Holidays Kitesurf Sardinia Windsurfing

Holidays in Sardinia: Kitesurf in Punta Trettu

The great variety of the landscape, the changeable scenarios and a never the same orography, allow Punta Trettu, in the South West of Sardinia, to practice great spot activitiesfor a perfect kite holiday in Sardinia.

Kitesurfing in Punta Trettu Sardinia

If you like to be immersed in the sea, the thrill of “kitesurfing” above twenty knots, pulled by a sail in the sky pushed by the wind, is what you are looking for. The exceptional Punta Trettu Kite Center Sardinia will provide you with all the assistance you need to enjoy it and will transform the practice of kite surfing or wind surfing into a mine of emotions, whether you are expert or beginner. Constant and perfect winds, shallow and flat water and a breathtaking landscape, will be the ideal stage to prove yourself and have fun among the wind.

Kitesurf for children in Punta Trettu
Kite Holdays in Punta Trettu Sardinia

Snorkeling, fishing, diving

Surely the beauty and transparency of the waters make snorkeling, underwater fishing, free diving, and scuba diving with unforgettable experiences.

Jogging, Running, Cycling

For lovers of jogging, trail running or road or cycling, the vast territory offers plenty of choice. Horseback ride on an almost endless track, given that for almost nine kilometers you will have the chance to gallop with the sea to your right and a splendid pine forest to your left. The essence of a holiday in Sardinia, the rediscovery of the bond with nature, with animals, with one’s body. Doing sport and at the same time discovering a culture, regenerating yourself in a vacation that will become a cure for your body and your spirit.

Kitesurf Sardinia

Where To KiteSurf in Sardinia

Kitesurfing is a fantastic water sport, born at the end of the 20th century. Now there are different disciplines of kitesurfing, e.g. Kite Wave, Kite Freestyle, Kite Speed, Kite Hydrofoil (How does kite hydrofoil work?), and Sardinia is a fantastic place where to Kitesurf. In this post, that describes the kite spots where to kitesurf in Sardinia, we have divided the Best Kite Spots of Sardinia in two categories: the kite spots where you can kitesurf in the summer and the kite spots where kitesurf is allowed only in the winter. In fact, In the “Winter Season” (from November to March) Kitesurfing is allowed everyehere, while in the “Summer Season” (from April to October) kitesurfing is allowed where dedicated kite zones and launch lane are present.

Summer Season Sardinia Kite Spots


  • Maddalena Spiaggia
  • Torre degli ulivi
  • Copperton (Copertone)
  • Porto Botte
  • Punta Trettu (considered the best Kite Spot of Sardinia)

Considered one of the best kite spot in Europe, Punta Trettu is considered a paradise of Kitesurf because the shallow water, the flat water and the steady winds which ensures safe activity with both Scirocco and Mistral winds. Once you arrive at the parking, you will have to walk about ten minutes to reach the kite zone; the beach near the kite zone changes its size with the tide. It can in fact extend for a few hundred meters or shrink to such an extent that it leaves the space to mount a dozen kites. But don’t worry! Just behind the beach there is a clearing where you can set your kite in case of overcrowding; your equipment will be safe as there are no rocks or branches that can damage it! But be careful: do not fly the kite directly from this space in case it blows Mistral wind! In fact, downwind there are trees that can be very dangerous. To avoid any possible damage, ask a friend for help and bring the kite and downwind lines to the obstacles. At the beach there are always qualified instructors who can help you if you have any problems or need some advice; don’t be afraid, just ask. The schools on the beach are also equipped with assistance boats; therefore do not worry if the wind changes direction (unlikely) you are always safe. If you have carefully read all the precautions we have described, all you have to do is have fun. One of the best Kite schools of Punta Trettu is the Punta Trettu Kite Center Sardinia.

