Windsurfing Fun

By: Craig Dannerd


Windsurfing is a fun sport that's not too hard to learn. Once you've mastered it, you can do it just about anywhere. You'll need water, wind and your windsurfing gear. This sport is relaxing will allow you to enjoy the many wonders of nature. People from all over the globe take part in this solo sport. You're in luck if you live in a town on the ocean, or a lake, because you can windsurf just about any time you feel like it.

Many people have the misconception that windsurfing requires immense upper and lower body strength to do it. To the delight of those who wish to learn windsurfing, this sport has practically very little to do with strength. The sport focuses on balance and working with the wind. Many beginners in their enthusiasm try to force the equipment to go one way or another and find it very difficult especially when they try to work against the wind.

To learn the basics correctly, it is better to take a few lessons. These lessons shall teach you about the basics of how to put your equipment together, what everything is used for, some basic stances, and what to do in certain safety situations. All these are important aspects to learn before venturing to whiz with the wind. A few lessons would make you confident to take to this sport on your own.

Especially for beginners, it is a good idea to commence learning in a nice light breeze. The demands of windsurfing safely in strong windy conditions may be telling on a beginner who is as yet struggling to keep balance and learning the basics of this sport. Presence of other windsurfers in the area where you plan to enjoy the sport is a good indication of existence of favorable conditions to enjoy windsurfing and venturing out alone. When you are ready to go out windsurfing there are several precautions you should take. Even if you are experienced, going with a friend is wise. This is crucial if you are learning.

There are certain measures you should take for safety's sake when you head out to windsurf. Go with someone, even if you've been doing it for a while. This is especially important if you're still learning. Should something happen to you on the water, your partner can call for help or give you a hand. What about a life jacket? Those used in boating are usually too constraining. They do manufacture flotation devices to be used by each windsurfer and these allow for the necessary mobility.

There will always be instances when some assistance may be required. A beginner should remember that in case you topple, hang onto the board as it always floats. While a life jacket is the best precaution to take, you should also remember that the international distress signal is waving both hands over your head. Safe windsurfing shall enhance your enjoyment and experience of this sport.

If you haven't gone windsurfing before, you should rent equipment a few times before even considering a purchase. You can rent equipment for around $15-20 for a few hours. If you decide after trying it a few times that you don't enjoy it you've only lost out on a few dollars. Buying windsurfing equipment can cost up to $1,000 so you should be sure that you want to pursue it in the long term before making that kind of financial equipment.

Windsurfing can be a great and exhilarating experience. Nearly anyone can learn how after just a few lessons. Make sure your instructor is well-qualified as well as certified.

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Craig Dannerd is the webmaster for Red Sea Windsurfing, the web's premier resource for information about windsurfing. For more articles on windsurfing visit: www.redseawindsurfing.com/articles
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