Windsurfing is a symbiosis of classic surfing and sailing.
The board is controlled by tilting the sail forward or backward along the board, as well as turning the sail around the mast, and when moving in planing mode by tilting the board itself from side to side. Perhaps this is the main difference in handling from a sailing yacht.
In the history of windsurfing, many people have tried to become the founders and fathers of this sport. The first name we can call Newman Darby.
It was his first attempts to create a sail board that gave birth to this sport.
There are other names for this story – Jim Drake and Hoyley Schweitzer. They are credited with popularizing windsurfing and creating a board model that is close in its parameters to modern ones. In any case, these people did huge contribution to extreme movement.
Olympic class: today it is RS: X – a universal board with a centerboard and a lot of settings. During the race, the athlete moves the mast along the chase on the board, finishes and throws the sail along the boom and mast and adjusts the inclination of the centerboard.
The Olympic board is designed for racing in all conditions and is suitable for both displacement and planing. Pumping (sailing) is permitted and widely used in Olympic racing.
The windsurfing formula is wide boards (about 1 meter), with a volume of 130 liters or more. Designed for use in lightest winds with the greatest. The long fin allows you to go pretty steeply to the wind.
Wave – boards for riding on waves. They are small in size (. Adapted for jumping off the waves, many of which are borrowed from the classic surfing.
Freestyle — Wider than the wave, these boards are adapted to perform acrobatic tricks on smooth water such as Vulcan, Spock, Flaka and others elements that, as a rule, combine a jump, turns, somersaults and all kinds of combinations thereof.
Slalom — Lightweight boards adapted for maximum speed on full courses.
Free skating boards are versatile boards for amateurs. The most common type of boards, designed for the average skill level. Depending on the experience and weight of the athlete, they vary in displacement from 100 liters to 170 liters. May have a centerboard.