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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.

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What is Windsurfing? Windsurfing is a form of personal sailing in which a flexible sail, free to move in any direction, is mounted on a surfboard and the craft guided by a standing rider.

Other Names for Windsurfing: Sailboarding, Boardsailing

Windsurfing in Foreign Languages:

Windsurfing in Foreign Languages

French: planche ŕ voile
German: Windsurfen
Hungarian: széllovaglás
Japanese: windosafin
Romanian: plutire cu vela
Russian: vindsjórfing
Spanish: windsurf

Windsurfing History: In 1948, Newman Darby first conceived the idea of a board with a hand-held sail. It was not until 1968 that Californians Jim Drake, an aeronautical engineer and sailor, and his friend Hoyle Schweitzer, a surfer first applied for a patent on the windsurfing design in the United States. The patent was granted to Drake and Hoyle in 1970. Hoyle was instrumental in bringing windsurfing to the masses. Throughout the 1970s Windsurfing became popular. The very first windsurfing boards were 12 feet long and weighed 60 lbs. The mass production of windsurf boards resulted in the development of Polyethylene. Newman Darby's wife, Naomi Darby was the first female windsurfer.

Windsurfing Competition History: The first windsurfing world championship was held in 1973. Windsurfing first became an Olympic sport for men in 1984 and for women in 1992.

Modern Windsurfing: Current windsurfing boards measure 8 to 12 feet in length and weigh between 15 and 40 lbs. Modern windsurfers have the ability to attain speeds over 40 knots.

Types of Windsurfing: There are four different types of windsurfing competitions they include: racing, freestyle, slalom, and wave sailing.

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