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windsurfing,

also called boardsailing or sailboarding, water sport that employs a board-and-sail device and combines elements of sailing and surfing. The sailboard was first developed in 1964 by boater and surfer S. Newman Darby of Pennsylvania, but it was a similar craft developed during the 1960s by the Californians Jim Drake, a sailor, and Hoyle Schweitzer, a surfer, that ultimately led to the sport's becoming popular in the 1970s. Essentially, a sailboard is much like a surfboard to which a sail has been attached by a universal joint, thus allowing full manual movement of the sail. By standing on the rudderless board and maneuvering the sail the windsurfer harnesses wind and wave to glide along the water's surface. The sport spread rapidly from California, throughout the United States and North America, Europe, and Australia. There is variation in modern sailboards; they now generally range from 8 to 12 ft (2 to 4 m) and weigh between 15 and 40 lbs (7 to 18 kg); some have attained speeds of over 40 knots. Types of modern windsurfing include racing, freestyle, slalom, and wave sailing, with competitions held throughout the world. The sport has been an Olympic event since 1984, and has had separate contests for men and women since 1992. Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is a variation on windsurfing that emerged in Hawaii in the 1990s; in it, a parachutelike airfoil (the "kite") and a board are used, and aerial maneuvers may be performed. Kitefoiling uses similar equipment with a hydrofoil attached to the underside of the board, allowing the board to glide above the water at a fast speed.

windsurfing

the sport of sailing standing up on a sailboard that is equipped with a mast, sail, and wishbone boom
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'The coastguard recommend all wind surfers carry hand flares for raising the alarm and have someone onshore who knows their intentions and an agreed return time.'
"A" Flight 22 Squadron rescues a stranded wind surfer caught in heavy seas off the South Devon Coast and a tragic boating accident in Pembroke Dock leaves the entire crew feeling very sombre.
Water lovers can bring their own boat, wind surfer or canoe and be one of the privileged few to enjoy access to this beautiful lake.
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Ric Rava and Carl Evans, together with helmsman Tim Morgan, will also receive another award for saving a wind surfer in a separate rescue on January 26.
He is a keen wind surfer and dinghy sailor, as well as manning the Penarth Yacht Club rescue boat.
"Then early December saw the life of a wind surfer saved off Ogmore-by-Sea.
And, as for health and safety dangers, there is I suppose the chance of a wind surfer clanging into one - because as we know Merseyside is the surfing capital of the world.
A short drive up the coast to Formby Point and I was watching more terns on the high tide - common, arctic and sandwich this time, with the bonus of a juvenile red necked grebe in the shallows just behind the surf, its lovely orangey neck glowing against the swell, until it was flushed by a wind surfer.
A highly skilled wind surfer since the age of 14, he was captivated by the thrills and spills of kite surfing on his first attempt two years ago.
BRITAIN'S leading woman wind surfer, Lucy Horwood, took the silver medal in the 2001 world championships, which were staged in Brazil.
Thomson Holidays describes the waters as 'choppy' - the kind wind surfers will love.