Starboard AirPlane: the the world's first fully-planing inflatable windsurf board | Photo: Starboard

Starboard launched the world's first fully-planing inflatable windsurf board. The AirPlane is tough, light and extremely compact.

It was an inevitable move. Starboard officially enters the inflatable windsurf world with four new models for beginners, progressive riders, and kids. The Airplane introduces Rail Edge, a 3D rubber formula that allows the board to plane.

The inflatable technology by Starboard also features a fully-integrated mast track which avoids deflation at sea, a strong and stiff fin box, and a 6'' drop stitch. The new inflatable windsurf board can be fully inflated in between five and ten minutes.

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Dorian van Rijsselberge: taking gold in light winds | Photo: Renedo/Sailing Energy

Dorian van Rijsselberge and Bryony Shaw claimed the Sailing World Cup Miami 2016, held in Florida.

The first big regatta of the year had sunny skies, but the wind was never strong enough. The world's best RS:X windsurfers are getting ready and trained for the most important sports event on the planet: the Olympic Games, set for Rio de Janeiro, and commencing August 5th.

Van Rijsselberge had a lot of work to do in Miami. Pawel Tarnowski, who won four out of 11 races, alongside Nick Dempsey and Aichen Wang, made sure the Dutch would have to fight hard to taste the gold medal.

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Laurence Carey: fast and ready for the 2016 PWA World Tour season | Photo: Carter/PWA

Laurence Carey has been crowned champion at the 2016 New Zealand Slalom Windsurfing Nationals, held at Naval Point, Canterbury.

The gods of the wind only allowed two days of racing, but it was enough to decide the season winners. And with temperatures as high as 31°C (87.8°F), windsurfers were eager to get to the water and cool off.

The Open Men's fleet had a high level of competition. Kiwi sailor Peter John travelled from Maui, Hawaii, to try and claim the national title from reigning champion Laurence Carey.

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