windgirls-word wrap: Claudia Rankel, AUT-33
   She spends every free minute in winter working. Her goal: Being able to afford a long summer-windsurfing holiday. Because: "I can't imagine that life CAN get better than it is with windsurfing."


nationality: Austria / USA

sponsors: Starboard, Hot Sails Maui, Dakine, Camaro
windsurfing since:
I learned it in 1988 on the Austrian Lakes and Lake Garda
best results so far: PWA freestyle Grand Prix on Lake Neusiedl, Austria was my first competition (9th place)

favorite discipline: wave and freestyle

favorite move: table top, volcan

favorite windsurfing spot: Fuerteventura (North), Pozo Izquierdo, Ho'okipa

best music: any kind; at the moment Latino sound and Red Hot Chilli Peppers

last book you have read: books for university...
best film: The Matrix
best food: Chinese-Philippino food
best drink: white russian
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Who are your models in windsurfing?
the radical performance of Jason Polakow, the flow of Cisco Goya and - of course - the style of Robby Naish!
What causes you fear? getting hurt in any sport so I couldn't windsurf anymore... But I try to switch off fear doing different kinds of jumps
What makes you laugh?
Drinking-stories about people who were not aware of what they were doing anymore
Windsurfing – better than sex?
Depends on the conditons – but it's possible!!!
With whom would you like to spend an evening?
Keanu Reeves
Is the sport of windsurfing a macho-sport?
When I look at some guys - yes! But for me personally it is just the most challenging sport.
What do you like about the "windgirls"-mag?
Simply that we have it! We need to get more attention – great!
Three tips for GIRLS who want to learn windsurfing:
1. You don't need new equipment. There are lots of used & cheap equipment being sold. Look around!
2. Spend as much time as possible on the water as long as you have the time to do so.
It's necessary to make progress at all!
3. It's necessary to regard this sport as a lifestyle...
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