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3Nov/15Off

BWA CORNWALL WAVE CLASSIC 2015

BWA CORNWALL WAVE CLASSIC 2015

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The UK’s finest windsurfers travelled from all corners of the UK to Cornwall this week to compete in the final event of the British Wavesailing Association (BWA) tour.

Gwithian and Marazion are worldwide famous beaches for wind and waves. This drew the largest Professional fleet ever along with Amateurs, Ladies, masters and youths keen to show off their waveriding and jumping skills. With a big wave forecast and wind on Friday the excitement grew.

The Professional Fleet kicked off on Friday with some of the most intense and action packed heats for years. With waves up to 8ft and gusty cross offshore winds the sailors showed world class ability right on our Cornish beaches. Big Aerials and cut backs were the order of the day. Local sailor and police officer Andy King, was first on the water to show the wind was enough and was unfortunate not get through his heats despite an exciting display waveriding, and even throwing a backloop! After a full day of nail biting competition the top 4 competitors made it to the final. With the tide now pushing, the wave strength increased allowing the sailors to score big airs and aggressive cutbacks. Steve Thorpe of K4 fins ended in 4th position, an excellent result for the part time professional. In third place, was Adam Lewis, who in his first heat had the best move of the day as he bottom turned straight into the section, got a sick aerial and landed out in the flats. Jamie Hancock, returning to competition, finished in second place by just half a point after looking strong all day which left Tabou team mate Ross Williams to take the victory, with some top scoring and frankly huge airs. Ross was also crowned overall BWA champion following a dominant year.

Saturday saw light winds but great surf. This meant the windsurfing had to be postponed so a youth SUP competition sponsored by Westcountry Watersports was held at Marazion. This was a great and fun introduction to competition format for the 12 strong youth fleet while being coached by UK instructor, Sam Ross. Getting into the final but ending in 4th place was Jenna Pettit. Luke Meldrun was third, James Arnell Smith 2nd and winning was Jack Pettit.

Light winds greeted Cornwall again on Sunday but eager to make use of the famous Gwithian surf , competitors and organisers, RB Sails, decided to run a surf and SUP competition mixing all fleets in one. The standard was high and everyone was out in the beautiful clear waters enjoying a classic day of perfect surf and glorious November sunshine. Coming in equal third were Sam Ross and Warren Rowe. Young Jack Pettit came a close second and is clearly someone to watch out for in future windsurf and SUP competitions. First place went to Andy Chambers much to his delight.

Event Organiser, Ian Ross said, “It’s great to have the support of the local Councils, the Duchy of Cornwall and local sponsors like PlusPrint. Without this, the event wouldn’t take place. It is such a positive showcase for the area and it attracts people from all over the world to Penwith especially when you see such world class conditions in a beautiful location. We are finding more and more people are bringing the whole family with them making the event part of a holiday which of course benefits local businesses. We have also seen an influx of international tourists who have been attracted to Cornwall having seen our images and videos. I’m excited about the future of the Cornwall Wave Classic and have great plans for next year.”

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21Oct/15Off

TIRES BWA EVENT REPORT

TIRES BWA EVENT REPORT

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TIRES BWA EVENT REPORT

Had a fantastic time in my first BWA comp and finished 6th in the ams out of a fleet of 10. Everyone was so nice giving me lifts around the island as
I was without my own transport! Such a top week, had 2 decent windsurfs and countless surfs on the very cool island! Cannot recommend the week highly enough, bring on the freestyle champs next week – turns out competing is addictive!

At first when I was asked if I wanted to go to the Tiree Wave Classic I was a little sceptical, will I be good enough, will it be massive, how cold will it be, these were all questions I had in my head. I hadn’t been to a BWA event before and Tiree seemed the most ‘full on’ of them all. Luckily I’m easily persuaded as I had the best time with the nicest people in brilliant and not crazy conditions!Sam Ross was traveling up for the RYA youths coaching week and offered me a lift up. When we arrived we realised that myself and Sam would probably be on different beachs and that I would need some form of transport. Job number 1 would involve making some friends! Luckily that was easily done and I buddied up with Ben Page, his dad Andy and mate Phill who very kindly let me and my kit hop in the back if their van.

