I received my WindGlider on Friday evening via UPS and my 7 year old
daughter and I rigged it up in the front yard immediately. The rig is
very light and the boom can be adjusted low enough for her to be very
We were able to do some dry land practice and then went inside to watch
the instructional video that comes with it.
Saturday morning we were up early and went to the lake. It was really a
little too windy, but I was able to sail around with her sitting on the
On Sunday we went out again, it wasn't quite as windy, so I lowered the
boom for her and I sailed kneeling down instead of standing, which
worked quite well. In the kneeling position I was able to have her
stand between me and the boom. I had her hold on to the mast with her
front hand and the boom with her back hand. The wind was still a little
strong, so I had one arm around her waist to steady her and I was
holding the mast with my other hand. We were able to make several runs
like this until the wind got too strong for her, but it was enough for
her to get good feel for how much fun it is to windsurf.
My wife was sitting on the beach watching us and after one run in to
shore, my daughter ran up to her and was yelling, "mommie, mommie did
you see me? I was sailing!".
So if you want an easy way to teach your kids, spouse or friends how to
windsurf, just get a WindGlider.
Many thanks to Ken Winner and Mistral for bringing us the WindGlider!