  • Porto Pollo

Located at the foot of one of the most famous natural sculptures of our island, the Palau bear. The bay is completely dedicated to kite surfers and, even if the wind is often gusty, the spot is considered to be one of the best in northern Sardinia. In fact, in addition to being able to enjoy constant assistance at sea during the day, you can have fun at night in the many clubs scattered along the beach, which are frequented mainly by boys who practice sea activities.

Winter Season Sardinia Kite Spots

  • Poetto

The sixth stop is a large area of ​​the Poetto that takes its name from the time the tram was still running along the coast and every area of ​​the beach was identified by the stop. It is the widest part of the entire beach and having a central position with respect to the bay, it is characterized by poor winds, which will allow you to safely launch the kite. The sirocco (SE) arrives straight on shore and carries considerable waves only when it exceeds twenty knots of intensity. The sand banks move during the year and therefore not the best peaks are to be found along the sandy shore; often in front of the fourth there are steeper waves but which tend to ‘close out’, towards the fifth or sixth instead the waves are more open but with less shoulder. The sirocco can bring algae on the beach only when it exceeds 25 knots. The mistral (NW) blows off shore and does not offer the possibility of navigating without assistance from a kite school or someone qualified to offer the lift service. In case you have assured assistance and as a result you can safely go out to sea, it is good that you know that there are some areas in the bay where the wind is very gusty, others instead where the mastrale relaxes and gives you the chance to surf in complete relaxation. Between the area of ​​the hospitals and the army establishment the wind spreads out, leaving you the possibility of making borders of a few hundred meters without the stress of a gusty wind. , provides the service, on request even in winter (contact them via the website or ask in person at the bar “Il Nilo” for more information).

Spot that rarely works, recommended for the more experienced looking for big waves. Excellent with N wind over 30 knots.

  • Calasetta
  • Funtanamare

Good with mistral with intensity greater than 20 knots. In fact, here the wind is always lower than expected and consequently due to the strong currents the bowline is not easy with light winds. The waves are surfable but it is difficult to find an open wall that does not “close out”, that is, that does not close all together suddenly.

  • Portixeddu

Suitable only for wave surfing, as the mountain on the N side of the bay protects the area where the wave fringes from the typical NW winds that create a swell with which the spot works well.

  • Putzu Idu

Beach of the homonymous village, in whose promontory there are the famous spots of Capo, Mini Capo and del Pontile. It represents an excellent base for the daredevils who want to surf the waves of the Cape; in fact, the wide shoreline is excellent for mounting the kite safely, as the wind is constant and the beach break is of modest size. On rough sea days it is also possible to surf the wave on the beach.

  • Mini Capo

Good spot with a mistral wind above 35 knots, gusty and suitable only for the most daring. Warning! With a lighter wind, the spot is dedicated to wave surfers, who can also be very aggressive. It is advisable to go out to sea only if no surfer is present due to the excessively strong wind (sometimes there are surfers with the wind blowing more than thirty knots).

  • Capo Mannu

Spot next to the mini Capo. When the wind is very strong you can share the spot with surfers and windsurfers, respecting the priorities and being more external than the area where you see the surfers (stay at least forty meters away).

  • Sa Mesa Longa (La laguna)

The spot is activated on any SW, W swell and above all with the MW swell NW characteristics. The main feature, which makes the spot unique, is the plank that encloses the gulf, forming a lagoon of crystal clear water. This, due to the sandy bottom, is characterized by a particularly blue and crystalline sea. Outside the lagoon, on a rocky bottom, a wave A frame (outside the islet) and a right, on the right side of the gulf (more frequented by the local) break. Spot more suited to surfing than windsurfing or kite, as when the on-shore or side-shore wind increases beyond 10 knots the wave easily loses its shape and the current increases considerably. The unpaved parking in the central area of ​​the beach is forbidden.

