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Jamie Hancock – “I travelled to Fuerteventura a few weeks ago to video some of the guys during the PWA event. It was nice for a change to film some freestyle and slalom footage. It wasn’t easy, I won’t lie. The wind just never stops down in the south, the days are long and the sun is really strong making it not ideal for filming. In the Lagoon I even had to give my camera bag to Nic to put on his back and windsurf across while I swam with the tripod above by head like it was a rifle. Eventually it made me pretty sick but the footage did look great making it worth it in the end.

Compared to wave sailing it is a different vibe. I found the slalom sailors very focused and the freestylers are very inspirational in their approach to windsurfing, although timekeeping might not have been their strongest suit. Off the water they are all a really nice group of guys who were a pleasure to hang out with”

Artist: Odesza
Track: ’Keep Her Close’

Artist: DJ Proof
Track: ’One Day’

Filmed / Edit: Jamie Hancock

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If you ask windsurfer Andrew Hieghton-Jackson why he loves windsurfing, he will tell you that not only is it exhilarating, it clears his head and gives him a sense of freedom and calm. When you learn he survived a bomb-blast in Afghanistan in 2009, when his Land Rover was struck by an IED, you realise why he cherishes freedom and calm so much. 

Words  & Photos  Andy Stallman

The blast left Andrew with a brain trauma, debilitating head and ear pain, balance problems and chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In typical soldier’s black humour, he jokes that the constant ringing in his head (tinnitus) might get answered one day. For most of us windsurfing is our enjoyable escape from the world, for Andrew it became a way to come back into it. With the help of Andy Chambers from Agent Eight, the UK agents for JP/Pryde, Andrew has rediscovered windsurfing and made it a vital part of his rehab. Read on as we discover a poignant story of one windsurfer’s recovery from PTSD.

Windsurfing has done more to help keep my demons at bay than any doctor or health professional has ”

‘’Everyone remembers their first windsurfing success’’, Andrew tells me, ‘’It’s the best feeling in the world. From your first time moving to your first forward loop, the feeling is the same. The reason windsurfing is so great is that there is always something to learn. I have been lucky enough to go through this learning process twice.” he exclaims with the refreshing positivity of a man who has had a brush with death. He considers that “We’ve all had that feeling of ‘the best sail ever’ pretty much every time we get on the water. So it should come as no surprise that windsurfing has done more to help keep my demons at bay than any doctor or health professional has.” Through self research, Andrew learned that “PTSD thought patterns occur when the brain is unable to process the memories and effects of an extremely stressful situation. As the brain cannot process what has happened the memories stay close to the surface of our consciousness and essentially haunt us. Nightmares, flashbacks, insomnia and depression result, and (understandably when the ground has exploded under your feet) agoraphobia (a fear of public places). There are also hormonal causes of PTSD, after a sustained period of hyper-vigilance and adrenalin, one can experience adrenal fatigue. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) from blasts occur when the head is buffeted by the rush of air, and the pressure causes damage to brain cells. A TBI can have similar symptoms to PTSD but with added headaches, nervous system dysfunction, trouble with word and memory recall, and a loss of balance.”

Andrew used to compete on the UKWA pro and amateur tour, prior to joining the army but admits that his combination of PTSD and TBI has been life changing. ‘’Throughout my time in Afghanistan, all I could think about was getting back on the water. The thought of it kept me going. When I returned home, it became clear all was not right when my first session on the water ended in 2 broken masts from 2 forward loop attempts, and many beatings as my jumps went wrong. I just couldn’t balance myself anymore, especially in the air. I was confused and worried, wondering, ‘can I do this anymore?’ As I began to face my post-blast injuries, I decided I had to relearn how to windsurf. Pride and passion led me back to wave sailing again. This was an expensive choice, as it meant a lot of broken kit, but it was so enjoyable.

There is nothing about windsurfing that is remotely similar to my time in Afghanistan ”

We all forget the joy of learning to do something, riding a bike, or whatever. But I was lucky enough to learn something joyful for the second time. I found that if I really concentrated on it, I was able to balance a little, and soon I started to learn how to jump again. I am certain that windsurfing made me realise how unwell I really was. But it has continued to give me the drive to recover, and it provides benchmarks for how my recovery is progressing. Living with debilitating head and ear pain, fatigue, PTSD, and TBI has made the past few years a struggle. Throughout this time I have made a point of getting time out on the water. I’ve found that being on the water as often as possible, whether windsurfing, SUPing, or surfing, I have been able to remain positive. The interaction with the waves seems to drive me toward recovery. Windsurfing is one of those extraordinary sports that give you a sense of freedom you rarely feel in doing anything else. It keeps your brain working, as you are constantly assessing the conditions and adjusting your technique to keep your board on the water and combat the ever-present catapult threat.” When asked why windsurfing in particular helps with his recovery, Andrew has some revealing insights. He explains that while counselling and special rehabilitation are required for full recovery, windsurfing rises above other treatments in the following ways:

