The windsurfing board has come a long way over the last three or four decades. The older wooden styles have given way to synthetic foam, and where there were once only a few boards from which to choose, there are now dozens of different styles and a plethora of manufacturers. Furthermore, the sport itself has grown to the point where these wind-propelled watercraft can be found on lakes and shorelines all over the world. It has become a multi-million dollar industry that only seems to be expanding.
Tens of thousands of people around the world enjoy spending their summers cruising across the water on what is basically a wind-powered surfboard. The feeling can be quite exhilarating, regardless of whether you’re a beginner that’s slowly gliding through the water, or an advanced enthusiast that’s planning at 40 miles per hour across the top of the water. And with more and more recreational lakes allowing this sort of activity, more and more people are trying their hand at windsurfing. From the shores of Hawaii to the lakes of Middle America, it’s a sport that is enjoying a very noticeable renaissance.
There are many things to consider when looking for the ideal windsurfing board for your needs. First and foremost, it is absolutely essential that one looks for a board that best suits their ability level. A beginner that buys a high-performance board will undoubtedly have a great deal of trouble controlling it, which leads to frustration and can actually result in injury. However, a beginner that purchases a board that is somewhat slower but a great deal more stable can make the learning process much easier, not to mention much more enjoyable. Once a rider feels comfortable on a beginner’s rig, moving to a more performance-oriented board is the next logical step.
Riding a high-performance board through a stiff wind can be one of life’s great moments. However, these boards take a great deal of experience in order to adequately control them. Once master though, the riding possibilities are virtually endless. Speed is one of their greatest assets and it’s not unheard of for a windsurfer to be seen traveling at speeds in excess of 30 or 40 miles per hour. These boards, when ridden by an experienced windsurfer, can also be used to perform any number of flashy tricks, including some aerial acrobatics if the wind speeds and waves are high enough.
The introduction of the high-performance windsurfing board has resulted in an entirely new generation of windsurfers. Many of these folks are avid surfers, but they come from other “extreme” sports as well. The speed and trick possibilities of windsurfing are akin to other alternative sports such as snow and skateboarding, which is what draws many people to this activity. There are also many competitions that are held around the world that are attended by some of the planet’s best windsurfers. These events are often attended by hundreds, if not thousands of people, and are sometimes broadcast through television or the Internet.