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JUNE 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

JUNE 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #356 JUNE ISSUE ON SALE NOW

The JUNE 2016 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!


Subscribe or buy your copy here in either 

Digital or 

Print versions!
(Prices include delivery anywhere globally 10 times a year.)


EURO ISSUE – Lena Erdil gives the lowdown on the Tenerife Slalom training camps, Cadizfornia – Freeriding spot guide to Cadiz, Algarve road trip adventure, Graham Ezzy’s thoughts on Europe, Hayling Island Storm Frank waves, Monty Spindler and Antoine Martin profiles, Peter Hart’s tips for heavyweight sailors, Heli. tack how to with Jem Hall. Freeride test special: 140l. boards & 7.5 twin cam sails. Spain, Portugal and Canaries travel guide.

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BIG JUICY READS

RRD

SOLITUDE
Frenchman Sylvain Demercastel roadtrips to the Algarve and reflects on the joys of not flying, experiencing the unknown and discovering new spots, even if they are just new to you!

Antione

YOUNG GUN
Antoine Martin thrives on innovation in his wavesailing and a disregard for boundaries. Big waves, massive jumps and even greater wipeouts are his staple but what makes a young mind like Antoine’s tick – JC finds out.

Cadiz

CADIZFORNIA
María Andrés gives us a spot guide to her homeland of Cadiz in SW Spain, a place she describes as a natural playground to enjoy watersports and having many more windsurf spots outside of well known Tarifa.

Lena Erdil

TENERIFE TRAINING
The annual Tenerife training camps have produced remarkable results for the riders that attend them on the PWA slalom tour. But what is it that makes these training camps so successful? Lena Erdil gives us the low down.

HAYLING

HURRICANE @ HAYLING
John Carter adds to Hayling Island’s illustrious lineage of iconic high wind sailing images as Storm Frank hits the South Coast of England and Chris Audsley, Paul and Jack Hunt score its bounty.

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MONTY SPINDLER
From working with the original windsurfing pioneers, to topping recent podiums, Monty Spindler is one of windsurfing’s most understated characters. A true craftsman, Iain Marwood profiles Monty’s unique path.

Ezzy

EUROS!
Graham Ezzy, muses on windsurfing life in Europe through the socially observant eyes of a Princeton educated Hawaiian sailor on the PWA tour.


GEAR SHED


TEST 1

LITRE FREERIDE BOARDS   
Our testers review the light wind hulls designed for your freeriding pleasure.

RRD Firemove 140,
Fanatic Gecko 146 ,
Starboard Atom 140 ,
Tabou Rocket Wide 138 ,
JP Magic Ride 142,

test3

TWIN CAM SAILS 
Twin cammed – twice the pleasure of a full on race sail or half the power? – the test team find out.

North Sails Warp 7.7,
Severne Turbo 7.5,
GA Sails Cosmic 7.5,
Neil Pryde Hornet 7.7,
Tushingham Bolt 7.8,
Ezzy Lion 3 7.5,
Simmer 2XC 7.8,

TEKKERS

 

HARTY

PETER HART TECHNIQUE – THE CHALLENGE OF BEING BIG
Large folk appear to be at a natural disadvantage when it comes to windsurfing skills compared to their regular sized peers. But Harty shows how with a change of attitude towards kit, themselves and technique, they can even the balance.

JEM HALL

MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL – THE HELI TACK
Jem Hall gives us the lowdown on nailing the Heli. tack.


BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST
The Panama papers contained information that the windsurfing industry sought to hide offshore. Well, not really, but if you want to find out about the latest kit, this is the place, honest guv!


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SARAH, CAMERAS, ACTION!
Sarah-Quita Offringa is one of the most talented and photogenic sailors in the world with a smile that lights up any lens; we sat down for a quick catch up with Sarah to ask for her POV (Point of View) camera tips.

SPAIN, PORTUGAL AND CANARIES TRAVEL GUIDE
We round up some of the best windsurfing spots to go blast, ride, rest and relax in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands and get the best knots for your euros!

 

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
The Editor explores the influence of Europe in windsurfing’s past and present.


AFFAIRS OF THE HART – KEN’S WAY 
Peter Hart catches up with his old Sea Panther buddy Ken Way, the Leicester City psychologist and part of the legendary Way family who spearheaded the UK windsurfing industry.

 

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9May/16Off

JUNE 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

JUNE 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #356 JUNE ISSUE ON SALE NOW

The JUNE 2016 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!


Subscribe or buy your copy here in either 

Digital or 

Print versions!
(Prices include delivery anywhere globally 10 times a year.)


EURO ISSUE – Lena Erdil gives the lowdown on the Tenerife Slalom training camps, Cadizfornia – Freeriding spot guide to Cadiz, Algarve road trip adventure, Graham Ezzy’s thoughts on Europe, Hayling Island Storm Frank waves, Monty Spindler and Antoine Martin profiles, Peter Hart’s tips for heavyweight sailors, Heli. tack how to with Jem Hall. Freeride test special: 140l. boards & 7.5 twin cam sails. Spain, Portugal and Canaries travel guide.

