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Windsurf In Two Hours

Friday, July 29th, 2011
Start windsurfing; It's easy

Start windsurfing; It's easy

 

Windsurfing is easy. The best way to learn how to sail properly is in a windsurfing school. If you’re far away, try it by yourself, but never alone and in stormy waters. Here are a few steps to start windsurfing in a couple of hours. First of all, prepare your gear: windsurf board, rig, mast, sail and boom should be carefully assembled, rigged, tuned and mounted.

 

Beginners should start windsurfing with a +190 litres board. Find a flat water lake of calm sea. Start off by finding your equilibrium in the windsurf board. Keep it steady for 10 minutes. Now, it’s time to set sail. In order to progress through the flat waters, you must quickly learn the points of sail or, in other words, the board’s course in relation to the wind direction.

 

Learn these points of a sail and have fun

Learn these points of a sail and have fun

 

The main points of sail are:

  

Close Hauled: sailing as close to the wind as possible (an angle of around 45 degrees). You “zig zag” to make progress upwind. The turn between this “zig zags” is called “tacking”.

  

Beam Reach: sailing across the wind. Point at where you want to sail fast. The sail works providing huge amounts of lift, driving you faster.

 

Broad Reach: almost like going downwind, except for the fact that the sail is still working as an aerofoil. In stronger winds, it is the fastest point of sail.

 

Running: sailing with the wind from behind.

 

If you’re “In Irons”, you won’t probably move forward. So try to push or pull the sail and get the first feel of windsurfing. Now that you’re sailing your first nautical miles, you’ll need to learn to turn around on the water. There are two ways of changing your course: tacking (the rig passes over the back of the board) and jibing (the rig passes over the front of the board).

 

Tacking is a basic 180º turn. It’s vital to learn how to do it in order to get back to your original starting point. To do this, sail the board into the wind, place the front hand on the mast and start to lean the sail back towards the tail. Step around the mast into the opposite side of the board.

 

The board will pass through the eye of the wind and you will resume your sailing speed. Try to turn 180º several times to better your skills and never get far away from safe land. Enjoy windsurfing. In the intermediate level, you’ll learn to jibe and to sail with a harness. Source: SurferToday

iPhone App Teaches Windsurfing Tricks

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
A dictionary for windsurf tricks ia a tricktionary

A dictionary for windsurf tricks ia a tricktionary

 

Are you windsurfing in Tarifa and can’t pull that special trick to impress girls, judges or other fellow windsurfers? Now, it’s easier to review the freestyle moves with the “Windsurfing Tricktionary”.

 

The newest iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch application shows the steps and a video to understand what you’ve got to do to perform the desired move. “Windsurfing Tricktionary” is free for the begginer’s pack and has several demo moves of each of the advanced chapters.

 

The first version is released in English and features high quality photos, high resolution photo sequences, tips, pre-exercises for each tricks, etc.

 

So, get back in the water and improve your freestyle windsurfing skill with this application exclusively designed for wind riders. Get it, HERE. Source: SurferToday

Windsurfers And Kiteboarders Fight For Olympic Bid

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Which will be the newest Olympic sport? Kiteboarding or windsurfing?

Which will be the newest Olympic sport? Kiteboarding or windsurfing?

 

Windsurfers and kiteboarders are in the middle of a silent fight. Not that they wanted to be in this position, but following the last ISAF recommendations, there may be only one ticket for one place in the 2016 Olympic Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

The question is simple. The ISAF Events Committee’s recommendation on the provisional Olympic events and equipment for 2016 has set what may happen: “Board or kite-board for men and women – equipment evaluation”.

 

The word “or” is quite clear. So, things might be seen through two different lenses: windsurfing is about to lose its permanent ticket in the Summer Olympic Games “or” kiteboarding is closer than ever to securing an inaugural place in the Olympics.

 

Now, it may all be a question of lobbying. The International Windsurfing Association (IWA) and the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) will be playing their cards to the last decisive moment. But, in the aftermath of this silent war, ISAF should do a bit more to get both classes in the main stage of world sports. Source: SurferToday

Windsurfing On Ice Heats Up

Monday, November 1st, 2010
Cold + fast = windsurfing on ice

Cold + fast = windsurfing on ice

 

Call it winter windsurfing or ice windsurfing, it is surely a very cold sport. This alternative way of windsurfing is becoming very popular in Northern Europe, where wave sports enthusiasts are sometimes very far away from a lake, a river or an ocean.

 

In Finland, for example, the temperatures are so low that even water areas are transformed in thick layers of ice.

 

So, how do you do winter windsurfing? Well, you can take your classic sail and adapt it to a special skateboard based on blades and/or skis. Of course, helmets and body protection must be worn, otherwise severe injuries might occur.

 

Winter windsurfing is a synonym of speed. The fastest record is held by James Lamb with an incredible 113.6 km/h or 70.5 mph. The Winter Windsurf European Cup is a growing competition held in freezing locations. The last event took place in Kalajoki, Finland.

 

If you want to check out the challenges of the coolest windsurfers in the world, take a look at the official sport’s website, HERE. Source: SurferToday

Windsurfing’s New Lightweight Fin Box

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Windsurfing will become a lot faster with these new lightweight fin boxes

Windsurfing will become a lot faster with these new lightweight fin boxes

 

Leading manufacturers, Starboard and Tabou have recently announced the launch of a new light weight fin box, which is to be incorporated into their multifin boards. But, they also hope that it will replace the current industry standard, the US Box in the not too distant future.

 

Initially designed by Tabou’s head shaper, Fabien Vollenweider, who then took it to Cobra for their expertise, and opened the floor for anyone else to improve upon the design, the Slot Box was first initiated because Vollenweider felt that the Mini Tuttle boxes created a weak spot over the rider’s heel, and therefore had the potential to cause injury.

 

Aside from the possible weak spots of the Mini Tuttle, there are two main advantages to the Slot Box:

 

First, each box weighs a meagre 77 grams compared to the US Box which weighs 300 grams. That doesn’t sound like a huge saving for a board with only one box, but for those with two, three, four, or even five boxes, you’re getting close to a one kilogram saving which is about a 15-20% weight save overall!

 

Second, the Slot Box utilises the same dimensions as a traditional US Box, which means you could use all of your current US Box wave fins in the new system by simply removing the pin. Source: http://surfertoday.com

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