3 Essential Winter Windsurfing Tips To Keep You Warm In Cold Water


Living in an area where the 4 seasons really ask for different attitudes and motivation when it comes to wind surfing, the coldest of the four asks some preparation from your side when you want to hit the water. And off course you do otherwise you wouldn’t have landed on this page.

So for all you die hard windsurfing fans for whom winter windsurfing is as logical as breathing air Im writing this article for you guys (and girls off course).

3 Essential Winter Windsurfing Tips for cold water warriors

preparing for winter windsurfingOnce you,re infected with the windsurfing virus there’s no turning back and you simply want to experience that adrenaline dose as ofgten as possible.

Off course with a sport like wind surfing you’re totally dependent of the weather gods. But once that predicted wind for your local area finally arrives, there’s no holding you ashore. Nothing in the world can keep you from packing your gear, taking the needed preparations and getting on the road to your local spot as soon as possible.

Though living in a place where winter really means winter might keep most people of the water, but not you, No, you simply want to get get that rush that only windsurfing can give you.

And to get that rush as often as possible, winter windsurfing sounds logical to you, but probably not to the non windsurfers around you.

And to be honest, if you are anything like me than you probably aren’t always jumping for you to hit the waters in those harsher months of year.

But with the right preparations there really is no excuse not to grab your gear and go for the beach in the winter months of year.

How best to prepare for a winter session?

I’ll provide you right now with my 3 best winter windsurfing tips!

Winter Windsurfing Tip #1: Tell others where you are going to windsurf

telephone call before windsurfingSafety is evertyhing! In winter even more so than in the warmer months of year. So, my first tip for you would be to always let someone know when and where you are going to windsurf.

Tell that person when you’ll be in touch with them.

Now that each and every person has a mobile phone, it’s easier than ever before to stay in touch with others. Especially in winter time when not that many other people will be around at the beach or on the water it’s wise to let others know where and waht you are doing.

It might even be e good idea to buy yourself a waterproof kind of bag where your mobile phone fits into. In cases of emergency, and you are alone, or no one is seeing that you are in danger, you can always call an emergency number.

In winter and when going out on your own, this extra money spend might one day safe your life!

Winter Windsurfing Tip #2: If in doubt don’t go out

safety firstWhen you arrive at your local beach (no matter if it’s at a lake or the sea/ocean) and you think the conditions are too extreme for you, than simply don’t go out.

This goes especially for you if you are the only windsurfer around. If conditions are to radical for your level (or the equipment you have) than be wise and stay ashore.

Maybe if you really need to go on the water try for a windsurfing spot where conditions are not that extreme. If this isn’t possible, don’t go on the water!

It’s better to miss a sessions than to be out of control on those cold waters and no one around to help or save you.

In cases like this it’s better to be safe than sorry (Actually this is always so, but especially in winter when things can get ugly much faster as they would in the warmer onths of year).

Winter Windsurfing Tip #3: Wear the right wetsuit.

preparing for windsurfing in winterIt’s obvious that you need a good wetsuit when windsurfing. With colder (air and especially water) temperatures it’s very important to wear the right wetsuit.

To give you an example, I have several wetsuits for different times in year. But if you don’t have (or want to buy) more than one wetsuit than be wise and pick the right one.

In Holland where I live water temperatures in summer can get close to 20 degrees Celsius and drop down to near 0 degrees in winter.

When you don’t want to windsurf in the coldest months of year, a 4 mm wetsuit would be best, but when you also want to be out on the water in december till february than you need a 5 mm wetsuit. Some would even wear a 6 mm drysuit but I never felt so cold in winter that I needed a drysuit.

In summer a 5 mm wetsuit is doable but could fast become too warm, so it’s inportant to decide in what conditions you want to windsurf and tahn decide what wetsuit to buy.

But for the winter windsurfers among us who need a one wetsuit for all year a (mostly single linided) 5 mm wetsuit would be best.

With colder temperatures I also wear a neoprene cap, neoprene gloves (mittens with open palms are best) sometimes a lycra or a 1 mm neprene body under my wetsuit and neoprene booties.

The booties (the lower windsurfing shoes are no option in winter) and gloves/mittens are available in different thicknesses. Thicker is warmer but also reduce flexibility and feeling with the board/booms fast.

So, it’s best to test them out in fall so you have the right ones with you when going for an artic session.

What are your top winter windsurfing tips?

Though I live by the just provided winter windsurfing tips, there must be other tips I didn’t mention but which are great tips to add to this article for other windsurfers al around the globe.

So, if you have any, please share them in the comment section below!

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How To Windsurf: Your Ultimate Windsurfing For Beginners Guide


how to windsurfWant to learn how to windsurf but have no clue where and how to start?

Do you need a recap on the windsurfing basics to refresh your memory?

Worry no longer because you finally found the right website!

Windsurfing is such a great sport and I’m sure, once you master the basics, there is no holding you back anymore.

However, it is a technical sport and might take some time to master, but don’t let this hold you back. I’m here to help you on your way and help you avoid mistakes most people would make when figuring out how to windsurf.

Trust me, in my 30+ years being a windsurfer I’ve made about any mistake there is to be made (and some even mor than once). The good thing about this is that you don’t have to make those dumb mistakes yourself as I’m about to show you how to stay away from those mistakes and guide you along to what you’ve always wanted to do…Learn how to windsurf in the shortest time possible!

So, what will you learn today?