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BIG JUICY READS

RRD

SOLITUDE
Frenchman Sylvain Demercastel roadtrips to the Algarve and reflects on the joys of not flying, experiencing the unknown and discovering new spots, even if they are just new to you!

Antione

YOUNG GUN
Antoine Martin thrives on innovation in his wavesailing and a disregard for boundaries. Big waves, massive jumps and even greater wipeouts are his staple but what makes a young mind like Antoine’s tick – JC finds out.

Cadiz

CADIZFORNIA
María Andrés gives us a spot guide to her homeland of Cadiz in SW Spain, a place she describes as a natural playground to enjoy watersports and having many more windsurf spots outside of well known Tarifa.

Lena Erdil

TENERIFE TRAINING
The annual Tenerife training camps have produced remarkable results for the riders that attend them on the PWA slalom tour. But what is it that makes these training camps so successful? Lena Erdil gives us the low down.

HAYLING

HURRICANE @ HAYLING
John Carter adds to Hayling Island’s illustrious lineage of iconic high wind sailing images as Storm Frank hits the South Coast of England and Chris Audsley, Paul and Jack Hunt score its bounty.

LOFTSAILS_BTS-6 Main RT

MONTY SPINDLER
From working with the original windsurfing pioneers, to topping recent podiums, Monty Spindler is one of windsurfing’s most understated characters. A true craftsman, Iain Marwood profiles Monty’s unique path.

Ezzy

EUROS!
Graham Ezzy, muses on windsurfing life in Europe through the socially observant eyes of a Princeton educated Hawaiian sailor on the PWA tour.


GEAR SHED


TEST 1

LITRE FREERIDE BOARDS   
Our testers review the light wind hulls designed for your freeriding pleasure.

RRD Firemove 140,
Fanatic Gecko 146 ,
Starboard Atom 140 ,
Tabou Rocket Wide 138 ,
JP Magic Ride 142,

test3

TWIN CAM SAILS 
Twin cammed – twice the pleasure of a full on race sail or half the power? – the test team find out.

North Sails Warp 7.7,
Severne Turbo 7.5,
GA Sails Cosmic 7.5,
Neil Pryde Hornet 7.7,
Tushingham Bolt 7.8,
Ezzy Lion 3 7.5,
Simmer 2XC 7.8,

TEKKERS

 

HARTY

PETER HART TECHNIQUE – THE CHALLENGE OF BEING BIG
Large folk appear to be at a natural disadvantage when it comes to windsurfing skills compared to their regular sized peers. But Harty shows how with a change of attitude towards kit, themselves and technique, they can even the balance.

JEM HALL

MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL – THE HELI TACK
Jem Hall gives us the lowdown on nailing the Heli. tack.


BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST
The Panama papers contained information that the windsurfing industry sought to hide offshore. Well, not really, but if you want to find out about the latest kit, this is the place, honest guv!


Cam NC15_ls_ARU91_0611

SARAH, CAMERAS, ACTION!
Sarah-Quita Offringa is one of the most talented and photogenic sailors in the world with a smile that lights up any lens; we sat down for a quick catch up with Sarah to ask for her POV (Point of View) camera tips.

SPAIN, PORTUGAL AND CANARIES TRAVEL GUIDE
We round up some of the best windsurfing spots to go blast, ride, rest and relax in Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands and get the best knots for your euros!

 

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
The Editor explores the influence of Europe in windsurfing’s past and present.


AFFAIRS OF THE HART – KEN’S WAY 
Peter Hart catches up with his old Sea Panther buddy Ken Way, the Leicester City psychologist and part of the legendary Way family who spearheaded the UK windsurfing industry.

 

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 now!

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13Apr/16Off

TOP 100 WINDSURFING TIPS WITH JEM HALL

TOP 100 WINDSURFING TIPS WITH JEM HALL

TOP 100 WINDSURFING TIPS WITH JEM HALL INTRODUCTION HD

Over the coming months I will be introducing 100 key windsurfing tips to get you moving on up in windsurfing. From stance to starts, tacks to gybes, jumps to rides I will be giving you simple tips to learn from and focus on whilst enjoying your water time. Here are 5 video tips. Stay tuned, watch, enjoy and share.

 


Windsurf Tacking Tip #1 HD
This is my first tacking tip in my top 100 windsurfing tips and its all about the preparation. As in the gybe it is hands before feet and by failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. Go tack as it is the most useful transition for all levels of windsurfer of all time. Share and Enjoy.


Windsurf Carve Gybing Tip #2 HD
This is a top tip for the exit phase of the Carve Gybe. Get down (low) James Brown, after your gybes and many moves! I believe in you.

Windsurfing Stance Tip #3 HD
Control your speed through gusts and lulls with this simple tip – go fast and enjoy.


