North Beach Windsurfing News http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 14:25:42 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 How to Plan a Windsurfing Vacation http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8198 <p dir="ltr"><span>You&rsquo;ve hit your local windsurfing spot more times than you can count. While it's still fun, you want something different. Now what? Take your passion on the road (or by plane) and treat yourself to adventure! Grab your gear, pick your destination, and have fun exploring the world through windsurfing.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Where in the world do you want to windsurf?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Consider where you want to travel and what fits your budget. Do you want to stay within your country? Or perhaps go somewhere a little more exotic? If you can brave the colder water, the &nbsp;Columbia River along the Oregon/Washington border in the American Northwest is a must-surf location. For more fun in the sun options, the Hawaiian island of Maui, the Spanish beaches of Fuerteventura, and numerous Carribean Islands are the perfect combination of wind and crystal clear waters.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Need some inspiration? </span><a href="https://www.abnsave.com/blog/travel/top-10-windsurfing-destinations-in-the-world/" target="_blank"><span>Check out these top windsurfing places</span></a><span>, including several US spots.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Pick your season.</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Do a little research before your trip and find what time of year is best for your style of windsurfing. If you enjoy wavesailing, make sure it is typically wavy where you are going. If freeriding or tricks are more your style, a constant wind with little-to-no surf is ideal. Not all locations have the same wavy/wind season so make sure you know when to go.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Use a handy wind-tracking tool like </span><a href="https://www.windfinder.com/#3/39.5000/-98.3500" target="_blank"><span>Windfinder</span></a><span> to help keep you informed of the current conditions. </span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Should you rent or bring your equipment?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Many popular windsurfing locations will have a place to rent equipment from. In most places, the cost of renting gear is less than the airline baggage fees if you are just staying for 5-7 days and you don&rsquo;t need to worry about any potential damage during transportation. This is also a great option for more casual windsurfing fans who may not have their own equipment. However, if you are lucky enough for a 10-14 day trip you may want to consider bringing your own gear (but only if the gear you own is suitable for the conditions at your destination). &nbsp;If you are used to windsurfing with a high-quality carbon boom and have strong opinions about your harness line length, you will probably want to at least bring your own boom with you since it is rare to find carbon booms on rental gear.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you do decide to bring your gear, make sure you plan accordingly beforehand. Look into the fees for checking oversized sporting equipment at the airport and make a plan of action for transporting your equipment once you land. Also, make sure your gear is properly protected in its bag&ndash;there is always a chance it could be mishandled</span><span>.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>For more information about flying with your board, </span><a href="https://www.shuttledirect.com/blog/flying-with-windsurfers-or-surfboards/" target="_blank"><span>check out these tips</span></a><span>.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Come with a backup plan.</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>On the off chance the wind isn&rsquo;t picking up that day, your travel destination is sure to have plenty of other opportunities for adventure. Before you leave, read up on alternate activities or discover what the locals do for fun. Don&rsquo;t let the weather stop you from having a blast! Some locations have more reliable wind, so you can count on a high percentage of days on the water. &nbsp;</span><a href="https://traveloregon.com/places-to-go/cities/hood-river/" target="_blank"><span>Hood River, Oregon</span></a><span> in the summer months, the island of </span><a href="https://www.tourismbonaire.com/" target="_blank"><span>Bonaire</span></a><span>, south Texas or </span><a href="https://www.outerbanks.org/plan-your-trip/towns-villages/hatteras/" target="_blank"><span>Cape Hatteras, North Carolina</span></a><span> in the spring are locations where you can be pretty sure you will have wind more often than not. &nbsp;Other locations (like right here on the </span><a href="https://www.visittampabay.com/things-to-do/" target="_blank"><span>west coast of Florida</span></a><span>) can be awesome places for a vacation that might also include just a day or two of windsurfing.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Use travel sites like </span><a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/" target="_blank"><span>TripAdvisor</span></a><span> to help you figure out other cool nearby activities.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>A windsurfing vacation is a great opportunity to advance your skills. &nbsp;Getting concentrated, on-the-water time is super helpful when you are learning, and you can pick a location that has the conditions that are appropriate and the instruction that you are looking for.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Not everyone can plan a vacation around their passion, but windsurfing can take you so many places. Whether traveling within your country or internationally, get ready to expand your horizons and soar along the waters of a new destination. Pack your bags and get going already. What are you waiting for?</span></p> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> Maintanence Tips for your Windsurfing Equipment http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8168 <p dir="ltr"><span>It&rsquo;s no secret that properly maintaining your windsurfing gear and equipment will increase its longevity while saving money on repairs. Don&rsquo;t spend extra just because you didn&rsquo;t take the time and care to maintain your gear. </span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>What can people do to maintain or repair their equipment?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Most windsurfing gear is built tough to withstand the wear and tear of the wind, weather, and salty sea water. The epoxy constructed boards make it easy to repair minor dings. Sanding the damaged area and then Using a two-part epoxy (resin and hardener) and fiberglass cloth to fill the ding.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Keeping your board out of direct sunlight when you aren&rsquo;t using it will help to preserve the board and foot straps, which can be replaced if needed. The sun causes color fading and the UV rays accelerate the breakdown of the fabric on the foot straps. Foot straps generally last longer if the board is stored out of the sun.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Modern windsurfing sails are constructed from a monofilm material. It&rsquo;s recommended to keep them out of the sun when they aren&rsquo;t being used. Common sail wear and tear includes punctures and smalls tears that can be fixed with </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Sail-Repair-Tape-x23104533.htm"><span>sail tape</span></a><span>. If you don&rsquo;t have sail-tape, try patching the puncture with clear packaging tape or stickers affixed to both sides of the damaged area. If the tear is more serious, a sail loft can replace an entire panel. Keep in mind, that repair costs may vary depending on the age of the sail, sometimes more than the sail is worth.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Other helpful windsurfing maintenance tips include:</span></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Keeping sand off of your sail, out of the mast, and away from any moving parts, like the pulleys in the back of the boom or on the mast base, is always a good idea.</span></p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Rigging your sail in the grass so the monofilm doesn&rsquo;t get scratched will help keep the sail looking better over time. Remember, you don&rsquo;t want to crease your sail, just roll it up and don&rsquo;t set anything heavy on top of it! </span></p> </li> </ul> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>What if you live in a humid climate?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you&rsquo;re living in the tropics, you&rsquo;re better off putting your gear away wet with salt water versus wet with fresh water. &nbsp;Why you ask? Sails, in particular, can get mildewy if they&rsquo;re damp with fresh water, but salt water helps to kill mold and mildew! No need to rinse your gear with fresh water at the end of your session as you can be getting rid of the beneficial salt. &nbsp;</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Can it be fixed?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>We all want to try to increase the lifespan of what we buy. But sometimes things can&rsquo;t be fixed. Find out when your gear can be repaired versus when it must be replaced.</span></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Boards are generally repairable if the damage is small. If the board is broken in half or buckled all the way across, replace it. &nbsp;</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Sails can be patched or panels replaced. The battens in the sail can be replaced if they break. If the sail is older, the cost of the repair may be greater than the value of the sail&mdash;then it is time to replace it. </span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Masts are generally not repairable. But if your mast is split or splintered just at the base, you may be able to cut an inch or so off the length without causing problems.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Booms can have the grip replaced, most commonly the front end of the boom (where it attaches to the mast) can be replaced. But if the body of the boom is broken or bent it&rsquo;s time to buy a new one.</span></p> </li> </ul> <p dir="ltr"><span>Overall, windsurfing gear is surprisingly durable and resistant to normal wear and tear. Ironically, the wind is your equipment&rsquo;s greatest enemy, that&rsquo;s why it is important to keep the mast positioned in the direction the wind is coming from, especially when you&rsquo;re on the beach. This will prevent your sail from getting flipped around and punctured. Also, be mindful when putting your board on the roof of your car&mdash;if you walk away without having tied it down, it could easily blow off into the parking lot.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you have any questions about the condition of your equipment, feel free to give us a call at 727-656-6569. </span></p> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> What Kind of Windsurfing Board Should You Use? http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=8030 <p dir="ltr"><span>Knowing the right windsurfing board size and style can make all the difference. A size too big or small will give you balance and control issues. One style of board may not be best suited to the kind of windsurfing you want to do. We&rsquo;ve laid out a few tips, and our favorite recommendations, to make sure you get the best board for you.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>What size windsurfing board should I get?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>The size of board that you want will depend on your size, your skill level, the conditions you are using it in, and what type of windsurfing you want to do. &nbsp;In general, bigger people want bigger boards and smaller people want smaller boards. However, everyone wants a larger board in light wind, and as your skills improve you will want a smaller board for most kinds of windsurfing.