Downwind: the most unstable point of sailing | Photo: Carter/PWA

Learning how to sail downwind is a basic windsurfing technique. Discover how find the balance quick and easy.

If you're a windsurfing beginner and you've just managed to sail upwind, you will need to master the art of sailing with the wind. Initially, the problem is just that you feel too much power in the sail.

As a result, it's never easy to keep the right balance between you, the board and the sail. The first useful tip is that you should keep your body low, and use it to counterbalance the increased pull of the rig.

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Aquece Rio 2014: don't touch that water | Photo: Aquece Rio

Raw sewage. All RS:X windsurfers taking part in the upcoming Aquece Rio, in Brazil, will be competing and training in highly contaminated waters.

The Olympic test event will take place in the race area of Marina da Gloria and Guanabara Bay between August 13th-22nd, but the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is worried about the quality of the local waters.

"Sailors were concerned with objects that may interfere with racing during the Olympic Games, and in response the state government launched a tender of up to $11 million for 17 eco barriers to be put in place. These eco barriers will prevent floating garbage from entering Guanabara Bay and the race areas," ISAF tells in an official statement.

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Dieter Van der Eyken: the best performance of his career | Photo: Carter/PWA

Dieter Van der Eyken, Sarah-Quita Offringa, and Antoine Albeau have dominated the Freestyle and Slalom competitions at the 2015 Fuerteventura PWA World Cup, in the Canary Islands.

The 30th anniversary of the iconic windsurfing event produced nine fabulous days of wind and tight clashes. Tributes to Peter Volwater, a new world champion and a maiden event victory in the PWA World Tour. The contest had it all.

In the Freestyle game, Van der Eyken delivered the best performance of his career by landing perfect spock into culos, monster air skopus and kabikuchis. Kiri Thode and Nico Akgazciyan had to settle for second and third.

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