Learn how to Windsurf

German version: deutsche Version

to step becide the board,
without falling
  test how it feels without any movement at Surf- und Segelschule Schmidt at lake Mueggelsee to much wind
  you can learn windsurfing on frozen water much easier than in the summer time

Glücksmomente mit unglaublicher Geschwindigkeit
Impession of the first day
(German Version)


the first 500 meter

translation into German: deutsche Version

newsgroups: rec.windsurfing
subject: how to use landsailer on ice
date: Thu, 09 Dec 1999 14:36:10 GMT
from: rds Firma: rds Foren: rec.windsurfing

Charles has it right. It is much easier to teach someone to windsurf on smooth ice than on water (or on land). I have seen people (with no prior sailing experience of any kind) sail across a large lake and return back to the starting point - after less than 15 minutes of instruction. Try that on the water.
There are several reasons for this:

  1. Only a small sail is needed to go fast because there is little drag on the runners.
  2. The associated sail forces on the sailor are also small (so you seldom get overpowered).
  3. With (nearly) frictionless runners there is little tendency to get slammed because the board accelerates easily in response to a gust.
  4. If you do fall, you simply slide. At speeds less than 100 mph, sliding on ice seldom damages you or your equipment. This is not the case for land sailing where sliding on concrete chews up your body and your equipment big time. You still need good pads (knee, elbow, butt, head) to protect yourself from the fall but it is no worse than falling off a stationary skateboard onto concrete. Sliding on the ice does no additional damage - unless of course you hit someone else or a stationary object like a house at high speed. As long as you sail by yourself in large open areas, hitting other people or stationary objects should not be a problem. Don't park your car in the middle of the lake because sooner or later you will run into it.