Julien Quentel wins the 2017 Défi Wind Caribbean

Julien Quentel and Maëlle Guilbaud have taken out the 2017 Défi Wind Caribbean, in Bonaire.

The event opened with winds in the 25-knot range. A total of 45 windsurfers completed three 20-kilometer races in the flat and blue Caribbean waters along Te Amo beach, from the airport to the marina.

The second edition of the Défi Wind Caribbean was blessed by the local weather conditions. Bonaire is located 40 miles aways from Venezuela and offers consistent trade winds all year-round.

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What is windsurfing?

Windsurfing is a water sport that combines characteristics of both sailing and surfing. The windsurfer uses the wind to propel a board forward under his feet and skim across the water.

For many, windsurfing is sailing in its elementary and most enjoyable form - a flexible triangle-shaped sail mounted on a board.

The 20th-century recreational activity has its origins in the Polynesian water crafts. Fishermen and sailors used a small sailing boat and sail to navigate the Pacific Ocean water in an upright position.

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How to handle lulls and gusts in windsurfing

High wind and no-wind conditions are common in windsurfing. Learn how to cope with the extremes.

It happens all the time. Whether you're a recreational windsurfer or an accomplished competitor, sooner or later the wind will always play a trick on you.

In other words, it's never good to be underpowered and overpowered. It leads to frustration, fatigue, and sometimes injuries and dangerous situations.

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