Janis Preiss: hooked on winning

Karl-Erik Saarm and Janis Preiss have been crowned the 2014 Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master world champions, in Gallipoli, Italy.

After five days of competition and 15 races, the windsurfer from Latvia claimed the world title and the 2014 Gallipoli Formula European Cup trophy.

In the last day of competition, Preiss was fired up, taking three of the four bullets, whilst for Miguel Martinho, two of his races today ended up being two of his three series discards.


Piotr Myszka: he sees gold

Piotr Myszka and Charline Picon have stolen the gold medals at the 2014 RS:X European Windsurfing Championships, in Cesme, Turkey.

The final day of competition brought the double-point medal race, for both Men and Women divisions, in 20-to-25 knot winds. The top 10 windsurfing teams were set based on the eight races on the leaderboard. Who would make it to the podium?

In the RS:X Men, Piotr Myszka had to somewhere in the middle of the first 10 places to secure gold, but a crash with teammate Tarnowski threw both of them into the water.


Waterstart: an intermediate windsurfing skill | Photo: howtowindsurf101.com

The waterstart is an intermediate skill in modern windsurfing. Fast progressing beginners will rapidly feel the need to eliminate the hassle of uphauling.

Waterstarting is easy. It only requires training and winds blowing in the 10-knot range and above. It has very little to do with your blasting ability. You may waterstart on any board, but it will be especially useful if you're on a short board.

The windsurfing waterstart is basically a deep water beach start, where the power of the wind lifts you up onto the board, rather than stepping up onto it. You should train the waterstart in shoulder-depth water.