Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut with your windsurfing?
Have you fallen into the routine of heading to the same spot, with the same people and taking out the same gear in the same conditions?
Are you still enjoying your windsurfing, and all that our sport brings, but have a feeling that your progression has plateaued?
If you answered yes to any of the above, it is definitely time to spice things up a little and re-energise your windsurfing. Highly skilled and experienced coach, Andy ‘Bubble’ Chambers shares his advice on doing just this.
This feature originally appeared in the 2013 Boards printed magazine, subscribe to receive the latest issue here.
For many people windsurfing is at the top of the list of leisure activities when you have any spare time, or even when you don’t. I understand that everyone has other commitments such as work and family, or other barriers to windsurfing including no transport, not enough money etc. This means that when you do make it to the beach or lake, your windsurfing time should be precious; you should make the most of it and NOT become a car park windsurfer.
Some people get into the habit of turning up at their local spot, standing for hours staring out to sea with their arms folded and giving it the good old beach chat about the tide not being right or the wind being too light/gusty/strong/wrong direction. This then moves onto discussing kit tuning, or what board someone has and how it should be set up, basically making excuses for not actually being on the water; you know who you are!
This is where spicing up your windsurfing can really make a difference. You should know when you get to the water you are getting out, no matter what the conditions are. You should be thrilled, ready and excited to hit the water as soon as you get there. However, we all understand that this enthusiasm can wane. Arriving at the beach on a grey, windless day may not immediately spark your enthusiasm and have you running for your wetsuit, but making the most of these days will mean you will reap the benefits on the perfect planing days. At the same time, when you do score your perfect conditions it’s definitely worth thinking about exactly what you’re aiming to do on the water.
Adding variety to your windsurfing will help you progress, as well as make you look at your windsurfing in a whole new way; as they say, variety is the spice of life, so why not spice up your windsurfing too?
Here’s 9 ways to spice it up: