Windsurfing Equipment Overview

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One of the most entertaining and technically versatile water sports is windsurfing. It combines aspects of wakeboarding, surfing, and sailing into a single sport. Windsurfers can perform acrobatics on flat water that no other water craft can match. Windsurfers are a marvel to watch, and windsurfing rigs are a delight to pilot. Before stepping onto a windsurfing rig, it can be helpful to know some of the terms and equipment commonly associated with windsurfing.

A set of windsurfing equipment includes some items common to most water sports, such as a wetsuit. If you are planning to perform any tricks, no matter what the means of transportation you should wear a helmet to protect yourself and windsurfing is no exception. You will also need a board. Windsurfing boards differ from other surfing boards in many ways. Firstly they sport a universal joint in the middle of the board to which your sail attaches. The U joint allows swiveling and angling of the sail in any direction, which gives a windsurfer the freedom of movement necessary to perform many of the tricks they do.

After the board, you will need a sail. Windsurfing sails are generally triangular, with the hypotenuse being the vertical edge of the sail. The sail is held taut with the help of wishbone booms leading from the mast to the trailing edge of the sail. These allow the sail to be piloted from either side by the wind surfer. With a sail and a board covered, there is one major component left in windsurfing, the harness.

A windsurfing harness attaches the rider to the rig. Harnesses allow for longer excursions by taking the weight and tension of the sail off the rider's arms and placing it on their torso. Less stress on the arms leads to lowered fatigue and more precise maneuvering. There are harness designs to go around the rider's lower back and waist for back support, around their chest for upper back support and padding, or around their thighs and buttocks for seat like support. The harness is attached to the rig via harness lines that can be adjusted to suit the preferred neutral position of a rider.

Even with all the right windsurfing equipment, you're probably not ready to set sail without lessons. Maneuvering a sailing device can take some practice, and knowing what to do when isn't as intuitive as professionals make it look. A windsurfing lesson is a good idea for anyone looking to pick up the sport.

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Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for Web sites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background also includes teaching, gardening, and fashion. For more of her useful articles on windsurfing, please visit Windsurfing Equipment, supplier of windsurfing sails, boards, harnesses, and more.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02