Windsurfing comes as an exhilarating sport and a great experience when you know what you are doing. To master it, a surfer must systematically move from the basic level to the more advanced levels. here are a few windsurfing tips from avid outdoors man William Schoellkopf:
GET A BIG BOARD:
If you live in a windless area, don’t be hesitant to choose a 140-liter board as having more volume means even when you are left hanging and things go down, you still will get back to the beach safely. Although a big board means some control lost in high wind, who cares? To stay on the safe side, hop on a smaller board when the wind picks up, or adjust the range of the board with smaller or bigger fins.
If you are having trouble learning to surf in rough water, it’s maybe because your legs are too straight. Since the knees are so stiffly locked together, it becomes hard to twist and turn the board. Get down as low as possible, compose your arms ahead and bend your knees low and forward to cut your way through the turn.
FOLLOW YOUR HEAD:
Especially on turns, look where you want to go. Since the body always follows the head, focus on what’s ahead and you will have no trouble getting there.
TWIST YOUR HIPS:
When looking leeward, lead your hips. Face them forward towards where you are headed as this adds control to the board when going upwind.
When you have decided to play with water, the first thing to get rid of is fear. What are you scared of? Falling in the water won’t hurt. The beauty of this sport is you will never get bored and can be creative, experimenting with different tricks. Be patient when you practice and you should be able to tackle any push and shove. Keep an open mind, stay committed, and take a leap of faith.