Windsurfing is Alive and Well in 2016

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    May 30, 2016 3:10 PM GMT
    There is no windsurfing forum on RJ so wanted to promote the sport I love here on RJ. Windsurfing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and is not hard to learn. I've been windsurfing now for 16 years in Texas, Virginia, and North Carolina. The sport is very popular in 2016 in the Caribbean, Europe, and the coastal U.S. Windsurfing has not been replaced by kiting; I have done both sports and each has advantages and disadvantages. I have also been teaching windsurfing for 12 years through lessons my local club offers; it does not require a great deal of upper body strength. You RJ guys can handle windsurfing ! I live near the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a world windsurfing destination. Instead of the usual pro windsurfer videos from global tropical destinations, I have posted some videos from the Outer Banks of NC to show this sport is accessible to the average person. The first video is of yours truly. The feeling of freedom one has out on a windsurfer speeding across the water, with the wind, the sun, and maybe some seabirds following you is like no other. Give windsurfing a try; you'll be glad you did !

    https://youtu.be/979lb6L-5RQ

    https://youtu.be/IdHcdD5t8U4
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    Jun 01, 2016 8:28 PM GMT
    Thanks for the information and videos Cosmic. I have actually contamplated getting into Kite Surfing since I saw in Hawaii and also the Caribbean.

    Here in the Bay Area I have also started to do research some beginner schools, right now what keeping me at bay in getting into the sport is the price point of all the equipment you need to buy, from: the kite board, kite sail, harness, floatation device, wetsuit (needed here because of the cold water) etc., so you are looking at a minimum to spend about $1300 to $1800.00. I prefer Kite Surfing because I do not have an SUV or large vehicle like windsurfing to haul the windsurfing board, look at something more compact that I can just put in my car trunk. I think its an amazing sport not to mentioned great workout and core workout that you get from it.
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    Jun 02, 2016 12:08 AM GMT
    AWESOME!!! icon_cool.gif Way cool post. Ditto to everything said. I've been Windsurfing since 1990 and teaching Windsurfing since 97'. The sport is NOT dead and has NOT been replaced but actually alive and well and growing. It's a great sport for kids to learn too.

    See you on the beach in Hatteras!
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    Jul 04, 2016 5:59 PM GMT
    @uombroca: Understand your concerns about cost for board sports, but compared to owning a boat, kitesurfing and windsurfing will always be less in terms of total ownership costs. You likely saw kiters in shallow water in Hawaii and the Caribbean. Kiting is harder to learn in deep water like the Bay Area of CA, mainly because you can't stand up and relaunch the kite once it hits the water, like you can in shallow water. Please make sure to take a kiting lesson before hitting the water. Way to many guys buy a kite, watch one youtube video, and then think "I've got this". Actually, local kiters can readily spot newbees with no kite experience on the beach and may ask you to leave, since they could lose their beach access because you can't handle the kite. Accidents cause all to loose beach access if local authorities think dangerous stuff goes on, especially if you crash your kite into people on shore.

    The biggest difference to me between kiting and windsurfing is what happens when you get hit by a gust. For windsurfers, all a gust usually means is you fall off the board, and you might skip once like a rock if you are going fast. Very few serious injuries ever happen to windsurfers. Getting hit by a gust while kiting however could get you lofted upwards of 100 feet vertically in the air. Kites are subject to winds 30 meters /100 feet up whereas windsurfers are only affected by winds close to the water's surface. Once kiter guy is 100 feet up, I hope he isn't coming down in 6 inches of water, cuz now he's are a parachutist.

    The costs for kiting and windsurfing are very similar. Look for used gear on ebay but buyer beware. Get someone experienced to evaluate your online bargain.

    Advantages to kiting: portability, ability to jump high. Disadvantages to kiting: greater likely hood of serious injury, high winds very risky for injury, no board flotation in deep water.

    Advantages to windsurfing: few serious injuries, high winds less risky for injury, board offers flotation in deep water. Disadvantages to windsurfing: less portability, can't jump as high.

    Both sports offer pros and cons. Everyone is part of the stoke on the water. Unlike most surfers, windsurfers and kiters help each other out.