Windsurfing gloves are designed to protect your hands and offer a solid grip under wet conditions. The first part is one that the average non-surfer may not be that familiar with. After all, we’re talking about the ocean here, why would we need to protect our hands? Well the simple answer to that question is jellyfish.
Why jellyfish, and why gloves? Well, jellyfish are stinging creatures which inject neurotoxins into their victims. A neurotoxin acts by directly attacking the nervous system. Our nervous system has a high concentration of receptors in a few areas of our bodies. The highest concentrations are actually found in our hands and feet. So while a jellyfish sting will hurt anywhere, it will hurt even more if you get stung on the hand. That is one thing that windsurfing gloves protect you from.
Grip is the other major reason to use windsurfing gloves. When you are wind surfing, you are going to be wet, you’re flying around on the waves, sometimes cutting through them, other times floating over them, and there will be sea spray. You will also need to continually adjust your sail to help you maneuver. Holding a course, turning, executing a trick, all of them require a firm grip both on the board and on the mast. Boots help you ensure you stay on the board, and gloves will ensure that the sail doesn’t go flying out of your wet hands in the middle of a session.