  • Alghero (Porto Ferro)
  • Alghero (La Speranza)
  • Alghero (Lido)
  • Alghero (Bombarde)
  • Alghero (Maria Pia)
  • Alghero (Lazzaretto)
  • Stintino (La Pelosa)
  • Stintino (Le Saline)
  • Spiaggia di Costa Paradiso
  • Valledoria
  • Badesi
  • Porto Torres – Platamona (La Torretta)
  • Porto Torres – Platamona (Terzo Pettine)
  • Porto Torres – Platamona (Marina di Sorso)
  • Isola Rossa (Marinedda)
  • Vignola
  • Palau
  • Pittulongu
  • Marinella
  • Punta Saline

This spot is also located in the Gulf of Olbia, characterized by shallow waters and rocks (not dangerous) at the ends of the beach. It is not very well known by sports practitioners, in fact it is a little frequented place where you can look for the perfect breath to spend an unforgettable day.

  • Porto San Paolo
  • Spiaggia di Don Diego
  • San Teodoro (La Cinta – Puntaldia)

What might seem to be a fine strip of white sand with the color of the crystalline sea from the satellite is, in effect, one of the favorite places for inexperienced kiters to learn the first moves. Here you will find several schools that give daily lessons to anyone who wants to enter the world of the “kite”. The shallow water is king for tens of meters and the lack of rocks makes the practice accessible to all. Hundreds of stalls, bars and shops guarantee a service until late in the evening throughout the summer season. Spending a nice evening together is a MUST.

  • La Caletta
  • Cardedu

One of the few spots that work well on the East coast. It works well with SE winds, which when they exceed 20 knots also create considerable waves, which can be surfed in the southern part of the beach.

  • Marina Maria – Porto Istana

Location located within the Gulf of Olbia, is highly appreciated by expert kiters and novice subjects. This spot has the peculiarity of having a very long beach with shallow and sandy bottom. Exposed above all to mistral and tramontana and not too strong marine currents. Local windsurfers (local) can be aggressive.

  • Chia (Cala Cipolla)
  • Porto Pirastu
  • Costa Rei
  • Cala Sinzias
  • Simius
  • Porto Giunco
  • Campulongu
  • Solanas
  • Geremeas

It is a very good spot from October to April. In fact it is the spot closest to Cagliari where the mistral blows towards the shore, so in the months when there are not many bathers it is perfect to take a leap to the sea on one of the many days when the north-west wind blows over the city. White sand and blue water are the main features. The waves rarely grow beyond the meter.

  • Margine Rosso
  • Poetto (Marina Piccola)
  • Porto Armando
  • Porto Taverna

What is Windsurfing

Windsurfing is one of the most beautiful sports. It combines the trilling of surfing, with the tranquility of sailing, and puts you in close contact with nature more closely than a ride. It is a sport that allows you to escape chasing the desire for solitude and to sail with hundreds of surfers in a truly unusual scenario. No other sport like windsurfing gives you the feeling of open spaces, between the beauty of nature that is as welcoming as it is sometimes wild. It’s a sport in which you can choose to explore new seas in the company of your friends, or you can sail alone in search of the innermost IO.
It’s fun, it’s easy. It is the perfect sport.

Windsurfing is a truly spectacular sport. From the rides on the biggest waves, to reaching the speed limits of your equipment, today it is a truly diversified sport, with practitioners having fun in disciplines far away from each other. As the ski has its free descents and the races between the narrow poles, so the windsurf has the sails with little wind and chases them with the nuclear bores. Certainly there are similarities between them, but they are quite different in equipment and techniques.

Light wind windsurfing is done with wind power of less than 10 knots, and is practiced with boards that can easily hold a man without giving the impression of sinking, while still. But this is nothing in comparison to HIGH-WIND windsurfing, or windsurfing with strong wind, in which only speed allows the board to float, which goes in PLANATA, and creates a really fantastic sensation.

Let’s dive into the world of windsurfing with light wind.

Crusing Windsurf

It is the most widespread mode in which windsurfing is practiced, and it is probably the simplest way. It prepares itself for a simple sail across the lake, or you set off on an excursion between the islets near the coast, or you go from one falls to the other to try one of the most satisfying sensations.

