2015 Lancelin Ocean Classic: 25 kilometers in less than 30 minutes | Photo: John Carter

Steve Allen has won the 2015 Lancelin Ocean Classic. The Australian windsurfer conquered his third consecutive title at the world's longest windsurfing race.

A total of 220 windsurfers participated in the 25 kilometers downwind challenge. The event founded in 1986 has, meanwhile expanded to include kiteboarding, stand up paddleboarding and jet-ski competitions.

Allen crossed the finish line in first place after sailing for 28 minutes and 17 seconds. He improved his personal best by one minute and 42 seconds.

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Dirk Deckert and Karsten Klünder: goodbye East Germany | Photo: Karsten Klünder

From 1949 to 1990, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) - also known as East Germany - was the symbol of the Cold War. Ruled by the Soviet Union, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik saw about three million of the country's 17 million citizens leaving the country in search of freedom and a better life.

Leaving East Germany meant, in most cases, escaping East Germany. The communist regime didn't allow people to leave the country, except if they were members of minority ethnic groups returning to their homelands, or if their citizens were to reunite with their families.

As a result, East Germans had to be creative and effective in order to complete their leap into freedom. The Baltic Sea was one of the options, with Denmark or Sweden as final destinations.

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PWA World Tour: get those sails ready | Photo: PWA/Carter

The 2015 Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) World Tour schedule has been announced.

It's on. The 2015 PWA World Tour will travel to 12 spots to crown champions in three disciplines: Freestyle, Slalom and Wave. Three 2014 stages are out of the equation (Bonaire, Poland and France), but the Austrian and Korean contests return.

The Freestyle competition has three events on the agenda - Austria, Fuerteventura and Sylt. The Slalom division will be run in seven stops - Korea, Costa Brava, Turkmenistan, Fuerteventura, Alacati, Sylt and New Caledonia.

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