My summy hobby for many years is windsurfing. It goes back to the 1980's, but forget that. Today's windsurfing is a totally different game. More fun and easier to pick up. It does take more endurance to pick up compared to snowboarding but it is as fun. Here I'm sharing some inspirational and instructional video clips from our summer holiday in Sweden
1Intro (1:46) Today's boards are designed to plane, that is to skim on top of the water where the resistance is significantly lower than in the water, hence giving much higher speed. You can actually move faster than the wind. I've clocked myself at 27 knots. The best goes beyond 53 knots!
This clip was compiled from three rides while relocating the camera between the boom and chest. Music courtesy of bensound.com
2Pumping it up (0:19) Sometimes the wind conditions are a bit too weak to take the board planing by itself. One can then "pump" the sail by tugging it a couple of times while giving the board an extra kick forward with the feet to take it up on top of the water
3Pumping it into planing (1:19) Head cam
4Getting into the footstraps (3:54) The position to strive for is having both feet securely seated in the footstraps and the foot of the sail aligned with the back of the board. To get to the footstraps, move downwind to gain proper speed and move backwards in small steps as you sheet in the sail. The harness is a great assistance for extra power. As soon as you get in this position you'll enjoy an extra speed boost as the sail settles in its designed shape and as you align the foot of the sail with the board.
5Beach start (1:03) The beach start is a relaxed way to get going, suitable in shallow water. Keep the sail in such an angle that the sail feels light and balanced, then straighten your arms and move the sail upward. Approach the board and climb onto it. I prefer to use the front foot first, but its a preference
6Tacking (1:14) Tacking is turning the board with the nose facing towards the wind. Start by moving upwind by moving the sail back. Put the front foot in front of the mast base and continue forcing the sail back. When the power is gone from the sail, grab the sail from the other side by releasing and crossing the boom hand with the mast hand and then shuffle your feet around. Now move the sail to the front of the board and straighten your mast hand so you ensure you get the wind powering the right side of the sail.
7Jibing (0:32) Jibing is turning the board with the nose facing from the wind. Start by moving downwind, release the back foot from the footstrap and place it on the opposite side of the board to assist a carving turn. Keep the sail rather straight and perpendular to the board. Now shuffle your feet! As the board turns around, release the boom hand and let the sail flip around. Grab the boom on the other side by crossing your arms, boom hand UNDER mast hand. Keep your vision facing out from the curve, NOT facing your feet.
8Oops (0:12) Bringing you some underwater action too :-)
9Riding with the new fin (4:15) Buying that larger fin was a smart move. I can now plane earlier (skim on top of the water) and take more height (less downwind drifting)
10Long sunny ride (5:41) Just a long sunny ride. Enjoy!