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>For most adult size people who are first learning, you will want a board that has at least 180 liters of volume and a daggerboard. &nbsp;The volume of the board (measured in liters) can give you a rough idea of how stable a board will be when you are standing on it. More liters of volume indicate a larger board that will be easier to balance on. &nbsp;However, the width of the board (usually measured in cm) is also a factor.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>A board that is 200 liters in volume seems like it would be super stable </span><span>&ndash;</span><span> but if it is only 70cm wide it will be less stable than a board that is the same liters but is 90cm wide. Because there are so many variables involved, it is best to chat with us about your specific situation so we can give you more exact advice.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>How do I properly maintain my windsurfing board?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>There isn&rsquo;t much you need to do to your board to keep it up. &nbsp;You will want to store it out of direct sunlight since the finish is prone to breaking down with extended UV exposure. A bag is helpful if your board will be on the top of your car most of the time, or stored outside. If your board gets damaged, it is best to fix any cracks or dings before it goes in the water again. Although it isn&rsquo;t fatal </span><span>&ndash;</span><span> it is best to keep the inside of the board dry. &nbsp;If your board has an adjustable mast track an occasional rinse with fresh water will keep it from getting jammed up with sand and/or salt.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>How do I know when I need a new windsurfing board?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>There are several reasons why you would need a new board: &nbsp;If your board is damaged beyond repair (or if the cost of the repair is greater than the value of the board), is a much older design, or if the board you have isn&rsquo;t the right kind of board for the windsurfing you want to do. &nbsp;If your board is more than 10 years old, and has any major repairs needed </span><span>&ndash;</span><span> you will be better off replacing it. &nbsp;If your board was built in the 1970s, 80s, or 90s </span><span>&ndash;</span><span> you will find that a new board performs significantly better and easier to learn and progress on.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you have a large beginner board, and are now trying to windsurf on higher wind days and learn to use a harness and the footstraps, it may be time for a smaller board. &nbsp;Or if you are looking to work on skills in a specific discipline of windsurfing (freestyle, foiling, or wave sailing for example) you will want a board that is specific to those skills.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Important things to do/know before buying a windsurfing board</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you have the opportunity, take a lesson before you purchase your first windsurfing board. &nbsp;This will give you the chance to learn the basics of windsurfing on a board that is larger and a sail that is smaller than what you will want to own. It is important to buy a board that is suitable for your size, your ability, and the conditions that you will be using it in. Don&rsquo;t try to buy a board that you will &ldquo;grow into&rdquo;, most often this just leads to frustration and makes learning to windsurf more difficult. Trying boards before you buy can be helpful, but it is important to remember that it is difficult to compare different boards if you try them in different conditions, or in conditions that are not the same as you will be using it in at home. Ask questions and let your windsurfing shop give you advice. &nbsp;We really want people to have the board that will be best for them, and we have a lot of experience helping people get the right board.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/lessons.htm" target="_blank"><span>Schedule a lesson</span></a><span>, </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/rentals.htm" target="_blank"><span>rent a board</span></a><span>, or just come on down to our shop and let us help you find the perfect board.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Types of windsurfing boards</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Longboard:</strong></span><span> <br />Longboards are longer boards that have enough buoyancy to stand on while not moving and have a centerboard (or daggerboard) that adds performance in light wind. Beginner windsurfing boards fall into this category, but so do some varieties of high-performance race boards for light wind. &nbsp;A longboard that is fairly wide (over 75cm wide) will be better for a beginner, while a narrower longboard is often aimed at more advanced windsurfers who are wanting to optimize performance in light wind.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Our recommendation:<br /></span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Long-Boards/p/Windsurfer-LT-x35602682.htm" target="_blank"><span>Windsurfer LT </span></a><span>for all around light wind sailing and novice windsurfers. If you're in the market for a can-do-everything board look no further, the Windsurfer LT is the board to have no matter the conditions on the water</span><span>. </span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Or for more advanced windsurfers who want to maximize light wind performance we recommend the super lightweight, carbon-constructed, </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Long-Boards/p/Kona-CarbOne-x35130238.htm" target="_blank"><span>Kona CarbOne</span></a><span>.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Shortboard:</strong></span><span> <br />Shortboards are used in higher wind. They are not as buoyant as longboards and require you to be moving to ride them. &nbsp;The main thing that differentiates a shortboard from a longboard is that short boards do not have a daggerboard. There are several categories of boards that fall under the &ldquo;Short Board&rdquo; heading.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Waveboard:</strong></span><span> <br />Wave Boards are often quite small boards that are used while surfing and jumping waves. The board shape is optimized for turning, carving on a wave, and control when jumping. &nbsp;True wave boards are not at all optimized for speed, so if you are looking for a board that will be good for all around windsurfing in rough water, you probably want a &ldquo;bump and jump&rdquo; style of board - not a waveboard.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Our recommendation:<br /> </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Short-Boards/p/Severne-Nano-2018-x28747086.htm" target="_blank"><span>The Severne Nano</span><span>. </span></a><span>Inspired by new-school surfboards, the Nano is a fresh wavesailing sensation</span><span>.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Bump and Jump Board:</strong> </span><br /></span><span>A high-wind short board that is designed to work well in rough water, is good at jumping (and landing), is faster than a wave board, but still has a performance emphasis on control and turning.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Slalom Board:</span> <br /></strong><span>A board made to go fast! &nbsp;A true slalom board is blisteringly fast in a straight line, but requires considerable skill and technique to turn around. &nbsp;A true slalom board will work best with race sails. If you want to be the fastest guy on the water </span><span>&ndash;</span><span>but you aren&rsquo;t a pro windsurfer and want to keep using your freeride sails</span><span>&ndash;</span><span> you will want a fast freeride board like the Fanatic Jag</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Our recommendation:<br />For pro-windsurfer level performance we recommend the&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Short-Boards/Starboard/p/Starboard-iSonic-Carbon-2019-x35420338.htm" target="_blank"><span>Starboard Isonic</span></a><span>. Proven race winners, the Isonic is perfect for blasting across the start line of a PWA slalom race, or just being the fastest board on the water at your home sailing spot.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>But if you are a normal person with a different job, your best bet for a board that is super-fast is the </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Short-Boards/p/Fanatic-Jag-LTD-2019-x35937886.htm" target="_blank"><span>Fanatic Jag</span></a><span>. The Jag is turning heads with the exhilarating speed of a race winning slalom board in a design that is less technical to sail.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Freestyle:</strong></span><span> <br />Freestyle boards are short boards that are used in flat water to perform tricks.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Our recommendation: <br /></span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Short-Boards/Fanatic/p/Fanatic-Skate-TE-2017-x21419023.htm" target="_blank"><span>The Fanatic Skate</span></a><span>. Crazy acceleration, top speeds and explosive pop happen in seconds, so every gust counts for you to pick the right spot and unleash your rotations</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Freeride Board:</strong></span><span> <br />Shortboards that are not for any specific discipline (such as wave, slalom, or freestyle), they are pretty fast on flat water, reasonable to turn, decent in rough water&hellip;.it&rsquo;s like the SUV of windsurfing boards.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Our recommendation: <br /></span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Short-Boards/p/Starboard-Carve-IQ-3DX-2018-x31509338.htm" target="_blank"><span>The Starboard Carve IQ. </span></a><span>The CarveIQ is definitely your go-to windsurf board if you want a quick to plane, easy to control, playful freeride board.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Foil Board:</strong></span><span> <br />Foil Boards are made specifically for use with a hydrofoil. Because the board is lifted completely above the surface of the water when you are foiling, foil boards have quite a different shape and performance characteristics.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Our recommendation:<br /> </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Foiling/p/Slingshot-Wizard-2019-x36129292.htm" target="_blank"><span>The Slingshot Wizard</span></a><span>. The evolutionary Wizard can withstand high torque, forces of foiling and has low front-end swing weight, so you can get those cool tricks you&rsquo;ve been dying to stick. </span></p> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> Windsurfing 101: Intro to Windsurfing http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7960 <p dir="ltr"><span>As expert windsurfers, we really have to think back to remember a time when we weren't familiar with every in and out of our favorite sport. But we get that not everyone is an expert. Many people are still learning about windsurfing, so we&rsquo;ve created this handy guide to teach you the basics.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>What is Windsurfing?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Some people may think that traditional surfing and windsurfing are similar. They both happen on the water with a board, but that is where the similarities end. Think of windsurfing as riding your own mini sailboat! With regular surfing, you are using the speed of the wave to move you, but with windsurfing, you are using the wind in the sail &mdash; which gives you a lot more freedom.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>People also often confuse kiteboarding, or kitesurfing, and windsurfing. With windsurfing, the sail is attached to the board, whereas with kitesurfing the sail is a kite high above you.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>There are several different styles of windsurfing for all kinds of fun:</span></p> <ul> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Racing: You cross a start line and see who is fastest around the buoys. Slalom racing is fast and exciting racing that takes place across the wind, or slightly downwind. Course racing is more tactical around the buoys racing and involves more different points of sail (direction of the board in relation to the wind direction).</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Freestyle: Tricks! Can be spinning tricks on the surface of the water or aerial maneuvers.