Windsurf beach start: the art of launching in shallow waters | Photo: Carter/PWA

The beach start is an intermediate windsurfing technique. As your sailing experience evolves, you'll have to master the art of launching in shallow waters.

Training is all you need to pull the perfect windsurf beach start. After ten tries, you'll do it like a pro. But you shouldn't stop practising it until it's properly done, without falling off the board.

The beach start requires your constant attention to the board position and the rig's relationship to the wind until you finally sail away. So how can you do the perfect windsurfing beach start? Let's see:

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Windsurfing sails: de-rig and fold them properly | Photo: Carter/PWA

Modern windsurfing sails are robust and fragile at the same time. Learn how to fold your sail without damaging its core materials.

By taking care of your windsurfing sails, you are extending their lifetime. Salt, water, sun, rock and sand are amongst the worst enemies of our wind leaves. You don't need much to tear a sail in half.

However, it's not only a problem with the elements. It could also be you, too. Folding a windsurfing sail is a classic procedure, and there's a way of making it right.

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European Freestyle Pro Tour: alive and kicking | Photo: Alexis Fernet/EFPT

The 2015 European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) will be contested in six different stages. The kick off is scheduled to April 31st, in Podersdorf, Austria, with a confirmed night tow-in session.

Greek windsurfing fans have reasons to celebrate. The EFPT will return to their country with the Milos Beach Freestyle Open, in Lefkada, an event with a 5,000 euros in prize money.

The freestyle windsurfers will then travel to the beautiful island of Lanzarote for a second consecutive battle of tricks in Costa Teguise. Up next is the Martini EFPT Croatia, a contest run in conjunction with Surf Perna, on the Pelješac peninsula, in Southern Croatia.

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