Yes people, we can make it windy. Well, we might not be able to 100% guarantee that these 5 steps will lead to more wind over here in the UK, but in our experience it’s pretty likely.
The question is what lengths will you go to to guarantee the wind? Would you make the ultimate self-sacrifice so that your mates can enjoy an awesome windsurf?
1. Social engagement. A wedding, christening, visiting family, etc. Any social engagement that you just cannot get out of is almost guaranteed to bring in the wind. Mainly, so that your mates that can make it to the beach can keep you up to date with exactly what you’re missing through text/email/social media.
2. Go on holiday. We’ve all been there, escaped the UK for sunnier climes only to be met with ‘man, you should have been here last week it was sooooo windy!’ Meanwhile, back in the UK, at the very spot you have left behind, it’s blowing a gale.
3. Wind dance/pray to the wind Gods. Let’s get more traditional for a moment. (And this one doesn’t even involve self-sacrifice!) Deriving from the rain dance, the wind dance has been adapted by windsurfers and should be performed the evening before a windsurfing session. There is no set routine; general chanting, jumping around and slapping of thighs in an overexcited manner will do. Plus, having a quiet word with the wind Gods never goes amiss either.
4. Equipment failure. Break it, lose it, sell it, forget a vital piece (e.g. your UJ!). Any equipment malfunction that makes it impossible for you to head on the water will absolutely mean that the wind WILL blow.
5. The hangover from hell. The tried and tested method, favoured by many professional competitors. Nothing can turn a rubbish forecast into an epic day like an alcohol fuelled night. We’re not talking a couple of shandies here, we’re talking full blown, major hangover inducing quantities of the cold stuff. (Please note, Boards does NOT encourage alcohol abuse and cannot be held responsible for how you feel the morning after the night before.)
Extra note….ultimate way to scare away the wind? Organise a trip/event/any windsurf related activity that isn’t flexible and relies on the wind. Keep it flexi, guys.