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Windsurfing Experience Days



Windsurfing Brighton

Hove Waterfront, near Brighton

From £69.00

    • Head to Hover waterfront for windsurfing lessons
    • Excellent coaching at the lagoon-based school
    • A taster sessions give you a half day on the water
    • Learn to windsurf with 2 sessions over a weekend
Windsurfing Poole
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Poole Park, Dorset

From £33.00

    • Windsurfing at Poole Park Lake nr Bournemouth
    • Dip your toe in with a taster to learn the basics
    • RYA Start Windsurfing award given on 2-day course
    • Courses open to those 12 years old or over

Learning to windsurf the easy way

It has to be said, from the comfort of the shoreline windsurfing looks easy. But once you're standing there looking at the rig at your feet, it's a whole different story. Fortunately, since the sport took hold a couple of decades ago, technology has come on in leaps and bounds, so if you have good quality gear to learn with, you'll soon have this wind surfing lark sorted.

And to tempt you even more, watch this video of this happy chappy windsurfing at Poole Harbour, one of our windsurfing school bases.

Modern, high-tech gear makes windsurfing a lot easier

So what you have at your feet is a board. Back in the day, beginners often found just clambering up on the thing as it bobbed around in the water hard enough. Trainer models today are super lightweight, stumpier and fatter versions, making them really stable. There's even a special grip surface to help stop slipping feet.

Then there's the mast. This is mounted into the base of the board and with the boom (that's the elliptical handle that you hold onto) at shoulder height and the sail attached, your rigged and ready. You budding windsurfers won't be going near the water yet though, as there's an on-land briefing and training session first.

Onshore windsurf briefings

This is where you'll learn the essentials such as launching your rig (with your back to the wind, fact fans!) and understanding wind direction and what it does to your board and sail. You'll then be shown how to haul the sail up from the water. The key here is to use your legs and not your back. Once you and the sail are upright, time to adopt the crossover stance and out your front foot in the strap. As you start moving off and the balance is good, it's time for the rear foot to go in its strap and away you go sailing!

We won't tell you how to change course or how to tack (that's when you turn against the wind), we'll leave that to your skilled instructors to share with you. What's more, once you're on the water they will be lurking out there too so there's always someone keeping an eye on you who is ready to give you hints and tips to make the most of your windsurfing lesson.

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