Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Post by Scott S » Tue, 12 Apr 1994 00:56:23


Hi,

Anyone have any recommendations on books on teaching WS or
learning WS?

I'm writing an article for "American Windsurfer" on "Friends
teaching Friends how to windsurf".  The AWIA's official
position is that it's better to learn at a school from
certified instructors, but windsurfers will always try to teach
their friends how to WS.  That being the case, I'm developing
an awareness program to help people learn what they should and
should not do when trying to teach a friend how to WS.

Part of this is compiling a bibliography of books on teaching
WS.  If someone's going to try to teach a friend, better that
they have at least some help.  I you can recommend a book or
two, please let me know all the specifics about the book.  I'd
really appreciate it.  Thanks!

Scott See
Exec. Dir.
American Windsurfing Industries Association

 
 
 

Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Post by John Fall » Tue, 12 Apr 1994 22:49:41

: Anyone have any recommendations on books on teaching WS or
: learning WS?

Al West of Windsurfing West in Maui has written a series of 3 little
booklets on various stages of windsurfing that I found extremely helpful
in progressing through the hurdles of learning to ws.  I can't recall
all the names but one does waterstarting, one does jibing and wave-
jumping for wimps (ie how to do it if you've never considered it). I
realize this is not a lot of info but I don't bring these to work with
me and didn't know the question would come up today ;-}

Otherwise, it sounds like a great project. Hope you get the material
together. We are waiting for this.

Ellen Faller


 
 
 

Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Post by Scott Smi » Wed, 13 Apr 1994 03:30:46

Quote:

>Anyone have any recommendations on books on teaching WS or
>learning WS?

I have seen about a dozen books, none of which was worth much IMHO.  I
have been coaching my wife as she doesn't like taking lessons so I was
trying them "for real".

What you should write about instead is VIDEOS!!!!  These things really
do help.  Like, "Shortboard Sailing Technique I and II" put out by
Hood River Productions I think (I: waterstarts, harness, footstraps,
jibes, II: advanced jibes, jumps).  There are probably videos for more
elementary technique but I don't know the titles.  Its difficult to
make sense of what books say--timing, exact positioning etc. don't
come off like in a video.

Have your "student" watch the videos about 100 times, especially
before and after windsurfing sessions.  If they don't have all the
lines and music memorized they didn't watch it enough!  This etches in
the mind the exact way to do it RIGHT.  I have been using the above
videos to work on my jibes and they have been very helpful.  Some
lessons I took helped a lot too, there just isn't an instructor
*** out at the beaches I sail at most of the time.

Scott

 
 
 

Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Post by Christopher J Bigenwa » Thu, 14 Apr 1994 04:43:37

I think that "Zen and the Art of Windsurfing" is the
best one for beginners.  Simple, amusing, and well-written.

- Chris

 
 
 

Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Post by S. Hun » Thu, 14 Apr 1994 04:06:56


Quote:

>What you should write about instead is VIDEOS!!!!  These things really
>do help.  Like, "Shortboard Sailing Technique I and II" put out by
>Hood River Productions I think (I: waterstarts, harness, footstraps,
>jibes, II: advanced jibes, jumps).  There are probably videos for more
>elementary technique but I don't know the titles.  Its difficult to
>make sense of what books say--timing, exact positioning etc. don't
>come off like in a video.

Ditto!!!!! ...... I have both these tapes and they are great!
 
 
 

Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Post by Frank Halliwe » Thu, 14 Apr 1994 21:14:14

I think its best to take lessons too.  When I started in 1987, I took
a twoo (2) half day lesson package from James Coutts (Naval Academy
wind surf coach) and it really increased the learning curve.  However,
I did get a lot of reinforcement from former Annapolis resident Frank
Fox's book titled "Zen and Art of Windsurfing".  This book is written
in a some what comic book style but is very helpfull to beginners.
                                                     Frank
 
 
 

Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Post by S. Hun » Fri, 15 Apr 1994 02:14:48


Quote:

>Fox's book titled "Zen and Art of Windsurfing".  This book is written
>in a some what comic book style but is very helpful to beginners.

This is a good book for beginners, and I have found it very informative
for a beginner, but does anyone know of a more technical book for
techy-types who can!t get enough details?  I would like something on the
order of a Windsurfers encyclopedia.

As I have advanced I have found this news group the most informative
source for real quality information ...... someone should compile and
edit all of this stuff and produce a book ....... Hell, I!d buy a copy!

Steve

 
 
 

Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Post by Jane M. Gib » Sat, 16 Apr 1994 07:21:23


|> I think that "Zen and the Art of Windsurfing" is the
|> best one for beginners.  Simple, amusing, and well-written.
|>
|> - Chris
I second that. i've given it to several beginner friends,
and they all enjoyed and benefited from the level of
detail - plus, for the real tech-knows, there's physics
info in the back ...
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Jane M. Gibbs - Atex Publishing Systems Corp., Bedford, MA
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Best books on teaching (or learning) windsurfing?

Post by DQ » Mon, 13 Jun 1994 03:33:00


Quote:
See) writes:

Scott: I'll send you a copy of the Fernhurst book Boardsailing: A
Beginner's Manual that I import. David McCreary on the Internet!