Calming effect – ‘’There is nothing more relaxing than a chilled-out blast around flat water, nothing but you, the water, and the rest of nature. This calm is essential for helping you realise that life is still as amazing as it always was’’

Freedom from the flashbacks – ‘’There is nothing about windsurfing that is remotely similar to my time in Afghanistan. So I know that while I am on the water it is highly unlikely that I will have a flashback or even think about what happened there.’’

Physical fitness – ‘’Throughout my recovery I have struggled with chronic fatigue and my fitness levels plummeted. Being able to return to fitness on the water has been invaluable. Added to this is the amazing appetite that only a session on the water can build!’’

Brain-training effect – ‘’I didn’t realise how much you have to think about when windsurfing until I had to relearn it all. Even staying upright and choosing your moves is a mental task. Enjoyable learning is key to helping the brain restore its ability to remember.’’

Fun and exhilaration – ‘’Both my conditions have a nasty habit of sucking the fun out of everyday life, and so an hour of pure fun is absolute bliss!’’

Travel – ‘’I have always loved to travel, but this stopped when I came home from Afghanistan. I struggled to stay positive and to find the motivation to go anywhere. But knowing about the great windsurfing conditions overseas gave me the push I needed to pull my finger out. I want to see the world again.’’

It takes a village for a single person to recover from the effects of war. Besides the horse-loving folk he worked with at the military charity, Horseback UK, Andrew finds his village is full of seafaring types: his retired navy father, his mother who loves to sail, his brother whom he fishes with, and his loving fiancée, whom he met stand-up paddle boarding when he ran a SUP business, Wilderness SUP, with partner Barry Wallace. His support system involves a whole network of people who share his passion. Though still in recovery, Andrew is optimistic about his future, and he meets it now riding waves with JP/Neil Pryde kit (courtesy of Andy and Chris at Agent 8, and with support from Rich Fabbri at Weymouth Watersports).With wind in his sails, Andrew Hieghton-Jackson bravely looks forward, hoping to compete in windsurfing competitions again soon and here at Windsurf, we wish this inspiring sailor, every success.

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Reader Martin Bayryamov from Bulgaria tells us about a beautiful freeride destination in Portugal.

Words : Martin Bayryamov

Photos : Martin Bayryamov & Eline Schenk

Let me tell you about the lagoon of Obidos, a beautiful, fascinating place, filled with charm, peacefulness and local atmosphere.

We traveled from Sagres, Algarve in the direction of Foz do Arelho, where I was expected to work as windsurf and sailing instructor for the upcoming summer season. As we had no rush we decided to take the non paid roads, which is much more exciting and more you can enjoy a lot more see sights. For the Portuguese standard of living and the quality of the roads I consider the toll roads extremely expensive. But driving through the second class roads between the small villages is like a story with unexpected end. You never know what would rush out after the next turn. Avoiding the holes on the road is like slaloming in choppy conditions. Sometimes is like getting out on a beach break with strong onshore winds. The driving habits of the Portuguese are a little bit strange. Most of them are thinking that they are on the F1 circuit and Fernando Alonso is chasing them.

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We started driving early in the morning and everything was going ok, till my navigation decided that it doesn’t want to work anymore. It happened just before Lisbon. I downloaded some free application on my phone before we go.  As the free stuff had some bugs and stopped working. We simply turned it off and on. Wrong. After we restarted it the application was crying for updates. It was a very stubborn application for smart phones and didn’t want to keep working without those updates. Well I wasn’t even thinking to look for a place with internet to update it…Rambling around we ended up lost in the road jungle of Portugal. For me was more important that I DO NOT GET INTO Lisbon. Driving there without any clue where I have to go is not what I would like to do. Driving in a big city which you don’t know, without map or navigation is in my top 10 extreme adventures. Of course the other drivers will notice the foreign number plates and might be more patient with you.

