Vincent Langer: celebrating in cold waters | Photo: Choppy Water

Vincent Langer and Lena Erdil have been crowned winners of the IFCA Slalom World Championship, in Sylt, Germany.

The Funboard windsurfers raced for five days at the Volvo Surf Cup, in front of a crowd of 120,000 spectators. There were over 90 sailors from 17 countries - a record number in IFCA events.

Langer started his odyssey by dominating the first and second elimination races in home waters. With a perfect start, the result in the third would be irrelevant.

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Footstraps: plane better with the right setup | Photo: Carter/PWA

Footstraps are a key accessory for windsurfers wishing to step into intermediate and advanced sailing grounds. If you're looking for speed, fast jibes, and powerful jumps, then you need to know how to adjust them.

Learning how to set up your footstraps is learning how to control your windsurf board in relation to the wind. Footwork is a constant variable in windsurfing, especially when the wind picks up and you need an immediate response.

Footstraps are essential gear as you start to steer the board more with your feet and less with the sail, in order to complete tricks and to accelerate in open water. So, if you've mastered the art of planing, hooked in the harness, then you're ready for the footwork studies.

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Bryony Shaw: this girl wins windsurfing medals | Photo: British Sailing Team

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has partnered with Sport England to get women into windsurfing.

"This Girl Can Windsurf" is a national campaign to invite British women up and down the country to come and try the sport of sailboarding, no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.

"Provided you are confident in the water, there's no reason you couldn't take up this exciting sport. If you are aged 16 or under, RYA's Team15 is a nationwide network of youth windsurfing clubs where young people and under can get together every week to learn new windsurfing skills and enjoy being on the water," the campaign notes.

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