Traditional surfing versus windsurfing is an age-old battle with no clear-cut winner, probably because the crowd that goes surfing is still the same bunch that wind-surfs when the conditions are right. Here are a number of factors to consider before choosing a side.
Learning how to ride a wave like a pro is no easy task. It takes hours of practice standing on a wobbly board, learning how to control it while staying safe. But that’s not the case with windsurfing. When the natural conditions are favourable, you can learn how to surf with a wind-powered board in a matter of hours. Kite surfing, though, can be quite tricky in the beginning.
Traditional surfing is the clear winner here. You only need to bring a board and other small things like a swimsuit, a leash, and a dry bag. Windsurfing gear, on the other hand, is quite cumbersome and takes time to setup.
Besides the board, you have to carry a sail, mast, boom, mast-foot, mast extension, and harness every time you go windsurfing.
The entry-level for surfing is pretty low. Board prices start at £150 and can be cheaper if bought second hand. The repair cost for surfing gear is also more economical compared to fixing windsurfing equipment. And, renting a board with fins and a leash is super affordable. The same cannot be said about windsurfing gear.
All forms of surfing can be quite treacherous, especially for beginners. Some surfing destinations are rocky, and the waves can get huge and fierce. That’s why you need to check the surf forecast and choose a spot wisely.
With windsurfing, things could go wrong at any time. You have to worry about the water and the wind too. A sudden change in direction, drop, or increase of the wind can potentially turn into a dangerous situation for you and other surfers.