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Upload By: Kabir Ansari on June 13, 2023
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Overview: Wind Surfing


Amalgamating the features of surfing and sailing, windsurfing is a watersport that is practiced on a ‘windsurf’ board (sometimes called a sailboard). The surfboard, usually between 2m and 5m, is powered along by the force of the wind on the sail. The board is attached to a rig by a universal joint that pivots freely; the rig is made up of the mast, mast base, boom and sail.

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Uniquely, unlike a sailboat (which is steered by a rudder), the windsurfer is manoeuvred by the tilting and swivelling action of the mast and sail, and the listing and cutting motion of the board. Therefore, control of the surfboard depends as much on the individual’s mastery of the wind and water as it does on the conditions. Windsurfing is a more adventurous sport than sailing, one that requires higher levels of physical fitness and agility. A windsurfer sails and tacks faster than a sailboat, and one can handle higher wind speeds and exotic manoeuvres like jumping, neither of which is possible on a sailboat.

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Wind Surfing History:

In 1948, Newman Darby, 20, from the United States, designed a catamaran-like floating board on top of which he mounted a sail. In 1964, he made a universal joint to connect the mast of the rig to the ‘sailboard’. In a 1965 article, Darby called his idea ‘sailboarding’ – but never got down to patenting it. Not surprisingly, it was a couple of Californian dudes, sailor Jim Drake and surfer Hoyle Schweitzer, who picked up from where Darby had left off. In the 1960s, after much debate (Darby’s idea being unbeknown to them), they thought up the idea of a quirky crossbreed of sailing and surfing, an activity that combined the structure and gravitas of sailing with the breezy and laid-back vibes of surfing. Drake and Schweitzer patented the windsurfer in 1970 – but debate still persists whether it was the Californians or Darby (or, indeed, Englishman Peter Chilvers, or young Australian Richard Eastaugh) who should be credited with the invention of the windsurfer. Still, windsurfing caught on like wildfire. In the 1970s, the bug crossed the Atlantic. Soon, as the number of participants taking to the water swelled, a windsurfing tour (and other competitions) was launched. This was followed by the ultimate recognition – a place at the Olympic Games (Los Angeles, 1984).

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Wind Surfing In India:

Indigenous windsurfing equipment hasn’t still reached international standards and one may have to import gear to attain a higher level of expertise (and competition). In India, windsurfing is mostly restricted to the Navy and Army sailing clubs, none of which are accessible to the general public. The only place where an enthusiast can learn windsurfing (and hire equipment) is on the beaches of Calangute and Candolim, in Goa. A watersports centre has recently come up on Mumbai’s Chowpatty beach (windsurfing equipment is available here). Organized courses are conducted at the National Institute of Watersports, at Caranzalem (near Panaji, Goa). In fact, training in the entire range of watersports is available at this institute (run by the Ministry of Tourism). However, the NIW is still at the project stage; training is organized only when a sufficient number of trainees have registered for a particular programme. Windsurfing equipment can be hired at the NIW, after one has demonstrated adequate expertise. The best places to go windsurfing in India are Goa’s beaches (Dona Paula, Calangute), and in Mumbai (off Cuffe Parade, Chowpatty, Juhu and Marve). One can also go windsurfing in the lakes/dams around Pune (Pawna, Panshet, Mulshi, Khadakwasla).

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Best season for River Cruising in India:

>All windsurfing takes place off the west coast of India, and the dry months – October / November to March / April – are generally the best time of the year to indulge in the activity.

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Wind Surfing sites in India:

Goa
Lakshadweep
Mumbai
Pune

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Wind Surfing TIPS:

  • Choose an operator/outfit who observes stringent safety standards
  • Before setting out, check – and double check – your gear
  • Make sure you’re familiar with the international distress signal
  • Don’t set out in an offshore breeze!


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Medical Concerns:

Windsurfing asks more of one’s physical fitness than sailing (it also requires one to be agile and quick-thinking!). It is obligatory to carry a medical certificate stating that the individual is medically fit.

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Equipments:

The equipment required for windsurfing can be handled by a single person and is easily carried on a car top – fibreglass board, harness, harness line and joint.

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Ecological concerns:

Since the sport is practiced out on the water, there is little damage that surfers can do to the marine ecosystem. Nevertheless, respect the ocean – and don’t litter it!

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What's to Carry when you go for Wind Surfing?

Must carry some water with you
Must Carry some cash because there are limited network and Banking Facility
Carry some food items
Carry extra warm cloths
Not to travel alone



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What Should Wear

 Casual cloths as per Wind Surfing

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FAQs about
Wind Surfing

What should I wear and bring?

You will be in the water and be active - so dress for comfort. Bathing suits and board shorts are fine, you may want to wear a rash guard or t-shirt you don't mind getting wet for sun protection. In the winter months, the water may be chilly - we do have wetsuits to fit most people if they are necessary. You may want water shoes, but it is fine to go barefoot too. You will want to bring sunscreen and water.

Why Windsurf?

Windsurfing is one of the most satisfying of sports. You can learn it at any time in life, you can do it in company or alone, you can be competitive or leisurely, you can be stylish and/or fast. You can do it inland or on the coast – a good way to visit some of the most beautiful places. No matter how good you get, you can always see ways to improve – so there is always something to hope for. It is tranquil and spiritually satisfying because you know you are harnessing the power of nature – the only fuel you use is getting to the lake in your car. At every venue, the other windsurfers you meet are always helpful and friendly.

Do I need to be really strong to lift up a windsurfing sail?

Contrary to popular belief, windsurfing does not require upper body strength. The modern day equipment is light weight and easy to use. The boards are wide and stable, and the sails are light and nimble. All you need is balance, finesse and a good listening skill what your guide to say about this sport.

How safe is Wind Surfing?

You must know that in such sports, there is always a possibility of being hurt. So, the main point is to know about your strengths and capacity to do such a sport.

When is the Best Time for Windsurfing?

Even though professional windsurfers do not depend on the weather conditions so much, suitable wind is a requirement of the sport. If you are new to this sport you should prefer the summer and places with good wind. Wind speed and the direction are the things you should check. These indicators vary depending on the place and every place has their windsurfing seasons. You can check the wind speed and directions of the place that you want to visit and search for the best values for your level. For example, 7-18 kts will be enough for beginners.


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Arun Chawla
13-06-2023 13:34:36
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Hello Sir I am looking for best location for wind surfing Can you suggest me the same.
    



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