Jürgen Hönscheid (* 1954 on Sylt ) is a German windsurfer who is considered a co-founder of surf surfing. He became vice world champion in tandem windsurfing in 1974, the first German windsurfing professional in 1982 and is a specialist book author on windsurfing.
1966 learned Hönscheid surfing at the Brandenburg beach on Sylt. Some lifeguards had brought surfboards from Biarritz that he and his friends could borrow in exchange for temporary work. In 1970 he spent four weeks in Gran Canaria , where his later passion for the Canary Islands originated. On Gran Canaria he was able to go surfing for the first time with shortboards , agile boards with a leash . At that time, large, cumbersome longboards still dominated this sport. 
In 1973 he started windsurfing and a year later he became vice world champion on the tandem board with Calle Schmidt .  In 1978, Hönscheid married and in 1981, together with his wife Ute and their daughters Bitsy (* 1978) and Sonni (* 1981), traveled to Fuerteventura for the first time , which was barely developed for tourism. 
In 1982 he became Germany's first windsurfing professional with a sponsorship contract from F2 . When filming for an F2 marketing video in Tunisia could not be carried out as planned in the same year , the entire team traveled to Fuerteventura at the suggestion of Hönscheid, where the project was completed.  This film and Jürgen Hönscheid caused a sensation at the 1982 boot in Düsseldorf. As a result, Fuerteventura was temporarily known as "the Hawaii of Europe" among windsurfers. Over the years, a number of internationally known windsurfers settled on Fuerteventura. 
At the first Windsurf World Cup on Fuerteventura, which he helped to organize , for which Robby Naish , Pete Cabrinha , Mike Eskimo , Phillip Pudenz, Kai Schnellbacher and Charly Messmer were registered, there was no rating due to days of calm . 
In 1983 Jürgen Hönscheid led the overall World Cup in windsurfing when three broken cervical vertebrae prevented him from participating in the tour after a serious training accident off Sylt.  As early as the spring of 1984, he again reached first place in the wave riding discipline at the World Cup in Omaezaki ( Japan ) . 
In 1986, the numerous journeys with up to 300 kilograms of luggage around the globe became too much for him and his family. He canceled his professional contract as a team driver and board developer at Mistral , where he worked from 1984, which was still running for several years .  He then sold his surf school on the Brandenburg beach, the Sylt surf shop including sailmaking, leased his house in Westerland and emigrated with the family to Fuerteventura. 
In his years as a professional, Hönscheid had learned shaping from the most famous board developers ( shapers ) at the time and was responsible, among other things, for the design of the F2 windsurfing boards Strato, Comet, Sunset, Starlit and Bullit from the 1980s . Therefore, he set out in his new home with the development of wind surfing and surfboards in a small workshop independently . In 1998 he opened his own surf shop, which existed as a family business until 2020.  
In 1990 his youngest daughter Janni was born, who became German surfing champion in 2013 on both short and longboard. His son Dennis, born in 1994, died in 1997 as a result of medical malpractice.   Sonni is a 12-time German surfing champion and multiple Stand Up Paddling (SUP) world champion. In 2008 he published his autobiography "My employer is the wind", in which he collected photos, anecdotes and facts looking back on 50 years of windsurfing and surfing history. 
Jürgen Hönscheid has remained true to windsurfing to this day and has also been active in stand up paddling for several years. 
- 1974 Vice World Champion in tandem surfing
- 1976 Winner of the World Cup off Westerland in the surf surfing discipline
- 1976–1983 multiple victories at the Euro Funboardcup
- 1981 speed record in Weymouth , southern England 
- 1982 Winner of the Maalaea Dash speed competition in Maui , Hawaii
- 1983 Victory at the World Cup off Westerland , the predecessor of the Windsurf World Cup Sylt , in the surf surfing discipline
- 1983 Winner of the World Cup in La Torche
- 1985 Winner of the World Cup in Omaezaki, Japan
- Jürgen Hönscheid: My employer is the wind. 50 years of surfing and windsurfing history (s) . Terra-Oceanis-Verlag, Kiel 2008, ISBN 978-3-00-025708-7 .
- Jürgen Hönscheid: Surf surfing . Delius Klasing, Bielefeld 1985, ISBN 3-7688-0345-7 .
- Jürgen Hönscheid: Heavy weather windsurfing. Stanford Maritime, London 1984, ISBN 0-540-07285-0.
- Jürgen Hönscheid: Strong winds. Windsurfing with funboards and sinkers . Mosaik-Verlag, Munich 1984, ISBN 3-570-02018-5 .
- Fuerte Islander: Jürgen Hönscheid ( German ) free-magazin.de. Archived from the original on April 1, 2014. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- The man who lives from water ( German ) fit for fun. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Windsurfing 1982 ( English ) F2. 1982. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
- "On the perfect wave", ZDFinfo portrays the Hönscheid surfer family ( German ) ZDFinfo . February 19, 2015. Archived from the original on February 23, 2015. Retrieved on February 23, 2015.
- World Cup Stories ( German ) Press office of the Windsurf World Cup Sylt. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- The fun sports book of the year ( German , PDF; 60 kB) Terra Oceanis Verlag. Archived from the original on October 20, 2013. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- History of Jürgen Hönscheid, Northshore ( German ) northshore-fuerte.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Jürgen Hönscheid, business handover ( German ) DailyDose. January 13, 2020. Accessed April 24, 2020.
- Dennis didn't have to die ( German ) Hamburger Abendblatt. August 22, 2005. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
- Ute Hönscheid: Three children and an angel . Pendo, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-86612-063-X .
- SIC boards come to Europe with Sonni Hönscheid ( German ) standupmagazin. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
- Jürgen Hönscheid is a surfing legend, book review ( German ) daily dose. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
- Jürgen Hönscheid: My employer is the wind . Terra-Oceanis-Verlag, Kiel 2008, ISBN 978-3-00-025708-7 .
- Windsurf 1981 Weymouth Speed Trials Jurgen Honsheid on converted surfboard ( English ) Ten Cate. 1981. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||German windsurfer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1954|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sylt|