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Wavesailing: More like surfing, but you are using the power of the wind to get out to the waves instead of paddling like you would on a surfboard.</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr"> <p dir="ltr"><span>Freeriding: What most windsurfers do. Blast around on your local bay or lake, maybe drag racing your friends.</span></p> </li> </ul> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Can anyone windsurf?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Windsurfing is a great sport for people of all ages. The only requirements are that you be comfortable in the water, able to get from a sitting or kneeling position to standing and that you want to learn to windsurf.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Practice and patience are all that is really required. Windsurfing is a balance and technique sport much more than a strength sport. Being strong doesn&rsquo;t hurt &mdash;</span><span> </span><span>but isn&rsquo;t required!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>What are the best windsurfing conditions?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>That all depends on what kind of windsurfing you are doing and what kind of equipment you have. You need some wind to make windsurfing happen, at least 5 mph or so. Beginners will want wind speeds of 5-10 mph, but more advanced windsurfers get excited when they see a weather forecast that includes "small craft warning</span><span>".</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>We will dive into the basic equipment in a future blog, so keep an eye out for that!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Make windsurfing your new favorite sport</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Windsurfing looks thrilling and intense. Don&rsquo;t let the tricks scare you; let them motivate you! While beginners won&rsquo;t be able to do a forward loop on their first ride, a good foundation will push you in the right direction to be able to do tricks or glide around the bay with ease. Windsurfing can have a reasonably high initial cost, so a good tip is to begin with lessons with included equipment. This way you can get a taste for what windsurfing offers &mdash; minus a big financial commitment. Whether in a group or one-on-one session, we will provide you with a strong foundation to have you windsurfing on your own by the end of your first lesson.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/lessons.htm" target="_blank"><span>&gt;&gt;Sign-up today to begin your windsurfing adventure!</span></a></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Sailing Terms</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Starboard:</span><span> When you are on the right side of the board while facing forward (your right hand is your front hand)</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Port: </span><span>When you are on the left side of the board while facing forward (your left hand is your front hand)</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Planing:</span><span> When the board has a minimal amount of board surface (sometimes only the fin) in the water while moving fast</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>No-go-zone:</span><span> Directly into the wind. The area around where the wind is coming from, you can not travel that direction because the wind cannot be caught by the sail</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Upwind:</span><span> The direction the wind is blowing from. Sailing against the wind or closest to the wind without entering the no-go zone is called sailing upwind</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Downwind:</span><span> The direction the wind is blowing toward. Sailing away from the wind is called sailing downwind</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Tack:</span><span> Turning around by steering upwind</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Gybe: </span><span>Turning around by steering downwind</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Reach:</span><span> Sailing across the wind</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Uphaul:</span><span> Standing on the board and using the uphaul line (see gear terms) to pull the sail out of the water in order to start windsurfing</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Waterstart:</span><span> Starting in the water while swimming by letting the sail pull you up onto the board (instead of uphauling)</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Beachstart:</span><span> Begins standing on the beach in knee deep water. Using the sail to step onto the board (instead of upahualing)</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Gear Terms</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Boom:</span><span> The horizontal bar that you hold onto while windsurfing</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Mast:</span><span> The long pole that holds the sail up vertically</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Mast extension:</span><span> A rod that goes into the mast to extend it for different sized sails</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Clew:</span><span> The back end of the sail, where the boom attaches</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Luff:</span><span> The leading edge (or mast side) of the sail</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Leech:</span><span> The trailing edge from the clew to the head of a sail</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Mastfoot:</span><span> the piece that connects the board and mast together</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Fin:</span><span> the piece that allows the board to maintain grip while moving through the water</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Finbox:</span><span> different fins will need different finboxes depending on the make and model</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Harness:</span><span> a device that goes around your waist and has a hook to the harness lines on the boom in order to use your body weight to hold the sail up instead of just your arm strength</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Harness lines:</span><span> the lines attached to the boom that are used to hook in with a harness</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Uphaul Line:</span><span> a string that goes from the boom head to the mast base that is used to pull up the sail while standing on the board</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Mast track:</span><span> the track in the middle of the board that the mast base slides into. This is long and can be adjusted on certain boards</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Rig:</span><span> all of the gear needed to rig up and go sailing other than the board. The mast, boom, sail, and mast extension</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Foil:</span><span> The hydrofoil replaces the fin on boards and allows for the board to pop out of the water and glide on the foil</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Centerboard:</span><span> The foil in the middle of the board to help keep traction while sailing upwind</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Types of Boards</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Longboard: </span><span>Longboards are longer boards that have enough buoyancy to stand on while not moving</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Shortboard: </span><span>Shortboards are used in higher wind. They are not as buoyant as longboards and require you to be moving to ride them</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Waveboard:</span><span> Wave Boards are short and pointy boards that are used while surfing and jumping waves</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Slalom board:</span><span> A board made to go fast in flat to medium conditions; some may call them shortboards</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Freestyle: </span><span>Freestyle boards are short boards that are used in flat water to perform tricks.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Freeride board:</span><span> Shortboards that are not for any specific discipline (such as wave, slalom, or freestyle)</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Foil board:</span><span> Foil Boards are made specifically for foils</span></p> <div><span>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/news.htm?newsId=8030" target="_blank">Click here</a> for a comprehensive guide to windsurfing boards.</span></div> <h1 dir="ltr">&nbsp;</h1> Your Guide to Buying a Wetsuit http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7825 <p dir="ltr"><span>With the weather and the water getting cooler, it is time to consider how a wetsuit can extend your fun-in-the-water season! &nbsp;Wetsuit technology has come a long way in the last decade or so, including designs that are specifically suited to windsurfing.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Gone are the days when the thought of wrestling into your wetsuit was enough to make you think of booking a trip south (although we always endorse that idea too!). Here is a rundown of the improvements and features to help guide your wetsuit decision. </span></p> <h2><span>How does a wetsuit work?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>A wetsuit keeps you warm with a thick neoprene fabric, which is a synthetic rubber, and by trapping a layer of water between your skin and the wetsuit, which your body heat warms up. The less often that warm water gets exchanged for cold water, the warmer you will stay. That is why you want your wetsuit to fit snugly</span><span>&mdash;</span><span>excess space means it holds more water that won&rsquo;t get as warm. </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>The suit construction can also make a difference. Thicker neoprene is warmer, but can limit mobility. A wetsuit that has taped seams will be warmer than one that just has stitching since water can come in and out through each needle hole. Suits that have a gusset inside the zipper are also warmer as they prevent cold water from flushing in. </span></p> <h2><span>Built for active sports</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Wetsuits were once the same for everyone, no matter what sport you were participating in. The wetsuit you need if you are windsurfing is much different than a dive suit or even a surfing suit. When you are active in the water, you want a suit that is warm without being so thick and bulky that it is hard to move so as not to tire out your arms. Wetsuits that help block the wind from your torso can add significant warmth without adding bulk, which is great for wind sports.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Windsurfing-specific suits are usually cut a bit bigger through the biceps and forearms so you can hold on to the boom longer. Some wetsuits, like the </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/search_content.htm?form_version=2&amp;showSearchResults=1&amp;search_keyword=ion+strike&amp;image.x=0&amp;image.y=0" target="_blank"><span>Ion Strike</span></a><span> and the </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Severne-Impact-32mm-SSLL-Wetsuit-x30685972.htm" target="_blank"><span>Severne Impact</span></a><span>, even have extra padding in key areas to protect you from crashes, bumps, and bruises. </span></p> <h2><span>How thick should your wetsuit be?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Generally speaking, thicker wetsuits are warmer, but less flexible. Suits that are designed to take the chill off in warm conditions are 2mm thick, while a wetsuit that you would use in cold temperatures might be 4mm or 5mm thick. You will want to consider both the temperature of the water that you will be in, as well as the likely air temperature, and of course your own tolerance for being cold or hot. A 2mm shorty (short-sleeves and short-legs) is most useful in water temperatures from about 66-80 degrees.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you have a long-legged, short-sleeved suit that is 3mm or 4mm thick, you will likely stay warm in water temperatures in the upper 50s. For water that is colder than that (or colder air temperatures, or cloudy days) you will want a long-legged, long-sleeved suit that is 4mm or 5mm thick.