Sam Ross starts this 5 part mini-series with how to get friends and family into windsurfing. Be sure to check out the entertaining and informative feature video.
Who is Sam Ross
Name: Sam Ross
Years Windsurfing: 14years
Profession: Windsurfing coach and instructor trainer
Years coaching: 11 years
Coaching level: Beginner to Advanced plus instructor trainer and everything in between
Favourite location UK/Overseas: Anywhere windy best ever sails in exmouth, kimmeridge and turkey
Favourite moves: The tack!
Favourite kit setup: 4.7 and 82 quad, or 101 flare very partial to a 7.0 and 122 in the summer evenings in Poole
What is the badger: What isn’t the Badger, the honey badger is the most ferocious animal on earth and the sea badger is normally the thing responsible for falling in on all those gybes.
The UK must be one of the best countries in the world to get people into windsurfing!
Ok it hasn’t got the balmy waters of the Mediterranean or the eternal sunshine of the tropics, but it does have a lot going for it.
We have fantastically equipped centres all over the UK, whose instructors are not just highly trained but also incredibly enthusiastic. They can help anyone of any age get into this fantastic sport. To find out where your nearest centre is just click here.
But if it is that sunshine you need, then there are plenty of great instructors posted overseas with companies such as Neilson.
However, quite often that spark to start windsurfing doesn’t come from a random desire within but from the infectious enthusiasm of meeting an already avid windsurfer. At this stage we quite often point them in the direction of our local school, centre or shop, but our duty doesn’t end there. We have sold them into this sport, so we should know how they are best going to get hooked as quickly as possible.
This 5 part series looks at helping us get others into the sport. So if they want to be taught by their mate, or you want to be able to get your partner on your kit and go sailing together after a few lessons; then this series looks at how you can help the process rather than end up with broken kit, a broken relationship or even less time on the water than you had before.