Fun with Windsurfing
Add more diversity to Junior Olympics(JO) by offering windsurfing. Young sailors will enjoy applying their know-how to windsurfing. Contact US Windsurfing to put you in touch with your local boardsailing shops, clubs and schools. They can help incorporate a windsurfing mini-event into your JO Festival. For More Information
Ideas for Your Windsurfing Events
Show windsurfing equipment: Olympic, beginner, funboard and formula boards. Ask knowledgeable windsurfing volunteers to set up the booth, talk with kids and families, provide US Windsurfing brochures and other info, and explain where they can learn more about the sport
Land simulators are useful for introducing kids to the basic windsurfing skills: uphauling, basic position, steering, 180° turns, getting underway. Your local dealer or club can help you set this up. Combine expo and simulator whenever possible. Make sure the instructor is certified to teach windsurfing.
Options include rotating small groups through simulator skills; racing rules clinics that highlight differences between sailing and windsurfing rules; videos, such as “Racing with Champions” featuring Olympian Mike Gebhardt (available from US Windsurfing free if you add a windsurfing module to your Festival). Always talk safety.
Full Beginner Clinics
Can vary from four hours to one-day or more. Goals can range from basic simulator skills combined with on-water skills practice to mini-races on beginner equipment.
Short, simple courses with expected 20-minute time for winner; wind 5-15 range; use Appendix B of Racing Rules of Sailing.
Relay races on beginner equipment; no-wind board paddling races; technique clinics.
Tips to Remember
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