Windsurfing: learning self-rescue techniques is critical

When the windsurfing equipment fails far away from the shore, you must be able to return to firm land with what you've got. Learn how to self-rescue on a windsurfer.

Fortunately, problems with windsurfing sails, masts, booms and boards are quite rare. But if something goes wrong, do you know how to get back to the beach?

If you're close enough to the coastline, activate the International Distress Signal. Clench your fists and repeatedly raise and lower your arms at either side of your body, while kneeling or sitting on your board.

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Windsurfing: sailors suffer between 1.2-1.5 injuries every year | Photo: JP Aloha Classic/Si Crowther

Research has shown that the average risk of injury in windsurfing is between 1.2-1.5 injuries every year. It's time to get those numbers down.

Windsurfers who compete in wave and slalom disciplines have the highest risk of injury (up to 2.0 injuries/person/year), whereas recreational sailors have an average of 1.2 injuries per year.

Health promoter and windsurfer Henrik Beyer highlights physical fitness in preventing windsurfing injuries and calls for industry involvement.

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2014 Formula Windsurfing European Championships: welcome Viganj, Croatia

Sebastian Kordel is the new 2014 Formula Windsurfing European champion. The 23-year-old sailor from Germany discarded a fifth place in the final race held in Viganj, Croatia.

Kordel was also crowned winner of the Open Croatian Championship, leaving Casper Bouman and Philip Korczycki in the remaining podium places. A total of 60 windsurfers raced in Vinganj, despite unstable weather conditions all week long.

On the final day of competition, in sight of the majestic Queen Elizabeth that had just cruised into port, the flags fluttered into life and it was game on - a frenzy of activity with three back to back races, a short break, then two more races.

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