Our advice to do windsurfing
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We received these articles by mail from Andrea Cucchi of Point 7, and we publish them on Waterwind with pleasure, to let them know among all windsurfers that will experience the next Defi wind in Gruissan (France), as Andrea will do.
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When it comes to windsurfing, planing is generally a point of no return ... If you have had the patience to overcome the first difficulties and learn the basic maneuvers, the thrill of gliding will make you definitely addicted to this sport. Let's see, then, to understand how to reach and maintain this state of grace.
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Today, waveriding is no longer just Bottom turns and Cut backs, up and down the waves. By now, even among the waves, we see rather complicated maneuvers and movements, partly borrowed from freestyle, and waveriding is becoming a much more varied discipline. It is useful, then, to make some order among the main maneuvers.
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Beginners always have many difficulties, and unclear ideas, on which boards to buy, at the beginning of their career. With this article, we would like to give newbies a hand in choosing the first large volume windsurfing board, on which to take their first steps, and the first medium volume freeride board, with which to evolve further. We therefore give you an overview of the latest dedicated models offered by the market.
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For beginners, rigging a windsurf sail and preparing the board as best as possible, evaluating the result obtained, is an operation full of unknowns. We receive many requests in this regard in the Waterwind forum. Since an important part of our fun depends on the sailing and board performance in the water, we thought it could be useful to publish this article to help "young" windsurfers.
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Many of you will have happened to be in a spot, seeing a windsurfer performing a freestyle maneuver, and wondering which maneuver he/she is landing. It may be simple curiosity, but more often you would like to learn it, and then you need to know its name, to look for instructional material that explains it clearly. We have therefore decided to classify them and create a catalog of freestyle maneuvers to help you, to get that purpose.