Windsurfing is a surface water sport that combines elements
of surfing and sailing. It consists of a windsurf board
usually two to four meters long, powered by the effect of
the wind on a sail. The rig is connected to the board by
a free-rotating universal joint and comprises a mast, wishbone
boom and sail.
Windsurfing can be said to straddle both the laid-back
culture of surf sports and the more rules-based environment
of sailing. Although it might be considered a minimalistic
version of a sailboat, a windsurfer offers experiences that
are outside the scope of any other sailing craft design.
Windsurfers can perform jumps, inverted loops, spinning
maneuvers, and other "freestyle" moves that cannot be matched
by any sailboat.