Day 1.
Jumped in the darkness of the back of the van and reappeared at a spot called the maze to watch the pro’s do a little bit of there single elimination before the wind dropped to below a level to compete. I decided to rig up and test the spot out but the wind dropped to nothing. So back in the darkness to re-appear at the lodge for beers and an eary night!

Day 2.
Hopped in the ‘magic box’ at the lodge to reappear 15minutes later at the maze again for a chat from head judge Sparky. Officially released for the day, but enough wind and small waves for us to get out and enjoy some waist high float and ride. Rigged up my 5m Bolt with medium downhaul and medium outhaul for easy pumping and nice neutral pull – the perfect float and ride sail. Light and powerful paired with a 82ltr Kode, fantastic for my skinny build! Had a great time on the water and came in when the wind went away. Back to the car park and into the magic box to reappear at lovely little surfing beach called Balephuil. Shared some clean small waves with more seals than people. Back to the lodge for a couple of beers.

Day 3.

With the forecast looking like a large swell coming in later on the (Tuesday) evening and staying until early Thursday we chilled in the morning waiting for the waves to arrive. Later on at Balevullin the swell arrived we had a brilliant ‘head and bit’ high session until it was too dark to see. Was really fun surfing with everyone involved with the comp.

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Day 4. Mega day.
We went to several different beaches from first light to finally decide on the Maze as the contest beach as it was cross shore 15 knots and head to logo high sets were rolling in. I rigged my 5m Bolt and 82 Kode ready for contest. My first heat in the single elimination was against a chap called Ruben and I went out to see what I could do. I got a few decent waves and tried to make the most of them as much as I could. My opponent had the better of me here and beat me, that was the end of the single elimination for me! With rumours of a double elimination and a chance to go again I headed off downwind for some training. When I got back to the main breach for the double, I realised that I had left my watch in the van and had wayyyyyy over done it training so was shattered! My first heat was against Tris and George and I was determined to make it through! Thankfully I did well and went straight back out into my next heat full of fire. I was sailing against Tris, Ruben and Mike, and waited for the best waves of which to my advantage really opened up! Being so light the conditions really suited me and I was able to win this heat! After watching a heat I was back out on the water, now with legs and arms full of cramp, and did my best against Tris to see who would windsurf against the finalists from the singe. After a fair few workings (the Bolt is definitely well indestructible) I was beaten by the better sailer and that was the end to my windsurfing for the day! Safe to say that after my first day of competition I was pretty stoked about finishing 6th!

Day 5.

Another early start to finish of the super final between Ben and Scotty for the ams, and Daniel and Graham in the masters, it was a joy to watch the brill sailing from all! There was still enough swell and wind to go out for a sail. There was only 5 of us out despite being head high clean and 10knots cross shore, perfectly float and ride-ably. Had a brilliant time, a great final sail for a fantastic week! Back to the lodge for a couple of beers and packing. I have to say I am very, very glad that I accepted the offer from Sam to go up for the event! And it really really goes to show how kind and welcoming the windsurfing community is! Big thanks to everyone especially Ben, Andy and Phil for the lifts!! Cannot recommend the week highly enough! Bring on the next one!!
Via (Thanks to Luke Smith) www.tushingham.com

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16Jul/15Off

AUGUST 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

AUGUST 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

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WINDSURF MAGAZINE #348 AUGUST 2015 ISSUE ON SALE

The August 2015 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now!

Subscribe or grab your copy now in either 

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

BREAKING BARRIERS
Another super summer issue; we look at all things windsup with a buyers guide, Peter Hart windsup technique special  & the art of windsup travel with Starboard’s Franz Orsi ; UK road tripping on perfect Cornish waves at Harlyn bay, Antoine Albeau, Robby Naish, Josh Angulo all interviewed, Kevin Pritchard’s training tips, Dunkerbeck’s speed challenge, Fanatic photoshoot, Rhodes travel, waist harness buyer’s guide and footstrap/early planing technique with Jem Hall.