Windsurf Jumping Tip #4 HD
Be inspired, educated and enthused about how to take off and get better jumps – watch, enjoy and share.


Windsurf Forward Looping Tip #5 HD
This is a top tip for the preparation phase of the forward loop. Get over the board and have your hand way back down the boom – this is the easiest thing to do but it is often forgotten. Pull that trigger! I believe in you.



Via JEMHALL.COM – youtube.com/user/jemhallcoach

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7Apr/16Off

MAY 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

MAY 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #355 MAY ISSUE ON SALE NOW

The MAY 2016 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!


Subscribe or buy your copy here in either 

Digital or 

Print versions!
(Prices include delivery anywhere globally 10 times a year.)


The .com issue – Is the internet good or bad for windsurfing? – John Carter asks the pros, Traversa unplugged in Mozambique, disconnected in Tasmania – off grid adventure with Flo Jung, South Cornwall waves – Praa Sands explored, Azores travel, Windguru founder interview, Maui Ultra Fins new weed/shallow water fin lowdown, Summer wetsuit guide, Slalom test: 115l. boards & 7.8m 3-cam sails and part two of Harty’s onshore tips.

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BIG JUICY READS

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THE LATE SESH
John Carter hooks up his Iphone to roam in Margaret River in the company of Scotty McKercher and Philip Koester, finding a break that tests the best but still remains a beauty worth detouring for.

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TASMANIA  
Flo Jung disconnects from the internet in a journey to the ends of the earth in Tasmania to find the wild roots of a windsurf trip again.

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TRAVELLING FREE 
Thomas Traversa, Jules Denel and Gilles Calvet travel to Mozambique to windsurf but along the way discuss social media and its outcome on our windsurfing world.

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CYBERSAILING
John Carter recruits John Skye, Chris Murray, Chris Pressler and Guy Cribb for a both hilarious and thought provoking discussion on the good and the bad of the internet’s impact on windsurfing.

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DUTY FREE – THE MOTLEY CREW RAID OF PRAA SANDS
Timo Mullen and Ian Black set out to find the windsurfing treasure of South Cornwall; explorer in chief, John Carter, tells the salty tale of their voyage.

JC MAIN SHOT

AZORES
The Azores is within easy reach of Europe and offers verdant lands and rich coastlines full of exuberant life. María Andrés and Emilio Galindo tell their story of finding a paradise only a few hours away but still having all the adventure you could wish for.

GEAR SHED

test 1

115 LITRE SLALOM BOARDS
Our testers review the high octane hulls of the slalom race course.

FANATIC FALCON TE 112,
RRD X-FIRE V8 114,
STARBOARD ISONIC CARBON REFLEX 107,
TABOU MANTA 71

test 2

7.8 3 CAM SAILS
De-tuned slalom engines or super charged compromise? – the test team find out.

GA SAILS PHANTOM 7.8M,
LOFTSAILS SWITCHBLADE 7.8M,
NORTH SAILS S_TYPE SL 7.8M,
RRD FIREWING MKIV 7.8M,
SEVERNE OVERDRIVE R7 7.8M,


TEKKERS

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PETER HART TECHNIQUE – ONSHORE Part 2
Real Tales – Harty continues his exploration and explanation of sailing waves in onshore winds, this time calling on the experiences of some informed locals.

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MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL – THE MOVES THAT MATTER PART 2
Jem continues his ‘Moves that matter’ with the tricks, jumps and wave riding tips to help you improve at all levels.

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HOW TO – ONE FOOTED BACK LOOP
Graham Ezzy tells us how to drop a leg in a back loop, advocating ”the best ways to get better is trying completely different moves that are beyond your ability!”.

 


BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST
Spies recruited, listening devices planted and no lead left unturned. Ross Kemp can’t go where we can – we bring you the latest reportage from windsurfing’s cutting edges – sort of!

LOWDOWN
Maui Ultra Fins Delta series

 – Maui Ultra Fins

 Designer Rick Hanke is an aeronautic engineer by trade but we caught up with him to find out more about his innovative fin design – the Delta series – for shallow and weedy waters.

WINDGURU: THE INTERVIEW
Almost certainly part of your daily internet diet as a windsurfer is www.windguru.cz. Used by everyone from weekend warrior to the PWA, we spoke to its founder, Vaclav Hornik, for a closer look at one of windsurfing’s most popular websites.

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SPRING SUMMER WETSUIT GUIDE
Winter was so last winter, spring/summer is where it’s at for our May issue and to kick off the new season we’ve rounded up some of the latest offerings of fresh rubber from the brands.


SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
The Editor explores the effects of the internet on windsurfing and how best to manage it while staying true to the soul of our sport.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART – SAILING MATES 
Harty eloquently discusses how the company you keep on the water can make or break a day.

