If surfing is about harnessing the power of a wave, windsurfing is about harnessing the power of the ocean and the sky. That's a lot of power – and to keep it in control, you need the right tools.
For a life-long professional windsurfer like Jason Polakow, developing those tools has become an important part of the job. He'll work closely with sail designers like Robert Stroj to fine tune his rig for the best ride possible.
Whether it's in the air or on the wave, he needs to be in charge of where he's going next – and in windsurfing, that's done by an intricate combination of forces administered through his hands, feet, and the sail itself. Not an easy task!
It's the hidden work behind the lives of many of today's pro athletes. It's not all just photo shoots and parties, boat trips and powder-hunting. Being an action sport pro means training hard and working hard.
And while R+D is work, don't worry, it's still plenty of fun. Watch as Polakow grabs some waves at Lanes, the port-tack break next to Ho'okipa Beach Park in Maui. While wind conditions rarely line up for this wave to fire, when it does, it's a sight to see. Enjoy!
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