Windsurfing only starts when you're planing

The myth: Windsurfing only starts when you’re planing.  

FALSE!

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Non-planing fun. Image courtesy of NorthSails.

We’re probably all guilty of thinking you’re only a ‘real’ windsurfer when you’re planing, but it’s simply not true. Whilst we agree that planing windsurfing is amazing (and the non-planing version will probably never be quite as much fun) this certainly does not mean that windsurfing is all about going fast.

Summer is coming and the winds could be light, but the sun should also be shining and you could even have a little more spare time to enjoy your favourite sport.

If there’s less than 10 knots do you still head out windsurfing? If not, you really should!

Not only can you progress some skills, as Simon Bornhoft explains here, you could also gather together some friends and family and just have fun. Lightwind freestyle and longboard cruising might not seem as ‘sexy’ as planing windsurfing, but surely it’s better than paddling for hours in one direction on a SUP?

As kids many of us windsurfer every weekend, no matter what the weather we would be out on the water with our mates. Sometimes this involved pumping around a race course, sometimes seeing how many people you could get on one windsurf board. It’s all windsurfing, and involves a lot of laughs.

So, don’t forget about non-planing windsurfing this summer…you’ll be missing out if you do!

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