Featured Articles

Kite the World in 20 Days

Related Articles

Featured Articles

Gone with the Wind II

By Will Harper

Well, now you know how it all came about, and a little about the place we chose. But, as a responsible journalist, I of course have a duty of due diligence to let all of you who weren’t there know exactly what you missed.

Featured Articles

Lost at Last

By Brad Drummond

One look at each other and the decision was made, no discussion necessary. The day-to-day drudge was showing on us all. Even the dog needed a break. Seeking refuge and tranquility, we were hoping to get totally lost on the Oregon Coast.

Featured Articles

FakeOut

By Will Harper, Bruce Peterson

MY ALARM WENT OFF at 7 a.m., but I wasn’t there to hear it. I’d been up for hours, moving restlessly about the house, loading my van, making a breakfast that I could not eat.

Featured Articles

HashOut at the Hatch

By Will Harper

New faces, old hats, big crowds, and big money might best describe the scene at the Freestyle event at the Gorge Games this year.

Featured Articles

Formula for Success

By Jamie Torres

In a record short time it has become so well established that it just narrowly missed becoming the racing format for the windsurfing event at the 2008 Olympics

Featured Articles

Journey of Discovery

By Tristan Boxford

The idea was Scott’s. A regular visitor to Fiji, he has become quite attached to the area grasping any opportunity he can to return.

Featured Articles

Shredder Super Model

By Laurie Nadel

When the Weather Channel meteorologists are advising everyone on Long Island to stay inside, Pfeifer is whipping her long, blonde mane into a ponytail, shimmying into her wetsuit, and heading for the windsurfing beach at Napeague.

Featured Articles

The Pozo Twins

By Martin Trees

As teens they simply wanted to have fun at the beach. In 1995 they tried windsurfing for the first time. Within 18 months these inspiring women were competing with the pros and proving that women could hold their own with the men.

Featured Articles

Games Down Under

By Rory Ramsden

THE 2000 OLYMPICS WINDSURFING REGATTA was the best ever. The sport reached its pinnacle. Not only was it the best ever Olympic windsurfing event, it was alive with many "never befores".

Featured Articles

After the Gold Rush: The 17 Year Quest of Michael Gebhardt

By John Chao

Mike “Gebi” Gebhardt had a bad night. The day before, his 32 year old body began to shut down. Six grueling days of light-to-moderate winds took its toll on him and the rest of the fleet.

Featured Articles

More Than Half a World to Go

By Dan Welch

My big board carrier, the mothership, is a forty–foot cutter-rigged sailboat named Daq'Attack. Four satellite boards are strapped to her deck; the fore cabin is choked with sails, booms, fins, and all spare parts necessary to repair the gear because, where we’re headed, no one accepts American Express.

Featured Articles

Grand Slammed @ Gran Canaria

By Rob Bryant

The biggest windsurfing event of the World Cup happens each year on the island of Gran Canaria. Not only does it tout the biggest prize money ($180,000) it's also the home of the strongest and nastiest wind and wave of the tour.

Featured Articles

Jim Drake: Origins of Windsurfing 2

By John Chao

Related Articles

Featured Articles

The Great Trans-Atlantic Adventure

By John Chao

Like men who have found life and communion with the ocean for thousands of years before us, our explorations were dictated to by unforeseen challenges and setbacks. As other men of the sea have been discovering for hundreds of years, we learned firsthand how adventure and survival depend on the mental clarity which guides one’s ability to react.

Featured Articles

Gearing Up for the TAWR

By Guy Miller

When John Chao called me in January, saying, “We need to start thinking about gear for the Trans-Atlantic,” my mind started racing. Although I was sitting at my desk at Trilogy Software, in Austin, Texas, trying to focus on the day’s tasks, my mind would sometimes wander into the ocean.

Featured Articles

The Trans-Atlantic MisAdventure

By Laurie Nadel

The captain of the US team in the TransAtlantic Windsurf Race (TAWR2000), John Chao is not the kind of guy who gets fazed easily. A former Olympic windsurfer who now publishes and edits American Windsurfer magazine, John regularly pushes himself beyond what most of us would consider normal limits.

Featured Articles

Back To The Future: PART 2

Related Articles

Featured Articles

Gulled

By Gavin Grow

I awakened early that morning well before sunrise to an impromptu orchestra of chimes as a gale wind blew through the sailboat riggings of the many vessels moored behind our home.

Featured Articles

1999 Equipment Test – Wave & High Wind Gear

By Ken Winner

Windsurfing is about freedom, soul, camaraderie, nature; it’s about wind in your hair, spray in your face and a bunch more of that fuzzy, warm, poetic stuff. But get real; it’s also about equipment.

Featured Articles

Trans-Atlantic Windsurf Race

By Ken Winner

You’re used to taking reality in bite-sized, well-cooked chunks, preferably, with a béarnaise sauce on the side. Now, you’re facing a groaning great board of bloody venison—and somehow you have to choke it down.

Featured Articles

Cry Uncle at the US Nationals

By Kim Ball

“There was a lot of butt-kicking going on . . . , but it was Mother Nature who was wearing the boot.”

Featured Articles

WindGliding the Grenadines

By Alex Johnson and John John Chao

So! The four kids, Alex 13, John 11, Robby 9 and Katie 8, fly down to the Grenadines with their parents in tow. . . after all, they are minors and the parents. . . well, they just had to be there.

Featured Articles

The TransAtlantic Windemption

By Eddy Patricelli

Take four US amateur windsurfers. Put them on a boat headed for England. Provide them with tons of gear they've never seen before, and a coach capable of racing circles around them. Add 25 foot seas, and place them in a race against some of the world's best windsurfers. What do you have?

Featured Articles

Planes, Trains, Buses, Reindeer & WingSurfers

By John Chao

On top of it all, no one told me that Santa had left for Aruba on vacation. Course I should have known. This was April and Lapland was just starting to thaw out and the long days were beginning to bud out into the long nights.

Featured Articles

The Windsurfer Who Could Be President

By John Chao

Senator John Kerry was being pulverized by 40 knot winds. His windsurfing buddy cringed at the sight of a United States Senator being tossed around like a rag doll and splattered time and time again onto the forgiving waters of his beloved state of Massachusetts.