Freestyle Windsurf

Freestyle is something opposite to cruising. It’s about using your own equipment to perform some very precise skill maneuvers that can be going with the cutting table, or holding the boom downwind or making a jibe with your feet positioned on the stern, or doing a whole series of maneuvers that have disparate names: Vulcan, Spock, Table Top, etc. . Many windsurfers have made the purpose of their passion, just succeeding in these maneuvers, and it’s amazing what they can do. But it’s still just one aspect of this sport that is much more.

Windsurfing with strong winds is practiced when you have more than 10 knots, but usually the knots are from 15 to 25.These fantastic surfers manage to translate their board into an airplane, and therefore they can use much smaller boards with the which glide, in an enviable maneuvering skill. In fact, these boards go faster because they are smaller, but they certainly require more skill.

Slalom Windsurf

It is one of the most popular forms of windsurfing with strong wind is the slalom. When the wind rises, everywhere in the world you can find those with their very small table, they go back and forth at speeds that border on 70 km / h, managing to make very fast maneuvers even when at the end of an edge they are forced to jibe or to turn. They are really crazy unleashed regardless of the risks they run, but it’s really exciting to see them dart as if they had a reactor that pushes them to such high limits.

Bump ‘n Jump Windsurf

When the wind is sufficient and the sea is not flat, the most experienced windsurfers dust off their tiny table and leave to give a show. Jumps, incredible runs, breathtaking turns and laps of death that sometimes end in a great dive into the sea. The Bump ‘n Jump windsurfing unloads the same adrenaline of the slalom, and is practiced in winds between 20 and 40 knots, in so wild sea condition and atmosphere that you can’t even imagine.

Windsurfing on the waves

It is perhaps the most spectacular technique, and the one that requires more athleticism. Every ocean or gulf that respects itself produces the right waves to do WAVESAILING, so it is called in English, but the best conditions are created by those coasts that have a series of waves that arrive parallel to the beach and have a wind that cuts them perpendicularly (off wind) or parallely (side wind).

Beginners Windsurfing

Point of Sailing on Windsurfing

Introduction: real wind and apparent wind

When a gait is defined, all that is done is to identify an angle between the direction of movement of the board and that of the wind. This operation is easy for an outside observer while things get complicated on board windsurfing. While we are sailing we are subject to the real wind that we will call real wind but we are also hit by an air current contrary to the direction of motion as when we ride a bicycle. What appears to us therefore is the sum of these two air currents and this effect leads us to perceive a slightly deviated wind direction with respect to reality. Therefore supposing to travel perpendicular to the direction of the wind, what we will feel above the surf will not be a wind coming right at 90 ° but with a bow component. Question to make the purists horrified: is this a problem? Not that it is not, even the hull and the sail “see” just the apparent wind so their management on our part in order to optimize its operation in every situation it is right that it refers to the wind that we feel on the cheeks rather than the direction marked by the compass (I know we don’t have it, it was to make people understand!).

Starboard tack, port tack

When in wind the wind licks the left side of the windsurf first, then we are on the left. Vice versa for starboard tack (a rule that simplifies the idea at the beginning is the following: if the hand closest to the tree is the right then we are starboard tack and vice versa). In case of disputes with other windsurfers, remember that those who find themselves on starboard have precedence. Still on the subject of precedence, windsurfing takes precedence over sailing boats which, in turn, hold it on motor boats (also known as “irons”).

