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
Once 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
Safety 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
When 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.
It’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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