The windsurfing board is generally two to five metres in length and is powered by a single sail. The types of board were once categorised as shortboards (under three metres in length) and longboards (over three metres). The longboard was designed for light winds and course racing whilst the short boards were ideally suited for planing conditions.
These days, what with modern manufacturing techniques and design, the most common board you will see is known as a wideboard. These offer excellent manoeuvrability, stability and are responsive. When choosing a board ask your local store for their help and advice. They should be able to tell you which board, in their experience, would be practical for you, bearing in mind your level of skill and how it may develop in the future.
Windsurfers can enjoy the sport in many ways. From leisurely skimming the smooth surface of a lake, to racing on open water. Some prefer to feel the adrenaline rush of jumping and crashing through waves in the sea, to be at one with the ocean and leave the stresses of everyday modern life back at the shore. Whatever your age (within reason!), level of fitness and skill, windsurfing is a fantastic watersport.
Before taking to the water for the first time you should seek advice and instruction from suitably qualified experts. However much you read up on