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BIG JUICY READS

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WINDSURFING FANATICS
”Wanted: Photographer to shoot a team of windsurfing die hard Fanatics!”. Sound like your dream job? John Carter exposes the reality of a photo shoot for two of the world’s biggest brands.

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THE HARLYN SHUFFLE
The motley crew score crazy Kernow kegs at Harlyn, a thumping beach break that pirated a heavy Cornish bounty of masts and egos, JC tells the tale.

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ANTOINE ALBEAU TITLE CHASE!
John Carter shadows world champion Antoine Albeau during the PWA Costa Brava event to diary the champion at work and learn how he has made the podium his home.

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THE FIRST TIME – JOSH ANGULO
Josh Angulo has a history of being the man with first place or the first person pioneer, but what about the other firsts in his life?, the questionable questioning of ‘the first time’ finds out.

DUNKERBECK SPEED CHALLENGE
John Skye tells all about his bid for glory down the Sotavento strip in his first ever GPS speed competition, while Bjorn Dunkerbeck gives an insight into his unique pro/am event.

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WINDSUP GUIDE
With summer upon us and peak windsup season open for business, we take a look at the market with an overview of the offerings from the brands and some expert advice from the industry.

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ROBBY NAISH, THE SEARCH FOR FREEDOM
Life, business and his own search for freedom, the king of windsurfing sits down for a revealing interview and tells all about a new action sports movie he stars in.

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KEVIN PRITCHARD – COMMITTED.
Kevin Pritchard continues to perform at the peak of the sport. What keeps him at the top is a constant drive to improve. Kevin reflects on his latest program to do just that.

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SAD TROPICS
Franz Orsi takes us on a very personal journey of discovery in North-East Brazil, spending time with local communities and reflecting on the simplicity of windsup sailing.

RESORT REPORT – RHODES – IALYSSOS
The town of Ialyssos in Rhodes is a windsurfing paradise. Peter Hart explains the attractions and Juergen Niens and Bertrand Crausaz give the local lowdown.

TEKKERS

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PETER HART MASTERCLASS – STANDING UP AND SAILING
Harty reckons WindSUPing is best thing that has happened to windsurfing in ages. Let him help you choose one, set it up and tweak your technique to sail it.

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MOVE ON UP WITH JEM HALL – PLANING AND FOOTSTRAPS
Perhaps the most important skill in windsurfing, Jem provides tips for planing early and getting in the footstraps efficiently.

BOARDSHORTS

LATEST & GREATEST
Want to see all the new gear, the trick bits and rad rides – look here, it’s all fresh!

WAIST HARNESS BUYER’S GUIDE
Investment in a good waist harness can be one of the most important bits of kit you buy. We take a look at the latest offerings and Robby Swift gives us his expert advice.

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LOWDOWN – STARBOARD AIRPLANE
Starboard have released a range of fully-planing inflatable freeride boards, aptly titled the ‘Starboard AirPlane’. We interview their designer Tiesda You for the lowdown.

CORKY KIRKHAM
Corky Kirkham is one of the most colourful UK windsurfers, with new sponsors and a surfari business launching this year. We caught up with K212 to hear about his ventures, old and new.

 

SITTIN’ ON THE DUNNY

EDITORIAL
Breaking barriers The Editor invites you to meet his windsurfing hero, Craig Wood, a soldier, windsurfer, triple amputee survivor and inspiration to break barriers in windsurfing and life.

AFFAIRS OF THE HART – AIRPORT GRIEF – THE HOLIDAY BAGGAGE CONUNDRUM.
It’s the holiday season. You’re heading to a windy Riviera. Harty muses over the pros and cons, joys and misery of flying with kit.

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30Sep/14Off

TUSHINGHAM BOLT OUT OF THE BLUE!

TUSHINGHAM BOLT OUT OF THE BLUE!

TUSHINGHAM BOLT  OUT  OF  THE  BLUE!

