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Windsurfing Clinic Notes: Rigging, Transport, and Trip Planning

Updated: August 25, 2015


Here are some notes and videos on selected topics related to windsurfing rigging, transport, and trips. 

Clinic participants should watch the 15-min Ezzy Rigging Workshop video a few times before the clinic. This will save us some time and allow us to proceed to into more topics within the clinic.

If you haven’t been on a windsurfing trip before or haven’t rigged gear before, you should read the "do’s/don’ts" for carrying gear, and watch the video on attaching a board to a roof rack.

People who have experienced trips and rigging, can look more closely at the “further details” on rigging, and the information on minor/major repairs, and on fins.

Sail rigging

Ezzy 2012 Rigging Workshop - David Ezzy - 15 min. (Vimeo.com)

Watch for:

  • Assembly (mast, extension, threading downhaul)
  • Downhaul and Outhaul tuning
  • De-rigging & Vertical storage
Rigging & Tuning a Sail - GetWindsurfing Coaching - 12 min. (YouTube.com)
  • Reading the recommended sail settings
  • Downhaul helper tool or handheld cleat
  • Setting the boom length
  • How to thread the outhaul
  • How to tie off the downhaul

From the club website:

Further details for intermediate & advanced windsurfers

  • Think you can rig your gear quickly and efficiently?    Watch the pros compete for the fastest rigging time in the Boardseeker Magazine 2013 Rigging Challenge
  • Goya 2012 Sail Features - See “Downhaul Indicator” mark at 2:05. (Vimeo.com)
  • Boom Height / Harness Line Length / Outhall Trim - Jem Hall (Vimeo.com)
  • Ezzy - Top of Sail - David Ezzy (Vimeo.com)
  • Footstrap Tuning and Mast Foot Positioning - Jem Hall (Vimeo.com)

How to carry de-rigged windsurfing gear

This technique for carring de-rigged gear applies for all sails sizes, and to boards that can be carried with one hand (75L to 125L).

  • Girls Tips #1 How to carry - Lena Erdil (Vimeo.com)
  • Pack down Carry - Get Windsurfing coaching (YouTube.com)

Do’s and Don’ts: How to carry windsurfing gear to/from your vehicle

Do

  • Do: Get someone to help you carry gear if you’re having difficulty.
  • Do: Use a board bag and shoulder strap to carry your board
  • Do: Get your own roof rack, roof rack pads, and straps for your vehicle. If you’re transporting two boards, separate the two boards with sufficient padding (e.g., foam block)
  • Do: Store sails, masts, booms inside your vehicle
  • Do: Secure your board to roof racks with the board placed upside down, and the nose to the front of your vehicle.

Don’t

  • Don’t place your board on the asphalt, gravel, or rocks, if your board is not in a board bag. You can put your board on grass, sand, or on top of its own board bag.
  • Don’t leave your board on top of your vehicle without strapping it down. A sudden gust of wind can cause your board to fly off your vehicle, and fall to the ground, and damage your board and someone else and their vehicle.
  • Don’t squeeze boards inside your vehicle, or place them underneath other boards or heavy objects without sufficient padding.
  • Don’t drive into covered areas with your fin attached on your board (e.g, underground parking). Your fin could hit something above your car. Be careful.

Attaching your windsurfing board to a roof rack

  • How to transport your surf or SUP board (YouTube.com)
  • How to transport your board - Starboard SUP (YouTube.com)

Windsurfing Fins: Special attention required!

The importance and care of windsurfing fins can often be overlooked by new and intermediate windsurfers. Here’s why windsurfing fins are critical.

  • Fins don't seem all that big compared to the board and sail, but they are important and somewhat expensive, ranging from $150 to $250, depending on the size and purpose of the fin. (windspirit-direct.com)
  • Fins take a lot of stress: Formula windsurfing Fin flex (YouTube.com)
  • Your windsurfing speed and avoiding “spin-out” is sensitive to fin shape and its condition.(YouTube.com)
  • Understanding Fins (Boards Windsurfing Magazine)

Handling damaged gear

Minor/Temporary Repairs

Here are some techniques for temporary repairs of minor damage to board or sail.  It’s good to be familiar with these repairs and to bring ding-stick putty, sail tape, packing tape, with you to do a repair on-site if needed.

  • Minor Board Repair: Ding Stick instructions (YouTube.com)
  • Minor Sail Repair: Using sail tape, patches, etc (YouTube.com)

Major Repairs

These videos are to illustrate just how much time, expertise, and specialized equipment is required in properly repairing any major damage to gear. By getting a glimpse into the repair process, it’s hoped that members will be alert to potential sources of damage and support our efforts to keep gear in good shape.

  • How To Repair a Windsurf Board (YouTube.com)
  • Water in the Board - Why getting water inside the board is so bad!  Eva-M. Hollmann, “The Board Lady”. (Boardlady.com)
  • How to do a basic windsurf board repair (YouTube.com)
  • Windsurf board repair - nose job (YouTube.com)

Prepare for Windsurfing Trips

  • See the Windsurfing section of our club website. In particular, see “How to Plan a Windsurfing Trip” (Clublocarno.com)
  • Research the windsurfing destination and weather forecast. A good destination guide for Squamish/Nexen Beach can be found at WTFBC.ca. Destination guides for Nitinat Lake and Hood River (“The Gorge”) are available on our club website.

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