From Cuba to Florida: Chasing freedom on a windsurfer

Windsurfing is one of the simplest, easiest, cheapest, and most accessible sailing craft in the world.

Although it was only introduced in the 1970s, windsurfing equipment rapidly became available in nearly all corners of the globe within a couple of decades.

Windsurfing was supposed to be a pleasant outdoor recreation. But for Cubans, it also symbolized hope. It was a vehicle to achieve freedom in the United States.

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Jamaer and Ten Hoeve challenge a Danish snowstorm

Leon Jamaer and Martin Ten Hoeve went windsurfing in Agger, Denmark, during a cold snowstorm that hit the coast.

With air temperatures reaching 0°C (32 °F), they were naturally the only ones out there ripping the perfect waves, smoothed by the offshore wind.

"Leon had already texted me days before, telling me that Agger would be pumping. He wanted to know if I would want to go. Normally, I sail here all winter but lately, the temperatures have been around and under 0°C!" explains Ten Hoeve.

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Dunkerbeck Pro Center opens in Bonaire

Bjorn Dunkerbeck and Philippe Bru have teamed up to open the Dunkerbeck Pro Center, in the Lac Bay Lagoon on the island of Bonaire, in the Dutch Caribbean.

The unprecedented wind and water conditions of Bonaire attract windsurfers and kitesurfers from all over the world on a regular basis.

The Lac Bay Lagoon has been used for countless windsurfing championships due to the perfect natural conditions: the lagoon offers more than two kilometers of warm shallow water and constant winds of 24 knots on average.

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Dimitri Maramenides, the founder and owner of Epic Kites, rode his kite a few hours before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States.

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