Since 1977 when Roger Tushingham started up his namesake brand, ‘Tushingham Sails’ have been at the forefront of U.K. windsurfing. The facts speak for themselves. At some point during their time on the water most British sailors have used a Tushingham, while a staggering 70% have actually owned one. Head to any popular beach in the U.K. and most likely you will see one out blasting, as this dynamic home grown brand repeatedly bucks the trends and outsells the bigger known international brands in our domestic market. Amongst the reasons for the brands continuing success, Tushingham have never been afraid to diversify or take bold steps to stay ahead of the pack. In the past the brand has offered an extensive line of designs aimed squarely at the U.K. rider for our conditions. But with the market demands changing drastically, Tushingham are about radically to re shuffle their program by condensing four existing ranges down into one brand new line, ‘The Bolt!’ John Carter investigates …

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& Photos JOHN CARTER

(This feature originally appeared in the July 2014 issue of Windsurf Magazine. To read more features like this first, Print and Digital subscriptions are available. Prices include delivery globally for 10 x issues a year!)

STEALTH
A chance phone call to Dave Hackford in early January 2014 unleashed the news that Roger Tushingham was in the midst of a covert mission to the Isle of Wight to check over the finishing touches to their new sail line ‘The Bolt’. I’d already heard a few rumours that they were working on a major secret project, but armed with this latest intel, I jumped in my car and headed straight for Ken Black’s sail loft to check out the evidence first hand. Hidden off the beaten track on a road known to the locals as ‘The Undercliff’, Ken’s house is the perfect stealth HQ to carry out the last tweaks and changes to their new range away from the public eye. As I pull up the drive, Roger and Ken already have several of the very latest prototypes unrolled in the garden and are meticulously checking every detail before the new models can be put into full-scale production.

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3Apr/14Off

SAM ROSS – CROSS TRAINING

SAM ROSS - CROSS TRAINING

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5-SECOND SHRED

Don’t worry I’m not going to tell you to get on a bike or sup round your nearest island, although both may be a good idea. The windsurfing we want to do isn’t always available to us especially in the summer months. Whilst this is frustrating it does give us time to enjoy the beach or local reservoir in nice weather and presents us with an opportunity to still improve our windsurfing.

The phrase ‘light wind freestyle’ can often get an emotive response from many windsurfers within certain demographics. “I’m too old for that” or ‘”it’s a bit boring”often pop up. “It’s great for your rig and board handling” is the normal reply of an instructor. So which tricks and how should we be doing them to our planing windsurfing more effective?

DON’T MAKE IT TOO EASY
The first thing is picking the right kit. The big-board-small-sail combo is the usual weapon of choice, but might not always be the best. A big board will certainly make cruising around between moves easier and add an element of fun and security, but take a sail that offers some resistance. If I’m going out in non-planing conditions to do light wind freestyle I’ll take the biggest sail I have in my wave freestyle quiver  - a 5.7.

Two reasons for this are that if offers a bit of feedback and resistance in moves so I know if I’m getting it right or wrong, plus it’s the sail I’m likely to go and try moves on when the wind kicks in. It’s all very well taking your 4.2, but it will give you no feedback in light winds and it’s the most unlikely sail in your quiver that you’ll be attempting new moves on when the wind does kick in.

HAVE A STRATEGY
The next thing to do is pick the light wind moves that help you train for the high wind moves. Heli-tacks, sail 360s and sailing front-to-sail are all stalwarts of our light wind routines, but we need to put some productive practice in to get the high wind results later on. So when you’re doing the above, ask yourself why you’ve chosen it? What is your intention – and where is your attention? So a heli-tack might be chosen because it helps with footwork and rig flips. Our intention might be to control it clew first so our attention is on opening the rig off the wind.

By thinking about what we are doing rather than simply flinging a rig around and seeing what we can get away with, we can make the most out of our light wind sessions and reap the benefits when it picks up.

So maximize the warmer weather while you can,  as when the nights start to close in and the temperatures drop, you’ll be glad you put the hours in when you could. SR

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15Jan/14Off

SAM ROSS – THE WAY OUT

SAM ROSS - THE WAY OUT

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5-SECOND SHRED SERIES

HOW TO EXIT MOVES

(This feature was published in the May 2013 issue of Windsurf Magazine. You can read similar long and short-form technique articles from our coaching gurus hot-off-the-press with a print or digital subscription.)