Anyway, no internet (as well no charger for the car and almost dead battery). By mistake I went on the paid high way. I drove till the first exit (about 1-2 km) and I paid for it 2.50 euro. That’s pricy I think. After another half hour driving blind (Foz do arelho neither Caldas da raihna or Peniche is on any road sign around Lisbon) I found a gas station where we stopped and bought a map. The good old school map. You open it on the dashboard, looking at it until you find the destination, and then try to find where you are. This could be a challenge – the map was not full and some of the small villages were not there. And the roads had another numeration system.  So there was another struggle but after we found ourselves on this map everything went good. Around 4 o’clock in the afternoon we saw Caldas da Raihna on one road sign. And another 10 minutes later was the turn. After another 15-20 minutes we were driving along the coast of the lagoon of Obidos. Here or there some lucky people had a house just next to the water. It was green everywhere. The trees are surrounding it from all sides and I started to wonder if actually there is wind over here. Soon we saw the roof of the sailing school which is situated around 3 km from Foz do Arelho, a little village on the beach of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a parking area next to the school and this is the place where many locals (and tourists) go in the water for a kite or windsurf session. I have seen people kiting in the other part of the lagoon next to Foz, but those were local guys, good friends with the marine police officer. I assume. During the summer season for safety reasons it’s not allowed to do watersports in the area of the beaches around the village.

The sailing school has rental service of wind, kite, SUP, canoes and hobie cats and it’s quite cheap compared to most of the places I have been. The choice of sails is not big, as they have from RRD by 2 sails each size but they don’t need so many anyway. And they are very nice people. There is also a restaurant with amazing cook.

Now, about the wind…the so called Nortada wind is coming from the village Foz, which is the entrance of the lagoon to the ocean. In the mornings it is very, very still but it starts picking up around midday.  It is side shore coming from the right. Could get up to 20-25 knots and is relatively consistent. In good days you can count up to 30 kiters and windsurfers. 20 of them tourists and the rest just local guys. The lagoon is not so large. Maybe 1-1.5 km wide and about 3-4 km long. There is not big chop which makes it ideal for freestyle and slalom. When it is low tide the waterline goes about 50 meters inside and the coast is full with so called BCA (brigada culos al aire) –team ass in the air. They are collecting mussels and shells from the sandy bottom to boil and eat them. Slalom riders with long fins have to be careful and jibe before is too shallow. No offense but I saw many people catapulting after the fin stuck in the sand. The lagoon is pretty shallow and you can stand like 100-150 meters away from the beach. In the middle is maybe 4-5 meters. Closer to the village is deeper I believe. The bottom is sand, mud, small stones and shells. The water is very muddy in the shallow part and especially when is windy you can’t see more than 30 cm further. Next to the village where is deeper looks green and nice. The temperature is around 20-22 in the summer – it is warming up very fast. But with the high tide fresh water from the Atlantic is pouring into it and you can feel how it is a bit cooler. Especially in the middle part of the lagoon.

Of course wind is wind. And if it happen that the stars are not in the same line and the cloud which is hanging above Liubliana in Serbia is too grey and the water temperature is with 0.3 degrees colder…well then the Nortada might not come. For days like those there are alternatives. The beach of Foz do Arelho offers beach break with left and right waves for surfers and SUPers. The best time is mid tide, takes swells from west, north and south. One of the most famous surf beaches – Super tubos in Peniche is just half hour drive. Strong swell from west will turn the beach break into a beautiful barreling wave. You might meet some local guys who believe that the wave belongs just to them. The beach is overcrowded to be honest, I saw in one summer day like 200 surfers (including the schools) in the water. Foz is getting crowdy as well. Let me remind you something. Portugal has around 1000 kilometers of coast line. Trust me. You can always find a break with not many people. On the other side of the lagoon is also not very known surf spot (sorry but I forgot the name). Of course you won’t be alone in good day, but won’t wait for a wave competing with another 20 guys on the line up. In Peniche you can go to a reef break just 10 min further north from supertubos, called Concalacao which is not very crowded. North of Foz is located Nazare, with the North beach. This spot Garrett McNamara put on the spotlight few years ago by riding those 100 feet waves. I spoke to some locals. The beach was very unknown and the waves were ridden mostly from the surfers living around. Nowadays could get crowded in nice summer day. But there are plenty of spots where you can be just by yourself. As most beautiful places, you will need to exert some efforts to find it. On the other side of the lagoon is a golf course.

In the middle ages this lagoon reached all the way till the walls of the castle in Obidos. Which sounds a bit weird but it’s fact. In the summer Obidos has the chocolate festival. As well as a medieval festival where everybody is dressed as the people dressed centuries ago.

Foz do Arelho itself is like a little kid, dressed up for the Sunday liturgy. It looks small and insignificant, but it is not always as it looks. This village is full with life. And lust for it. At least in the summer. The alley along the beach is full with bars and restaurants. Night life can’t be compared with the clubs in London, but for a person who likes to have a few pints, good time and meet nice people can’t be better. Weekends is even more crowded – Portuguese people run away from the dirty cities and like to spend their time around the ocean.  Definitely you have to try the local Bacalhau – catfish. Probably the most popular dish and for sure every Portuguese granny knows how to cook it in 57 different ways.

