Windsurfing widows: thank you for your time | Photo: Carter/PWA

It's officially time to acknowledge the awesome assistance sailors get from their "windsurfing widows".

We have all seen the loving, beautiful, but sometimes irritated and angry wife on the beach who looks after the children when her husband is having the time of his life sailing away in the open blue ocean.

Sure it does not have to be a wife; it could just as well be a husband, boyfriend or girlfriend. However, windsurfing surely can put a strain on relationships and destroy expensive dream holidays to places such as Hawaii, Maldives, Tahiti or Mauritius.

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Philip Kümpel: windsurfer and film composer

Wind has inspired storytellers, legends and myths. And it also motivates Philipp Kümpel to compose film scores through windsurfing.

Many have questioned if windsurfing is a lifestyle on its own. We think it is. Philipp Kümpel is a windsurfer and film composer. The soundtrack to his personal and professional life is blown by the wind.

"Music and windsurfing fit together perfectly. Windsurfing gives me the inspiration I need for my composing world. Music is all about waves and moving air. When I'm on my board, I can hold the wind in my hands and feel the waves with my feet," Kümpel reveals in the beautiful movie "Inspiration," shot at El Medano.

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Freestyle windsurfing: judges learn how to throw out scores | Photo: Carter/PWA

Have you ever thought of judging maneuvers by some favorite freestyle windsurfers? It's not impossible. All you have to do is learn how to throw out scores, in a judging clinic.

The International Funboard Class Association (IFCA) and the European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) have teamed up to deliver a windsurf judging course. The goal is to set international standards of race management and freestyle windsurfing.

Many pro windsurfers have already experienced being "on the other side" of competition. It's not straightforward, but it is also rewarding and exciting. Judging windsurfers is very much developing an acute sense of fairness.

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