Windsurfing history encyclopedia

P – Peter Chilvers: inventor of the windsurfer

Peter Chilvers is credited as being the godfather and inventor of the modern windsurfer as we know it. Pete created his sailboard in 1958 and used the waters surrounding Hayling Island, south coast, UK, as testing grounds for his invention. During the 1980s a lawsuit was filed against Chilvers/Tabur Marine by Windsurfing International who disputed Pete’s patent. The court eventually ruled in […]

Windsurfing history encyclopedia

A – Arnaud de Rosnay: windsurfing pioneer, adventurer and photographer

Arnaud de Rosnay was a French windsurfer, adventurer and photographer. His sailing featured many long distance, solo windsurf crossings including navigation of the Behring Strait, sailing between the Marquesas and the Tuamotu Archipelago, crossing the waters between Florida and Cuba and crossing the Strait of La Perouse between Hokkaido and Sakhalin. He was eventually lost at sea whilst attempting the crossing […]

Windsurfing UK Kit Tests

Old school, new school (engagement) – Windsurfer LT One Design windsurfing kit test

Words: WSUK Pics: James Jagger Just recently there’s been a resurgence of interest in the lighter wind end of windsurfing’s spectrum. Maybe attributed to windfoiling coming on the scene or maybe it’s because we all just want to get wet and have fun. Whatever the reasons we were stoked when Bruce Wylie from Cobra International (one of the original windsurfers […]

Windsurfing UK Profiles

A shot of JD – Justin Dennington pro windsurfer profile

Words: Justin Dennington Pics: Justin Dennington, Jaanboy Photography, BWA Justin Denninton is one of the most enthusiastic windsurfers you could meet. Ever present at his local beaches, Marazion/Gwithian, you can be sure that if there’s a decent forecast JD will be on it, checking in and letting know other sailors what’s what (before hitting it himself that is. We tapped […]

Windsurfing UK Articles

Boards to Bournemouth – Gregg Dunnett, windsurfing author profile

Interview: WSUK Pics: Gregg Dunnett Having made the successful transition from gonzo windsurfing mag journalist (his description not ours) to applauded novelist Gregg Dunnett is just about set to drop his fourth work of fiction. If you’ve had opportunity to read any of his previous books then you’ll note the ‘surfy’ theme running through all. That and dark undertones. We […]

Windsurfing UK Articles

Behind Windsurfing UK’s autumn 2018 cover – 8yr old Tom Pringuer in focus

Here at Windsurfing UK we’re super keen to recognise those up and coming rippers from our own shores. Eight year old Tom Pringuer came to our attention a few months ago. Not even into double digits of age he’s regularly out on the water, getting amongst it. Under dad Mike’s watchful eye Tom is continuing to develop his windsurfing skills […]

Windsurfing UK Profiles

Krafty cuts – Meggie Kraft windsurfer profile

Words: Meggie Kraft Pics: Andy Stallman, Dave White Kraft…you may have heard the name within UK windsurfing circles. But it’s not just dad (Ian ‘Krafty’ Kraft in case you’re wondering) who’s handy with a board and rig. Daughter Meggie is also pretty swift round a race course and loves nothing better than a full power blast. WSUK hooked up with […]

Windsurfing UK Profiles

Nailing it – Clare Elliott windsurfer profile

Words: Clare Elliott Pics: Gala liubytska, iDotPhoto, PROtography Clare Elliott is looking to cement her rep as an all round windsurfing lady. In a short amount of time she’s come a long way. Having been working on her freestyle for the past few seasons wave sailing goals are now in the process of being nailed down. Fearless and always ready […]