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10Mar/16Off

JEM HALL WINDSURFING TACKING TIPS

JEM HALL WINDSURFING TACKING TIPS

JEM HALL WINDSURFING TACKING TIPS

JEM HALL WINDSURFING TACKING TIPS

Jem Hall, CEO of  www.jemhall.com , gives us his latest tips for tacking

”This video is about Tacking Tip #6 This video gives you the top entrance tips for the tack. Highlighting the importance of getting your hips forward and rig back on your entrance, as you look forward, good beginnings make great endings :)
Own tacking and you will own windsurfing!
#top100tips #jemhallcoaching #ezzysails #rrd #ezzyuk
The action clip was filmed in Punta San Carlos, Baja, Mexico on a Ezzy Taka and RRD Firewave 92”

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7Mar/16Off

APRIL 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

APRIL 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #354 APRIL ISSUE ON SALE NOW

The APRIL 2016 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!


Subscribe or buy your copy here in either 

Digital or 

Print versions!
(Prices include delivery anywhere globally 10 times a year.)


Winter’s tale issue – Polakow rides Nazaré, Traversa XXL Basque country, Jaws Journals – Naish, Polakow, Brawzinho and Katchadourian recount their rides, Sailing Storm Imogen on the South Coast of England, Viking test – Kevin Pritchard sails Denmark in winter, Freerace tests – 120L. Boards & 7.0 no-cam sails, Harty’s onshore tips, Jem’s moves that matter, Mediterranean travel guide, Starboard designer – Tiesda You interviewed, Harty’s history of storm riding.

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BIG JUICY READS

 

SPREAD ROBBY BY ERIK AEDER8825

THE JAWS JOURNALS
Jason Polakow, Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne, Kai Katchadourian and Robby Naish breakdown the action on and off the water for a compelling insight into their heroics at Jaws.

MAIN SPREAD (1)

BLACK MONDAY
Storm Imogen swept in 50 foot waves from the Atlantic and battered the south coast of England with winds gusting over 100 knots! The Motley Crew tell the story of their Black Monday mission.

small TT

BOOMING BASQUE
In a performance that nearly broke the internet, Thomas Traversa tells us of his XXL mission in the Basque country.

NAZARÉ
Jason Polakow becomes the first wind powered athlete to ride the infamous wave of Nazaré, Portugal. Jason recounts the wipeouts and waves of a pioneering session.

POLAKOW’S NAZARE BOARD
We hear the story of the making of Jason’s special board for riding Nazaré.

JC Small

THE VIKING TEST
The waves may have been cold but the warmth of the locals showed him real Aloha. Kevin Pritchard tells us why he made a trip in December from Maui to Klitmoller, Denmark.

GEAR SHED

 

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120 LITRE FREERACE BOARDS
Our testers review the boards promising comfort and speed; designed for your drag racing pleasure!

Fanatic Hawk 124,
RRD Firestorm 123,
Starboard Futura 124,
Tabou Speedster 118,
JP Supersport 124,
Goya Bolt 115,

DSC_6250

7.0 NO-CAM FREERACE SAILS
The latest no-cam sail designs target performance and ease of use – do they deliver? The test team find out.

RRD Fire MKIII 6.8m,
North E-Type 7.3m,
Severne NCX 7.0m,
Neil Pryde Hellcat 7.2m,
GA Sails Savage 7.2m,
Goya Mark 7.2m,
Vandal Stitch 7.0m,
Point 7 AC-X 7.0m,
Simmer V-Max 7.2m,


TEKKERS

 

PETER HART TECHNIQUE – BREAKING ONSHORE RUTS.
The reality of sailing waves in onshore winds is that it’s easy to do – but hard to do well. In the first of a two-parter, Harty offers advice about how to rip the mush.

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MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL – THE MOVES THAT MATTER.
For many people April is when we dust off the kit and aim for new targets, Jem clarifies the ‘Moves that matter’ and how to improve in these at all levels.

BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST 
CNN, SKY NEWS and the BBC have rolling news to cover world affairs. We have Latest and Greatest to cover windsurfing’s newest news updates, it’s kinda the same thing as they do on the telly..ish!.

LOWDOWN
RRD AIRWINDSURF SAIL – RRD designer and all round ripper, John Skye, discusses his innovative new rig, designed for portability and able to fit in a small bag!

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TIESDA YOU
Starboard’s head of design talks theory, innovation and why he still loves windsurfing.

SIX WEEKS 
The UK winter is normally Western Australia’s prime time windsurfing season, but not this year. Paul McGill ponders on a strange and strained summer down under.

ClubVass-1058

MEDITERRANEAN TRAVEL GUIDE
If your passport is tempted by the lure of crystal blue seas and reliable thermal winds, read on for our look at some of the Med’s best spots to get your windsurfing fix in

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
It has been an exceptional winter for windsurfing in the UK and abroad – the editor celebrates the bounty and benefits of such a season and the importance of recording this winter’s sessions.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
After an eventful winter of heavy wind and high seas, Harty looks back at the history of storm riding.

