Janis Preiss: Formula Windsurfing master | Photo: Neilpyde Baltic Cup

Janis Preiss has won the 2014 Formula Windsurfing European Cup, after a marathon of eleven events held in the Old Continent.

The 2014 European Cup series concluded in Loutsa Bay, near Athens, in Greece, where the Latvian master once again showed why he is the best Formula windsurfer in Europe.

"Aeolus," Ancient Greek God and ruler of the winds, decided to test all sailors to the limits of skill and endurance by delivering ten races in 20-30 knots.


Jibing: learn how to bear away in a windsurfer | Photo: PWA/Carter

Controlling a windsurf board and sail in high wind conditions can be extremely difficult. Bearing away is not a problem if you take an upwind line, in order to reduce speed and help sheeting the rig in.

Jibing/gybing has its secrets but in extraordinary high winds and choppy waters, details play a decisive role, and only the survival jibe technique will get you sailing away. Control, commitment and timing; that's all you need.

When the wind is blowing hard, and you're heading into the wind, you must start carving your windsurf board earlier before jibing. If you blast along and try to carve the board round from beam reach to beam reach, wind will beat you, and you'll lose control.


2014 Elements Spring Racing: tight races at Fergusson Park | Photo: Elements Watersports

Laurence Carey has triumphed in the 2014 Elements Spring Racing, at Fergusson Park, Tauranga, in New Zealand.

The Kiwi windsurfing event is designed to attract podium-chasing racers, but also all those weekend warriors, and recreational funboarders. Riders from as far afield as Wellington and Warkworth attended the competition.

After a little buoy maneuvering, racing got underway with some fast, clean starts in all fleets. The lumpy conditions at the marks challenged even the most seasoned campaigner, and mid-race tuning of the course was required as significant wind shifts impacted a couple of races.