Dirk Deckert and Karsten Klünder: goodbye East Germany | Photo: Karsten Klünder

From 1949 to 1990, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) - also known as East Germany - was the symbol of the Cold War. Ruled by the Soviet Union, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik saw about three million of the country's 17 million citizens leaving the country in search of freedom and a better life.

Leaving East Germany meant, in most cases, escaping East Germany. The communist regime didn't allow people to leave the country, except if they were members of minority ethnic groups returning to their homelands, or if their citizens were to reunite with their families.

As a result, East Germans had to be creative and effective in order to complete their leap into freedom. The Baltic Sea was one of the options, with Denmark or Sweden as final destinations.

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PWA World Tour: get those sails ready | Photo: PWA/Carter

The 2015 Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) World Tour schedule has been announced.

It's on. The 2015 PWA World Tour will travel to 12 spots to crown champions in three disciplines: Freestyle, Slalom and Wave. Three 2014 stages are out of the equation (Bonaire, Poland and France), but the Austrian and Korean contests return.

The Freestyle competition has three events on the agenda - Austria, Fuerteventura and Sylt. The Slalom division will be run in seven stops - Korea, Costa Brava, Turkmenistan, Fuerteventura, Alacati, Sylt and New Caledonia.

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Hugo de Sousa: a new star is ready to conquer freestyle windsurfing

If you think you've seen everything in freestyle windsurfing, prepare for creative madness. Hugo de Sousa, from Brazil, is about to make sure nothing is impossible.

The talented young sailor is already traveling the world in search of multiple winds and conditions to improve his competitive performance. But Hugo de Sousa will win events. It's written in the stars.

In "Son of Freestyle," the rider from Camocim, in Ceará, Brazil, display a full array of innovative elements and combos. Hugo just makes it all seem so easy.

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