</span></p> <h2><span>Smooth skin or nylon coated?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Smooth skin wetsuits are made with bare rubber neoprene that is more wind and water resistant and will absorb heat from the sun to help keep you warm. However, the smooth rubber finish is not very durable and can be torn by your fingernails when you are pulling it on. More commonly, you will find wetsuits that have a nylon coating on the neoprene so that it is more durable. It used to be that windsurfers wanted to make sure they had a smooth skin suit for extra warmth in the wind.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Today, with the improved stretchiness of modern wetsuits, you can stay just as warm with a non-smooth skin suit that is a bit thicker than your old smooth skin suit and be just as comfortable. </span></p> <h2><span>Back zip, front zip, or zipless?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Traditionally, scuba diving wetsuits zip up the front and surfing or windsurfing wetsuits zip up the back (you don&rsquo;t want to be laying on a zipper on your surfboard, or have a zipper being pushed against your stomach by your windsurfing harness!). Newer wetsuits have a variety of zipper placement options. A full length back zip suit is the easiest to get in and out of, but you do get cold water coming in through the zipper. Higher quality suits will have a gusset inside the zipper to keep the cold water away from your skin.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Front zip windsurfing or surfing wetsuits have a short zipper that runs horizontally across the upper chest. This keeps the zipper out of the way and adds flexibility and comfort across the back of your shoulders as well as keeping more water out. However, a front zip suit is more difficult to get on and off - especially as the neoprene gets thicker. If you have injured your shoulders or have restricted shoulder mobility you may find it quite difficult to manage with a front zip suit.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>There are even some super stretchy wetsuits (usually in the thinner neoprene construction) that don&rsquo;t have a zipper at all! &nbsp;These suits feel great on because there is no restriction to your movement or chaffing from a zipper. But you can feel a little bit like a contortionist when you are putting them on. </span></p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-5578c4c8-7fff-6f70-c843-0c702227b96a"><br /><span>Have any questions? </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/contact.htm" target="_blank"><span>Let us know</span></a><span> and we&rsquo;ll help you find the best wetsuit for your needs.</span></span> 6 Common Windsurfing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7803 <p dir="ltr"><span>Zipping through the water on a windsurfing board brings joy and excitement, but, as with all sports, some people make risky mistakes. Here are 6 common mistakes and our tips on how to avoid them. Enjoy the wind and the water &mdash; safely!</span></p> <h2><span>1. Not taking water breaks</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Warm weather is perfect for windsurfing, but Florida's heat can land you in hot water (no pun intended) if you don't hydrate. Sufficient water intake and skin protection are always important, but even more so when you're playing outside. High heat can quickly wear out the body and put you at risk.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Dehydration is a common concern in any exercise. Luckily it's easy to avoid! Make sure to take water breaks, even when you feel like you may not need them, to restore your body&rsquo;s resources. In periods of intense activity, sports drinks can also help replenish key electrolytes to keep your body going. </span><a href="https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/5-hydration-dos-and-donts#1" target="_blank"><span>Avoid caffeinated drinks</span></a><span>, such as iced coffee and soda, as they can actually worsen dehydration. And never drink alcohol when you're out on the water. </span><a href="https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dehydration/symptoms-causes/syc-20354086" target="_blank"><span>Common signs of dehydration</span></a><span> are muscle cramps, dizziness, rapid breathing, and dark-yellow urine. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to stop your activity and get water. </span></p> <h2><span>2. Not respecting the sun</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>We all want that glorious sun-kissed tan, but too often turn out like lobsters, fresh from the pot. Skin protection is invaluable and often forgotten until it is too late. Within </span><a href="https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/sun-poisoning#1" target="_blank"><span>15 minutes of exposure you can be sunburned</span></a><span>, but may not know it, as the burn will gradually develop over the next few hours.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>On days when the heat index is high, it is especially important to lather on the sunscreen (</span><a href="https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs" target="_blank"><span>with recommended SPF 30-50</span></a><span>) to prevent damage to your skin. Damage from the sun can cause </span><a href="https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/sunburn#1" target="_blank"><span>premature skin aging, sun poisoning, and skin cancer</span></a><span>. If you do get burned, be sure to drink plenty of fluids and apply moisturizer to your skin to aid in recovery.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Here&nbsp;is&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Stream2Sea-Mineral-Sunscreen-SPF-30-x35946992.htm" target="_blank"><span>our favorite sunscreen</span></a><span>, which is safe for reefs and ocean life. But since you'll be getting wet, your safest bet is to wear a </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Water-Wear.htm" target="_blank"><span>good hat and a rash guard</span></a><span>. You'll have a lot less skin to cover with sunscreen after that.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>3. Trying to learn on a board that is too small</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>When first learning to windsurf, it is tempting to buy a board that you can "grow into." &nbsp;that actually means a smaller board, which is more equipped for cool tricks. This can be a huge mistake!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Trying to learn how to windsurf on a small board is like trying to learn to ski on the black diamond runs &mdash; &nbsp;it is hard and frustrating. There are a lot of options for boards that will enable you to progress and give you several seasons of great performance. Don&rsquo;t take all the fun out of it by trying to start on a board that is designed for expert windsurfers to use in high wind. For all of your board sizing needs and questions, </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/directions.htm" target="_blank"><span>come visit us</span></a><span> and we&rsquo;ll find you the perfect board. </span></p> <h2><span>4. Not enough downhaul tension on your sail</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Having your sail rigged correctly makes a noticeable difference in how everything feels on the water. We often see new windsurfers trying to use a sail that doesn&rsquo;t have enough downhaul tension &ndash; 90% of the time, if your sail doesn&rsquo;t look or feel quite right, more downhaul tension is the answer. If you have horizontal wrinkles running across your sail, or if your battens don&rsquo;t rotate from one side of the mast to other when you tack or jibe, you need more downhaul. To fix this, add tension to the line that holds the sails to the bottom of the mast &mdash; you really can&rsquo;t over tighten it. &nbsp;You will need to pull as hard as you can with both hands while pushing on the mast base with your foot to get the proper tension.</span></p> <h2><span>5. Choosing the wrong sailing location</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Often times, newer windsurfers want to find a spot to windsurf all by themselves because they are worried they will be in the way or embarrassed to be around the "good" windsurfers. This is totally untrue! The spot where other windsurfers are launching from is likely to have the best and safest conditions.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Windsurfers are a friendly group who love to meet new people who also love to windsurf &mdash; &nbsp;go out and join them! If you sail with everyone else, you will get good advice and meet new friends and will be less likely to end up in a spot with a difficult launch or strong current.</span></p> <h2><span>6. Thinking you aren&rsquo;t good enough to appreciate modern equipment</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Modern windsurfing gear makes every part of the learning curve easier, from the first few hours on the water all the way to learning to sail in the waves and go big on your jumps. Staying on gear that is 10 (or 20 or 30) years old will just make your learning curve more difficult. It&rsquo;s kind of like an old computer &mdash; a 10 year old computer will still work and a dial-up connection can get to the worldwide web....but would you want to use it?</span></p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-ae43a24e-7fff-5e29-f27e-5679ca2594ad"><span>Ultimately, the best way to avoid mistakes is by learning with an experienced guide. </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/lessons.htm" target="_blank"><span>Sign-up for a windsurfing lesson today</span></a><span>.</span><span> </span></span> 4 Tips to Get Over Your Fear of the Ocean with Windsurfing and Paddle Boarding http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7751 <p dir="ltr"><span>While the ocean's depths are a mystery, its surface can be your playground. Conquer your fear and progress from being a beachcomber to experiencing the joy of windsurfing and paddle boarding!<br /><br /></span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>1. Set your own pace</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>There are a vast number of ocean activities, ranging from the tranquility of paddle boarding to the fast-paced thrill of windsurfing. No one says you have to start with riding high-cresting waves. Find what suits your style. If enjoying the natural elements and creatures is your preference, then a leisurely<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/kayaks.htm" target="_blank"> eco-tour through the Florida mangroves</a> may fit your needs. More into action and thrills? <a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/windsurfing.htm" target="_blank">Start your adventures with windsurfing</a>!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>2. Feel inexperienced? Take lessons!</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>We are land creatures by birth and sometimes need help learning the ways of the ocean. An experienced windsurfing guide can make sure you have a blast, while also staying safe. Beginner lessons ensure you first feel comfortable with the gear on land before heading out into the waters. Once you get your sea legs, more advanced lessons can propel you forward. Don&rsquo;t let the fear of not knowing stop you from trying!<br /><br />Sign-up for beginner&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/lessons.htm" target="_blank">Windsurfing</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/stand-up-paddle-board-lessons-in-st-pete-beach.htm" target="_blank">Paddle Boarding</a>&nbsp;lessons&nbsp;to start your adventure!<br /></span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>3. People fall down. It&rsquo;s okay. It happens.</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>You won&rsquo;t be the first to fall and are certainly not the last. Our professionals can help you get back on and try again! If your swimming skills aren&rsquo;t the best, life jackets can be provided for additional floatation and peace-of-mind.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>4. Remember, you are more likely to be injured by a toilet than a shark.</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Need I say more?</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>5. Don&rsquo;t let fear prevent you from a new experience.