Bear away and Luff up

Not having the rudder the only tool at our disposal to change the course is the sail. Anyone who knows the sailboat in depth knows that this is possible; luckily a windsurf is much more sensitive than a boat and thanks to little pronounced movements of the sail it is also possible to perform quick maneuvers in tight spaces. The principle is simple: to navigate in a straight line, the center of drift and the center of pressure of the sail must be aligned vertically (second figure). In all other situations, the curved table ie rests or loins, in particular:

  • resting (first figure): it is caused by a forward unbalance of the sail. It will produce a course change that will bring the bow of the board to the opposite side to the wind. For example, if we are traverse and we are going to go down (see large figure with all the gaits);
  • navigation in a straight line (second figure): keeping the sail in an intermediate position in which, more or less, it is in equilibrium, proceeding in a straight line. It is important to point out that navigation in a straight line does not depend on gaits: to remain at a distance one must not continue to lean (otherwise one arrives at the stern) nor, to stay upwind, one must continue to luff (otherwise one can stop bow to the wind, see image with the various gaits). To maintain course in crossways, upwind and slack it is sufficient to remain in the position of the second figure;
  • luffed (third figure): it is caused by an unbalanced backward of the sail. It will produce a course change that will bring the bow of the board against the wind. For example, if we are traverse and orziamo we will go upwind (see large figure with all gaits)

All gaits: Point of Sailing on Windsurfing

Since we have to be good sailors who know how to feel the wind based on the reactions of the boat, we will present the various gaits with few geometric references but many details related to the behavior in terms of speed and sensations.

  • Traverso. It is the reference gait. Navigate the beam when the board proceeds at 90 ° to the wind direction. It is one of the fastest strides, the thrust of the sail has a moderate component towards the bow. In planing with the right level of comfort the comfort is high, the thrust on the fin and the tendency to overturn the board slightly accentuated, one navigates along the channels between one wave and another.
    Lasco. If from the traverse we carry out even a few degrees, we enter by definition into the slack. The thrust towards the bow of the sail becomes important and with strong wind we must be ready to counter it: the catapults take place at the bottom! The speed increases, we are in fact in the fastest pace. Did you think that the stern was the fastest pace ?? Not so, if you want to find out why go to the WS physics page. In planing and with the right watering this is the most natural gait: the ankles are relaxed, the board maintains the course in an optimal way, the effort to close the sail is minimal, you sail gradually climbing on the softer side of the waves: the back. In the case of overpowering and a very large sea, things change: the board does not want to stay in the water and tends to “fly” on the fin. Furthermore, especially with wave equipment, the danger of spin-out occurs.
    Great slack. Continuing to set the speed starts to go down: we are entering the big gap. In order for the sail to be well lapped by the wind and offer a good thrust, we must slightly leave it with the sail hand. The thrust towards the bow of the sail still grows a little depending on how much we manage to keep the sail “full” of wind by adjusting the incidence with the hand of the sail. In planing and with the right watering must be careful not to rest too much, on pain of losing the glide itself. In extreme overpowering it is not possible to sail at full speed: you are thrown away.
  • Stern. When, by dint of resting, we find ourselves sailing in the direction of the wind, we are astern. The boom should be set at 90 ° to the table to present the maximum surface to the wind. It is a very slow gait, in the hands there is little thrust because every “wing” function of the sail ceases. The perfect stern position is highly unstable on narrow boards.
  • Bolina. If from the transverse we perform even a few degrees wedge, we enter by definition into the bowline, broad first and then narrow (see image). In the bowline you go up the wind or, combining a series of boline on the right and the port on the left, you can proceed towards a meta windward compared to our position. To understand how this is possible, we refer to the pages of physics.


How much can the bowline be tightened? It depends on several factors. Supposing not to glide a big difference the drift makes it: with it in the water many degrees are gained and, above all, the lack is reduced to the minimum managing also to develop greater speed. In general it is enough to know that everything is delegated to the sensibility of the surfer. Above all, without drifting the leeway, or the lateral heeling of the hull, begins to become evident well before the table stops. With drift and a racing hull, on the other hand, there seems to be no other limit than total arrest. One of the most difficult aspects even for the expert racers is this: to what point should I tighten upwind to cover less road since at the same time the speed decreases?


