Archive for July, 2011

Windsurf In Two Hours

Friday, July 29th, 2011
Start windsurfing; It's easy

Start windsurfing; It's easy

 

Windsurfing is easy. The best way to learn how to sail properly is in a windsurfing school. If you’re far away, try it by yourself, but never alone and in stormy waters. Here are a few steps to start windsurfing in a couple of hours. First of all, prepare your gear: windsurf board, rig, mast, sail and boom should be carefully assembled, rigged, tuned and mounted.

 

Beginners should start windsurfing with a +190 litres board. Find a flat water lake of calm sea. Start off by finding your equilibrium in the windsurf board. Keep it steady for 10 minutes. Now, it’s time to set sail. In order to progress through the flat waters, you must quickly learn the points of sail or, in other words, the board’s course in relation to the wind direction.

 

Learn these points of a sail and have fun

Learn these points of a sail and have fun

 

The main points of sail are:

  

Close Hauled: sailing as close to the wind as possible (an angle of around 45 degrees). You “zig zag” to make progress upwind. The turn between this “zig zags” is called “tacking”.

  

Beam Reach: sailing across the wind. Point at where you want to sail fast. The sail works providing huge amounts of lift, driving you faster.

 

Broad Reach: almost like going downwind, except for the fact that the sail is still working as an aerofoil. In stronger winds, it is the fastest point of sail.

 

Running: sailing with the wind from behind.

 

If you’re “In Irons”, you won’t probably move forward. So try to push or pull the sail and get the first feel of windsurfing. Now that you’re sailing your first nautical miles, you’ll need to learn to turn around on the water. There are two ways of changing your course: tacking (the rig passes over the back of the board) and jibing (the rig passes over the front of the board).

 

Tacking is a basic 180º turn. It’s vital to learn how to do it in order to get back to your original starting point. To do this, sail the board into the wind, place the front hand on the mast and start to lean the sail back towards the tail. Step around the mast into the opposite side of the board.

 

The board will pass through the eye of the wind and you will resume your sailing speed. Try to turn 180º several times to better your skills and never get far away from safe land. Enjoy windsurfing. In the intermediate level, you’ll learn to jibe and to sail with a harness. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboarder Maciek Kozierski Walks On Water

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Maciek Kozierski: liquid walker

Maciek Kozierski: liquid walker

 

As one of the world’s best kite surfers, Maciek Kozierski has long had a vision of himself walking on water, and where better to achieve such a feat than on the Sea of Galilee.

 

Together with a team that included six-time Israeli wakeboard champion Lior Eliyahu, he spent four days on the project codenamed Miracle, after the feat which was carried out by Jesus in the Bible’s New Testament.

 

For Kozierski, it was a matter of honour that he was able to achieve this modern-day miracle without tricks or any technical assistance.

 

They spent four full days on the water directly in front of the world-famous church at Capernaum. The plan: Kozierski would use his kite to accelerate to maximum speed, then step off the board, release the kite and walk on water. Easier said than done!

 

The main difficulties were that when the wind was strong the waves were too high and when the surface was calm there was not enough wind.

 

The 26-year-old athlete from Warsaw crashed hard into the water at high speed more than 50 times and had to repeat the whole attempt time and time again…

 

On the fourth day they finally accomplished the feat and got the perfect shot: Maciek Kozierski walking on water and in the background is the historic church. “We did it without any tricks or smoke and mirrors,” he said proudly. Source: SurferToday

Best Surf Van For Summer

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Surf vans are the ultimate surfer’s dream. The best way to travel and complete the surf trips of our lives is by gathering a few friends and hit the road with surfboards, shorts, a couple of shirts and some pocket money.

 

In the early days, boards were transported in any car. California, in the west coast of USA, showed us it was cool and easy to check the surf spots with a bunch of boys and girls, music and beer with a few dollars for gas.

 

Some of the vans and cars of the 60’s are now vintage surf classics. Everyone wants to ride the coolest oldie mobile vehicle through the alternative coastal routes. Today, surf vans can be bought and rented. Fortunately, they are quite affordable and can be tuned to your preferences.

 

Surf vans: you don't need anything else

Surf vans: you don't need anything else

 

 

The Volkswagen Westfalia Camper is one of the most famous transportation vehicles for surfers. Owners of this true summer classic often meet in several countries to share their experiences and knowledge. There are several versions of the old model available.

 

The Ford Transit is one of the most popular vans in the UK. Many units have been converted by surfers and windsurfer. There are special guides online that help you customize the different versions of the Transit.

 

Many Fiat Scudo owners have also converted their units to surf vans, with a small space for a good night sleep and room for boards, food and accessories.

 

The famous Mercedes Vito has plenty of space for everything. You can easily build a surf palace in there with a bit of creativity and help from professionals. A fridge full of cool beers is possible.

 

Finally, the Renault Trafic is ready to become a surf classic. The first generation was built in 1980 and was a total success. The 9-seater version can be changed to fit your desired taste. It’s another great surf van for a couple of surfers en route to incredible surfing experiences. Source: SurferToday

David Beckham Bodyboarding

Monday, July 25th, 2011
David Beckham: bodyboarding star

David Beckham: bodyboarding star

 

David Beckham has been enjoying bodyboarding with the family. The British football player is playing for the LA Galaxy team, but he also enjoys the spirit of water sports that made California famous.

 

The star of the green fields decided to take on the waves of Malibu, in USA. David Beckham hit the water with his boys Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz. It seems that the youngsters might have a future in bodyboarding.

 

Apparently, the footballer wasn’t riding waves with fins, a leash or wetsuit. Beckham decided to relax and enjoy the pleasures of the 1ft inside foam.

 

Despite the inexperience in the wave riding issues, the British star didn’t lie on the slick of the bodyboard. He chose the correct posture, no doubt, but he will hardly make a career change.

 

Beckham owns and an estimated fortune of 165 million pounds. Married with Victoria Beckham, he has recently been father of Harper Seven. Source: SurferToday

Kiteboarders Cross Bering Strait

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Eugene Novožeev and Konstantin Aksyonov have successfuly kite crossed the Bering Strait. The Russians kiteboarders are the first riders to complete this mission, after several attempts from other wind challengers.

 

Konstantin Aksyonov: clearly not kiteboarding in the Bering Strait

Konstantin Aksyonov: clearly not kiteboarding in the Bering Strait

 

The cross of the Bering Strait is a 96-kilometre (56 miles) adventure. Novožeev, four-time Russian kiteboarding champion, and Aksyonov kicked off from Chukotka, in Russia and arrived in Alaska.

 

The kite mission is full of challenges. Winds, currents, tides, ships, cold temperatures and swell make it harder to get from one coast to the other.

 

Maurice Lacroix, a French kiteboarders, had already tried to complete the trip but he missed it. Troy Henkels and Geza Sholtz have plans to do it this summer.

 

In 1998, Russian adventurer Dmitry Shparo and his son Matvey made the first known modern crossing of the frozen Bering Strait on skis. Suggestions have been made for the construction of a bridge, the Bering Strait bridge, between Alaska and Siberia. Source: SurferToday

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