Windsurfing began as a combination of
two sports; sailing and surfing.
If you can sail, surf, snowboard, ski, etc.
then you can certainly learn to windsurf.
The sport consists of navigating the surface of the water
on a board, which has a sail attached to catch the wind.
Depending on your skill and the kind of windsurfing equipment
you have, all sorts of tricks can be performed including
pirouettes, jumps and speeding.
Windsurfing is a fairly new sport, which originated in California
USA, in the garage of 2 friends: Jim Drake, a sailor, and
Hoyle Schweitzer, a surfer.
In 1968 these 2 guys combined what they loved, surfing and
sailing, in a hybrid sport that they patented under the name
of Windsurfing. By 1970 wind surfers were to be mass produced
because of the huge demand calling.
By the end of the 1970's, Europeans - who have traditionally
always had a love for individual sports - had made windsurfing
one of their most popular sports. This drove the development
of new and better equipment. Into the '1980's, the sport
of windsurfing continued to grow when at the 1984 Los Angeles
Olympic Games it was recognized as an Olympic sport.
Since then the sport and its equipment has continued to
evolve, allowing windsurfer's to reach not only greater speeds,
but also to perform pirouettes and jumps while being safe.
I learned how to windsurf 10
years ago. I remember waiting on the side of the ocean in
my van. I was waiting for the perfect wind to come roaring
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to be able to
now say that I have windsurfed along the whole coat of France.
If you have not tried windsurfing I strongly
urge you to give windsurfing
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