How to Choose a Windsurfing Board
I first want to give you some sound windsurfing advice. Learning to windsurf can be fun, easy, and fast or difficult through attempts st self-teaching for months on the wrong equipment. By taking a class to learn the basics, you will be using the proper equipment to get you moving comfortably through the water in a few short hours. This equipment will enable you to learn without your primary attention being focused solely on your ability to balance a large sail on a small board.
A windsurfing board is similar in premise to learning how to ride a bicycle with training wheels. However, you do not want to purchase one of these meter-wide beginner kits just as you would not want to always ride a bicycle with the training wheels permanently affixed. Your use for a beginner board will become outdated very quickly.
Learning Windsurfing Basics with Ease
Windsurfing can be enjoyed by children over the age of 5 and by adults of all ages. If your goals are lazy days on the water or extreme windsurfing challenge this is where you need to begin. A windsurfing board for a beginner, as well as, other necessary equipment will be provided to you when you take a beginner windsurfing class. These boards are designed for stability and coupled with a small sail are very easy to learn to control. Your primary goal should be to control the sail not become an expert on the water start (getting back on the board after you have fallen off).
I am not saying that the water start is not an important skill, however, it can become quite tiring and counterproductive when first learning the sail control skills needed for windsurfing. Because the board kit provided at a lesson is of opposite design, big board and small sail, you will be rapidly moving on the water in no time. And you will also learn how to turn your board around to return back to shore. You will also learn some of the terminology needed to communicate in this sport.
Once you have mastered the very basic control techniques, you are then ready to practice your skills using a larger sail. Once this skill is relatively mastered, your next lesson should also include instruction on the proper use of a harness, which will take the pressure off of your arms. Windsurfing clubs usually have some equipment available to try out included in your membership, as well as, other benefits. After you have a few sessions under your belt using bigger sails and somewhat smaller boards, you are experiencing the joys of planing. Planing is when your board stops displacing water like a boat and lifts out of the water to skim over the surface. Planing is truly addictive.
Choosing a Novice Windsurfing Kit for Extended Use
Sound advise is to never purchase a board that is over three years old. Modern boards are much easier to use. A good rule-of-thumb is that new boards are less the 3 meters long and any board over 3 three meters in length is three years old or more. Windsurfing boards are not measured by length but by width or volume. There are many windsurfing kits available for the novice windsurfer that includes a board, mast, mast foot, mast extension, boom, and a sail. Sometimes it is possible to select your own sail size preference.
Your first windsurfing board should be in the category of recreational or freeride. These short boards will get you 'blasting' out on the water and many styles specialize in lower to moderate wind conditions. Freeride boards are designed for speed, maneuverability, comfort, ease of control, and have the ability to handle various water and wind conditions. Your board purchase should also be determinate on your body weight and the local water conditions.
Another priority when purchasing your first beginner board is to make sure the board that you purchase has a daggerboard. Without a daggerboard you will constantly find yourself moving downwind. So now that you know where to begin, what are you waiting for? Check out the local windsurfing club or shop and book a class today.
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