</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>It can be difficult to take the initial leap into something new. Imagine all of the instances when you encountered something that wasn&rsquo;t nearly as scary as you thought it would be. And perhaps it was even fun! Dread and excitement are two emotions on the same scale. Be brave. Try something new. Who knows? Windsurfing or paddle boarding might become your new favorite hobby.</span></p> <div><span>Ready to try something new? Let&nbsp;our experts guide you&nbsp;with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/lessons.htm" target="_blank">Windsurfing</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/stand-up-paddle-board-lessons-in-st-pete-beach.htm" target="_blank">Paddle Boarding</a>&nbsp;lessons today!</span></div> Why You Should Take Your Kids Windsurfing http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7732 <p dir="ltr"><span>Windsurfing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you&rsquo;re planning a family vacation, but that&rsquo;s what makes it such a good idea. It&rsquo;s a fun experience that you and your kids will remember forever, and you might even walk away with a new lifelong hobby!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>So as you&rsquo;re planning your next vacation, consider windsurfing. Here&rsquo;s why a windsurfing vacation is the perfect family activity and how to plan for it. Here&rsquo;s to your best vacation yet!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>A Family Vacation in St Pete Beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>St. Pete Beach has something for everyone. The beach is beautiful and perfect for families, there are hotels for all occasions, and there are lots of delicious places to eat! You&rsquo;ll have plenty to do after your windsurfing lessons, whether that includes relaxing or exploring Fort DeSoto.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>We&rsquo;ve already written about our favorite places to stay, where to eat, and what to do in St. Pete Beach, so&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/news.htm?newsId=7563">read our recommendations before planning your vacation!</a></span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Can Kids Go Windsurfing Safely?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Your family probably span decades and skill levels, so can you all go windsurfing together? The main requirement is that you be comfortable in the water and be able to swim ( though some of our lessons take place in water only a few feet deep). We can provide life jackets if requested for you and your little ones!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>How old your child needs to be to learn how to windsurf depends on the child themselves. </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/news.htm?newsId=7429"><span>Kids as young as 4 can start windsurfing</span></a><span>, but it&rsquo;s best for children to be 8 years or older and a least 60 pounds. While we will provide equipment appropriate for their size, they need to be able to handle the sails!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Windsurfing is Fun for the Whole Family</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>So what about you&mdash;do you need to be athletic to be able to windsurf? The answer is no! You may be nervous, but </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/news.htm?newsId=6978"><span>our students say windsurfing is never as scary</span></a><span> as they imagined. Rather than needing a lot of strength, </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/windsurfing-for-beginners-faq--st-pete-beach.htm"><span>we emphasize technique and balance</span></a><span>. We&rsquo;ll also equip you and your family with beginner equipment that are basically foolproof.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>And if you&rsquo;re worried, take a look at </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/news.htm?newsId=7052"><span>our tips for beginner windsurfers</span></a><span>. Remember, we&rsquo;ll be there with you every step of the way, and you&rsquo;ll be pleasantly surprised at just how well you do by the end of the lesson!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Be Prepared for a Day at the Beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Sunscreen, water, and proper clothes are the most important things to have during your windsurfing lessons. It&rsquo;s essential to reapply sunscreen often&mdash;the sun can be sneaky, and no one wants to be the lobster colored tourist!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Take a look at our list of the </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/news.htm?newsId=7062"><span>5 things we always bring to the beach</span></a><span>, and besides the essentials, you&rsquo;ll see we like to bring a GoPro, too! Put it in a waterproof case and document your windsurfing lessons as it happens. You&rsquo;ll be able to look back at the memories (and inevitable falls) for years to come.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>And if you&rsquo;re looking for a slower change of pace, we rent out paddle boards, too! We&rsquo;ll show you how to use them, and bring them to wherever you are.</span></p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-bcedf673-7fff-188f-0df8-926d6350673b"><span>Plan your St. Pete Beach vacation and </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/lessons.htm"><span>book your windsurfing lesson now</span></a><span>. Have fun!</span></span> Plan A Windsurfing Staycation in St. Pete Beach http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7563 <p dir="ltr"><span>Whether you live in St. Pete and you&rsquo;re looking for a staycation, or if you&rsquo;re coming from a little further like Tampa or Orlando, a trip to St. Pete Beach is a fun weekend getaway. St. Pete Beach has a variety of hotels, delicious restaurants, and beautiful blue water.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>We live and work in St. Pete Beach running our windsurfing school and shop, and over the years we&rsquo;ve discovered the best places to stay and visit. Here&rsquo;s what we recommend to anyone who comes to town!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Hotels in St. Pete Beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Right next door to our shop on St Pete Beach is one of our favorite places to stay in St. Pete Beach. </span><a href="https://www.plazabeachresorts.com/"><span>The Plaza Beach Resort is a family of three properties</span></a><span>. On the bay side, you can stay at The Bayfront Plaza or The Bay Palms. They have water access so it&rsquo;s easy to go out on your paddle board or kayak, or even to dock your boat. It&rsquo;s super convenient to to rent a paddle board or kayak from us and then to cruise the bay! If you prefer to be on the beach, you can stay at The Plaza Beach, which has awesome sunset views (and you still have access to bayside docks at the other two properties).&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/north_beach_windsurfing_at_fort_desoto_park.png" alt="windsurfing in st pete beach near fort desoto" width="595" height="592" align="" /><br /><br />We have to mention</span><a href="https://www.doncesar.com/"><span>The Don CeSar</span></a><span>. It&rsquo;s a luxury hotel, landmark, and a historical site all in one! You&rsquo;ve probably seen the pink building in pictures, and it&rsquo;s been the site of a few movies. If you have the chance to stay here, it&rsquo;s a must!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="http://www.bonaireresort.com/"><span>The Bon-Aire</span></a><span> feels like you&rsquo;re stepping back into the past in the best way. It&rsquo;s still a family run motel, 60&rsquo;s style, but updated with modern conveniences. Most of the rooms are booked months in advance and you will find families who have been coming there for the same week every year for multiple generations!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://thehotelzamora.com/"><span>Hotel Zamora</span></a><span> is another great place is stay. It&rsquo;s the newest hotel on St Pete Beach and has a more modern vibe. It has a bayfront swimming pool, and a rooftop bar where you can watch awesome sunrises and sunsets. What&rsquo;s not to love!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Restaurants near St. Pete Beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>We don&rsquo;t just have our business on St Pete Beach, we live here too! These are the places you can find us on a regular basis, and the restaurants we recommend to visitors.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/agave-restaurant-st-pete-beach"><span>Agave</span></a><span> is our go-to for Mexican food and killer margaritas. But if you&rsquo;re looking to carb load after a day at the beach, </span><a href="https://www.yelp.com/biz/gennaros-st-pete-beach-st-pete-beach"><span>Gennaro&rsquo;s</span></a><span> is the best place for it. It&rsquo;s an Italian restaurant with only a few tables in a small room. It has a friendly vibe&mdash;like eating at a friends house and meeting more of their friends!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Tucked in the back of a strip mall next to Publix, </span><a href="http://www.cafesoleilbakery.com/"><span>Cafe Soleil</span></a><span> is a genuine french cafe with great coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. Get there early, it&rsquo;s only open for breakfast and lunch.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Is </span><a href="http://willysburgerandbooze.com/"><span>Willy&rsquo;s </span></a><span>a bar or a restaurant? Let&rsquo;s just call it a great deal that is disguised as dive bar. They serve the best burger on the beach&mdash;you don&rsquo;t want to miss the Big Gooey. They also have great fish, and awesome lunch specials.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>You don&rsquo;t normally think of going to the beach to get a steak, but </span><a href="http://www.1200chophouse.com/"><span>1200 Chop House</span></a><span> is worth a stop. The steak is delicious, they have great sides, and if you&rsquo;re in the mood for seafood there is &nbsp;usually some sort of seafood available. This is our special occasion go-to!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Things to Do Near St. Pete Beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>We think it&rsquo;s fun to do something fun and expected on vacation, which is why windsurfing lessons are the perfect complement to a beach getaway! The whole family can get in on the lesson, and you&rsquo;ll leave your trip with a new skill&mdash;and maybe a new favorite hobby. If you&rsquo;re looking for something slower, we also rent paddle boards and kayak, so you can explore the ocean or the water in the bay.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you&rsquo;re here during the right time of the year, check out the</span><a href="http://www.coreyave.com/upcoming-events/"><span> Corey Ave. Sunday Market.</span></a><span> You can buy fresh foods, shop local vendors, and listen to live music!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Top off your days by relaxing with a locally brewed beer at</span><a href="http://www.mastrysbrewingco.com"><span> Mastry&rsquo;s.</span></a><span> The brewing is near the beach, and has lots of open outside seating so you can enjoy the salty air.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>At </span><a href="http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_ft_desoto.htm"><span>Ft Desoto Park</span></a><span>, you can go fishing off the pier, climb the old fort, and walk the trails while looking for birds. It&rsquo;s a beautiful area and a nice change of pace from the busy streets of St. Pete Beach!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>After your explore St. Pete Beach, head to the </span><a href="http://www.gulfbeachesmuseum.com"><span>Gulf Beaches History Museum</span></a><span> and check out photos of what the area has looked like over the last hundred years.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you&rsquo;re interested in adding windsurfing lessons to your vacation itinerary, or if you want to rent paddle boards or kayaks, give us a call and we can help! We&rsquo;ll even drop off and pick up the equipment from wherever you are.