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Things to bear in mind when learning to windsurf

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Things to bear in mind when learning to windsurf

An individual adventure or a great way to bond as a family, learning to windsurf is one of the most fun ways to spend your time. In fact, it can be a real life changer. But the hardest part of learning any new skill is making the decision to do it in the first place. Just remember, you’re never too old or young to learn.

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Windsurfing can look difficult and even dangerous but there are a few things you should know.

Firstly, windsurfing is really not as hard as it looks

While achieving expert status might take years of practice and dedication, getting to a level where you can have fun on the water really only takes a few days. Modern equipment has made the learning process much easier, and if you learn with a qualified instructor you can make really rapid progress. You will, however, need a basic level of fitness and to be relatively confident in the water.

It’s important to learn to windsurf with suitable equipment

Having a go on your friend’s set up can be frustrating at best, and dangerous at worst. To start with you need a big, lightweight board and a small sail. Your instructor will be able to set you up with gear that suits your weight and size. And they’ll be able to tutor you in the correct technique, ironing out any flaws before they become a bad habit.

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It’s also worth remembering that learning to windsurf can be a tiring experience

You’re probably going to spend a fair bit of time in the water – and take a few spills along the way. That’s only natural but it can really take it out of you. Don’t rush and try to progress at your own pace. It’s important that you get your technique right from the beginning and trying to progress too quickly can lead to frustration.

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The most important thing to ask yourself when learning to windsurf is where to learn

Yes, you can probably learn in numerous places in and around where you live but variable conditions, cold temperatures, and irregular practice can make learning a bit of a slog. However, there are plenty of superb destinations around the world where the water is warm and clear, winds reliable and that have excellent instructors in place to help you progress. That’s why a learn to windsurf holiday is often considered the best way to learn.

Travel to exotic locations like Langebaan in South Africa, Mauritius, Bonaire and more, and you can enjoy all the fun of windsurfing combined with a romantic holiday or a fun-filled family break. In between lessons you can relax your aching muscles on the beach or around the pool. And learning with friends, as a couple or with your family is a great way to spend some quality time together.

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On a week-long break, spend four or five days on the water progressing from novice to competent windsurfer, and enjoy evenings and days off in some of the most beautiful places on the planet. It doesn’t get any better than that!