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4 Common Myths About Windsurfing Debunked

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Windsurfing is a combination of surfing and sailing involving a sail attached to a board that propels you through the water by the wind. A few myths about windsurfing can easily deter beginners, but just like most other inaccuracies, they can be debunked. Consider finally taking up this sport after you unlearn the rumors and lies you might have heard about it over the years.

You Can Teach Yourself How To Windsurf

Windsurfing is a sport that requires the user to perform multiple actions at once. Therefore, a beginner might have difficulty teaching themselves the technicalities of the sport. While on the open water, you will need to read the wind, control the sail, and balance on a board. If you’re new to windsurfing, it is best to get a few lessons from someone with more experience so you can start with the proper techniques. They will help you become confident about what you’re doing before windsurfing alone.

Windsurfing Is Challenging To Learn

The top deterrent to windsurfing is the myth that it’s too complex or challenging to learn. This might have been a true statement in the 80s or 90s when boards were slippery and heavy, but with advancements in materials, this is no longer true. The way windsurfing boards are made today provides better stability and more control, so it’s easier for a beginner to learn.

Windsurfing Is an Expensive Sport To Pick Up

The upfront cost of equipment may be expensive, but that doesn’t stop athletes from participating in other sports like golf or regular surfing. Of course, the initial cost for any sport might be high, but if you take care of your things and adequately maintain them, you won’t need to buy new equipment frequently. If you’re just starting this sport, consider renting the equipment until you get the hang of the technique. You might consider inflatable windsurf boards, which are more affordable than their hard-shell counterparts. Windsurfing doesn’t need to be expensive if you know what equipment you’re looking for and how to take care of it.

You Must Be a Great Swimmer To Windsurf

Another myth about windsurfing we can debunk is that everyone who partakes in the sport must be a great swimmer. This is untrue, especially if you only plan to surf in smaller bodies of water. While it is true you do need to know how to swim, it’s not necessary to be an expert, unless you plan on going out to deeper bodies of water that are wavier and windier—something only intermediate or expert windsurfers should do!

Now that you realize the rumors are false, what do you think about trying your hand at windsurfing? Don’t believe every negative thing you hear about this water sport; you may love it! Consider browsing through our selections at Green Water Sports for premium and quality equipment to start your journey in windsurfing.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.