Phil McGain: driving MauiSails to winds of change | Photo: Olivier Perkins/MauiSails

Phil McGain, president of MauiSails, has released an official statement regarding rumors involving problems between the brand and sponsored racers.

In 2015, MauiSails didn't renew the sponsorship agreements with some their top windsurfers. However, the brand has an explanation for the recent developments.

"Towards the end of last year, our sails production cycle was modified; from ordering and manufacturing sails on a monthly basis, we had to move to ordering and manufacturing on a quarterly basis, as requested by the factory in China," says McGain.

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Steve Allen: a victory by a single point | Photo: Rob Plim

Steve Allen has claimed the 2015 Downunder Pro, at Lake Macquarie, Australia.

Over the three-day regatta, windsurfers completed seven races at picturesque Belmont. The Downunder Pro - Formula Windsurfing Oceanic & Australian Championships crowned Allen, ahead of Janis Preiss and defending champion Sean O'Brien.

"I'm really happy that I managed to win three of the seven races in such difficult conditions and with a strong fleet," stated Allen, who won the title by a single point.

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Planing in windsurfing: like flying over water

The one sensation, above all others, that gets people hooked on windsurfing is the feeling of skimming over the water nearly to the point where they will gasp the iconic Titanic phrase "I'm flying Jack!"

The theory behind planing in windsurfing is to transmit all the power obtained through the sail into the board, as horizontally as possible, so that it lifts out of the water and continues gliding over it.

This means that you need to get as much wind power into the sail as it allows first. To achieve this, we need to bear away onto a broad reach (90 degrees plus from the wind) and sheet in while trying to keep the sail as vertical as possible.

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