Windsurfing takes a lot of energy, so it might be easy to tire out and do something wrong. You may prepare incorrectly, or forget something important. Windsurfers commit several mistakes when they are learning or even if they have some experience. The errors can happen on the beach as well as the water. Knowing what mistakes others make will help you avoid them and ensure your experience is safe, fun, and worth it.
Mistakes to Avoid and Learn From
- You don’t change down – Many windsurfers are worried that they’re underpowered. That worry makes them rig big and try hanging on since they fear that the wind will die. But if you do change down, you’ll get to put in more hours sailing. You’ll also be able to get the feeling that you’ve got enough control to do some new things. So make sure you change down, and you’ll be able to do more.
- Your foot straps aren’t big enough – The foot straps are supposed to have your whole foot inside of them. If you’re going freeriding, the optimal size for foot straps should be big enough to see your toes and the knuckles on the opposite side. When your foot straps are big enough, you’ll be able to properly balance during maneuvers without having to balance on the tip of your toes. If something terrible happens, you’ll be able to escape the strap easier if it’s big enough, which means you’re less likely to get hurt.
- You have more outhaul than necessary – Having too much outhaul will make it so that your sail is twitchy. Pressing and touching the one side of the boom should be comfortable when you put one of your hands over the sail. When you have to tweak the tension because of the wind, you should increase it when the wind is intense, and release it when the wind is weak. Make sure you keep in mind that smaller sails will be more twitchy naturally, so don’t put too much tension on them. When you’re sailing, you can safely let the sail touch the boom.
- Your harness lines are too short – You have to check your harness lines and see if they’re long enough. To check the length of your harness, you have to move your elbow to the harness line’s bottom. Then the boom needs to be in your palm snugly if you’re wearing a waist harness. If you have a seat harness, then it has to be on your wrist. If the harness lines aren’t long enough, then you’ll feel like you’re stuck right beside your sail. Before you get used to that feeling, you should get longer lines since you’ll have a better time.
- You haven’t practiced with light-wind sailing – If you go light-wind sailing, then you can get better at windsurfing. You’ll be able to practice the maneuvering element with the sailing that you can learn then use in windsurfing. When you’re getting pushed around on a big board by throwing around the sail from the light winds, then your sail control will be improving. You will get to see how you can better traverse the boom using your hands while you keep your fingers light. You shouldn’t grip the boom tightly since you won’t be able to get the feeling for the sail.