</span></p> How to Get Kids Into Windsurfing http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7429 <p dir="ltr"><span>Windsurfing is a fantastic sport for kids to get involved in. Especially if you live in Florida! Not only are </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/news.htm?newsId=6997"><span>water sports good for your health,</span></a><span> they are also lots of fun. Starting early with kids windsurfing lessons can mean building a lifelong hobby, should they decide they really love it. And if your kid has a competitive streak they can also windsurf in races and even set their sights on the Olympics!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>When can kids start windsurfing?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>There&rsquo;s no set rule on how </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/for-kids.htm"><span>old children need to be before they start kids windsurfing</span></a><span> lessons. Kids as young as 4 can start learning to windsurf, but it really all depends on the individual child. In general, we like the children we teach to be about 8 years old and to weigh at least 60 pounds. This is because if kids are too small they won&rsquo;t be able to wrangle the sail! We always take care to teach young children only on days where the wind is light and the water is calm.We use equipment that is specifically designed for their light weight and small hands.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/600x411_6gif_20180612141030.gif" alt="kids windsurfing" width="600" height="411" align="" /><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>It&rsquo;s also important that a young child is able to focus on the instruction </span><span>and</span><span> follow it correctly during a kids windsurfing lesson. There is a lot of information, and while we try to make it fun we know that kids get antsy quickly! Often, they will have a lot more fun if they are learning along with other kids, so bring their friends along too.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>While any child who wants to learn can, they should know how to swim and be comfortable in the water before they start windsurfing. This is important because falling while learning to windsurf is inevitable! Kids also need to have a respect for the ocean&mdash;that means understanding that strong currents, big waves, and deep water is nothing to mess around with.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Sign up for kids windsurfing lessons</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Are they ready to get on the board? It&rsquo;s a good idea to sign up your kids for lessons if they are interested in learning how to windsurf. This way they can learn the proper stances and movements right from the beginning. Windsurfing instructors can also make sure they are set up with the correct gear for their size and skill.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Summer camp is also a great way to get your kids windsurfing. &nbsp;Here on the Florida Gulf coast the </span><a href="https://www.clearwatercommunitysailing.org/summer-camp-program/"><span>Clearwater Community Sailing Center</span></a><span> and </span><a href="https://www.eckerd.edu/waterfront/camp/"><span>Eckerd College</span></a><span> have week long summer camp programs that are devoted just to windsurfing!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Windsurfing can be a great family activity. If you&rsquo;ve never windsurfed, you can sign up to take lessons with us, too. Just don&rsquo;t be surprised if your kid surpasses you in skill in no time at all!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Make time to practice</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>After the first lesson, spend time on the water with them so they can practice! While kids are still growing and gaining new skills, it&rsquo;s a good idea to wait to make any big windsurfing purchases, and instead begin </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/rentals.htm"><span>by renting equipment</span></a><span> or shopping secondhand. We provide rentals and can help you pick out the best board and sail for your child. And when you&rsquo;re ready to make a purchase, we can help you with that, too!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Should they ever need a refresher on how to windsurf, or if they are ready to learn new skills, sign up for more kids windsurfing lessons. We give </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/lessons.htm"><span>advanced windsurfing lessons</span></a><span> when they&rsquo;re ready. The sky is the limit on where your kids can go with windsurfing - we&rsquo;ve even coached kids who have competed in the Youth Olympic Games!</span></p> A Few of Our Favorite Windsurfing Videos http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7360 <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pjLxHvdkuGs" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-49f94b47-4664-bd57-fa97-5193a34f8242"><span>Pro Windsurfing Tour highlights from Sylt, Germany<br /></span></span></p> <p><span><span><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G6SvPEVdKjg" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br />Foiling and Potential for Olympic event<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lOggre71tt4" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br />Defi Wind 2017 - Windfoil and good vibes !<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Jw1z9pIYbg" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br />Windfoiling in Tampa Bay</span></span></p> <p><span><span><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BuYu_pOqVGM" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br />Windsurfing through hurricane conditions - Red Bull Storm Chase Final 2014<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Zt55gkkgzKo" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br />Windsurfing - 2017 Aloha Classic Pro Men - Finals<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ojV9wRWCYpo" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br />North Beach Windsurfing<br /></span></span></p> <p><span><span><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OYadHfkHLtU" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br />Storm Windfoiling | Foil windsurfing with 50 knots wind<br /><br /><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Y4znK_XdzUM" width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br />Windsurfing Jaws - The mother of all waves with Jason Polakow<br /><br /></span></span></p> <p><iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/267179260" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Crissy Fiel Windsurf Session</p> <p><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span></p> Top 9 Water Sports Instagram Accounts to Follow http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7298 <span><span><span>Freshen up your Instagram feed with these Instagram accounts that feature our favorite water sports, like windsurfing, foiling, and paddleboarding. They&rsquo;ll have you wishing you were out on the water rather than scrolling through your phone!<br /><span></span></span></span></span> <h2 dir="ltr">1.&nbsp;This is the account of a freelance photographer based in Indonesia. It&rsquo;s a good account to follow if you want to see lots of surfing!</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BfKh0xkhu66/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 33.24074074074074% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BfKh0xkhu66/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Somewhere in nowhere #cruisinjavasurfphoto #cruisinjava</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/gianggawphoto/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> Giang Alam Wardani (GAW)</a> (@gianggawphoto) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2018-02-14T04:57:26+00:00">Feb 13, 2018 at 8:57pm PST<br /></time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> <h2 dir="ltr">2. This account will get you&nbsp;inspired to take up whitewater kayaking. This is no relaxing ride on a stream! He posts many videos to give you a first-hand view of what it&rsquo;s like out on the water.</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BfMIeNFHsu9/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 33.24074074074074% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BfMIeNFHsu9/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Somewhere in Canada &#127464;&#127462;-2012 . . . . . . . . . . . . #whitewater #whitewaterismagic #kayaking #waterfall #canada #throwback #backin12 #backintheday</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ryanbabybirdlucas/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> Ryan Lucas</a> (@ryanbaby</p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> <h2 dir="ltr">3.&nbsp;Tom Squires is a pro windsurfer who posts his page with his windsurfing, foiling, and surfing excursions.</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhPSsoOgbll/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhPSsoOgbll/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Absolutely huge week. So much going on, Breaking boards, hands, destroying my head (lump/operation was before the regatta), and a bit of moral. But still, what a way to break into the season 121 WINDSURFERS! Yewww! Good job I love this sport because that was a tough week. The level is high! got to bring my A game.. till next time &#129305;&#129305;&#128293;&#128034;&#128640;&#128579; photo @nick_dempsey_photography</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/squireswindsurf/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> Pro Windsurfer &#10006;&#65039;</a> (@squireswindsurf) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2018-04-06T18:24:14+00:00">Apr 6, 2018 at 11:24am PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> <h2 dir="ltr">4.&nbsp;Marina is a pro windsurfer (and an Olympic Champion!). Follow her Instagram to get inspired to put your board in the water every day! She recently posted beautiful photos of her windsurfing trip to South Africa, and you&rsquo;re gonna want to book a trip.</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhM0EGtlcDS/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 43.71345029239766% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhM0EGtlcDS/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">No fue nuestro mejor d&iacute;a pero fuimos juntitas.&#128111; &#129315;. Puestos 9 - 11 , d&oacute;nde sigo 7 en la general. Ma&ntilde;ana &uacute;ltimo d&iacute;a de finales con el objetivo de competir en la medal RACE el s&aacute;bado. #teammate #spanishgirl #espa&ntilde;a #windsurfing #&#128526; @goproes @movistar_es @roxy</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/marinalabau/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> Marina Alabau &#127466;&#127480;Pro Windsurfer</a> (@marinalabau) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2018-04-05T19:18:05+00:00">Apr 5, 2018 at 12:18pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> <h2 dir="ltr">5.&nbsp;Foiling, paddleboarding, and surfing&mdash;all with the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii!</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BeZ2jdOlAkc/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BeZ2jdOlAkc/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Having a gas #sup #bamboopaddle #livethetikilife #irideirecycle #deepbluelife #konaboys #livelifepositive #builtforoutsiders #standupjournal #supconnect #starboardsup #plantbasedathlete #itakebioastin #hawaiianastaxanthin #hawaiianspirulina #sarahleephoto #teambioastin</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/paddlehawaii/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> Abraham Shouse / Foil Surfer</a> (@paddlehawaii) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2018-01-26T07:15:47+00:00">Jan 25, 2018 at 11:15pm PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> <h2 dir="ltr">5.&nbsp;See stellar views and paddleboarding sessions on this paddleboarder&rsquo;s Instagram. These photos will have you booking a ticket to the French Riviera!