Hoist the Windsurf Sail

The right approach

As a beginner you will not be completely immune to the stereotypical image of windsurfing, according to which it is a tightrope walker where in a completely unstable equilibrium you must be lucky enough to take the sail quickly before the discomfort takes hold of us and let us stop and resell the equipment. Like many stereotypes, this is also false. With concentration, the application of teaching methods that you also find in these pages and, above all, with the right equipment and the right conditions anyone starts to sail.
However, let it be known: a positive approach is what it takes. People on the beach don’t care much about what you do. If someone observes you sarcastically, it will be even better after a few days or hours to sail happily around. It is important to measure the forces, avoid tears, accumulations of lactic acid and abrasions that would make you stand still the next day. Therefore, when fatigue arrives it is good to make an effort to put everything away and be ready the next day.

Hoist the Windsurf Sail: Let’s do it!

  1. place the tree perpendicular to the table before climbing: it will give you stability;
  2. get on the table;
  3. place the feet on the board axis symmetrical with respect to the mast foot;
  4. hold the recovery line from the bottom and bend the knees completely;
  5. arms outstretched;
  6. through the recovery line you bring the tree perfectly perpendicular to the table;
  7. start taking advantage of your weight;
  8. the tree does not come up straight due to various factors: keep the perpendicularity of the tree and the table in mind. While raising, correct in order to maintain perpendicularity: if the tree goes to the right you pull it to the left and vice versa, ok? Is critical!



  • During ALL the operation the back or the back must remain vertical. This is the key to success that with minimum effort provides maximum stability;
  • advance with your hands on the recovery line only after the sail has lifted a little. If you advance on the top before the sail has really moved you will end up unbalancing the trunk forward by straining your back and reducing stability;
  • once you get near the boom you will have to take the boom. To do this do not stretch forward but bend the elbow of the hand on the top. I personally believe that the technique of hand crossing favors correct movements but it is a very personal thing. In the photos both options are presented, try and choose which one suits you best;
  • as soon as you put the first hand on the tree (or boma), spread the aft foot a little (second figure). Finally, after grabbing the boom with the second hand, bring the bow foot parallel to the board next to the mast foot (third figure).

Hoist the Windsurf Sail: Tips and details

  • The current retrieval buds are not very effective in hand grip and are not meant for beginners. If you find a cord of material and a generous diameter, make a series of knots at a distance of two fists from each other and use that one;
  • at the beginning the gloves are precious because the recovery rope wears the hands very much;
  • don’t use your back, ever! . Always and only use your weight: try never to lose the verticality of the bust, especially if you try not to go outside with your buttocks and forward with your shoulders (in the figure you can see the wrong position). If you keep this attitude, you will be overcome by the weight of the sail and the strength of the wind, and your efforts will go to loading your back, causing pain after a few attempts. The moments in which you are at greatest risk are when you grip the boom and when, immediately afterwards, you close the sail;
  • don’t rush: the sail comes up slowly even with minimal traction. Just wait. Seeing is believing;
  • don’t be afraid to leave just because you don’t know how to tack. Read how to change walls to equipment without needing to know any navigation maneuver;



The position of the Windsurf Mast Foot

All tables offer the possibility to adjust the position of the mast foot. The factors that determine the right position are:

  • sail size;
  • wind intensity

In principle the ideal position of the mast foot is that in which the sail center aligns itself vertically with the center of drift. This is why a large sail requires the foot to move forward and vice versa. With this concept we obtain the ideal position but not enough: we will move a few cm around this theoretical optimum considering other factors such as overpowering and the type of performance desired.
In conclusion, it is worth mentioning that with each sensitive variation of the foot there is one of the height of the boom: foot forward = boom positioned higher, foot back = boom positioned lower; this so as not to compromise the surfer’s position with the movement of the foot.

Large Windsurf Sails

Move your foot relatively forward. If you find it difficult to glide (under-opening), move your foot completely forward to advance the weight. To increase the top speed back up: the backward weight reduces the wet surface of the board.

