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Posted On:  23/04/2019 11:50:42

There are 28 men and 10 women competing here at the Techno293+ World Championships, 38 motivated young sailors, all striving for one of the coveted World Champion crowns.

Techno293+ is the grown up version of the legendary Techno293, where older riders can compete, using bigger rigs and fins than the standard 293 class. Making sufficient waves that it has become an Youth Olympic class in its own right, and we are all proud and honoured to have none other than Youth Olympic Games champion Alexandros Kalpogiannakis here in Portimao this week, as motivated as ever, to try and complete his set of gold medals following his YOG and European Championship victories. ......( more )

Posted On:  22/04/2019 16:17:05

The TECHNO293Plus caravan has pitched up here at the lovely Praia Da Rocha, near Portimao on the beautiful western Algarve on Portugal's southern coast. The warm Easter weather was matched by the warmth of the welcome at this famous and charming spot.......( more )

Posted On:  18/04/2019 10:52:39

It hasn't all been plain sailing for Greece over the last few years: economy in crisis, political chaos, bearing the burden of mass immigration from the war-torn middle east . . .

But it's been a very different story for one young Greek windsurfer, who has sailed his way to an incredibly successful year and a very promising future. For Alexandros Kalpogiannakis it started twelve months ago, at the Techno 293+ World Championships in Liepaja, Latvia, where he finished in the silver medal spot. ......( more )
Posted On:  17/04/2019 18:03:33

The 2019 RS:X Windsurfing European and Youth European Championships & Open Trophy closed with four scintillating medal races held in near perfect conditions in Mallorca, Spain. After four days of intense competition where the wind gods tested and teased the competitors, medal race day saw a steady 12-15 knot wind and full planing conditions.......( more )

Posted On:  11/04/2019 12:01:13

Windsurfing is making a resurgence in areas around the USA. In Miami, city of perpetual sunshine, foilers are taking to the water and youth windsurfing has found new life at Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, one of the unlikeliest of places.

After less the three years, the program has grown to more than twenty young sailors, a race team numbering thirteen, and a waitlist. What's the secret to their success? Quality equipment designed for kids and coaches with a technical racing background who create a fun environment on and off the water for recreational windsurfers and racers alike. Read the full article on Scuttlebutt
Posted On:  11/04/2019 08:51:15

This year the IFCA Slalom World Championships will be the sportive highlight of the Multivan Summer Opening on Sylt. The most important slalom event of 2019 will take place in Westerland/Sylt (Germany) from June 3rd to 10th.

For the first time ever the Mens Slalom Worlds are combined with the Masters Championships. So the event will be specifically attractive for all those slalom legends who dominated the competitions already 10 or 15 years ago. The IFCA Slalom Worlds offer a prize money of eur 10.000,00 but most important the official Slalom World Championship title. ......( more )
Posted On:  09/04/2019 12:03:52

Bic Sport will be offering a fantastic 25% discount on the regular sale price for the Techno 293 Board and 8.5 Rig package at the end of the T293 Plus World Championships at Praia da Rocha, Portimao later this month.  Boards and rigs may be sold separately with a 20% discount on each. View Poster

Interested? Contact Paulo Silva for further information.

Posted On:  09/04/2019 08:47:29

The 2019 RS:X Europeans and Youth European Championships being held on the island of Mallorca, Spain, has a record turn out for the RS:X Class with 333 confirmed entries from 43 different nations representing six different continents over five days of racing. These Europeans are testament to the health of windsurfing at present such that, for the first time ever, the youth men's fleet is bigger than the senior men's fleet which is with special thanks to the BIC Techno class who provide an excellent pathway into the RS:X Class. The biggest, and most welcome problem the organisers have this week is finding enough beach space! ......( more )

Posted On:  04/04/2019 09:31:12

When more than 48 pounds of plastic, including disposable dishes, a corrugated tube, shopping bags and a detergent package with its bar code still visible, was recently found inside a dead sperm whale in Italy, it was the latest reminder that our food chain is living amid a trash dump. 

And while it is well-recognized that the bulk of the problem is in Asia, shifts have to begin somewhere so it is refreshing to see that evident as straws and meal containers in the USA move away from plastic to eco-friendly options...... read the full article on Scuttlebutt 
Posted On:  21/03/2019 15:52:23

Once a month, a bunch of America's Cup sailors, ocean racers, and former Olympic medalists gather alongside some young and others not so young at a New Zealand lake on Auckland's North Shore. It's a group that has grown in size over time and among them are a bevy of well-known sailors who have well and truly caught the bug.

The foiling revolution has hit windsurfing and it's fair to say foiling has helped lift the sport to new levels, both literally and figuratively. As many as 20 gather at Lake Pupuke for Foiling Fridays but it's a scene being played out at other venues around New Zealand … read the full article on Scuttlebutt / View the video

Posted On:  13/03/2019 12:25:49

The specialty event got underway with wind gusts of up to 70 knots (80 miles per hour, 130 kilometers per hour), and 26-foot (eight-meter) waves breaking off the Irish Coast.

Eight world-class windsurfers traveled from all corners of the globe to Magheroarty Beach, in County Donegal, to take on the full force of a massive North Atlantic storm.......( more )
Posted On:  08/03/2019 13:00:37

Red Bull Storm Chase, the world's toughest windsurfing contest, is back on after three years of waiting with a serious storm brewing off the Irish coast.

Eight of the world's best windsurfers are about to hit the water in Force 10 winds (89-102 kilometers per hour) with the location needing close proximity to an international airport, adequate medical coverage, and emergency services. ......( more )
Posted On:  04/03/2019 09:00:02

After three days of fun races, the wind was finally strong enough to run three official races on the last day of the Defi Wind Japan.

Three different winners excelled on the downwind course that brought a smile to the pros and amateurs alike. In the end, Ludovic Jossin and Yuki Sunaga won the first Defi Wind in the Land of the Rising Sun.  ( more...)

Posted On:  20/02/2019 09:20:50

La Tranche Sur Mer is to host the 2019 IFCA Youth and Women World Championships, including the IFCA Slalom Junior Championships, from the 24th to 29th of June. This Championship offers a prize purse of 5.000 Euros for the Women  who will compete beside the Youth Men for the 2019 Slalom World Champion Title. ( more ... ) 

Posted On:  13/02/2019 12:07:47

The International Formula Windsurfing Class returns to Praia da Roche, Portimao, for 2 major championships. Praia da Rocha is a beach and urban area on the Atlantic Ocean in the southern section of the county of Portimao, Algarve, southern Portugal.

The Formula Windsurfing World Championship will take place from 28th April to 2nd May. Competitors will be limited to the use of a board with a fin for this championship, which will be followed......( more )

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