10 min away is Caldas da Raihna – there is a surf shop if the dog has eaten your wax. There is a big supermarket to do your weekly groceries. As well as some more concerts and maybe art events. Caldas is hosting art school, which you can notice from the graffiti all around the town. As I said earlier Peniche is also near by, a bit further south are Ericeira – the surf reserve. Sintra worth visit if you have a car. And Lisbon is less than 1 hour on the highways.

The people from Foz (can’t say for all the Portuguese) are very hospitable, nice and open to meet new people. They will try to help you with what they can and will not ask anything as compensation.

The wind was not every day in Foz, but I can say we had wind at least 3-4 days a week in  june and july. August maybe a bit less. In September even more. The local guys told me that this summer had actually a lot less windy days than other summers. In days with lighter wind suitable board would be 120 liters with 7.5 sail.  The weather forecast on windguru was correct all the time. In the morning mostly is flat, but the wind start picking after 11-12 o’clock and when it is blowing – it does it all day long.

Last summer in Foz I brought my fanatic skate 99 liters and it was perfect for the local conditions. I used mostly 5.3 on this board which was perfect with my 75 kilos.  In lighter wind days I used the schools RRD 107 twin tip. I mastered my Vulcan and I manage to rotate 2 spocks over there.

I had my 84 litres wave board with me, but never used it. In Baleal (peniche) you may get not bad days of wave riding, but I never made it. Further down to the south is another popular wave spot – Guincho, with strong thermal side on shore winds coming from right. With the wave combination is good for very high back loops or wave riding. This spot very often you would need 4.0 m2 sail.

I felt so much attracted to this place that I decided to go next summer again and work again in the school in the lagoon For this Winter my girlfriend, Eline Schenk and I will organise windsurf and yoga camps in Fuerteventura –

About the author
I am 35 years old originally coming from Bulgaria. I grow up on the beach and my brother pulled me onto a windsurf board aged  9. Few years later I joined the local windsurf club where I competed on the Olympic class boards which were Mistral One design. As the club didn’t have enough money I needed to use (until 95) the old Lechner board, which was the Olympic class till 92 I believe. Black sea is not very windy in the summer, and sailing on 7.4 m2 and huge racing board was ok.

I spend around 10 years working in office in the logistic area. Until March 2011 when I went to Tarifa to join a vdws windsurf instructor course and in May I moved to Fuerteventura. Over there I started a job in one of the local windsurf schools. I wanted to experience riding ocean waves and the north shore of Fuerte was the best choice for me. In the summer the waves are not so often, so I bought as well freestyle board for the flat days.


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Alastair McLeod


More to come in next issue but here’s a teaser – last week, Alastair McLeod – a 23 year old student from Monash University – became the first person to windsurf the giant waves of Pedra Branca off Tasmania’s South Coast. Pedra Branca has gained a fearsome reputation amongst the global surfing community as one of the most remote and dangerous waves on the planet, but until now, it had never been attempted under wind power.

Local Tasmanian surfers using jet-skis enabled Alastair to find and successfully ride the monster swells. For those surfers unlucky enough to fall whilst riding Pedra Branca, serious injuries including broken bones & being knocked unconscious are commonplace.

“I honestly wasn’t sure if windsurfing Pedra Branca was going to be possible. For everything to come together it was a miracle,” McLeod said when back on dry land.

“It’s without a doubt the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done but one of the most rewarding as well. It was an amazing experience to tackle one of nature’s most powerful forces and escape unscathed. I’m still buzzing from the adrenalin high.”Sitting 30km due south of Tasmania in the icy Southern Ocean, the dangers of the location are heightened by the immense power of the wave, its extreme isolation and exposure to the large storms of the Roaring Forties. Pedra Branca is also home to a large and permanent seal colony attracting great white sharks to the area.The waves windsurfed by Alastair were estimated to have faces in excess of 30ft – making them some of the largest waves ever windsurfed outside Hawaii. Alastair managed to ride a handful of waves during the filming of a secretive episode of the Red Bull documentary series “Explorers – Adventures of the Century”. The story of Alastair’s planning, preparation, forecasting and brutal crossing attempt are the subject of that documentary.Alastair explained the secrecy of the project by saying: “It has taken years for locals like Marty Paradisis and his friends to study and workout this wave. The wind direction, swell direction, swell period and tide all play a critical role on making this wave break a certain way. Without their intimate knowledge and assistance – this trip would not have been possible. Out of respect for them, I don’t want to give any of those details away, even mentioning the date of the trip would give too much away. There are waves down here that were once closely guarded secrets – and are now over run with jetski’s and weekend warriors. I’d like to help protect the secrets of Pedra Branca as long as possible. Also, I would not want to encourage anyone to try this without serious local support. If you wipe-out and break a mast or tear a sail – your dead… there’s no way to swim back to Tasmania through those waters.”