 

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7Mar/16Off

APRIL 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

APRIL 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

Panel1

WINDSURF MAGAZINE #354 APRIL ISSUE ON SALE NOW

The APRIL 2016 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!


Subscribe or buy your copy here in either 

Digital or 

Print versions!
(Prices include delivery anywhere globally 10 times a year.)


Winter’s tale issue – Polakow rides Nazaré, Traversa XXL Basque country, Jaws Journals – Naish, Polakow, Brawzinho and Katchadourian recount their rides, Sailing Storm Imogen on the South Coast of England, Viking test – Kevin Pritchard sails Denmark in winter, Freerace tests – 120L. Boards & 7.0 no-cam sails, Harty’s onshore tips, Jem’s moves that matter, Mediterranean travel guide, Starboard designer – Tiesda You interviewed, Harty’s history of storm riding.

001 FC APRIL 354 HR

BIG JUICY READS

 

SPREAD ROBBY BY ERIK AEDER8825

THE JAWS JOURNALS
Jason Polakow, Marcilio ‘Brawzinho’ Browne, Kai Katchadourian and Robby Naish breakdown the action on and off the water for a compelling insight into their heroics at Jaws.

MAIN SPREAD (1)

BLACK MONDAY
Storm Imogen swept in 50 foot waves from the Atlantic and battered the south coast of England with winds gusting over 100 knots! The Motley Crew tell the story of their Black Monday mission.

small TT

BOOMING BASQUE
In a performance that nearly broke the internet, Thomas Traversa tells us of his XXL mission in the Basque country.

NAZARÉ
Jason Polakow becomes the first wind powered athlete to ride the infamous wave of Nazaré, Portugal. Jason recounts the wipeouts and waves of a pioneering session.

POLAKOW’S NAZARE BOARD
We hear the story of the making of Jason’s special board for riding Nazaré.

JC Small

THE VIKING TEST
The waves may have been cold but the warmth of the locals showed him real Aloha. Kevin Pritchard tells us why he made a trip in December from Maui to Klitmoller, Denmark.

GEAR SHED

 

IMG_6225

120 LITRE FREERACE BOARDS
Our testers review the boards promising comfort and speed; designed for your drag racing pleasure!

Fanatic Hawk 124,
RRD Firestorm 123,
Starboard Futura 124,
Tabou Speedster 118,
JP Supersport 124,
Goya Bolt 115,

DSC_6250

7.0 NO-CAM FREERACE SAILS
The latest no-cam sail designs target performance and ease of use – do they deliver? The test team find out.

RRD Fire MKIII 6.8m,
North E-Type 7.3m,
Severne NCX 7.0m,
Neil Pryde Hellcat 7.2m,
GA Sails Savage 7.2m,
Goya Mark 7.2m,
Vandal Stitch 7.0m,
Point 7 AC-X 7.0m,
Simmer V-Max 7.2m,


TEKKERS

 

PETER HART TECHNIQUE – BREAKING ONSHORE RUTS.
The reality of sailing waves in onshore winds is that it’s easy to do – but hard to do well. In the first of a two-parter, Harty offers advice about how to rip the mush.

578-

MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL – THE MOVES THAT MATTER.
For many people April is when we dust off the kit and aim for new targets, Jem clarifies the ‘Moves that matter’ and how to improve in these at all levels.

BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST 
CNN, SKY NEWS and the BBC have rolling news to cover world affairs. We have Latest and Greatest to cover windsurfing’s newest news updates, it’s kinda the same thing as they do on the telly..ish!.

LOWDOWN
RRD AIRWINDSURF SAIL – RRD designer and all round ripper, John Skye, discusses his innovative new rig, designed for portability and able to fit in a small bag!

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TIESDA YOU
Starboard’s head of design talks theory, innovation and why he still loves windsurfing.

SIX WEEKS 
The UK winter is normally Western Australia’s prime time windsurfing season, but not this year. Paul McGill ponders on a strange and strained summer down under.

ClubVass-1058

MEDITERRANEAN TRAVEL GUIDE
If your passport is tempted by the lure of crystal blue seas and reliable thermal winds, read on for our look at some of the Med’s best spots to get your windsurfing fix in

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
It has been an exceptional winter for windsurfing in the UK and abroad – the editor celebrates the bounty and benefits of such a season and the importance of recording this winter’s sessions.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
After an eventful winter of heavy wind and high seas, Harty looks back at the history of storm riding.

 

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Digital copy

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18Feb/16Off

WINDSURFING CARVE GYBE #11 WITH JEM HALL

WINDSURFING CARVE GYBE #11 WITH JEM HALL

WINDSURFING CARVE GYBE #11 WITH JEM HALL

WINDSURFING CARVE GYBE #11 WITH JEM HALL 

This video is about Gybing Tip #11 and it covers the all important Preparation phase of the gybe. Getting low, unhooking effectively, and scissoring the board downwind. More #top100tips coming soon from #jemhallcoaching  Watch, enjoy and share please.

https://vimeo.com/jemhall

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4Feb/16Off

MARCH 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

MARCH 2016 ISSUE ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #353 MARCH ISSUE ON SALE NOW

The March 2016 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!

