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Do you love the water sport of Windsurfing? If so this is the best place for you to look. You will find windsurf boards and sails plus gear.
Windsurfing is like a combination of sailboating and surfing as they ride the waves while being driven by the wind.
The Windsurfers board is usually around six to ten feet in length and a sail is used to propel the board with the rider along in the wind.
Once the rider gets more comfortable he or she can start to do fun maneuvers like spins, jumps and even hoping the waves. This is like being on a sailboat on steroids.
Aquaglide MultiSport LE $249.99 Being on a board brings you closer to the elements like you are surfing while being controlled by a sail. A sailboat protects you from the water and you don't get very close to it. Using a boat verses a board and a sail hardly compare.
When the sport became part of the Olympics in 1984 it brought it to the spotlight. Despite all the attention this brought to this fun sport the red tape needed to get into it plus the lack of training slowed down the amount of people able to learn.
However now there are easy ways to get instruction. Home DVD courses and online training has made this sport pretty easy to get into. Now whenever you go to the beach it has become common to see folks out there enjoying the waves and you could spend some time just watching them. It may not be long before you join them.
Wind Surfing is in several classifications like Freeride, Waveboards, Freestyle, Salom boards, Beginner boards and Racing longboards. The type you choose depends on what you enjoy.
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A Tall Tale
One time while walking on the beach someone was out on the waves enjoying this fine sport when all of a sudden a huge wave came in knocking him over. I watched as he struggled to get upright but to no avail so he let himself wash to shore in the waves. Going over to him I asked if he was ok and he said that he was, just a little winded was all. However he wanted to know if I had a car nearby so that I could alert a friend of his to pick him up. Being ready to leave anyway I headed for my car and followed the instructions to where his friend was supposed to be. It wasn't very far away.
But after arriving at the part of the beach where the friend was supposed to be, he was no where to be seen and there wasn't any yellow pick up that matched the description given to me so I had to give up and headed back to the tired surfer.
Much to my surprise when I got back it was deserted too. I checked thoroughly and no one or any equipment was there. The only explanation that I could come up with is that his friend had found him first and picked the guy up. Oh well, at least I had tried to be helpful.
I can remember as a child swimming in the California Ocean. I felt like a seal as I swam in the surf and ducked under each way as it came in. Also I would body float on the tops of the waves and ride in toward the shore. It was fun and I imagined I was one of the great surfers of the seven seas.
Have you heard of the red tide? Anyway my memory may be faulty but this seemed like the name. This is when here are organisms in the water that glow anytime the water is disturbed. The fish would light up and waving your hand or foot through the water left a glowing trail that would die out in seconds.
The wet sand also did this too and we would sit on the back of the station wagon's back cover and hang our feet over the edge and drag them in the sand to make long glowing streaks as we drove along the beach.