Finally, it’s clear. Starboard will be the new board sponsor for Bjorn Dunkerbeck. There were a lot of rumours about him switching to another board brand. Also here on madwindsurfing.com.
Lately, Bjorn Dunkerbeck was not performing so well. In Turkey he showed he has still a lot of skills, but not on his regular boards. He was windsurfing on the Isonic series from Starboard to everybody`s suprise. In Sylt Bjorn showed that he and starboard is a very good combination. He managed to win the Event.
Josh Angulo has won the second slalom round during the PWA World Tour in Sylt. The wave windsurfer is actively involved in the slalom discipline since this year and he already shows what he is capable of. Here is a video report from the Maui Sails team.
A few week I was writing about the 100 push up program. A few friends of mine and I started enthusiastic with the push up program. We wanted to gain more strength and a higher fitness level in general. They did it for wave surfing and i did it for windsurfing. They training seemed relatively easy. Doing push ups for about 6 weeks and you are able to do 100 push ups. We were noticing some progression but not enough to do really 100 push ups within 6 weeks.
Several of my friends had light injuries because of the push ups. The trainings program really pushes you to the limit which makes it hard to do the push ups correctly. So really focus on doing the exercise correctly. Don’t over do it! Are you not able to hold the correct posture anymore…stop with the exercise and continue when you are recovered.
It was a nice experiment but I will go back to the gym. Especially now it has been bad windsurfing circumstances, it is really important to have good physical fitness when the wind starts picking up.
The weather forecast for this weekend wasn’t so good. The wind direction was the main cause. In the Netherlands wind from the east is not so good. Windfinder.com predicted a small 4 bft in the north of the country while the winfsurfing spots in my neighbourhood had no wind at all. I really wanted to windsurf so I decided to risk the long drive to the north. The spot that I choose is called the Amstelmeer.
I’m glad that I risked the long drive, because it turned out to be a great windsurfing session! The weather was sunny and I was planing most of the time. The wind was gusty but the sun made is all worthwhile.
This short windsurf video gives an impression from the Mission, a big windsurfing event in the Netherlands. The report starts at 5 min 22 sec. Check this online magazine if you are not satisfied with this report.
Two top windsurfers, Antoine Albeay and Guy Cribb, are going to cross the channel. They are not doing this on a quiet Sunday afternoon with 4 bft. No, they are planning this trip when the next storm is knocking on the door.
This attempt is not without a cause. Antoine and Guy are asking attention for the Ellen MacArthur Trust and their french counterpart A chacun son cap. These Organisations are working hard for kids with cancer leukemia or some other horrible decease. The Ellen Mac Arthur Trust tries to bring some joy in the lives of these youngsters by introducing them to seasailing.
Dutch speedsurfer and initiator of gps-speedsurfing.com found a new sponsor! Neilpryde will provide his sails in the upcoming season. In this forum thread (in Dutch) he explains why he is switching.
This is bad news for Maui Sails because they will lose a windsurfer that is really dedicated in promoting the windsurfing sport and specifically gps speedsurfing. And off course everybody sees the windsurfing equipment he is using. This forum thread on the Maui Sails website is also confirming he is leaving Maui Sails.
A lot of big brands are restyling there website. RRD (Roberto Ricci Design) is also busy with the developments. All windsurfing info is, despite the developments, already accessible. RRD is using this URL www.rrd.it/y13/ to the windsurfing equipment. With a small tweak the new page is shown. This links referring to the new equipment: www.rrd.it/y14/.
The fifth edition of the Mission is just behind us and the next event is already announced! The North Sails Real Trip will be held in the weekend of the 11th and 12th of October. This windsurfing event is aimed on the non-professional windsurfer. Licenses and race experience are therefore not needed. It’s all about having fun and learning how it is to compete. Information about the registration fee and equipment restriction can be found on the event website (in Dutch).