5 Step Guide for Integrating Windsurfing into Clubs What is Windsurfing? The windsurfer was patented on 6th Jan 1970 by Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer The original windsurfer became the Windsurfer One Design that is still sailed and raced around the world today Windsurfing is broken up in to two major categories (Long and Short Board sailing) Who Windsurfs? Adults up and over 70 years of age are known to short board windsurf Windsurfers in their early 60s are achieving speeds close to 50 knots here in Victoria Kids as young as 5 years old windsurf, though we would suggest 8 years of age is the preferred starting age Different Styles of Windsurfing Long board windsurfing stems from the original windsurfer Long board windsurfer had its biggest impact within Australia in the 80s Short board windsurfing took over as preferred level of the sport in 90s once the equipment became easier Long boarding came back in to style in 00s, with the Raceboard class and now the Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Long board categories Raceboard (designed for course racing) Funboard (user friendly, previously used as beginner boards) Windsurfer One Design (sometimes known as a Wally and used for long board freestyle) SUP (the new breed of long board windsurfer that can be used for SUPing, windsurfing on flat water or in the waves in light wind) Hybrid (cross between a long and wide style short board) Modern beginner board (shorter and wide for easy learning) Short board categories Speed (designed for straight line speed) Slalom (designed for across and down wind racing) Formula (designed for course racing) Freerace (cross between a slalom and freeride) Freeride (a short board version of a funboard) Freestyle (specially designed board for short board freestyle tricks) Freestyle Wave (cross between a freestyle and wave board) Wave (designed for wave jumping and wave riding) Competitive Windsurfing Competitive windsurfing is done all round the world The Professional Windsurfing Association (PWA) include Slalom, Freestyle and Wave Windsurfing Victoria with our local windsurfing stores and Yacht/Sailing clubs run a variety of Slalom, Course Racing, Wave, Speed, marathon and fun events (Inc. clinics) Step 1 - Come & Try Events Windsurfing Victoria has been running windsurfing events at Yacht and Sailing clubs for a number of years Some of these events include come and try windsurfing components These come and try events have been organised and managed by Windsurfing Victoria with some times support from our local windsurfing stores and/or schools Step 2 - Beginner Programs Beginner windsurfing programs can be setup at the clubs These programs can be for children and for adults The programs can be based on current windsurfing school programs and the very successful Windsurfing Victoria Kids Club Modern beginner windsurfer equipment and the right tutoring can have a new windsurfer sailing in 30 minutes Step 3 – Social Sailing Before a sailor steps in to racing they need to experience social sailing Social sailing is where the fun begins and doesn't stop A number of prime windsurfing locations in Victoria are based around our clubs Some of these clubs have establish their own windsurfing clubs Step 4 - Club Racing Type of windsurfing racing that have and could be setup as regular club racing program Course Racing Slalom One Design Costs of windsurfing racing can be very cheap and could be the most cost affective club racing option Club Racing – Course Racing The race course can be the same as the current courses set for other sailing boats Starts from the water as per sailing boats Equipment required can be based on; second hand long board style windsurfers from the 80/90s that have a centre board to help go up wind modern course racing boards the original Windsurfer One Design hybrid board (long/shortwide board) Stand Up Paddle (i.e. WindSUP) Club Racing – Slalom The race course needs to be either a figure 8 or a down wind M style course Starts are preferred to be from the beach Equipment required can be based on; second hand short fun boards modern free ride board dedicated slalom boards course racing style boards Step 5 – World Cup Windsurfing has a number world cup racing paths (e.g. PWA – slalom, Raceboard, Formula, BIC 293 youth class, RSX, RS:One?, etc.) If clubs want to head down a set path it needs to be decided with cost, availability, support and a progression structure in mind Case Studies Come & Try Events A beginner and course racing clinics were included in the 20112012 Windsurfing Victoria Course Racing series that were ran at Parkdale and Mordialloc Support was from WaSSuP, SHQ and SBHQ Beginner Programs Parkdale Yacht Club has been running a beginner program off and on over the years within the club Social Sailing Elwood Sailing Club have a Windsurfing Club (Elwood Sailboarders) Case Studies Club Racing Parkdale Yacht Club has been hosting Windsurfing One Design racing since the 80s Windsurfing Victoria has been hosting windsurfing races at Elwood Sailing Club for a number of years and now back at Parkdale Yacht Club as well Over the years a number of clubs have hosted national and international windsurfing events since the 80s World Cup Victoria has only had a hand full of very successful windsurfers with one or two world champions Thank You Any Questions?