What is windsurfing
Windsurfing is a water sport using a board and a sail powered by the force of the wind. Windsurfing is an extremely pure, if not the purest, form of sailing. A windsurfer uses his or her body as a conduit for the natural power of the wind which propels the board.
Unlike surfing, where only the wave is the power source, windsurfing can be practiced wherever there is a body of water and wind. This means lakes, river gorges, estuaries, and yes, heavy surf can be ample playing ground for the windsurfer. Unlike most other forms of sailing, a windsurfer is close and personal with the water. The board and gear can be easily transported on almost any vehicle you have available.
Since the appearance of windsurfing in the late 1970’s to early 80’s the principles of the sport have remained the same, however the technology, variety, and fun factor has evolved to amazing heights. Making it a versatile and highly appealing sport. Click on the video below to see for yourself what its all about.
More than just a sport
Windsurfing has developed it own culture similar to that of surf culture it is a lifestyle that revolves around the sea. It embraces windsurfing and other extreme it effects how and where you live, what you eat, how you dress, what you drive and even how you party. the windsurfing culture is wide spread through out the world and is irresistible to those who encounter it . To be a part of it is easy. Windsurfers are a truly unique network of people who want to spread the joy that this sport brings to them.
Competition and media coverage
Windsurfing competitions take place at all levels across the world. These events are exciting to watch as sailors push their limits both physically and creatively with moves that look as impossible as thinking them up in the first place.
The governing body at present is the PWA who organise competitions all over the world through out the year in three main disciplins collminating in a world champion for each, for both men and women.
Media coverage for windsurfing is broad, it doesnt get the TV coverage it deserves but has a huge online following and many popular publications across the globe.
What windsurfing means to me…
Windsurfing means more for me than just training and competing. It’s the intimacy with the ocean and the wind, becoming one with your equipment and your body, the natural adrenalin rush it gives, the enjoyment of trying new moves together with other sailors, pushing yourself and each other while having fun on the water. I have learned to windsurf from my parents, and being on the water with the whole family is when I realise how beautiful life is. Sharing this with the rest of the world has become a passion and a lifestyle choice.