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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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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