The 10+-Step Guide to Windsurfing©

(Version 1.2)

Bill Prinzmetal

(with help from Jane Robbins and Peter Kuhn)

July 1996 (Revised March 2009)

This guide is sponsored by Cal Sailing Club, but the opinions herein are strictly mine. We are putting it on the net in hopes that it may assist other beginning and intermediate windsurfers. Note that this guide is not intended as a substitute for instruction by a professional windsurfing school or sailing club. Furthermore, this guide is just a beginning, a little candy to get you hooked.

This guide has sections. Choose the section that you want to work on:

1. Where to learn and equipment

2. Safety

3. Carrying the rig (Getting to the Water)

4. Uphauling the sail

5. Start-up sequence

6. Beginner stance and sail control

7. Steering

8. Tacking

9. Sailing downwind

10. Nonplaning jibe

11. Higher winds (>12 Knots)

12. Harness

13. Water starting and footstraps

14. The next step

The guide assumes knowledge of sailing terms and concepts. If you do not know a tack from a jibe, a broad reach from a beam reach, or are clueless about clews, click here for sailing terms.

Each of the ten sections includes basic instruction, some helpful hints and miscellaneous information. Some of these hints concern safety and we feel that it is important that you read them.

We would like your feedback on this site so that we can improve it. Also, if you are in the San Francisco Bay area, visit our sailing club in the Berkeley Marina.

Bill Prinzmetal