Thinking of taking up windsurfing? or working on your intermediate skills? Well you’ve come to the right place.
Windsurfing is an exhilarating sport, that you can pick up and start learning whatever your age or ability. With expert tuition, the basics will quickly become second nature and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t start years ago.
It's not as difficult as it looks
Windsurfing is a form of sailing. You stand on a board, holding a sail (which is attached to the board) and are powered across the water by the wind. You steer by adjusting the position of the sail and moving your feet.
Don't be scared of falling in
As a beginner, you’re likely to fall in quite a bit. Balancing on the board and attempting to pull up the sail and position yourself whilst understanding wind direction can prove a little tricky at first. If it doesn’t go quite to plan, you’ll be heading for a quick dip!
Don’t worry about falling in, it’s all part of the learning curve, you’ll be wearing a buoyancy aid and you will be taught how to fall safely and get yourself back on the board.
Learning a new sport, you will hear quite a few unfamiliar words, it can sometimes feel like you are learning a new language. Get an edge on your fellow windsurfers and read up ahead of the game, you’ll soon be talking like a windsurfer even if you’re not sure what it all means - yet!
Deck – the top surface of the board.
Nose – the front of the board.
Tail – the back of the board.
Rail – the edge of the board.
Mast – This is the upright post which the sail is attached to, it supports the front edge of the sail.
Boom – is the bar attached to the sail. It’s basically the part of the rig that you hold onto, you could say it’s the handlebars.
Rig – this refers to the windsurf set up i.e. the sail, mast and boom.
Daggerboard – is the large retractable fin in the middle of the board. It provides the board with greater stability and sideways resistance.
Fin – found on the bottom of the board, they provide stability and keep the board going in a straight line.
Uphaul – a rope that allows you to pull the sail out of the water.
Harness – a piece of kit which goes around your waist and is then attached to the rig.
Battens – flexible rods that provide strength and shape to the sail.
Offshore – when the wind is blowing directly off the land or shore.
Onshore – when the wind is blowing onto the land or shore.
Gybe – a manoeuvre that turns the nose of the board away from the wind.
Tack – turning the board with the nose through the wind.
Butterfly rescue – when you lay the sail flat on the board and paddle the board and sail back to shore.
Common errors – get a heads up
There’s so much to take on board when you’re learning a new watersport that it’s only natural to make a few mistakes here and there. Below are a few common mistakes beginner windsurfers tend to make, try to avoid these and you’re windsurfing will vastly improve.
Gear gazing – one of the big rules of windsurfing is that where you look is where you’ll go, if you’re looking down at your feet or the water, likelihood is that the rest of you will follow soon enough.
Loving your kit a bit too much – pulling the rig (sail) too close to your body will affect the way it catches the wind and will cause you to over balance, ultimately resulting in a big splash. Remember to always keep your front arm extended to help keep the rig away from your body.
Not keeping weight over the centreline - the centreline is the most stable part of the board. If you stand too far forwards or backwards, or too close to the rails (the edge) you’ll tip the board and again…. splash!
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