What is it?
Often regarded as an extreme water sport, windsurfing combines elements of surfing and sailing, and in reality can be as sedate or as extreme as you wish it to be. Windsurfers stand on a board, usually 2-3 metres long, to ride along the surface of the water with a sail powered by the wind. The sail is connected to the board by a mast and has a bar to hang on to for control and balance.
Most people tend to windsurf purely for pleasure and excitement, turning their hand to freestyle (fancy tricks) or racing competitively for further challenge. Speeds of up to 30 mph are not uncommon and there is no greater thrill than skimming across the surface of the water with a group of friends or newly found windsurfing buddies. Windsurfers are a sociable bunch and will stop to chat every couple of runs to get their breath back.
Why is it good for me?
Windsurfing is an aerobic workout so it’s great for your cardiovascular health, and can help improve strength, balance and coordination.
Spending time out on the water can be a great way to leave your daily stresses behind and improve your mental health.
How much does it cost?
Windsurfing equipment can be hired from any windsurfing school be it on the sea, reservoir, lake or river. Lessons are encouraged for beginners, with a starter session costing around £50, but once you know the basics, the cost of riding the wind and waves is absolutely free, so go for it!
What equipment do I need?
To get started you’ll need some swimwear, a wetsuit if you have one, a towel and warm, dry clothes for afterwards. Everything else will be provided for you.