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Windsurfing as a sport didn’t develop until very recently, as far as sports go. The Polynesians had an early version of it, which they had developed for voyages that were too long to make simply by surf board. In this incarnation, it was more of a means of transportation than recreation. Surfing in general for the Polynesians was part recreation, part religious experience, and part of daily life. When the Europeans sent missionaries to ‘civilize’ the Polynesians, the religious significance of surfing turned it into a priority for the missionaries to stamp out. Thankfully for us today, they failed to get the Polynesians to give up surfing, and eventually the practice spread to Australia and California.
Surfing made a resurgence somewhere in the 1920’s and 30’s. Variants such as windsurfing took much longer to take on, though it picked up before the other notable spinoffs, snowboarding and skateboarding. The biggest difference between normal surfing and windsurfing is that the latter incorporates a mast, boom, rigging and sails. Windsurfing sails today are made of lightweight polyester film called monofilm. The rigging takes advantage of a specialized joint called a universal joint. It is named that because it offers nearly unlimited movement for the two sides of the joint, which allows a windsurfer the versatility necessary to perform the tricks that make the sport so visually impressive.
While windsurfing, a surfer generally tries to keep the board skimming on top of the water, rather than sitting down in it and displacing water as it moves. This technique is called planning, and it is what allows the maneuverability to perform pinpoint turns, flips, and other tricks for which the sport is famous. The size of windsurf sails and windsurf board that you use will depend on the wind and wave conditions when you go out. In low wind conditions, you want to use a large windsurf sail to get as much surface area working for you as possible. However in high wind conditions a large windsurf sail runs the risk of turning into an airfoil, essentially turning your board (with you strapped to it!) into an ungainly airplane. Thus, as wind conditions increase you should decrease both the size of your windsurf sails and your board. Another modification that is useful for high wind conditions is using larger dagger boards.
A dagger board is a fin that protrudes from the bottom of a surfboard and acts much like the keel on a boat does, stabilizing it in the water. Since the board itself is supposed to be planning, oftentimes the only point of resistance for a windsurfer is the dagger board. In low wind conditions a couple small dagger boards are sufficient to give you the traction you want, but as the wind speed picks up, you need more of them. Putting in larger ones is also recommended.