The exits of moves are always the hardest thing to practice and focus on. Apart from there being no guarantee we’ll even get as far as the exit, but any mental focus we have been able to use during the move is almost completely dried up by the end.

Exiting moves consistently is every sailors  aim, but often comes with caveats that that are all too familiar. “I’m pretty consistent in 5.5 weather” or “ I always stay dry when doing move ‘X’ on flat water. So what simple elements should we be focusing on at the end of a move no matter what the conditions? How can we become more consistent exiting the same manoeuvre on all types of gear, in every location we sail in?

LOOK AND SEE
Let’s examine at the basics. Where we look is always going to be number one. Most exits go wrong when we look at the rig in a hope that we can get hold of it more easily.

So, if we only had one thing to think about, it would be getting the head looking over our leading shoulder and focusing on where we want to go.

The better we are at doing this the more likely we are to have success.

KEEP IT STRAIGHT
If we wanted to add in another layer of focus, it would getting the rig upright and in the right position.

Rather than reaching for the rig, we need it to come back to us.

With the rig back in the sailing position, the board will flatten off and be more  instantly stable.

POWER ON THROUGH
The last thing to focus on is often the most counterintuitive.

When you are about to sail away from a move that you didn’t necessarily expect to,  we often deal with it like a delicate item.

We tiptoe around the exit as if we don’t want to upset the board and rig and think we can sneak out of the move before we fall in.

However, if we consider when we fall in the least it’s normally when we are sailing at full power as we get resistance from the rig.

So when we come to the exit of a move we should be focusing on getting the power back on as soon as we can.

As with many things, a bit of grunt can make up for quite a few faults and, when coupled with the other two areas of focus, this should have us coming out of moves more consistently and quickly.

So we only have three things that we can apply across a range of moves and in almost all conditions, set the head, get the rig upright and get the power back on. 

SR

For more coaching tips watch Sam’s Clips or head over to www.sam-ross.co.uk

 

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28Nov/13Off

HOW TO CHOP HOP WITH SAM ROSS

HOW TO CHOP HOP WITH SAM ROSS

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Introducing the fifth episode of our exclusive video technique-series by renowned U.K. and Tushingham / Starboard UK rider and coach Sam Ross, who outlines the fundamentals of the chop-hop – a gateway move to popping nearly every advanced aeriel trick in the sport.

For details on Sam’s upcoming clinics head over to sam-ross.co.uk

More technique and how-to tips from Sam Ross:

How to Carve Gybe
How to Waterstart
Planing Tack Technique Guide
How to Duck Gybe

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31Oct/13Off

HOW TO DUCK GYBE WITH SAM ROSS

HOW TO DUCK GYBE WITH SAM ROSS

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Introducing the fourth episode of a new, exclusive video technique-series by renowned U.K. and Tushingham / Starboard UK rider and coach Sam Ross, who explains how to impress onlookers with the duck gybe.

For details on Sam’s upcoming clinics head over to sam-ross.co.uk

Advanced Windsurfing 4.Duck Gybe from Sam Ross on Vimeo.

More technique and how-to tips from Sam Ross:

How to Carve Gybe
How to Waterstart
Planing Tack Technique Guide

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22Oct/13Off

HOW TO CARVE GYBE WITH SAM ROSS

HOW TO CARVE GYBE WITH SAM ROSS

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Introducing the third episode of a new, exclusive technique series by renowned U.K. and Tushingham / Starboard UK rider coach Sam Ross, who explains how to master the elusive carve gybe.

For details on Sam’s upcoming clinics head over to sam-ross.co.uk

More technique and how-to tips from Sam Ross:

How to Waterstart
Planing Tack Technique Guide

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4Oct/13Off

HOW TO WATERSTART WITH SAM ROSS

HOW TO WATERSTART WITH SAM ROSS

Sam Ross Waterstart

Introducing the second in a new technique series by renowned U.K.and Tushingham / Starboard UK rider coach Sam Ross, who explains how to conquer the door-opening waterstart. For details on Sam’s upcoming clinics head over to sam-ross.co.uk

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