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Royal Yachting Association

Contact Name
RYA House
Contact Email
enquiries@rya.org.uk
Contact Telephone
023 8060 4100

What is Windsurfing?

Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing.

Windsurfing consists of a board powered by wind on a sail. Windsurfing is predominately undertaken on a non-competitive basis. Organised competition does take place at all levels across the world and typical formats for competitive windsurfing include Formula Windsurfing, speed sailing, slalom, course racing, wave sailing, superX, and freestyle.

Benefits

You're stretching, you're pulling, you're lifting things - you use your whole body so it's a great workout, and also develops balance and coordination.

Costs

A new board and rig package comes in around £1,000 but there are bargains to be had and RYA Training Centres have kit you can borrow or hire.

Involvement

National Windsurfing Week, in May, aims to attract new people with free taster sessions.

Equipment

  • Windsurf Board
  • Harness
  • Harness lines
  • Joint
  • Wet suit/Dry suit
  • Footwear
  • Helmet
  • Personal flotation device
  • Fin/Skeg
  • Travel Gear – Sail Bags, Board Bags, Car Racks
  • Safety gear: line, distress strobe light, whistle

Campaigns

Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

National Programmes

On Board

OnBoard is the RYA's programme to introduce sailing and windsurfing as a sport for young people aged 8-18.

Team15

Team15 offers young people two opportunities; to be part of club sessions plus participate in the Interclub events where your team can go head-to-head with other teams in your region to decide an over

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