</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BfIph6rhZkY/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 62.5% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BfIph6rhZkY/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Welcome in my by__mich world. Another great stand up paddle session in south of France with my two bro&rsquo;. This session was so good on sunday, the weather was perfect. I loved this session, like in summer&#127758;&#10145;&#65039;follow my adventure on instagram bro&rsquo;&#10134;&#10134;&#10134;&#10134;&#10134;&#10134;&#10134;&#10134;&#128248; #gopro #goprofr</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/by__mich/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> By__mich</a> (@by__mich) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2018-02-13T11:26:17+00:00">Feb 13, 2018 at 3:26am PST</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> <h2 dir="ltr">7. Waterwoman&#9889;&#65039;Race World Champ #Diabadas &#128131; &#128205;Tahiti! For @paddleleague Race #1</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhbCShfjRoA/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhbCShfjRoA/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Did I&#65039; make it?! &#129335;&zwj;&#9792;&#65039; With the shooting all done for the day, I&#65039; just couldn&rsquo;t help myself! &#128166; Swipe right &#128073; #LovingLife #Tahiti #DreamTeam &#127796; @starboardsup</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/fiona_wylde/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> Waterwoman&#9889;&#65039;Race World Champ</a> (@fiona_wylde) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2018-04-11T07:51:45+00:00">Apr 11, 2018 at 12:51am PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> <h2 dir="ltr">8.&nbsp;See windsurfing photos from around the world on this Instagram account. Where will you visit next?</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhBGKD8hlFs/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhBGKD8hlFs/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Finals of Pro and Amateur! Congratulations Antoine Martin, winning the Pro division in Morocco! 2nd: Morgan Noireaux 3rd: Boujmaa Guilloul Amateur division: 1st: Faycel Hmidi 2nd: Simeon Glasson 3rd: Erik Priester</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/internationalwindsurfingtour/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> International Windsurfing Tour</a> (@internationalwindsurfingtour) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2018-04-01T06:05:18+00:00">Mar 31, 2018 at 11:05pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> <h2 dir="ltr">9.&nbsp;These windsurfers take their boards to huge heights on extreme waves. There&rsquo;s even some &ldquo;windsurfing&rdquo; in snowy climates!</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhTlaR8lBM1/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BhTlaR8lBM1/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">@marcowedele from @jaklarpositivevibes will be calling out the winner of the #giveaway! &#128248; @lizzieloobaillie ___ He will be going live at the @jaklarpositivevibes Facebook page at 2pm &#128378;&#127996;</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/x_treme_windsurfing/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> Biggest windsurfing page on IG</a> (@x_treme_windsurfing) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2018-04-08T10:24:43+00:00">Apr 8, 2018 at 3:24am PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> <h2 dir="ltr">10.&nbsp;Alex Mertens 18y American Freestyle Windsurfer and videographer 1/3 Of @jamrofficial Severne | Makani Fins | SunGod</h2> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhnv4BPg6bd/" data-instgrm-version="8"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhnv4BPg6bd/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Rotating &#10160;&#128523; - - - #severnesails #severne #SunGod #lifelooksbetter #4KOptics #adventureproof #makanifins #continentseven #beyondboardshorts #jaklarpositivevibes #jaklar #jaklarstyle #efpt #europeanfreestyleprotour #windsurfing #windsurf #freestyle #windsurfamous #windsurfskate #windsurfingtv @x_treme_windsurfing @jaklarpositivevibes @windsurfskate @windsurfamous @worldofwindsurf @windsurfingnow @beyondboardshorts @continentseven</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/alex_merts/" style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" target="_blank"> Alex Mertens</a> (@alex_merts) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2018-04-16T06:20:58+00:00">Apr 15, 2018 at 11:20pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//www.instagram.com/embed.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> Chinook: Windsurfing Hardware Made in the USA http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7297 <p dir="ltr"><span>When you pull up in front of the Chinook factory-warehouse in Cascade Locks, Oregon it is hard to believe that this is the source of the rock-solid windsurfing components we have all been using for decades. An unassuming building in an industrial park near the banks of the Columbia River, most passerby&rsquo;s would never guess what is hidden inside!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>On the day that we visited the place was buzzing with activity, the variety of products that are produced and assembled on-site is mind-boggling. Carbon booms and extensions are handmade from scratch by a handful of local Oregonians who clearly take pride in the quality of the end result. Each step of the process is hands-on and labor intensive. Starting with the guy who lays up the carbon, ending with the guy who glues on the boom grip, and lots of other hands in between. The only step that is hands-off is when the carbon goes into a mold under high heat and pressure. The Chinook carbon booms are fully made in the USA functional works of art. </span></p> <div><span><span><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x467_chinook_4jpeg.jpeg" alt="chinook carbon booms" width="350" height="467" align="left" />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x467_chinook_6jpeg.jpeg" alt="chinook carbon booms in warehouse oregon usa" width="350" height="467" align="right" />&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x467_chinook_5jpeg.jpeg" alt="chinook carbon booms for windsurfing " width="350" height="467" align="middle" /><br /><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-7c2d7793-cf59-fdfb-90ec-a4a2e4b2fcb3"><span>A centerpiece of the facility, the injection molding machine is responsible for spitting out all of the plastic components that your board and rig need. Footstrap inserts, mast tracks, fin boxes, boom front ends, adjustment collars for booms and extensions, the list goes on and on! <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x467_chinook_2jpeg.jpeg" alt="chinook warehouse factory orgeon usa" width="350" height="467" />Aluminum booms and the aluminum extension tubes are the rare items that are not produced on site. We think they still deserve their &ldquo;made in the USA&rdquo; status based on the man hours that go into drilling the holes in the extensions and assembling them with the made in-house adjustment collars and pulley and cleat parts. </span></span><br /><br />&nbsp;<img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x467_chinook_1jpeg.jpeg" alt="chinook injection molding machine orgeon usa" width="350" height="467" align="" /><br /><br /><span></span></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Chinook doesn&rsquo;t just rely on their team riders to test their gear and drive innovation. The guys who run the company can be found on the water in the evenings after work and in exotic windsurfing locales during the winter. They don&rsquo;t just make the gear, they also use it, so they are clear on the importance of function and durability! They are just as stoked as you are to have the new RDG (reduced diameter grip) boom in their hands so they can stay on the water longer.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>After walking through the warehouse and seeing the products being built, it is clear that Chinook is a lean operation that strives for efficiency. &nbsp;When you think of the machinery and time that goes into the production of each item, the price you pay for them seems like a great deal. And buying made in the USA parts also lowers the environmental impact, since they don't have to be shipped across the ocean to get to you. Next time you downhaul your sail with your Chinook extension you can think about the Columbia Gorge area resident who assembled that extension while rocking out to a local radio station in a beautiful location. And you can know that their products have been thoroughly tested on the river by windsurfers just like you.</span></p> </div> Inspiration to Advance Your Windsurfing Game http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7181 <p dir="ltr"><span>When you&rsquo;re feeling uninspired, a good video can lift your spirits! When you want to step up your windsurfing game but aren&rsquo;t sure where to start or what to do, head to YouTube. There are some truly amazing windsurfers who post videos of themselves catching some serious air and blazing along the water at incredible speeds.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>No matter what level you&rsquo;re windsurfing at now, watching these guys and gals out on the water will get you itching to get out there yourself. And the beautiful locales will have you booking a windsurfing vacay ASAP!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Speed Challenge</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>The open water and minimal waves&mdash;it&rsquo;s the setting to work on your speed. Watch these guys, some of the fastest speed sailing windsurfers, cut across the water at an insane pace. The thrill of speed is surprisingly powerful!</span></p> <iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o_VyKTogY14" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Effortless Tricks</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>There&rsquo;s just something about watching someone do tricks effortlessly (not to mention in that stunning water!). And if you&rsquo;re nowhere near this level of skill? Don&rsquo;t let that get you down! Getting better at windsurfing is the long game&mdash;just know that after lots of practice, you could be doing this too!</span></p> <div><span><span><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/zSRST0tHPgU" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><span></span></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>And if you think you need to be somewhere windy to learn impressive looking tricks, you will want to check out this amazing light wind freestyle!<br /><br /></span></p> <div><span><span><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PDW-DqaI1NY" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br /><span></span></span></span> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Racing for Everyone</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>What do you get when you combine over 1000 windsurfers (yes, literally over 1000) in the South of France for a windsurfing event? The Defi Wind! &nbsp;This annual event has pros and weekend warriors alike, all charging across the start line and through the course in the largest gathering of windsurfers in the world. &nbsp;This should be on every windsurfer&rsquo;s bucket list.</span></p> <div><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/S9peLkTYY-Y" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe><br /><br /> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Foiling</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Don&rsquo;t miss out on the latest windsurfing craze - see the added dimension of flight that foiling brings to windsurfing. There is nothing like learning something new to make you feel more alive, and foiling is the new thing to learn! And check out the rugged beauty of Baja Mexico while you&rsquo;re at it.</span></p> <div><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/b-FuNGg_QR8" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> </div> </div> <span><span id="docs-internal-guid-cc41f684-fba4-c2f1-5697-9b4806f4a8d7"></span><br /></span></div> 5 Things We Always Take to The Beach http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7062 <p dir="ltr">What&rsquo;s better than a day at the beach?! We&rsquo;re so lucky to live right on the water, and through countless beach trips we&rsquo;ve narrowed down the most important things to take to the beach.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span>While we always bring our windsurfing equipment if we&rsquo;re planning a day on the water, we&rsquo;re sharing the extras that you might forget about. Here&rsquo;s everything else we like to bring for a relaxing fun day at the beach!