Long distance windsurfing: speed is not everything

Long distance windsurfing marathons are a test to the sailors' overall fitness level. Speed is not everything.

When you're trying to win a long distance windsurfing race, you must be comfortable upwind, in order to sail for one hour.

In these challenges, you cannot prepare yourself and gear for reaching the highest top speed through the 50 kilometers. It's all about having the best average top speed, with a trim that allows you not to be exhausted after one race.

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Thomas Traversa: mastering ramps at Carro | Photo: Jeremy Lacave

Thomas Traversa has claimed the first chapter of the Rip Curl Windsurfing Pro Tour 2014, at Carro, France.

The Rip Curl Windsurfing Pro Tour will get the best French sailors competing in the premium French surf spots.

The circuit will travel through Carro, Ghjunkidu, L'Ile aux Vaches, Hossegor, Toulhars and Crozon. Thirty windsurfers have been picked based on previous wave contest results.

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European Freestyle Pro Tour: you don't need light to show off

The 2014 European Freestyle Pro Tour (EFPT) will kick off at Podersdorf, in Austria, on the 25th April.

After hosting the Chiemsee European Tow-In Championship for two years in a row, the organiser of the Surf Worldcup in Podersdorf, Austria decided to bring back the EFPT freestyle discipline to where the tour has been originally founded more than 10 years ago.

It will be the first stage of the 2014 season. This time, riders will be even more in the center of public and media attention. There will be windsurfing test areas and a total of 26,000 euros in prize money.

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