Windsurfing UK Articles

Surprise surprise! – windsurfing fun at Neilson’s Airone Beachclub (Italy)

At the start of 2018 WSUK’s editor and family were invited along to check out Neilson’s Italian new Airone beachclub resort, located on the Calabrian coast. Here’s what they found… Words: Tez Plavenieks Pics: CE Photo, David Green, Fi Plavenieks It’s hard not to look at wind forecasts when heading away on a trip – especially if you’re a windsurfer […]

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Progressive thinking with Slingshot’s windfoil brand manager Wyatt Miller

Pics: Wyatt Miller, Brian Casero, Christopher Curran, @k2asass, @iwasphotographed Wyatt Miller is currently grabbing attention across various social media platforms with his futuristic windfoiling exploits. An accomplished windsurfer, in standard mode, as well as foiler WM has just taken on a new role heading up the windsurfing department for the brand. We caught up with Wyatt to get the goss. […]

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Witchcraft’s Bouke Becker on windsurf design: part one windsurf #boards

Interview: WSUK Pics: Witchcraft Windsurfing, James Jagger When it comes to design of windsurfing equipment Witchcraft’s Bouke Becker – having been involved in windsurfing since the early days – has seen it all, dabbled with it all and had a hand in (literally) shaping things to come and how things are now. Whether it be hard wearing windsurf boards or […]

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U – Universal joint (UJ): windsurfing’s crucial multi-directional mechanical component

As windsurfers we take the humble universal joint for granted, yet it’s the UJ that sets windsurfing apart from many other sailing craft and allows us to perform many of the moves we do. Without the 360 degree articulating joint carve gybes, for instance, simply wouldn’t be attainable. It was Pete Chilvers in 1958 who invented windsurfing, but crucially he […]

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Y – Yannick Anton: former professional windsurfer now Fuerteventura resident, wave head and school owner

French born Yannick Anton started competing in 1998. Before long his smooth style and windsurfing finnesse started to make observers sit up and take note. Although he’s an incredible sailor – especially when conditions switch on – Yannick’s pro tour successes were up and down. Then a short time in to his career Anton started getting problems with his knees […]

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T – Tarifa: reliably windy Spanish holiday spot, brand testing ground and winter training hangout

Tarifa, Spain, is famous for its relentlessness windy conditions and breeze from two very distinct directions – both can serve up a healthy dose of hardcore windsurfing. Wind strengths can often reach 40 knots, without actually being a specific storm! In summer the wind’s direction is usually from the east (cross offshore from the left) whereas autumn see the angle […]

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S – Sotovento, Fuerteventura: long time speed sailing venue, PWA event site and reliably windy holiday spot

Fuerteventura’s south facing Sotovento is a world famous speed windsurfing location and host of the PWA’s freestyle and slalom events that roll in to town during summer. Firmly on the map as a bona fide windy location the Sahara like landscape had little more than a bar and a few apartments 20 years ago. But once windsurfers started clocking serious […]

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Q – Queen Mary Reservoir, Ashford, Middlesex: London’s closest inland windsurfing spot

Queen Mary Reservoir, Ashford, Middlesex, has long been a staple of landlocked London based windsurfers. Due to its high rise nature (the reservoir sits above a lot of the surrounding land) wind strengths can often be 1-2 forces stronger than forecasts suggest. 700 acres of water is where you’ll find every type of windsurfer, from beginners to advanced, and of […]

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L – Luderitz Speed Challenge: windsurfing’s premier speed sailing event and location

Held every year since 2007 the Luderitz Speed Challenge, Namibia, is speed sailing’s premier go fast event and location. A purposely dug canal, 800m long, including starting and stopping zones, sees windsurfers test their mettle by flying along the canal’s shallow waters aiming to break personal and world speed sailing records. One key factor in why Luderitz is so important, […]

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K – Kos, Kefalos, Greece: popular windsurfing holiday hotspot

Situated 15k to the west of Kos’ main airport Kefalos is the quintessential Greek windsurfing destination. Featuring azure coloured water, with cross offshore Meltemi winds and flanked by hilly olive groves and traditional architecture (mixed with modern) it’s a spot that screams summer windsurf holiday resort. It’s also famous for being the birthplace of Hippocrates, who is noted as being the […]