Originally called sail boarding, windsurfing was invented by an innovative young man called S. Newman Darby. Legend has it that Darby invented the sport in 1965 on the Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania.
Having noticed the craze for surfing springing up around the country (all sound-tracked by the emerging surf rock sounds of The Beach Boys and their ilk) he decided to create a similar pastime for those who lived in inland areas.
If you didn’t have access to huge surf, you could book a hostel nearby and still take to the water on your board to experience the rush.
Farrel O’Shea was one of the 80s most radical wave sailors, but lately he’s more involved with speed and helming a successful watersports company.
O’Shea International manufacture the O’Shea Stealth 5/4/3/ wetsuit – which we’ll review – as well as clothing, surfboards, SUPs. It also imports/distributes Simmer windsurf gear, making the company an all-round brand catering for a broad range of participants.
With this in mind, the O’Shea wetsuit range has to serve a variety of different needs. The wants of surfers are very different to the needs of windsurfers so we were keen to get hold of one of their flagship winter wetsuits, the Stealth, and put it through its paces.
Cape Town and a destination in Chile have been added to the list of spots on the 2013 Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) World Tour, great news for local windsurfers and followers of the big name pro’s.
Starting with a freestyle event in Austria on April 26, the tour takes in 12 spots and runs right up till the last session gets underway on December 6.
The final list may change, as the organisers may try to include a stage in Vietnam and perhaps a few more…
Windsurfing as a sport is such a colourful and action-packed hobby that conveying the true spiritual sense of the discipline through media is difficult. And even as online publications improve, there’s still love for a quality windsurfing magazine
Why? Well, windsurfers want to see amazing images of their sport, read inspirational stories – and it’s these ideas, opinions and visuals that encourage us to get out there and try that new move, explore a new part of the world or simply realise what we have in our backyards.
Having a real ‘something’ in your hands is the only way to do justice to windsurfing.
Many feel that sitting glued to a computer monitor doesn’t cut the mustard. It’s the tangible element that keeps us wanting more…
Winter can be a bummer for water sports aficionados in northern Europe. Seemingly dogged by endless cold snaps, it’s a gloomy prospect for most – if you’re into winter windsurfing then in Europe there’s also wind chill to contend with…
There’s nothing worse than cowering behind your van in the car park with a monumental case of ‘hot aches’ – possibly one of the most painful experiences any self-respecting windsurfer will endure.
But this time of year needn’t be cause for concern. In fact, for those with a positive outlook, it can be the best point in the season to get your fix. Pick and choose your days wisely and you will be rewarded with some spiffing conditions. In terms of where to head, check out the following guide…
Without windsurfing movies, windsurf travel probably would never have taken off and we’d still be wallowing around on duck ponds in the drizzle and cold.
Seeing windsurfing stars like Robby Naish slay the infamous Banzai Pipeline (Oahu, Hawaii) in the iconic movie R.I.P. was just one of the catalysts that made us windies get up off our backsides and head out into the wide blue yonder.
Windsurf movies have given us the inspiration to get out of our own little bubble and search for what else may be around the next corner – unless you go, you just don’t know!
Here are the ten best windsurfing movies of all time…
Thanks to the Beach Boys and others, California will always have a pre-eminent place in surfing mythology. Less often is it associated with windsurfing, even though in California the sport has been popular here since the 1960s.
Whatever kind of Californian windsurfing holiday you book, whether it’s through Los Angeles Vacation Rentals or with a hire car you drive to celebrated Leo Carillo, you’ll be stoked from start to finish.
And don’t worry about the surfers – you know they’ll come around to it sooner or later! Here’s what’s happening in Cali for both beginners and experts.
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