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Water sports at a glance from our Surf Shop Online

Water is life. This natural law applies to every being, and for the water sports enthusiast, it has a special meaning. Since time immemorial, every body of water and, above all, the ocean has an unbroken fascination for mankind. It used to be considered a danger in its impenetrable depth. But it has always been a source of food and just in the last century, it has been discovered as a source of enjoyment that offers limitless possibilities. So water sports have grown in ever new variations. Classics such as sailing, canoeing and surfing have been complemented by new trend sports such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddling. Thus, the water sports continues to popular sports and attracts athletes of all ages and daring on the water. Because the combination of water and sport always means natural recreation, extraordinary experiences and great freedom.

Kitesurfing - The fascination of unlimited possibilities

Simply take off and fly - more freedom is not possible! This is kitesurfing. Surf legends such as Robby Naish and Pete Cabrinah have fallen for this type of surfing. In addition to the pace, the height and the thrill of kitesurfing also attracts the independence. Powerful kites can be incredibly fun on the water and in the air even in less optimal conditions. The sport was derived in the mid 90s from power kiting in the countryside. The kiting has developed fast and meanwhile it offers beginners a fast learning curve and a lot of fun. When kitesurfing, the surfer stands on a special kite board. It's similar with the wakeboard, but it's relatively short and can be steered in one or two directions. The kite (steering kite) is steered over the kite bar with the help of mostly 4 lines - back lines (steering lines) and front lines. The front lines are connected to the kite via the harness. These control lines run at the bar. With these the dragon is steered and the pressure is metered. This makes the daredevil leaps that make up the fascination of this water sport possible. Kitesurfing is now widespread worldwide. As the equipment is cheaper and more manageable compared to windsurfing and also there are many newcomers.

Windsurfing - gliding over the water

Windsurfing actually goes back to classic surfing. The sail on the board is used to propel the surfer along the wave to the beach and also away from the beach. This eliminates the paddling. Incidentally, Newman Darby made the start in 1964 in the USA, which used a children's kite as a sail. In the States, windsurfing has quickly established itself as a trend sport. At that time, the sport was also known as board and standing sails. Today, windsurfing is widespread around the world and is also practiced on inland waters. Although we still speak of board and sail, but it is now an absolute high-tech equipment, which is developed from year to year. For this purpose, high-quality materials such as carbon, special fibers and plastics will be used. Thanks to these developments windsurfers have more control over wind and sails and can show spectacular maneuvers on the waves.

Surfing - The sea, the wave and you

Surfing promises pure fascination. Anyone who has fallen for surfing can hardly escape it. Although surfing is actually just a form of surfriding or waveriding, all terms have become synonymous with many types of surfing. Missionaries almost stopped surfing in the 19th century. Only in the 1950s surfing experienced a new boom. Even at this time, it was the US, in particular, who pushed the revival forward. Today, surfing is more popular than ever, and competitions are held around the world on the coasts. Surfing is no longer concentrated only on regions like Hawaii and California. In Europe, especially on the Atlantic coast, there are all sorts of beaches and spots that make the surfer's heart beat faster. There are a variety of options and preferences, such as noseriding. Depending on the technique and skill level different boards are used. Shortboards are very handy for transport and provide the rider with speed and fun. In spite of many developments, the shape goes back to classic shapes like the longboard or the fish. Artificial wave machines that produce standing waves are also in fashion. There are more and more of them in Europe. For surfing standing waves special riverboards are suitable.

Stand-up paddling - a trend with tradition

The stand-up paddling or SUP was a common mode of transport for centuries, has developed into an absolute trend sport. For centuries, maybe millennia, the so-called dugout bamboo and canoes of indigenous island peoples were used in the Polynesian area to move across the sea. At that time you drove standing and came through paddles.

This has not changed until today, however, material and form have evolved. At first glance, the SUP boards (now a common abbreviation for stand-up paddling) appear like classic surfboards for surfing. And indeed the differences are small, but different lines have emerged for different needs and waters. One important difference is that there are hardboards and inflatable boards, the inflatable stand-up boards. Then it is differentiated whether the SUPs are used for long or just fast tours, and whether they are driven in waves or on calm water. Likewise, the paddles have advanced to high-tech products.

Wakeboarding - Absolute Action

Wakeboarding is very popular in Europe. It is surprising, but Germany has the highest density of wakeboard systems or cables worldwide. There are now over 70 so-called cable parks. When wakeboarding the surfer is pulled. With the help of a jet ski, motor boat or water ski lift, the wakeboarder can reach up to 39 km / h. It stands on a board, which is reminiscent of a snowboard, laterally to the direction of travel. The connection to the boat is a leash with a handle, which the surfer holds with both hands. In the wakeboarding facilities, various obstacles and ramps are built up, which wake up the wakeboarder to spectacular jumps.

Paddle Boat - Cozy tours or adventures

Canoeing is much easier. The canoe is a form of paddle boat. Canoe is the umbrella term under which kayaks and Canadian Canoes are combined. From the classic rowing boat, the canoe differs mainly by the position of the canoe (the driver). He sits and paddles in the direction of travel. In a rowing boat, however, the back is facing the direction of travel. Canadian Canoes always talk about canoes when they are completely open. In contrast, a kayak has a closed deck and a seat hatch. Canoes often accommodate two people and are suitable for carrying more luggage. So great multi-day tours are possible.