So why is OnBoard such a pivotal programme to feed youngsters on to boards?
The Osprey Training Centre (OTC) Windsurfing School, based at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, got its official OnBoard status in 2012. OTC founder, Tris Best, explains why they were so keen to get OnBoard.
“Windsurfing is very different to sailing. In windsurfing the challenge is more about directly pitting yourself against the elements or yourself. Racing is a path windsurfers can follow if they want, but most of the kids we were teaching weren’t super interested in racing, they just enjoyed blasting around. OnBoard was a good fit.
“We just want kids to have fun windsurfing, so we teach wave and freestyle too, and the kids have opportunities to try whatever kit they want from complete beginner boards to short boards. We showcase how colourful, bright and appealing it is.”