WAVE RIDING Part 1
of the best feelings on a windsurfer is
learning to ride a wave. It takes lots
of skill and practice to do it properly
but once you have mastered it, there is
nothing quite the same. Every wave is
different and it is up to you to figure
out how to make the most out of it. Here
takes you from start to finish on your
first experiences out wave riding! Hang
Picking Your Spot
first thing you want to do is know your
Are you just starting out?
Have you been windsurfing long?
Are you an advanced wave sailor?
Do you know about the ocean, or do
you windsurf mostly in fresh water?
is a measure of your knowledge and
ability to understand wind, water, and
deciding what you can and cannot handle,
locations that fall within your ability
range. If you're not an experienced
wave sailor, don't rush out to Ho'okipa
on a big day. Instead, start where the
waves are smaller and easier to handle.
Then, as you learn about the conditions,
go to the next level. For example, a
beginner wave sailor might start wave
riding at Kanaha Beach Park. After a
few days, or more, he or she may start
to feel comfortable in and around
waves. Then, they can decide that they
want to try to windsurf at
Sprecklesville Beach, where the launch
is a bit harder, and the waves are a bit
you find your ideal spot, you have to do
a little homework.
aware means your homework has been
In theory, it means knowing your
surroundings and learning about the
conditions you are windsurfing at. Some
people are better at it than others. If
you have a local spot that you always
windsurf at, you probably already know a
great deal about the location. If you
are new to a spot, take a few moments to
check it out.
What is the launch like?
What are the conditions like?
What should I do if I break down?
What is the reef like?
Are there any dangers I should be
are all very important questions. The
is to find someone who is a local and
ask questions. Some are easy to
answer, like what the launch is like.
Take a few moments to watch people who
know what they're doing. Where do they
launch from? Some of the questions
could be harder. Unless you are
familiar with the ocean and the way
waves and currents work, it is probably
a good idea to ask a local about and
dangers you may encounter.
the locals will be friendly enough to
point out the reef, strong currents,
things to avoid, stuff like that. Don't
be afraid to ask questions. Even the
local you ask was new to the spot at
some point. They will understand where
you are coming from.
the fun begins! Rigging... Tune in next
time for more of Matt’s Wave Riding tips
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