Avanti was born out of a core collaboration between Dan Kaseler and Finian Maynard. With 40-years of combined experience, Kaseler and Maynard bring an outstanding skill set and lasting passion to the windsurfing market. Between 2003 and 2005 Maynard made sailing history by breaking three WSSRC speed sailing world records using Kaseler’s sail designs. Smashing [...]
Dear Formula sailors!
Ansis Dale, president of the Latvian Yachting Union, Janis Jekabsons, event technical organizer from Club Rietumkrasts, and IWA officially announce that the 2012 Formula Windsurfing World Championship will be hosted in Liepaja, Latvia, from August 20 – 26, 2012.
In December, the World Championship was officially confirmed by our governments National Sport Council and the main [...]
thanks for sharing Bob!!
“I’m bob Piscura the guy who talked to you back in the fall. I have attached a couple of pictures of me and Molly ( boxer and Doberman mix), is was taken on Christmas eve in Cedar key Florida. To our surprise a photographer from the Gainesville Sun also took pictures that were on the front page of the Christmas day issue! It was only 5 mph winds but it was better than sitting on the sofa! Molly can go at up to about 12 mph before her 75 pounds starts to be an issue. Keep the great sails coming. Bob Piscura “
The 4th placed Brit in this years BWA wave tour sets a new low as he discusses taking on doubles whilst riding black. Don’t believe us? Then check the Point-7 interview below…
Black Rider Adam Lewis was spotted nailing some big double-forwards in Tenerife over the weekend. We caught up with Adam to ask him some questions on the manoeuvre.
How was it the first time you tried?
The first time I tried one was maybe two years ago. I was sailing with some friends and they had all just started to back loop and I kept crashing. I was really pissed! So I came to the inside, got a good gust as I started to head out and I was thinking of a good friend Bart David who had been doing them for years – he had always said do a planing loop and then just do another! I knew I had the guys following behind me so when a ramp came I just did one loop and like he said did the other. I was a bit of a blur but I landed and sailed away a little shocked!! It was a while before I tried another though!!
An over rotation of a normal forward? Scary?
No it really is doing two loops, I really concentrate on sheeting in twice. The first one of a session used to be scary now they are good fun!!
Does it still feel like the first time when going for the double? Or are you just not happy if you don’t land it perfect?
Yeah, I think now I still really like the feeling, but now if I don’t land quite right I’m a bit annoyed. It’s all learning; the more you crash the more you learn too I guess!
Hmmm I over rotated on a double the other day on a really small ramp. I over did it because I wasn’t expecting to go so high so for sure they are possible, my bet would be on Köster!!
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Facebook has always ben a little overlooked by some, but Colin ‘Whippy’ Dixon and Marco ‘Dancing’ Wedele believe they have finally found the perfect use for it, so if you haven’t had the chance to get your own ‘wall’, create your own ‘group’ or ‘poke’ someone then here is the ideal reason to get involved…
Finally a good use for Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/WindSurfCoaching/249777025078005 or search Facebook for “windsurfcoaching”
Have you ever spent a day on the water trying a new trick and constantly wiping out. Stop falling in and start winning. Post your windsurfing problems on the Facebook page and get it answered by an expert. From Beach start to blasting, Vulcan to Forward loop, all your issues solved by Colin “whippy” Dixon and Marco “dancing” Wedele, with over 22 years of world class coaching between them, these guys are the answer.
Today I felt better, but not strong enough to get in the water.And that was a blessing, because the conditions weren't exactly my favorite...
As I state in the title, the photos can easily fool you. The waves were nice, but the wind was horribly strong, gusty and offshore. Nobody really sailed at their usual level. Even the very top sailors at times struggled... imagine what kind of embarassing performance I would have produced!
So I covered myself with shirt, sweatshirt and wind jacket and sat to take some pics.
Shot of the day goes to Levi, whose bottom turns are getting consistently mind blowing fast.
These are the other shots, in chronological order.
The Maui county decided to put a fence around the lifeguard tower and nobody is happy with that. They also replaced some piece of rusted guardrail and everybody is happy with that.
Bunch of Italian vacationers.
Not a good first wave for him.
Second major wipeout for Francisco. Told you it wasn't easy... but, very characteristically, he charged anyway.
Mark doing his thing.
Mr. Polakow showed up. He literally destroyed this wave. First top turn.
First bottom turn.
Second top turn. Notice the spray he threw when he changed his trajectory to get more vertical up the face.
Third top turn. Getting three turns in a day like today was no easy feature.
I had to leave at 1.30 to go to work, so that's all for today folks.
I feel like tomorrow I might be able to be back in the water.
Let's bloody hope so, shall we?
Introducing the provisional UK windsurfing calendar for 2012…
With most events already set in stone, there are just a few that need to be confirmed. So grab your diaries and be sure not to miss out on what is set to be an incredible year for UK windsurfing.
One of the biggest highlights we can expect will be, without a doubt, the Olympics coming to town. Where we will see our top RS:X sailors take to the waters of Portland Harbour, to do battle against the worlds finest athletes, in the hope that they will take away the highest of all sporting achievements. An Olympic gold medal.
Aside from this, there will be the exciting BSA Slalom series kicking off in April at Hayling Island. Will Ant Baker hold his title for 2012 or will we some of the the young up-and-comers take the top spot.
Also in April, the UK’s freestyle fleets will hit the waters of West Kirby. Spinning into a whirlwind of moves on these incredibly flat waters, it is the perfect start to the new 6 stop tour (one event more than last year). The big question is who will be crowned freestyle champion by the time the tour finishes at Weymouth speed week in October. Will Adam Sims remain UK Freestyle champion for another year or will the likes of Oscar Carmichael (UK Junior freestyle champion), Max Rowe (PWA freestyler) or Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers (3 times UK freestyle champion) take the title.
Then in May we see the start of the now legendary BWA 4 Nations Cup. Where the UK’s finest wave sailors will take on the biggest swells the Atlantic can throw at them. Ben Proffitt took the title this year but Phil Horrocks was snapping at heels all along the way. Will either of them be the 2012 champion or will Adam Lewis, John Skye or Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers, who made a tremendous impact on this years Pro fleet, be crowned the UK’s number one wave sailor for 2012.
It’s a hard one to predict with such huge talent across all the disciplines, and we know we missed many names off the likely contenders for the top spot. So be sure to keep an eye here, as we bring you the highs and the lows, for what is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years ever on UK shores.
thank you to Jeroen Boelema of Essentialstore.nl / Best Surf for sharing these awesome shots!