Think surfing culture, skateboarding or sport-specific clothing. Think catamarans. Think glider planes, sailboats and kayaks. Think Hobie.

There's much more to the Highland Spring HIHO than just who won and how much fun it is to compete in this BVI-based boardsailing event...

The Curacao Challenge decided to build a Surf Town unique for contemporary windsurf competitions from scratch with tents for shade and everything else built in original style with driftwood and bamboo.

Twenty-two aficionados of these exhilaratingly-fast projectiles called Surfskis lined up on the start line in St. Barths in October for the 6th Soualiga Challenge - a 25K sprint from Gustavia to Oyster Pond, St. Maarten.

The surf-inspired sport is really a hybrid between paddle sports and surfing and is known by its enthusiastic fan club as "SUP" or just "stand up."

75 Competitors took to their paddleboards for the 1st Annual Pro Stand Up Paddleboarding Event in Puerto Rico

The last race of the year on December 14 was a big improvement on last year' dead calm conditions for the 18.5 km surfski race from French Cul de Sac