Beginners Guide to Windsurfing: 5 Tips To Get You Ready to Sail
Imagine a beautiful beach, a warm sea breeze across azure blue tropical waters … and you speeding across the waves on a wind surfer. Windsurfing is a sport almost anyone can learn in the right conditions, with the right equipment, and when taught by an experienced instructor. Even after a few short lessons, you will have the basics to get out on the water and to enjoy some fun in the sun.
Here are five tips about learning to windsurf that will keep you safe and progressing as you learn.
1/ Find yourself a good windsurfing school and instructor. With the right breeze and good equipment you can expect to be sailing on some level within an hour and a good windsurfing instructor will rapidly increase your learning curve. It’s tempting to try to save money to go it alone or learn from a friend but without expert advice and someone knowledgeable looking at your style you may just get frustrated and feel like giving up.
2/ Use good equipment designed for your level of wind surfing. Your instructor will choose the best size sail and board for your body size and skill level according to conditions. A modern board and smaller lightweight sail make it easy to learn the basics so you find you will quickly progress. When you reach intermediate level you might consider buying your own board and sails. Check out this information about sail types for which windsurfing interests you and which sail style is best for you.
3/ Learn somewhere it is warm and safe. An onshore breeze helps as you will always be drifting back to base rather than out to sea. There is nothing worse than trying to concentrate on skills when constantly worrying about being blown out to open water. And if possible learn where the air and water temperature are mild so you don’t have to hassle with very bulky wetsuits or getting chilled by cutting wind chill factors.
4/ You will get fit as you learn however there are some exercises you can do to make it easier on your body. Like learning most sports you will be sore and tired after the first lessons because you use your muscles in new ways. Some of the soreness comes from not knowing the correct techniques as well so a good instructor will help you learn to balance better. And you don’t need to be a strong swimmer although it helps if you are confident in the water.
5/ Watch other windsurfers, especially good ones to see how they use their bodies and balance with the wind. Watching others helps to visualize moves yourself and even though you are not doing anything physical your brain rehearses the movements. Also train yourself to become aware of the wind, its strength and direction. A good sailor knows these things without thinking.
Once you have a little confidence you might consider traveling and windsurfing in different parts of the world. Anywhere there is water and suitable breezes is a likely place for windsurfing, on lakes and sea. Check out the best beaches in Malaysia where some are perfectly suitable for your wind surfing exploits, not mention great places for relaxing and making new friends. With enough experience and skills you might even become and instructor and go on a windsurfing working holiday around the world.