Windsurfing could be described as a" bit of a challenge"; however the basics can be mastered in a couple of hours. Fun can be had at entry level right through to the exhilaration and spills of wave sailing. The sport attracts people of all ages and abilities and the geography of Northern Ireland means there is always somewhere nearby to get the best out of the conditions.
You can learn to windsurf at a number of Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Recognised Teaching Establishments and a course would be recommended to get over the initial hump of falling off – a lot!! A new and exciting method of teaching using modern, wide, stable boards means windsurfing is now easier to learn than ever before. Once hooked, windsurfing in Northern Ireland can not be described as a competitive but more of a lifestyle sport. You can be sure when the wind is blowing the large windsurfing community can be found at a number of top spots both coastal and inland.
How to get started
Taking a RYA recognised course would be highly recommended to learn the basics of the sport in a safe environment. Contact RYA Northern Ireland to find your nearest sailing club or sailing school offering beginners courses.
Is it easy?
The ability to swim is a necessity. A basic level of fitness coupled with a need for speed will see you a long way.
Is it expensive?
If you are taking a course at a sailing school or sailing club the necessary equipment will be supplied. A second hand windsurfer can be purchased for less than £500, a roof rack for around £80, wet suits and buoyancy aids can be bought fairly cheaply – even well known supermarkets have them in stock.