Ben Proffitt: showing off at the PWA Indoor 2014 | Photo: PWA/Carter

Ben Proffitt has been considered the "Windsurfer of the Year" 2014 by the United Kingdom Windsurfing Association.

The voting was very close but, in the end, the experienced wave sailor from Shrewsbury came out on top. Ben joins the list which includes Nick Dempsey, Bryony Shaw, Zara Davis and Izzy Hamilton.

"Awesome news. Thanks! To be honest, if I'd lost to Emma Wilson I really wouldn't have been upset, as she had a great achievement this year winning the worlds! But I'm super happy to win," expressed Proffitt.

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Duck Jibe: an advanced windsurfing technique | Photo: PWA/Carter

If you've already trained your carve jibe, it's time to pull a perfect duck jibe to tighten up your turns.

The duck jibe is a classic windsurfing technique for intermediate and advanced sailors, in which you set up the move by carving, ducking, and exiting in a matter of seconds.

Balance and timing are critical variables when duck jibing. If you've never tried it, look for suitable conditions to train it, i.e., shallow flat waters and winds ranging between 12 and 20 knots.

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RS:One: it's all blue | Photo: HowiePhoto.com

Cheng Fai and Ma Ching have claimed the 2014 RS:One World Championship in Trikora Beach, Bintan island, Indonesia.

The largest fleet of RS:One windsurfers of all time competed for world titles in medium breeze of 15 knots and sunny skies. The last day of competition had three regatta races.

In the first one, Indonesian sailor Suartana Komang surprised everyone by finishing first, ahead of Cheng Kwok Fai and Geylord Coveta. The second race didn't bring radical surprises, with podium contenders controlling each other.

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