There are about as many kinds of windsport as there are reasons to want to get into windsports. To help you make your choice, here are a couple of sports you might want to consider:
Sailing is probably the most obvious and oldest wind sport. While it used to be a means for marine commerce it is now mainly a form of recreation or sport. Many people think that you have to be wealthy or at least have to have started sailing at an early age. But that isn’t true. There are plenty of opportunities to learn sailing and if you find yourself wanting to own your own sail boat, you can share the cost with a likeminded friend. Many people enjoy buying an older boat and renovating it, much like an old car or an old bike. Once you have a boat, you really don’t need to spend much money on anything else. Sailing is a great sport to consider when you want something you can share with family and friends.
If you want to be even closer to the water and the wind, kitesurfing might be something for you. Kitesurfing is all about riding the waves, just like standard surfing, only that you’re also using a kite to help you move. Kitesurfing isn’t just an activity for an afternoon. Some people, like Louis Tapper, have traveled hundreds and thousands of miles by kitesurfing. As kitesurfing has become more and more popular of the years, there are now many schools all over the world. Why not combine learning a new sport with a trip to a place you’ve never been to before? By the way: it only takes you about a week of training for you to learn the basics and ride your first waves!
What about in the winter, if you live in area where the lakes still ice over? Or if you’re looking for something slightly more eccentric? You could try ice boating! What is ice boating, you ask? An ice boat is similar to a sail boat, only it has skis or skates attached to it and is designer to move over ice – or “hard-water” as they call it. Of course one of the most important things is to make sure that the ice is thick enough and weather conditions aren’t about to change. As with any sport, you’re best advised to contact people more experienced than you (in this case, “hard-water” sailors) to get the best advice and training on how to use an ice boat, what apparel you need and so on. This is also the best way to make friends interested in the same sport as you!
Other windsports you might want to check out are: Kite boarding, kite landboarding, kite flying, kite skating, kite jumping, land sailing, snowkiting or sail biking. With a little research you will definitely find just the right windsport for you. And don’t forget: There is no harm in trying. If one sport turns out not to be the thing for you, there are many more for you to try.