5 things you need to know about learning to windsurf

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5 things you need to know about learning to windsurf

Always wanted to give windsurfing a try but never knew where to start? Learning to windsurf can be one of the most exciting and life-changing things you do. Here are 5 things you need to know before you give it a go:

1. It’s not as difficult as you think!

While progressing from beginner to windsurf god takes years of patience, practise and time on the water, the initial learning stages are not as tough as you may think. The equipment has come a long way over the years, making the learning experience a pleasant one – which leads us to the next point….


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2. Use the right windsurf equipment.

The right equipment, instructor and windsurf centre can make a big difference in how quickly you progress. Professional windsurf centres have up-to-date beginner boards and sails that are built purposely for learning to windsurf. Learning on your friend’s equipment with a sail that is too big and too heavy can be a frustrating experience, to say the least.


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3. Get windsurfing lessons.

A couple lessons with a professional instructor will really help you learn to windsurf, preventing endless hours of arguments that you could have with your mates if you decide to rather learn from a friend. The instructor will go through the basics like wind conditions and direction before taking you down to the shore to learn the basics. A good instructor will be with you every step of the way to answer any questions you may have and will also help to iron out any wrong doings before they develop into bad habits!


©Janine Avery

4. Choose the right sailing location.

The perfect location makes learning to windsurf a breeze. Langebaan in South Africa offers a sheltered lagoon with consistent wind and a great stand-up area for beginners. For when your skill level progresses, the massive lagoon offers a variety of conditions, from flatwater to waves, for learning new tricks. Other great learning locations include Mauritius, Dakhla and Fuerteventura


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5. Take your time.

Learning to windsurf is tiring! A short lesson can feel like a lifetime while learning to windsurf and it’s best to take breaks when you can. Solo practice time is also necessary for progression so our recommendation is to take the time and book a learning to windsurf holiday. This will allow you to progress at your own pace, use the equipment as and when you wish and not have to worry about the clock, ensuring you really enjoy the experience.


©Janine Avery

Check out our story on learning to windsurf in Langebaan as published on Windsurf Magazine here.