Subscribe or grab your copy now in either 

Digital or 

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TAHITIAN DREAMS
Robby Swift and Boujmaa Guillol score the golden ticket to Tahiti and the twisting tubes of Teahupoʻo. Waves, wipeouts, pain and pleasure; the duo report from the famous reef.

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RA’IATEA DIARIES
‘A little piece of paradise on earth, like windsurfing in an aquarium!’. Lena Erdil tells us more about her tropical tale of adventure in Ra’iatea, French Polynesia.

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LANO-GRAM
Despite eating his own body weight in barbequed #cow and #pig, our Pommie in Chief, JC, captured all the #Lancelin Ocean Classic  action for our exclusive pass to the event – #Lano-gram!

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THE DAY IT ALL WENT WIGHT!
Friday the 13th! was strangely the day the Motley crew finally had everything go their way, no delays, no dramas just old fashioned going off on the Isle of Wight, JC reports.

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ISLAND BOYZ
Airton Cozzolino, the innovative kitesurfer, and Gollito Estredo, the windsurf Freestyle Champ, have both used their talents on the water to escape poverty, read their inspiring stories here.

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EL PASO
Gran Canaria is famous for the beach of Pozo. Lesser known in the windsurf world is the other side of the island, home to the waves of El Paso and starboard tack down the line. John Skye gives the lowdown.

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IN THE HANDS OF MAUI
Maui is a paradise with many sides. Graham Ezzy reflects on his childhood there and life on windsurfing’s most famous island.

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115 LITRE FREERIDE BOARDS
Fun, easy to use and designed for your pleasure; we test the latest freeride boards.

FANATIC GECKO LTD 112
GOYA CARRERA 116 
JP MAGIC RIDE FWS 119
RRD FIREMOVE V2 LTD 112
STARBOARD ATOM IQ CARBON 114
TABOU ROCKET WIDE LTD 118

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The team review the latest freeride sail designs, all aiming for a soft and easy-to-use power delivery.

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GA SAILS MATRIX 6.5M 
GOYA NEXUS 6.4M 
NEIL PRYDE RYDE 6.5M 
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RRD EVOLUTION MKVIII 6.3M 
SEVERNE GATOR 6.5M 
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PETER HART TECHNIQUE
Lessons Learned 2015 – Peter Hart reviews his year in the classroom; telling tales from school, he lets us know the good, bad and ugly from his year of coaching and the lessons learned.

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MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL
Surfvival – Jem Hall gives us the tips and techniques to help with the windier and wavier stuff!

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We look at some of the latest thingy-ma-wotsits designed for getting your post Christmas gadget on.

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EDITORIAL
Windsurfing and Islands go together like board and rig. The editor celebrates Island life from all points of the globe and its connection to windsurfing.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
Is there a positive to a trip with no wind?, of course there is when Peter Hart, the master of wit and charm, is in town. Harty celebrates the joys of being skunked!

 

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TOBAGO TIME

TOBAGO TIME

TOBAGO TIME

Words  Nick Jones & Jem Hall // Photos  Nick Jones, Karel Tyc and Stephan Gölnitz

DA REAL DEAL
When one thinks of a visit to a Caribbean island, one tends toward the romantic notion that consists of azure warm waters gently lapping against bright white coral sand beaches that are fringed with tropical trees and plants. The locals are friendly with broad bright white smiles and wherever you go there is fresh fruit and fresh fish being fried or smoked, all to the soundtrack of steel drums or thumping (almost) sub-sonic bass. Around every corner there is the promise of authentic adventures and crazy characters who readily welcome you into their world.

However the reality is often one where the promise of the tourist dollar has transformed the idyll into a ‘Disney’ version – large cruise liners deposit their cargo of flabby and lazy humanity that just want an easy ride. Hawkers harangue them – trying to sell them inauthentic tat or fabricated food as they pass through a conveyor belt route of “must-sees” – each stop on the pre-determined itinerary a plastic version of what was once there. Tired and clichéd experiences that are packaged up and presented to the visitor as authentic – but neither party truly believing the charade that has been presented.

Thankfully Tobago falls into the former, rather than the latter. It retains much of its authenticity, thanks in large part to a local government that keeps a very tight control on development and ensures that the interests of its people and the environment are paramount  – resisting the lure of a quick buck offered by outside corporations that may wish to plunder the natural beauty of the island.

DREAM TIME
Tobago is a dream windsurfing location. Arriving out of the fag end of a murky, cold and gloomy British winter one is immediately struck by the brilliance of the light and the clarity of the water. The body’s immediate response is to take a deep breath and . . . . BREATHE – as the air escapes the lungs it feels like so much tension is being expelled. But maybe that is a little bit too mystical for you – even so, the Tobagans won’t let you hold onto stress. They are not in a rush. They have T . . I . . M . . E. Time to chew the fat; time to have a joke with you; time to swap some banter. If one’s life in Europe is the equivalent of rushing around in a sports car – well, when you arrive in Tobago you’re cruising around in a classic Citroen Mehari (look it up). At first the change of pace (and style) comes as a jolt – but soon the vibe gets under your skin and you can’t help but let the smile spread across your face and slow down the pace of your gait as you quickly slip into the languid rhythm of the Caribbean.

