> For recreational sailors I am afraid that you are
> It seems like you miss all the friendship of learning
> with friends at the same level as you.
Uhh, I've never actually known or sailed with any other
windsurfers. For the past 3 years, I have been sailing
alone and I learnt using a board I found in the cottage
ba***t and got my skills from magazines... so I don't
know what I'm missing. The reason I'm concerned with
windsurfing's growth is because most young people won't be
as stubborn as me to learn. With no other sailors on the
lake, not alot of young people are going to want to just
pull the old equipment out, learn to sail it on their own,
and join a sport that as far as they know, nobody else
One of my finest sailing memories was when a friend came
out in her kayak and we just cruised around together, while
I performed all my tricks. For me, tricks aren't as fun
when I don't have anyone out there to laugh with. That's
why so many sailors are in it for the adrenaline. There's
noone to do 'laidback fun' things with, so the reason for
doing the sport is for e***ment and personal
satisfaction, ie. going fast, etc.
> I guess that is a result
> of us getting better, and many of our friends quitting
> We are not beginners anymore, or ***agers for that
Well, to tell you the truth, I'm technically both. I'm 18
and can't waterstart. I guess I'm the youth representative
from now on. That's one of the reasons I'm so concerned -
I have so much fun out there, I want others to have the
chance to have as much fun as I do. I don't want others to
learn how I did. I owe it to the sport to fix this
downward spiral (less popularity in the sport, no incentive
for newbies to join, less and less join the sport each
> A bump and jump board might be a nother solution. But
> must try to move away from that "as small as possible"
> and rather buy bigger bump and jump boards that will
> to plane in lighter winds.
I will post a note called "the gear" - I've got some
I want a new branch of windsurfing to come into play which
will usher in a new generation of boardriders... picture
this - lite-wind bump and jump. Okay, stop laughing!
Whenever I talk to my friends (non-windsurfers), they say
"Wow, you're a windsurfer? Can you get big air on those
Only once has someone asked me how fast I can go. All the
rest make references to jumping. Obviously if beginners
found out that to get the big air, you need to learn to
windsurf, learn to shortboard, then learn B&J skills to
enjoy the B&J fun - how many years does this take? How
much gear do you have to go through to get to the B&J
level? It's a large investment, too large for people to go
What we need is boards designed for big air off small chop
(because all launches have some kind of chop), and because
it takes a while to learn high-wind skills, we need
equipment for lower winds that people can sail in after
only a short time of learning.
I will post clippings of my dream equipment - it's good for
new sailor's ambitions, and although I've been sailing for
three years, it's what I'm looking for right now.
> Because we will loose a lot of young
> windsurfers (and potential friends) by pushing all that
> equipment on them at an early stage, that many of them
> be able to handle. Not all windsurfers are as determined
Not alot of people want to buy longboards and learn on them
(let's face it, they're not cool, it doesn't matter what
you say). We need fairly short boards for people to be
able to learn on them. New instructional boards such as
the Hifly Widestyle will be successful because they're not
so long and bulky (people want gear that looks cool <mainly
because it's small gear> - and instead of saying that these
people shouldn't be windsurfing then, maybe we should cater
to them a bit more and give the sport a chance to grow)
If I had something to fix, it would be that people wouldn't
have to learn on ugly longboards and could learn on gear
that they feel is cool.
> It is NOT NONSENSE!!! But I
> feel that it doesn't apply to us.
Maybe it should apply, though. I'm not here to try to
change your minds or anything, and I'm not going to tell
you what to do, but closing your eyes on the problem is no
good. I could give up on the sport's growth problem and
spend more time concentrating on my own sailing, but that's
not me. I want to do something for the sport. Let's say
my spirit hasn't been broken yet - I will not give up until
I can rest assured that I did my part for the sport. I
don't want to be a sailor who turns his back on the people
who are forced to learn the way I did. I owe it to them
and I owe it to myself to help any way I can. If you saw a
beginner out alone on a lake not having any fun and was
ready to give up the sport, would you keep on walking or
help them out?
> Speek to your fellow windsurfers, and ask if they feel
> as you. If so, try to do something with it, because you
> ones that have to do anything with it, not everyone
You are my fellow windsurfers. I don't know anyone else.
I've never met anyone who is involved in the sport I love.
Some nights I get thinking that my dream is useless - noone
shares it and the sport is destined to continue to be just
a fringe sport that only fanatics can enjoy. I've wanted
to get noticed by a manufacturer willing to build the gear
I have designed in my head, but haven't had much success.
This newsgroup is my only chance for my ideas to be heard,
but I hate the idea it's falling on deaf ears.