Windsurfing: water is always the best drink | Photo: PWA/Carter

Research has shown that consuming adequate fluids is essential to optimize performance. Health promoter and windsurfer Henrik Beyer leaves us important tips on what and when windsurfers should be drinking for optimal performance and good health.

The sports drink industry has produced "sports" drinks with sodium, potassium, caffeine, taurine, guarana and most of all sugar. It made billions on our hope to find the magic ingredients that increase performance. But do windsurfers really need them?

For years, the sports drink industry has spent a great deal of money and effort to cast doubt on water and its ability to help us stay hydrated. The problem is not that sports drinks are dangerous to the health of the individual windsurfer if he or she consumes a sports drink now and then.


RS:X Windsurfing: chasing spots for Rio 2016 | Photo: Santander 2014

Nineteen male and 13 female windsurfers have secured spots in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, after the conclusion of the Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships, in Spain.

In the Men's medal race, Thomas Goyard showed impressive speed, took the bullet and the bronze medal, an outstanding achievement for the young Frenchman. Julien Bontemps finished behind his compatriot and sealed his second RS:X world title. Przemyslaw Miarczynski kept the silver medal.

Charline Picon, from France, tasted an early gold medal in the Women's RS:X, as leaderboards took shape in wonderful conditions in Santander. She was followed by Marina Alabau and Maayan Davidovich.

The remaining places in both divisions shall be qualified from the 2015 Class World Championship, and in a series of Continental Qualification Events sanctioned by ISAF, to finish by June 1st, 2016 at the latest.


Carrying your rig: a risky technique | Photo: PWA/Carter

After rigging your windsurfing sail, it's time to take it to the water, but in medium-to-strong wind conditions you should definitely master the art of sail transportation, otherwise someone can get hurt.

Carrying your rig can be uncomfortable, especially if wind gusts try to blow your windsurfing sail away. Additionally, it will drain your energy before touching the water.

So, whether getting ready to carry your rig, leaving it unattended on the beach or near the water's edge, you've got to be sure it is lying in the mast-to-wind position.