A quick anecdote that illustrates this culture shock was given to me by a friend who recounted a story from his first visit to Tobago. After the long flight from the UK he and his wife were impatient to get to the house that they had rented for their holiday. So they jumped into a taxi and gave the driver the address – a remote spot towards the north of the island. After 10 minutes or so of friendly banter with the driver, he pulls over by a bar and says he needs to quickly see someone inside, is that OK? My friend, a little exasperated, smiles and says “yes” through gritted teeth.

“What the hell is going on?”, he thinks, “I want to start my holiday”.

After a couple of minutes the driver comes back out to the car and invites them inside for a beer! My friends are befuddled and surprised, but in that moment, they realise the holiday has already started. They are now in Tobago time and so respond with a resounding “yes!” and a lifelong love of Tobago and its people has begun.

BAGO TIME
“But Jonesey, what of the windsurfing?” I hear you cry. I was visiting Tobago on a Sportif travel organised trip with a Jem Hall group. We left London in the dark of early morning – all wrapped up against the murk and the cold of a typical March day (it was 5 degrees) and we arrived mid-afternoon local time into a different world – a parallel universe. Goodbye to the rush and hustle-bustle of London and hello to a lightness and a brightness; hello to a more laid back tempo; hello to ‘Bago Time! The temperature was in the high 20’s and we are met by lots of smiling faces as we find our transfer and load up. In a jiffy we are at our hotel, the Toucan Inn, and being shown to our rooms.

The prevailing wind is cross-shore and low tide equals very flat water – great for all levels

The Toucan Inn is located in Crown Point, the village that is adjacent to Store Bay and Pigeon Point and Buccoo Reef, and it has to be one of the friendliest places I have stayed. Breakfast each morning was a joy – with a slight breeze blowing through each morning and watching the tropical birds flying around and listening to the chirrup of insects or the nearby cocks crowing. Certainly if you want peace, quiet and tranquillity then Tobago may not be the place – wherever you go there is some sort of noise – whether the exotic twitter of the tropical birds in the hotel gardens; the crowing of the cocks or the ubiquitous sound system and its insistent, thumping bass. It seems that Tobagans cannot move without an accompanying bass rhythm pounding out of their cars or from the sound systems that each street seller or bar will have.

WINDSURF TIME
“But Jonesey, what of the windsurfing?” I still hear you cry. Pigeon Point is our sailing spot. A short 10 minute transfer or a leisurely 25 minute stroll from the hotel, Pigeon Point is a Heritage Reserve – a national park if you will – and an example of the government’s desire to retain the natural beauty of the island. The previous owner was a local wealthy business man who 10 years ago decided to sell. Once the local government got wind that Sandals were keen to buy in order to develop a resort there – the government then purchased the land to keeps as a nature reserve. Development is minimal. It is a sandy point that is protected by offshore coral reefs (Buccoo Reef). There are a trio of bars/restaurants and the Radical Sports watersports centre and that’s it. The rest is untouched tropical lushness; coral sand and beautiful aquamarine water. Pigeon Point is protected by the large offshore reefs that make up Buccoo Reef – and is the reason that it is an idyllic flat water spot for sailing.

The Radical Sports HQ is a wooden structure set back from the beach in amongst the palm trees with a shaded grassy area to the front and side for rigging. To the other side is the Liming Lounge – a chillout zone with Brazilian bean bags and beach chairs set out under the palm trees. ‘Liming’ is Tobagoan slang for chewing the fat (which is English slang for a chin-wag) – so the Liming Lounge is aptly named – a place to hang out; recuperate with a cold beer; or just stare up into the palm fronds and feel the stress seep out of your body. At one point I overheard a client saying that this was the first time in 5 years that she has had the time to sit down and read a book!. This place – Pigeon Point – certainly gets under the skin; looking out at the crystal clear water, hearing the rustling of the palm fronds in the breeze – any cares seem a long way away. Certainly there is a laid back vibe at Radical Sports that fits with the rest of Pigeon Point. The owner Brett is Trinidadian and has a wealth of knowledge about the island and its history and culture and both him and his team are all really friendly and helpful.

The sailing area is a wide and open water area that is protected by Buccoo Reef system to the north. Buccoo Reef is a marine reserve and so any motorised craft passing Pigeon Point are speed restricted. The prevailing wind is cross-shore and low tide equals very flat water – great for all levels. The flat water combined with consistent winds means learning and improving any transitions or freestyle moves is made a whole lot easier.

