Windsurfing is an exhilarating sport, open to everyone at any point in life. You only need instruction from an expert and willingness to stand on a wobbly surfboard.
However, there are a number of things every aspiring sailor should know. Safety precautions, how to choose the right gear, and when to go windsurfing are all examples of basics you should have before hitting the water.
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Windsurfing isn’t really that hard. If you have an OK balance and not afraid to fall off the board, you should be good to go. The best way to get your foot in the door is by getting a feel of windsurfing before investing in equipment. Sign up at any local watersport school to get your dose of sailing basics, safety precautions, and so much more.
The type of equipment you need depends on bodyweight and strength. A 75kg sailor cannot use the same gear as a 50kg person. And that’s why you need an expert opinion before buying any equipment. Overall, bigger boards are better when the wind is blowing slow as they make it easier to stay afloat. But they can get very bouncy and hard to control in windy conditions. That’s why experienced windsurfers use small, light boards when the wind exceeds 20 knots.
Understand Basic Wind Direction
Since windsurfing relies heavily on the direction and strength of wind, you need to know how to read and use it to your advantage. In most windsurfing destinations, there are flags on the beach to help surfers know the current wind situation. You can sail in any direction, except for the small 45-degree window in the wind direction. But most people prefer gliding at a 90-degree angle from the wind direction, popularly known as sailing across the wind. That reduces the risk of getting blown out too far.