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The waves of Pedra Branca are featured in this year’s remake of the 1991 Hollywood block buster Point Break.

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Davy Scheffers in Brazil – “Pure Brasil”

Davy Scheffers went big in Brazil. Double Loops, Air Kabis, Paskos, Shakas. Watch his latest video.

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With great satisfaction we completed our second Yoga Camp ++ at Funboard Center Boracay and we look forward to our next Yoga Camp ++ in November 2015. The Camp is like a modular system so you can combine kite-or windsurfing with daily yoga classes. All packages include accommodation in the unique REEF RETREAT just 2 min walking distance from our station. Your breakfast will be served in Café Tabou at our surf school. We will arrange the kite-or windsurf classes together with your instructor to suit other activities.

YOGA CAMP + + € 880,- This full package applies for 1 person and is valid for one week incl. accommodation in Reef Retreat, kite-or windsurfing courses or rental, and daily Yoga classes. This is a perfect arrangement if you like to stay active the whole week of your holidays.

SURF-PACKAGE : € 780,-  you can choose between an 9h beginner kite-or windsurf course including equipment for the entire week. All advanced kite- and windsurfer can convert the 9h course to a full week equipment-rental. This offer is excluding Yoga classes.

YOGA-PACKAGE:  € 490,- We welcome non watersports companions to join just the yoga-classes. You can choose between a morning and late afternoon class. If you want to visit both, please do not hesitate to show up! Previous knowledge in Yoga is not necessary!

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Full power morning class:

Start 8:00: We start the day with a dynamic Power-Yoga to awaken the body & mind and to activate your heart and blood circulation. Well prepared and warmed up we are ready for the first kite- or windsurf lesson and avoid any sore or pulled muscles. Let’s start the day!

Depower evening class:
Start: 16:00 : After a long day on the water we are focusing on stretching and relaxation in our afternoon class. Specially chosen Yoga-poses should relieve stress and tension in all stiff muscles and calm down your mind. Ready for the sun-set?

The yoga classes are taught in turn by 2 experienced Yoga- teachers. Simone has more than 10 years working as a wind-and kitesurf instructor at Funboard Center Boracay and was always practicing Yoga as a great balance to kite-and windsurfing. Her passion as well as the benefits of this long period of practice are the reasons why she became a yoga-teacher. Simone will offer custom-made yoga-classes to prevent any shoulder- or back problems. Markus discovered the benefits of Yoga in 2000 along side the Tibetan healing movements, he received his teaching certificate in  2009 and since he has been teaching yoga on the island of Boracay. Markus combines perfectly matched yoga poses to a harmonious and flowing sequence of movements. Markus teaches the yoga classes Meditation in Motion.

The finale of the Camp is the sunset cruise for the group around the island with traditional Philippine BBQ at White Beach. A sun-set dinner (exclusive) at Diniwid Beach, SUP-Excursion, Nature-day-trips or Island Hopping will make your stay perfect.

This offer is valid only for the participants of the YOGA CAMP ++ coming November 2015

To book your place go to the Reef Retreat website OR email



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Marcilio Browne at Pozo Izquierdo 2015

Marcilio Browne released a nice clip with great high wind wave action from Pozo Izquierdo.

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Oda Johanne on Fuerteventura

Oda Johanne enjoys an evening session at Risco del Paso on Fuerteventura.

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Antoine Martin and Camille Juban in action

Antoine Martin and Camille Juban give it all, on the water and on land.

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Ocean Elements are offering an amazing family holiday deal to their beach club in the world famous Vassiliki windsurf resort!

For selected school dates you can save an extra £200 per child. This offer will be automatically applied to your booking when booking online or over the phone.


What is included in an Ocean Elements Holiday to Vassiliki?

  • Beachfront hotel with private gardens
  • Breakfast
  • Flights and transfers
  • All water sports equipment & activities
  • RYA tuition sailing & windsurfing tuition for 5/6 days
  • FREE Kids Clubs (2-12 yrs)
  • Mountain biking, kayaking, SUP and more
  • Lots of fun for all the family!


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