated and not so portable. Yes, the "rigs of the past" can be quite weighty. But things are about to change.

The Arrows iRig One, developed by North Sails, promises to change the way we carry and ride our windsurfer. The innovative sail, mast and boom bundle weighs 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) and, when deflated, it can be transported in a regular backpack.

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Dieter Van der Eyken: the 2015 PWA Freestyle World Tour champion | Photo: Carter/PWA

Dieter Van der Eyken is the 2015 PWA Freestyle World Tour champion.

Unfortunately for all Freestyle competitors, the wind decided not to show up at the 2015 Davidoff Cool Water Sylt PWA World Cup, so the world title decisions were made based on a couple events.

With a fourth place in Leucate and a victory in Fuerteventura, the Van der Eyken is celebrating his maiden PWA title. Kiri Thode finished runner-up with the same points as the Belgian, but he didn't win any event.

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