What is it?
Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. It consists of a board usually 2 to 3 meters long, with a volume of about 60 to 250 litres, powered by wind on a sail. The rig is connected to the board by a free-rotating universal joint and consists of a mast, 2-sided boom and sail. The sail area generally ranges from 2.5 m2 to 12 m2 depending on the conditions, the skill of the sailor and the type of windsurfing being undertaken.
Windsurfing is an easily-accessible sport - To get started, you will need a board and a rig, which is made up of a sail, mast, mast base and a boom.
When Windsurfing, the rider stands on a stable board, similar to a surf board, and uses the wind and a sail to propel themselves across the water. The sail is connected to the board by a joint which enables you to turn the board.
Most modern windsurfers are derived from a shortboard design, and are intended to be used in “planing” mode which is where the board is mostly skipping over the surface of the water, rather than cutting through, and displacing the water. Planing is faster and gives more maneuverability.