Philip Kümpel: windsurfer and film composer

Wind has inspired storytellers, legends and myths. And it also motivates Philipp Kümpel to compose film scores through windsurfing.

Many have questioned if windsurfing is a lifestyle on its own. We think it is. Philipp Kümpel is a windsurfer and film composer. The soundtrack to his personal and professional life is blown by the wind.

"Music and windsurfing fit together perfectly. Windsurfing gives me the inspiration I need for my composing world. Music is all about waves and moving air. When I'm on my board, I can hold the wind in my hands and feel the waves with my feet," Kümpel reveals in the beautiful movie "Inspiration," shot at El Medano.

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Freestyle windsurfing: judges learn how to throw out scores | Photo: Carter/PWA

Have you ever thought of judging maneuvers by some favorite freestyle windsurfers? It's not impossible. All you have to do is learn how to throw out scores, in a judging clinic.

The International Funboard Class Association (IFCA) and the European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) have teamed up to deliver a windsurf judging course. The goal is to set international standards of race management and freestyle windsurfing.

Many pro windsurfers have already experienced being "on the other side" of competition. It's not straightforward, but it is also rewarding and exciting. Judging windsurfers is very much developing an acute sense of fairness.

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Apparent wind: it always feels strong on your face | Photo: Carter/PWA

Why does the wind seem almost to disappear when you sail downwind and increase again when you sail upwind? Let's learn what apparent wind "feels" like.

Beginner and advanced sailors have already felt it, but they probably haven't thought about it. When we sail in stronger winds, we tend to feel that we're moving faster than we actually are.

This sensation occurs when we start feeling high winds on our face or on our skin. Apparent wind is exactly that. However, let's rewind our lesson a bit to the concept of true wind.

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