5. How long will it take to
A hard one to answer, but we have tried our
We hope you’ve not clicked this section in
desperation to see how long you will spend uphauling,
falling in and generally feeling uncool!
The first thing to say is that you are onto a winner!
Windsurfing is a much easier sport than it used to
be. Equipment has improved dramatically and you can
now expect to be blasting around in the footstraps
in a fraction of the time it would have taken a few
The best guide to knowing how quickly you will improve
is to look at other sailors and see how they did
it. Follow Lucy Robson’s Diary in the Inside
Line section. She uses every holiday and days off
work to windsurf, and has gone from beginner to carve
gyber in 6 months!
It took the Editor of this magazine over 18 months
to do that! (She blames the old fashioned kit she
Get the right equipment, rig it properly, get some
coaching and keep fit; then only lack of time on the
water will hold you back.
never too good to be coached
It’s too hard!! Top tips to keep you
- Accept it’s a challenging sport
requiring a combination of skill, balance,
co-ordination and fitness.
- If you are tired you will sail badly
- Don’t stay out all day. Set yourself
a realistic goal to reach within 45mins
then come in for some rest and plenty of
- Tears, tantrums and swearing are acceptable
but don’t bash your kit (you will
come off worse) and don’t hit your
instructor, especially if it’s your
- DO compare yourself to others! If someone
is doing really well, watch them, ask them,
check out their kit and try and copy what
they are doing!
- Try and get someone to video you. It
will really help you see what you’re
doing wrong (and right) and will provide
hours of entertainment for your family.
- Continue to get coaching no matter how
good you get. Ask yourself this question:
why do the best sailors in the world continue
to get regular coaching, whilst most sailors
struggling to carve gybe don’t?