Who can windsurf?
Anyone with normal physical abilities can learn to windsurf. Smaller children may have difficulties understanding the sailing theory fully.
Windsurfing & Weather conditions:
Preferable start learning in light wind (1-4 m/s) and flat water. As you practice you improve and can add more challenge by sailing in more wind and bigger waves, this process goes on forever, that is one of the best thing of windsurfing, no need to get bored (even pros can find conditions giving adrenaline).
Wind matters – Sun, cloudy or even some rain doesn’t matter, since you are exercising you stay relatively warm when sailing.
What to wear
A wetsuit (neoprene) is good and adds safety, besides keeping you warm (especially if you end up spending time in the water) it also protects you from hits and improve your buoyancy in the water. Use a personal float device and wet shoes too. The shoes protect you from possibly hard/sharp things you may step on when leaving/approaching the beach.
During the session, your body is warm from exercising, but after the session, you likely feel a bit cold so make sure to dress warm afterward.
It is quite tricky to learn on your own and the risk is you learn in a way that works in easy conditions, but that will make it hard to improve and reach the next levels. We recommend you mix classes with practicing on your own. It is fun and the best way to improve. Please see more about our education system
When you learn to windsurf a board with volume is your friend, because it is the best in lighter winds, and it is also giving you increased stablility. The board also needs to have a center fin or daggerboard, improving stability and making the board effective and easy to sail upwind. Dynamic Windsurfinng XL -shape is great for learning and use in lighter winds.
There are a lot of boards working ok to start windsurfing with: Wind – sup, inflatable, old-shape big board (.e. boards with enough volume, width and having a center fin). But if you go for these alternatives be aware that the board may be limited just to learn with or possibly use on XL level. To continue to improve and experience the kick of planing speed – L and M level, you may need to change board (you can reach XL level after 6 hours, the L level 36 hours later, see more).
On the contrary, you will need a small sail to learn windsurfing. Then as you improve you can use a larger sail to get more power from the wind, making you go faster. Most of our students use a S-sail first time on the board, for light students, a XS-sail is also a good alternative.
We recommend you have someone supervising you first times on the board, later you can replace the supervisor with a phone in a waterproof bag, to be able to call for help. During our classes, we also give some technique advises for increased safety.
Follow this link to see what equipment we recommend and sell:
Windsurfing gear for beginners