FAQ about windsurfing
1. What is the difference between windsurfing and kitesurfing? What is better to learn?
Equipment for windsurfing consists of a board, a mast, a sail, a boom and some additional elements (such as extension, harness lines and so on), plus some accessories (wetsuit for cold season, harness, neoprene shoes)
Weight of a windsurfing equipment set is much more than kitesurfing equipment, as well as dimensions of all packed windsurfing stuff you may need take more place.
Assemblage of windsurfing equipment for a ride on the shore takes more time. Going for a holiday you surely can take all equipment with you, and many followers of windsurfing do this way, but for beginners it would be better to travel light to a spot according to forecast and rent equipment – this way you can save money and – what is also important – nerves, spent while transporting your own precious equipment.
— Kitesurfing equipment consists of a kite itself, a bar with lines, a board, a safety leash, a harness, a kite pump (if it is a pumping kite)
These are obligatory elements. Also some accessories you may need – wetsuit, neoprene shoes, helmet (for making tricks in shallow water), lifejacket (we strongly recommend it for everybody, disregarding on the riding level). All equipment is rather compact as compared to windsurfing, and it’s weight is about 14-20 kg. You can carry it by metro, electric train, minibus, etc.
— Many ponds can be used for windsurfing. Beach is not obligatory; you can start even from a forest, if you only have place to put equipment together and comfortable entrance to the water to avoid damage of the board or fin. Water area must be without stones.
— In distinction with windsurfing, you will need rather a spacious beach (to lay out your kite and bar with 25-30 m lines) and appropriate entrance to the water to practice kitesurfing. For your own safety, it is better to avoid beaches with any constructions or trees at the distance of double length of lines. Depth of the pond is not so important. Size of kiteboard fins allows riding onto 10 cm deepness water, but preferably with sandy bottom (stony bottom is dangerous for kiter himsefs and for his equipment also). Generally, the wind should be steady, without gusts or turbulence. Wind intension for riding must be not less than 5 m/s.
Surely you can ride in more light wind also, but for that you should have a kite and a board of appropriate sizes.
— You can go windsurfing on water in summer, sometimes they put their sail on a ski and ride in winter.
— You can practice kitesurfing almost all year round. It is an all seasons round kind of sport, but it is more demanding to weather conditions as compared to windsurfing. For kitesurfing wind is very important – steady, rather strong – almost ideal! Ideal or close to ideal wind will increase quality of riding and will give you more pleasure, without saying about safety.
— Concerning learning – both of these kinds of sport (windsurfing and kitesurfing) are simple and difficult to master at the same time. The difference is in the following – for windsurfing start you’ll need about one hour lesson, and at the very first hour you will already enjoy driving the wind and feel yourself riding on board.
But this is not enough to get kaif in its full from this kind of sport. Maximum enjoyment you’ll get from planning, whereas to master it you’ll need years of working out. As to kitesurfing, it will take a little more time for you to stand on board and try to ride your first meters (about 5-6 hrs), because to do that you must learn how to control your kite. After water start and its training out, you’ll only have to practice jumps and complicated elements, because you made about 70% of work when you stood on board.
As many followers of both these kinds of sport say, in windsurfing you get adrenalin from the speed and controlling your board to the limit of your power, whereas enjoyment in kitesurfing you can get from performing elements and jumping high.
Everyone is choosing for himself, but why not try both of these kinds of sport? =)
Everybody can stand on board in kitesurfing and windsurfing, but there is no limits for perfection – as everywhere else.
2. I want to come to your station to master windsurfing. What should I take with me?
For windsurfing lessons we recommend to buy shorts, lycra or wetsuit (depending upon the season), sun protecting cream and neoprene shoes. If you are experienced surfer, take your harness with you. In any case, you don’t have any of the above-mentioned items, It will not be a problem. We will provide all our guests with lycras, wetsuits, neoprene shoes and harnesses (free for students and for rental fee to those who take rent). Also, on our station we have a box with sun-creams and a medicine chest – at your free disposal.
3. How long will it take to master windsurfing?
To learn windsurfing you need 1 hour. Within this time, you will stand on board and be able to ride on it. Whereas you can develop your skills all life long. Everything depends upon the level you want to achieve – simple riding, ability to turn, planning or perform complex professional tricks.
4. How many hours per day will I learn windsurfing?
Foreground slogan of the training on our station is «Cause no harm». It means that nobody will make you study against your will and power.
Quantity of lessons per day depends on student’s energy. That’s why
we make lessons program individually for each student – for some of them even 30 minutes per day will be enough, whereas others are ready to study all day long till they fall exhausted.
5. What can I learn at the first windsurfing lesson?
At your first windsurfing lesson you will get basic knowledge how to determine wind direction, to stand on board right, to move away from the shore and come back, making a simple turn. Every beginner has one undisputable advantage as compared with all windsurfers of the world – the first feeling of the wind comes only at the very first windsurfing lesson.
Realizing that you can drive the set of your sail and board gives incredible feelings.
6. At what wind is it possible to go windsurfing?
Riding on a board with a sail is possible at any wind strength – even minimal wind will be enough. Later everything will depend on your riding level – with its increasing you will be able to go on water at more strong wind for feeling high speed. At light wind you can practice freestyle and work out acrobatic elements.
7. Do I need to be physically strong or have some special preparation for windsurfing lessons?
Anyone who is able to walk, can easily learn how to ride on board.
There are no limits. Some people need more time, others – less, but in the long run everybody ride!
8. I’ve never tried windsurfing before, but I am sure it’s not difficult. May I rent a board and a sail and study alone by myself, without your instructor?
According to the rules of our station, to rent equipment you must have at least basic knowledge in windsurfing. The meaning of “rent equipment” assumes that you are supposed to give back rental equipment in the previous condition and to the proper place. In case you cannot ride yet and can’t go back to the place you started from, a chance of damage becomes more possible.
That’s why we recommend to take at least one hour lesson with instructor before you rent equipment.
9. What if I brake or tear equipment during the lesson?
Lessons cost includes insurance of the equipment, covering damages caused by the student’s fault. It means that while you are on water with your instructor and follow all his demands, nothing bad will happen.
In case you take rent, such insurance should be paid additionally, and it covers expenses up to 200 euro (damage of the fin is not included).
10. What should I do, if I came to the station to study windsurfing, but after several lessons wind finished or otherwise, became too strong and I could not continue studying?
In case of weather changes, which may directly prevent you from studying, we could change courses by agreement with the student.
11. I have difficulties with swimming, or rather cannot swim at all, but I am eager to master windsurfing. Will it be a problem? May I take windsurfing lessons?
Those who are not able to swim or do it poorly, also can practice windsurfing and ride on board as well as others. In this case, a lifejacket will help you while you take lessons. As well as your windsurf board itself can be a lifebuoy for you – when falling, you can catch your board in the water and it will keep you afloat.