Small Windsurf Sails

Move your foot back to compensate for the shortening of the boom. If you want to be even faster or if you want to pass the chop more easily (especially with the slalom), move your foot further back.

Strong overpowering.

When you are in the water with a sail too big, it may happen that the board does not want to know how to stay in the water, forcing you to sail on the stern (tail walking) like a runaway horse. In this situation it is advisable to bring the foot forward in such a way that the weight is a little more advanced.


Setting of Race and Slalom Windsurf Sails

The development of the current sails is very simple because it is based only on two adjustments: downhaul and ashlar. Everything else, like the slats and the camber, is fixed in the sense that the adjustment is made once and then no longer touches. It remains only to determine the height of the boom which, like the clew tension, can be easily adjusted even in the water to find the best trim or even to adapt to the changing wind.

Windusrf Sail Downhaul tension

We must first of all identify the reference voltage, that is the “center” of our future regulations. This is also useful for adjusting the length of the extension. To get an idea, do the following: mount the tree and adjust the extension so that the total size corresponds as much as possible to the length indicated on the sail (luff). The reference voltage will be the one that brings the wall angle very close to the pulleys of the extension. Obviously we try to have a bit of judgment: if we don’t make it or if the tension is ridiculous it means that we will have to adjust the extension neglecting the luff parameter indicated on the sail. As the tension increases, the leech is loosened and at the same time almost horizontal folds are formed in the upper part. The reference voltage is the one immediately preceding the formation of the first folds.

Windsurf Sail: Tension of the clew

This is much easier: by mounting the boom with the length indicated by the sail manufacturer and bringing the clew angle almost to touch the terminal there is a usually precise reference.

Adaptation of the Windsurf Sail to different conditions

  • overpowering: cocked downhaul beyond the reference voltage. Continue to fuck until the creases on the leech reach at least the second stick (on certain current sails there are signs like “min, med, max” to have a reference on how much to loosen the leech). Cleft tension higher than the reference one: displacement of the clew angle with respect to the zero of about 2 or 3cm. When the wind increases further, exaggerate with the downhaul but not with the clew otherwise you get the opposite effect because the sail loses the right profile. If you feel that you can’t manage to keep the sail closed anyway, move the trapeze florets back a few cm. With this type of tuning the sail tends to twist or open upwards (see second image)
  • optimal wind: tensions should be the reference ones.
  • weak wind (just enough) and / or gustate: low-fucked downhaul; no folds at the top: compared to the reference voltage, it loosens a little more. Low clew tension: spring the top to have a swollen sail until it touches the boom under gust. Be careful not to get into the condition in which the sail rests on the boom: the profile has become unstable and, worse, the sail is ruined. With this type of tuning the sail remains rather rigid at the top (see first image)
Beginners Windsurfing

Arm a Windsurf Sail

Arm the sail
Refining the technique of assembling the sail is not a fussy or time-consuming thing … it’s just the opposite: arming early and well will allow you to get in the water first and have fun right away.


  1. In the first image we see what the final result will be;
  2. Mount the two halves together;
    unroll the sail with the wind at its shoulders gradually without waving the sail;
  3. put the tree in the sail until the top reaches the bottom of the tree pocket (if the sail has camber, leave it outside the hinges);
  4. insert the shaft extension and / or the downhaul, pass the sheet in the pulleys and set the minimum tension sufficient to stop the sheet in the cleat;
  5. take the boom and adjust its length up to the value indicated on the sail, approximating it by excess;
  6. at this point insert the boom and mount it as low as possible, being careful not to pinch the sail (note: in the end it will still be high but will not hinder the sliding of the sail during tensioning);
  7. pass the clew top in the sail and tension it without exaggerating: it will help you to slide the sail better during the downhaul tensioning, not to strain the splint pockets;
  8. pull the downhaul to the desired tension;
  9. In case of camber, tighten the clew, insert them and release the clew again;
  10. loosens the clew tension to the desired point; Bring the boom to a height between the shoulders and the chin.
  11. Splints: the current sails have fixed ribs (first image). If you have a sail that still has slat adjustment, tension starting from the highest one (see second image).
  12. To facilitate the tensioning of the downhaul on large sails, we strongly recommend the use of a winch (see third image). The compression that is generated on the back in this operation is considerable

