Gorge River: always check wind conditions before your session

An experienced windsurfer died in the eastern Gorge, USA, after sailing with friends in 60 miles/hour winds.

Jeff Young, 48-year old Hood River resident, was windsurfing in the area of Arlington (3 Mile Canyon), when suddenly ten windsurfers discover his board and sail on shore.

The searches quickly begun and a US Coast Guard helicopter was called to help. Young was one of the strongest windsurfers of the Gorge region, but he wasn't wearing a helmet under those harsh meteo conditions.

The cause of death is still to be determined. When windsurfing in extreme conditions, please make sure to respect all safety procedures.

Take a look at the Modern Beaufort Wind Scale.

UKWA National Championships: more than sailor attended the event

Last weekend the UKWA was again given a warm welcome by Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy. The Academy will be the host location for the 2012 Olympic Games and therefore already offers competitors and supporter outstanding facilities.

102 sailors turned out to race last weekend 1st/2nd & 3rd May for Round One of The UKWA National Championships, Cup 1 at Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy.

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Taty Frans: freestyle king in Austria

An early morning of explosive action allowed the born and bred styler from Bonaire, Taty Frans, to claim his crown in Austria.

The 2009 Colgate World Cup winner, Taty Frans proved that he’s currently the best freestyler in the world having beaten Steven Van Broeckhoven in a nail biting single elimination final on Lake Neusiedl today. Both competitors were pulling out all the stops in order to become the Podersdorf freestyle champion, but in the end, there could only be one winner.

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