Keep your arms straight! Look at the exit
Top 5 tips for learning to windsurf
I have taught hundreds of beginners to windsurf over the years and I have found every beginner makes the same mistakes! These tips will help you enjoy your first experience much more!
1. Look up! Always look up, or look where your going, your head weighs 30% of your body weight and therefore your head really affects your balance. Beginners often focus on their feet and look down. If you do this you will loose your balance and fall in. So my number 1 top tip for learning to windsurf is to look up and ahead.
2. Keep your arms straight! When making your turn, the beginner will often have his arms bent, trying to force the turn! If you keep your arms straight, this will make the sail do all the work, and have better balance.
3. Front foot facing forwards, back foot over the centre line! When you are in the sailing position, the beginner windsurfer will often have his feet still in the secure position and then try to pull in on the sail. This is another mistake, as when the sail fills, you will not be able to resist the power of the sail. By having your back foot over the centre line, and your front foot facing forwards, you will be able to resist the power of the sail and harness the wind.
4. Bring the sail to the balance point before pulling in!! This is another common mistake that beginners do, and it ensures that they spend the maximum time getting wet and tired! Therefore, to avoid this you should bring the mast to the balance point before pulling in on the sail, you will know that you have done this when the sail goes light.
5. Keep your back straight and use your legs! When pulling the sail out of the water you should get in a low crouching position on the board, and use your legs to lift the sail out of the water. This will save you tons of energy and a sore back!
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