Ready to arm the Windsurf Sailing

Use a large bag to store and transport all the “small parts”: from the fins to the easyrigg. Premise: I think it is much more convenient for long-term holidays to transport the already-sailed sails rather than resort to tiring carts and mount everything on the beach every day.
For the “insulated” ride in the car I suggest instead to prepare the stuff with criteria: the order of the boards on the roof depending on the possibility of finding strong or light wind, the same for the booms. The sails prefer to cram them in the car for a long time, while for the most demanding trips there are some beautiful bags on the market to gather trees and sails all together; otherwise the choice to keep the sails in the car is obligatory because they are ruined if tightened with the straps. For trees I recommend reusing the bag of an old disused large sail otherwise to tie them individually on the rack (and to untie them!) It takes a long time that it is always better to spend in the water.

Choice of Windsurf Spot

To arm your sail, choose a place where the ground does not have sharp protrusions that are dangerous to your monofilm: the ideal surfaces are grass and sand, the worst are gravel and asphalt. Also consider other factors: that the space is sufficient to insert the mast and boom and to access all the parts of the sail (mainly: downhaul, ashlar, camber, chuck) and, in the event of strong winds, keep in mind that being repaired avoids so many problems that make you lose precious time … and patience! Personally I advise not to arm directly on the beach mainly for the sand – dangerous for the joining of the tree, for the boom and for the camber – as well as for the great exposure to the wind.


Get on a Windsurf Board

Finally in the water! Depending on your temperament, you will have come to touch the water at different times: there is the impatient that the first time you unload the car directly into the sea and mount it all with water at the knee, there is the pragmatist who he mounts the strap with the screwdriver and, when he puts his feet into the sea to try his hand at the WS, he has already read several titles starting from the Glenans Navigation Course and then concluding with the bound press of this indispensable site.
Does it make sense to talk about getting on the table? Yes, whether you are the Impatient or the Pragmatist mentioned above: both in fact underestimate how important it is to approach the equipment well in order to reduce physical damage and thus be able to prolong the stay in the water to make initial attempts.

How to go up
It was not difficult to get there but I say it: you go up the opposite side from the sail. If the water is deep and you are already tired you can pass the equipment from hand to hand in order to make it turn and be able to present you on the right side. You will avoid swimming.
The best method of climbing on the table is simple: you have to push yourself with your arms and try to climb immediately with the sole of your foot. If you have a whole wetsuit the gesture will be very difficult so you can help yourself by first supporting the knee which will be protected by the neoprene and will not abrade.
As soon as you go up, try not to roll on the sail, but stay initially a little off the edge from which you have just climbed: due to the tree constraint, the board cannot tip backwards and to find the right position you should take advantage of this stability. Remember, however, that before starting to recover, the feet must be positioned as per the manual or in such a way that the pressure of the sole of the foot falls approximately on the axis of the table.

Be careful

Two things to avoid: nutcrackers and abrasions. The first is rather dangerous for the hands and consists in remaining with the hand pressed between the tree and the sail. They tend to underestimate this thing especially those people who have tried their hand at the old windsurfer boards in which the mast foot entered the board by force without being rigidly blocked in the latter, allowing them to get really sick with this type of “maneuver”.
The abrasions, in addition to the above mentioned knees, are really of every kind. The only limit is the imagination. Don’t go up to “bearskin”, for example. It will not help you find more stability. I don’t write these things to make people laugh but because in years of teaching I’ve really seen everything. Beyond the tastes or the fact that some students must also bang their heads to understand things, I guarantee that with bare skin the abrasions are really annoying and the burning with sea water can make you stop earlier than expected, much earlier ..

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