Andrea Cucchi: the dark sail prevails at the Défi Wind

Andrea Cucchi has sailed faster to claim to the 2014 Défi Wind, at Gruissan, France.

A record number of 1,000 windsurfers from 27 countries participated in the 240 kilometers of races, held in between 25 and 46 knots of wind. The "Woodstock of Boarsports" was greeted by a powerful Tramontane.

The final 40-kilometer race, saw more than 700 sailors blasting the first leg in record time. At the first buoy, Andrea Cucchi is in the lead followed by Bringdal, who falls, Belbeoch, Moretti, Standhart, Guadagnino, Brault and Warembourg.


Slalom windsurfing: Albeau prepares to click the speed button

How do you fine-tune a windsurfing sail for Slalom racing or training? Antoine Albeau shares useful tips and techniques.

Let's start with a very significant variable. Downhaul tension affects the overall luff curve of the sail, so it's important to get it right and balanced. How much downhaul tension do you need?

"If it's there's too much downhaul tension, you'll feel it in the water because the board will be flying a lot, the nose will be high, and it will be hard to control the board," underlines Antoine Albeau.


A dive into the windsurfer: don't try this at your home spot

A diver has nearly lost his life after jumping off a cliff in front of a passing windsurfer.

Now, here's a lesson to all watermen. Please, don't try this at your home spot, even if you know the place like the back of your hands.

A cliff diver has plunged into the water as a windsurfer was sailing by near a rocky bluff. The dangerous stunt could've ended up in tragedy for both water sportsmen.