Oh, wait, one more thing before we start…

Though I have learned the basics on my own there’s no reason for you to do the same. Actually I would strongly suggest you to take some windsurfing lessons. It’s the safest way to learn the beasics. You don’t need windsurfing gear of your own and a instructor can coach you and show you what you do wrong and let you see how to do it better.

 

  • How to be safe when learning how to windsurf
  • What windstrength is best for beginners
  • Where to windsurf
  • How to uphaul the sail
  • How to sail away
  • How to make your first turn
  • How to windsurf back to where you came from

So, as you can see, there is a lot to cover today, So I suggest to start right away

Learning how to windsurf and always be safe

I know it might sound boring to you when I want to teach you the windsurfing basics and right away I start to talk to you about safety.

But it really is necessary to tell you a thing or two about safety before we really dive into the good stuff.

So, there we go… Windsurfing is a great sport and once you’ve mastered the basics there is no reason why you should not be able to go out and practise with stronger winds. At the end it is true that learning the basics and windsurfing the first meters on your own are a great feeling but the real addiction kicks in when you are past the beginners stage and start to plane.

But to get there we need to master the beginning first.

No matter if you are a beginner or a more advanced windsurfer, safety should always be your top priority and if conditions seem to rough for you, they probably are!

  1. Better safe than sorry. So, only go out on the water when you think you are up to it. It’s always, and I repeat myself here, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
  2. Don’t go windsurfing alone. With windsurfing being an extreme sport it’s always best to not go out on your board alone. When something happens there’s always someone near to help you and besides that it’s also much more fun to go wiondsurfing with someone else.
  3. Let others kow where you are. If you can’t find someone to go out on the water with (and I understand that, I’ve been in that situation more than once myself) than make sure you tell someone where you are and at what time you’ll check in with them to let them know you’re okay. With everyone nowadays having a mobile phone there’s really no excuse anymore to not be able to let your person of contact know where you are and how things are going.

What windstrength is best for beginners

Being a beginner things are complicated enough without strong winds and choppy waters to get you off balance and throw you into the water.

When you are a beginner (and if you weren’t you wouldn’t be at this page I guess) it’s best to go out windsurfing with a gentle breeze.

It’s best to go out in a force 1, 2 or 3 as a maximum (on the Beaufort scale). With light winds like these the water is flat and the wind is trong enough to get you to enjoy your first meters windsurfing on day 1 (that’s a promise) and on the other hand, the wind is light enough for you to get the sail uphauled from the water without being exhausted after your first trials.

Where to Windsurf

where to windsurfNow that you know with what windstrength it’s best to practise, it’s also wise to know where to get on your board as a beginner.

I think it’s best (no, I know it’s best) to go on a lake or a wave and currentless spot on the sea/ocean when there’s no lake anywhere near you, but a lake would have my preference.

Make sure that where you go out on the water, that it’s a shallow place and that the wind is not blowing offshore, winds parallel to the beach or slightly onshore are best and safest to start with.

How to uphaul the sail

So, now that we’ve got that covered it’s time to get you actually windsurfing.

Are you ready to get onto your board? Are the mast and board conected? Cool! Than you place the board in the water in a 90 degree angle to the wind and have the sail lying downwind in the water.

Get to the upwind side of the board and climb onto it. Have one foot in front and one foot behind the mastfoot, bend you knees and have your back straight now resch for the uphaul and start pulling the sail out of the water hand by hand.

How to sail away

Are you standing straight with the sail clear from the water? Cross hands and have one hand on the boom near the mast and the other hand a little further down the boom.

Make sure your front foot is pointing to the nose of the board and the rear foot is pointing off the wind (to the side where your sail was lying in the water before.

Straighten your front arm, slightly pull on your backarm, have your back straight, look at the nose of the board and you’re windsurfing your first meters ever! Congratulations, you’re a windsurfer now!!!

How to make your first turn

windsurfing turning aroundNow that you’re windsurfing away from the beach it’s time to learn how to turn your gear around.

Move your front arm from the boom to the mast or the uphaul rope close to where it’s connected to the mast and let your backhand of the boom as well.

Now, with a straight front arm move the sail slowly to the nose of the board and with small steps walk around the mast until you reach the other side of the board.

Now the hand on the rope will be the hand further down on the boom and your former hand down the boom will be placed on the boom near the mast on the other side of the boom. So not on the same boom arm you were holding before.

After you’ve done that you place the hand from the rope down the boom and grab it there. This was your first ever perfect windsurfing turn.

How to windsurf back to where you came from

Now the drill is the same as before…Straighten your front arm, slightly pull on your backarm, have your back straight, look in the direction of the nose of the board.

But not at the nose of the board, but only in the nose direction. Always look in the direction you are wind surfing. As this is where other people could be and that is where you’re going to be in a few seconds.

This way you can always steer away from danger and avoid hitting people, animals or other watersports “vessels”.

You’re now windsurfing in the opposite direction as before. Meaning you’re windsurfing back to the beach. It took me days on the summer holiday where I started to windsurf to figure this out and I’m sure you can do this on your first day on a windsurfing board (within the first hour or two).

Do you have any questions on how to windsurf?

Of course, there’s more to teach you about learning how to windsurf but with these basic beginners techniques, you should be able to windsurf your first meters away and back to shore in a safe way.

I hope this helped you on your way to master the first steps on your windsurfing gear.

If something is not clear or you have any questions, please post them in the comment section below and I’ll come back to you with an answer.

Have a nice day and happy windsurfing with lots of fun!

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