Windsurfing

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Aerobatic windsurfing

Aerobatic windsurfing

If you like surfing and sailing, then windsurfing is perfect for you. Spend some time learning the needed techniques and you’re in for a big thrill ride.

Who needs waves when you’ve got the wind? Sure, adding some nice waves into the mix can really enhance your day of windsurfing, but if the wind is blowing you’re in business.

Imagine spending the day at your favorite body of water and feeling the wind pick up as you ready your rig.

You’re now on your board and feeling the power of your wind-filled sail as you tighten your grip on the boom. You pull, twist and maneuver as your speed continues to increase.

Now you hear the water slapping the bottom of the board as you skim across the blue liquid and then jump high in the air. What does it feel like? Pure freedom.

Windsurfing may be a bit of a challenge to learn, but when you do you’ll have an exciting new experience that will never cease to provide thrills and watery adventures.

Risk Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Like any other hard adventure sport, windsurfing has a certain amount of risk to it. There are things that are pretty easy to avoid by taking basic precautions like applying sunscreen so you don’t get burned up, but there are also some uncontrolled risks that you’ll need to accept.

Three of the best ways to reduce the risks associated with windsurfing are to get good training, know the area where you’re going to windsurf and to get in good physical shape.

Knowing the area (or taking someone with you who does) will help you avoid hazards like submerged objects and sand bars. It will also help you make good decisions about the weather conditions where the surf and wind are concerned.

Good training will help you know how to stay within your limits and use the proper techniques for different situations, and good physical conditioning will help you avoid all the varied injuries that come with fatigue.

If you’re going to go windsurfing where there are a lot of seals then the risk factor jumps considerably. Why? Because you may be mistaken for a seal by a big fish with sharp teeth and an appetite.

Skill & Physical Factors
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Windsurfing holidays are for those with a good sense of balance, strong technique and good judgment when it comes to reading the local conditions. And the more experience you have, the more you’re going to enjoy this sport. So skill plays a big part in how well suited you are for windsurfing.

When you’re out there getting buffeted by the wind and waves it won’t take long to understand how well conditioned you need to be as a windsurfer. It takes a lot of strength and endurance to hang on to the boom and your legs are going to get a workout as well.

Good flexibility also comes into play because you will contort your body into all kinds of awkward positions during a challenging ride. So if you can’t touch your toes you might want to question whether windsurfing is a good fit for you, or not.

If you’re at the stage in your life where you’ve become an every-other-weekend athlete, think twice about this adventure sport or go on a conditioning program first.

Fun Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

No doubt, windsurfing holidays are a source of fresh adrenaline and a wild ride if the conditions are right. If you have a good sense of balance, and you’re in good shape, you may pick up the basics fairly quickly. If so, you’re in for a great day of fun in the sun.

If you know how to surf and sail then this should be a slam dunk for you. Imagine being able to jet through the water without having to wait for the right wave.

If the wind is blowing you’ve got all the power you need for an exhilarating ride on the water and maybe a few aerial maneuvers as well.

Popular places for windsurfing holidays

If you’re good enough, and up for a challenge, you should take your windsurfing skill abroad. Following are some places you might want to try.

  • Cabarete, Dominican Republic
  • Catalunya, Spain
  • Columbia River Gorge, Washington/Oregon, USA
  • Dahab, Egypt
  • Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain
  • Lac Bay, Bonaire
  • Lago di Garda, Italy
  • Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
  • Langebaan, South Africa
  • Margaret River, Australia
  • Maui, Hawaii, USA
  • Miami, Florida, USA
  • Namibian coast
  • Paros Island, Greece
  • Philippines
  • Porlamar, Venezuela
  • San Francisco, California, USA
  • The Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wellington, New Zealand

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