Snow sailing: who said windsurfing needs water?

A group of windsurfers from Montreal is getting into wind skateboarding, wind skiing, and wind snowboarding when the cold temperatures freeze the local waters. And fun is their middle name.

They say that even if it is cold - an average temperature of -15 - it feels like summer in their minds. And it is true, at least judging for their latest snow sailing video.

"We do have some wind, but it's not warm all year long. First, you need some good conditions to sail with skis or a snowboard. To get it easier, you want hard snow, solid to icy. A little bit of powder will slow you down, but it will be better when you fall," explains Guy Trudeau.

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Original Windsurfer: stealing waves from surfer in Malibu | Photo: OriginalWindsurfer.com

The history of windsurfing if full of hidden secrets, untold tales, controversial debates, and unique testimonials. The truth behind the invention of the sport itself is not absolutely clear, but a few names are inevitably linked to windsurfing.

Diane and Hoyle Schweitzer, S. Newman Darby, Jim Drake, Peter Chilvers, Arnaud de Rosnay and Richard Eastaugh are some of the characters deeply connected to the birth of the wind sport.

In "Wind & Water - The Invention of Windsurfing," director Bill Weir gathered historical footage and relevant information about the origins of the outdoor activity. Weir succumbed to brain cancer (1963-2009) but he left a paramount documentary.

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Gonzalo Costa Hoevel: maiden world title in the Azores | Photo: Eric Bellande

Gonzalo Costa Hoevel has been crowned the 2015 Formula Windsurfing world champion, at Praia da Vitória, in the Azores Islands, Portugal.

The Argentinian sailor secured a maiden world title with an impressive record of nine victories in 12 races. In the last day of competition, Hoevel won three races.

It was written in the stars, and Gonzalo only allowed Sebastian Kornum and Steve Allen to celebrate the first place in three regattas.

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