Learn to love windsurfing

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Published on October 8, 2009

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How windsurfing works and places I've windsurfed

Learn to love Windsurfing by David Johnson UCSB 2008

Outline • History • The basics • The physics • How fast can you go • My windsurfing journeys • Who will break 50 knots?

History • Jim Dake and Hoyle Schweitzer patent 1968 • First windsurfer produced 1973 • Sport was the fastest growing water sport in 1981

Different styles Longboard for more traditional old-style sailing Daggerboard Fin Shortboard for high speed and wave sailing

Different styles Longboard Shortboard

Choosing the right sail • Pick a sail based on Mast the wind conditions Sail size Wind speed (MPH) Battens (stiff rods) 9.5 14 8.5 17 7.5 18 Cutout to attach 6.5 21 boom to mast 4.5 30 Mast “sleeve”

Windsurf Accessories Waterproof GPS. Wetsuit. A neoprene Harness. Lets you use your Global positioning rubber suit that gets wet body weight to hold the sail, system. Can plot your inside but still keeps you so your arms don’t get tired. course and keep track of warm. The hook in front attaches to a your distance travelled, loop of rope on the boom. maximum speed, etc.

Longboards – Olympic sport • The mistral one design is the official Olympic board • Has the best upwind capability – great for exploring waterways

Shortboards – fun and fast • Very manoeuvrable • Turn very quickly • Short enough to ride waves • Good for high jumps

Formula Boards – the new longboard • Very wide board that can plane in low wind • long tail fin for easy upwind sailing • Becoming more popular than old longboards

Angles you can sail Wind Upwind “No Go Zone” 10:00 - 2:00

Steering Wind A B

Turning Around Wind Tack Start Jibe

Floating vs. Planing WOO HOO! Woo.

How it works

The physics • In 2005 Drake wrote a paper studying the physics of windsurfing • All forces converting momentum from wind to water pass through sailor • Key opposing forces – Weight/Lift – Heel/Skid – Drive/Drag

The physics

How fast can you go • Can you go faster than the wind? • Oh yes – why? - how much faster? • Up to 2.5 times wind speed • 1993 world record – trimaran: 46.52 knots • 2005 world record – windsurfer: 48.7 knots

Places I've windsurfed

The 60's bus

The 60's bus

Standerton 1998

Richards bay 1999

Southampton 2001

Sterkfontein 2003

Langebaan – 2003

Mauritius 2008

New speed record • 19 September 2008 Rob Douglas set a new record of 49.84 knots on a kite surfer • Set at Luderitz – Namibia (1500km from my home town)

Who will break 50 knots

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