One of the thrills that the group experienced out on the water was to see some small rays, beneath the water as they sailed past and occasionally some would breach adjacent to their boards!

OTHER ATTRACTIONS
Tobago is a great destination for non-windsurfing partners too. Pigeon Point itself is attractive; after all it is probably the most popular beach in Tobago. Who wouldn’t be satisfied with lying in a hammock strung up between two palm trees; enjoying the breeze, reading a book or having a snooze – occasionally going for a dip in the beautiful water?

Tobagans won’t let you hold onto stress. They are not in a rush

But should you want something more – Brett has SUPs available which you can paddle around the point. To the left of the sailing area there are small waves available (Sunset Left and Sunset Rights), perfect for first timers taking their first steps in the swell.

Elsewhere the island offers a host of other activities including sailing, surfing and scuba diving. Fantastic fishing whether inshore or off-shore. There’s also mountain biking, horse riding or bird watching. There are a number of guides available who can take you to explore some of the other beaches or into the interior of the island to explore tropical rain forest and waterfalls. Mt. Irvine is one of the better surf breaks and that is just to the north of Buccoo Reef and you can see the swell coming in from Pigeon Point.

WHY TOBAGO?
So why should you come to Tobago? Why not? It’s a beautiful island; friendly people; great food; not expensive; and the best times to visit for windsurfing are January, February and March – the grimmest times for windsurfing in northern Europe. It’s a great way to kick start your sailing season by blowing away the cobwebs with a solid week of sailing. And should conditions not suit (whether the wind or your own condition!) there are plenty of other ways to enjoy yourself whether SUPing, surfing or just kicking back in the Liming Lounge with a cold beer or margherita!

PRACTICALITIES

When to visit
Tobago has a tropical climate being close to the equator and so has just two seasons. The dry season is December to May and the wet season June to November (Tobago is outside of the main hurricane zone). Average temperatures are pretty consistent throughout the year, varying slightly from 29˚C to 31˚C. However, changes in the wind direction can make the summer months feel much hotter than the winter months.

For windsurfing – the best months to visit are December to June.

Jem Hall’s clinics for 2016 are in he first 2 weeks of March with Sportif Travel – www.sportif.travel; +44 (0)1273 844919.

Places to Stay
Crown Point is your base for sailing at Pigeon Point. Sportif (www.sportif.travel) can organise travel, accommodation and kit hire packages for windsurfing trips to Tobago.

Below is a selection of property types in Crown Point:

  • Coco Reef Hotel (www.cocoreef.com) – Upscale hotel with beach front location, beautiful gardens and spa.
  • Crown Point Beach Hotel (www.crownpointbeachhotel.com) – Hotel overlooks Store Bay with pool and bar. Short walk to the bars and restaurants of Crown Point and Pigeon Point beyond.
  • Toucan Inn (www.toucan-inn.com) – Good value option in Crown Point with bar and restaurant and pool area. Friendly staff.
  • Native Abode (www.nativeabode.com) – Homely B&B on a residential street, but close to the bars and restaurants of Crown Point.

Army clothes
This is an odd one. Military (style) clothing cannot be worn in Trinidad and Tobago – so to be on the safe side leave the camouflage gear, and even cargo shorts, at home.

Where the hell are we?
Tobago is a small island (40km long by 10km wide) just to the north of its larger sister, Trinidad. Crown Point is a small town that is a mixture of residential, hotels, bars and restaurants. There is plenty of choice of drinking spots and eating spots. Each day we had a pre-arranged transfer from the Toucan Inn down to Pigeon Point and then back again in the evening. A few would choose to walk rather than take the transfer, since it is a pleasant 25 minute walk past the colourful street stalls of Crown Point with arts and crafts vendors and fishermen slicing up the morning’s catch.

JEM HALL

Tobago is a very special place for me as I did quite a few clinics there back in the early noughties and some testing too. It also served as the last filming stop on the completion of my ‘Beginner to Winner’ coaching DVD and so it holds a big place in my heart. Heading back there made me excited and I was also anxious to see how it had all changed. I was not to be disappointed as I found the locals, whilst still laid back, had become dare I say it more pro active in their customer focus and there were so many more fun bars and eateries to choose from.

The windsurfing centre has had a major revamp and both the toys and staff were a joy to work with, there were lots of new style wide and easy Freemove boards and a whole host of sails. The atmosphere, and ‘liming’ was also fantastic, and the Radical Action Sports barbie night, with Brett Kenny and his crew, led to a fair few hangovers.

I have always had great results on my Tobago coaching clinics, the mix of windy and lighter wind sessions leads to a more steady improvement across all levels and the flat, shallow and warm waters also make my clients feel safe and more likely to step it up.

The hidden secret is that in the right swell and wind direction there is great starboard tack wavesailing out on Buccoo reef and I have had some killer sessions there. And round the corner from the centre is a hush hush, fab SUP spot with a nice left and a faster right breaking into shallower water channels, nice!! I’m already looking forward to my 2016 coaching weeks back there!

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