Antoine Albeau: ready for the fiesta

Antoine Albeau has conquered the 2014 Catalunya Costa Brava World Cup, the first stage of the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) World Tour.

In the final day of competition, Albeau took a massive, and ultimately decisive step towards the event crown with his second bullet of the week in race four. He was crowned the King of Costa Brava for the third year in a row.

Amazingly, the podium was also occupied solely by the French as they showed they are the dominant force in the Slalom world right now, as Cyril Moussilmani and Pierre Mortefon claimed second and third respectively.


North Sails: a brand founded in 1957 by Lowell North

North Sails, the brand founded in 1957 by Lowell North, has been acquired by Oakley Capital, a private equity firm.

North Sails Group is a leader in sailmaking technology, holding the patent for 3Di, a construction process resulting in high performance non-panelled composite sails.

The insignia is the sailmaker of choice on the majority of America's Cup. The brand also manufactures more 3D and panelled cruising sails than any other sailmaker in the world.


Andrea Cucchi: the dark sail prevails at the Défi Wind

Andrea Cucchi has sailed faster to claim to the 2014 Défi Wind, at Gruissan, France.

A record number of 1,000 windsurfers from 27 countries participated in the 240 kilometers of races, held in between 25 and 46 knots of wind. The "Woodstock of Boarsports" was greeted by a powerful Tramontane.

The final 40-kilometer race, saw more than 700 sailors blasting the first leg in record time. At the first buoy, Andrea Cucchi is in the lead followed by Bringdal, who falls, Belbeoch, Moretti, Standhart, Guadagnino, Brault and Warembourg.