<br /><br /><img width="650" height="433" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/650x433_beach_postjpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="what to take to the beach" align="" /><br /></span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Sun Protection</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you only remember one thing, make it this. Sun protection is an absolute must. Even it&rsquo;s cloudy, apply sunscreen! If it&rsquo;s daytime, UV rays are out there turning your skin red and damaged. A sunburn is no fun at all (we&rsquo;ve learned the hard way)! Remember to reapply every few hours. Don&rsquo;t rely on sunscreen alone, bring a hat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes. An umbrella is nice to have, too. You&rsquo;ll be grateful for it when the sun starts getting hot and you want just a little bit of shade!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Something to sit on, something to stay dry</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Beach chairs are bulky, but they are so nice to sit down on. Keep your toes in the sand and your eyes on the horizon. Even better if it lays back, keeping you relaxed </span><span>and </span><span>out of the sand! Sometimes we just bring a towel to lay down on the sand, but if we plan on getting in the water it&rsquo;s nice to have a clean towel to dry off with. </span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>A beach bag stuffed with goodies</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>A good beach tote is like Mary Poppins&rsquo; bag. Everything you need just somehow fits! Keep everything you need, plus some extras, in a waterproof bag. We like to keep some minor first aid items, like band-aids and Tylenol, just in case. We also like to keep some fun items in there, like a good book and some headphones if we want to drown on the seagulls!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>A cooler with drinks and snacks</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Another must is a cooler filled with cold water&mdash;plus a beer or two. Keep healthy snacks on hand that are easy to eat on the beach, like cheese and crackers and some fruit. Remember, don&rsquo;t feel seagulls, because soon you&rsquo;ll be surrounded by all their friends and you can say goodbye to your carefully packed snack!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>GoPro</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>We don&rsquo;t always bring our GoPro, but we do like to have it on hand if the moment strikes! We have a waterproof case for it, and it&rsquo;s fun to bring into the water on clear days. If we&rsquo;re windsurfing or paddleboarding, we hook it to our board. It&rsquo;s so much better than taking photos with a phone!</span></p> 7 Tips for Beginner Windsurfers http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=7052 <p dir="ltr"><span>It can be exciting when you first start windsurfing, but it&rsquo;s not easy! Don&rsquo;t let the small details ruin your fun. &nbsp;Fortunately, with a few simple pointers, you can start improving quickly and have more fun.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Here are some tips on improving your windsurfing so you can quickly move&nbsp;from beginner, all the way to advanced!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Relax and Breathe!</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Squeezing the boom harder won&rsquo;t make you go any faster and trying to grip the board with your toes won&rsquo;t make the board feel more stable. Relax your hands, relax your arms, and you&rsquo;ll have a much better time. Likewise, holding your breath won&rsquo;t make anything easier. By relaxing and remembering to breathe, you won&rsquo;t wear out as fast and you&rsquo;ll be able to stay out on the water practicing your moves even longer. And as an added bonus, when you are relaxed your balance will improve.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Surf in Onshore Winds</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Instead of practicing when the wind is blowing offshore, go out when and where it will be easier for you. When the winds are blowing towards the shore, it makes it easier to get back to your starting point. &nbsp;That way you can focus on your technique instead of being concerned with making it back to your car.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Keep your feet under your hips</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Many people try to improve their balance by widening their stance. &nbsp;Don&rsquo;t do this! &nbsp;Keeping your feet under your hips will actually improve your balance on the water. &nbsp;If your stance gets too wide your weight will be unevenly distributed over the board and it makes it difficult to steer as well. &nbsp;</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Keep your head up</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Look ahead to where you want to go. This is such a simple tip, but it makes a huge difference! Whenever you catch yourself staring down at your feet or at your hands, turn your attention to the horizon ahead instead.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Use a Small Sail...</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>When you are first starting, go for a smaller sail. They are easier to control than bigger sails, and you&rsquo;ll be able to finesse your moves without fear of going too fast or getting overwhelmed. Plus, they are easier to pull out of the water and to travel with.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>...But Go For a Bigger Board</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Small boards are harder to balance on, as a beginner you will need all the help you can get. Big boards are more forgiving and work better in light wind. &nbsp;You will need to find the right board and sail combo for your size, what is big for you may be small for a bigger person. &nbsp;Find the right balance between the two (come by our shop and we can help you out!).</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Abandon Fear</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Being afraid won&rsquo;t get you anywhere! You might not even realize that fear of falling is keeping you from committing 100% to moves, and your body is automatically pulling back. Go all in when you windsurf and you will get better and better in no time.</span></p> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> Why Water Sports are Good for Your Health http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6997 <p dir="ltr"><span>There&rsquo;s nothing better than having fun while knowing you&rsquo;re doing something good for yourself. Water sports are one way to do this&mdash;they get your outside, active, and having fun.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>While many water sports are good for your health, we&rsquo;ll focus on two of our favorites&mdash;windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding. With that said, many of the points below apply to other watersports, too.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Have fun!<br /><br /><img width="650" height="650" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/650x650_windsurfing_dad_and_sonjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="windsurfing dad and son at st pete beach" align="" /><br /></span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>A combo of cardio and strength</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Both windsurfing and paddle boarding combine skills of strength and endurance. With both, you are using your core to stabilize yourself, and your upper body to steer you in the right direction. Moving about in the water, waves, and wind keeps your heart rate up, improving your stamina even out of the water. Don&rsquo;t forget about your hard-working legs, keeping you upright! You&rsquo;re working and building all kinds of muscles. Windsurfing and paddle boarding are full body workouts, from the inside out.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Good for your mental health, too</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Windsurfing and paddle boarding use the power of your body and nature. Catching the wind in your sail, or feeling the surf beneath your board, can elicit powerful emotions. Participating in water sports can help you stay in the moment and soothe anxiety. For those few hours on the water, you can just forget about work problems or personal issues! It&rsquo;s hard not to with the beautiful scenery. A dolphin might even pop up to say hi!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Spend time with others</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>There are numerous studies on the benefits of spending time with others. Luckily, paddle boarding and windsurfing are activities you can do with friends! While paddleboarding lends itself to better to conversation and closeness, spending a day on the water windsurfing with a friend is a shared experience and lots of fun. Plus, you can always go grab a beer or a snack after and laugh at your wipeouts. And if you just want to be by yourself? That&rsquo;s good too!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Overcoming an injury? Try stand up paddle boarding!</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Paddleboarding in particular is a good option for people with preexisting injuries. It&rsquo;s a low impact activity and can be tweaked to your abilities. If standing for long periods of time is difficult, you can kneel or sit on the board. If you start to feel tired, slow down, or let the current be your guide. Of course, always talk to your doctor to get the all-clear before you try.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you don&rsquo;t know how to paddle board or windsurf yet, we give lessons in both. And if you&rsquo;ve learned how and want your own equipment so you can do it more often, we sell equipment, too!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/directions.htm" target="_blank">Visit us at our convenient St. Pete Beach location!</a></p> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> Stand Up Paddleboarding Gift Guide http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6994 <p dir="ltr"><span>Christmas is just a few weeks away and it&rsquo;s time to get a move on with the presents. If you&rsquo;re looking for a gift for a paddleboarder, we have some suggestions for you! And if you just happen to be a paddleboarder yourself, send this to your family and friends and give them a big hint, hint about what you want this Christmas day.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Here are gifts for the SUP enthusiast on your list.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Accessories/p/NSI-SUP-Buddy-Drink-Holder-x23935401.htm" target="_blank">SUP Buddy Drink Holder</a><br /></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Keep your can or bottle securely upright while you are paddling with this awesome can koozie that attaches to the top of your paddle board with suction cups. Best of all, you can keep your drink cold and your hands warm</span><span> even when you are drinking </span><span>because the can koozie is velcroed to the board attachment! Guys, this seems simple, but is kind of amazing. No more spilling your drink, or having your water bottle roll off your board. And at only $29.00 it won&rsquo;t break the bank.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Accessories/p/NSI-SUP-Buddy-Drink-Holder-x23935401.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/nsi_supbuddy2_20171212144900.jpg" alt="NSI SUP Buddy Drink Holder" width="300" height="200" align="" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Accessories/p/NSI-SUP-Lock-x31259269.htm" target="_blank">SUP Lock</a><br /></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>After a day at the beach, you don&rsquo;t want to worry about your board getting stolen while you go grab a frosty beverage. With a lock you can keep your board attached to your roof rack, truck bed, or even a tree or park bench! This awesome lock attaches to any paddle board with a recessed carrying handle. Included with the SUP Lock is an adjustable 6 foot long Master Lock Python&trade; locking cable, and it features a 5/16" diameter braided steel for maximum strength and flexibility. The protective vinyl coating protects against scratches to your SUP. For $49.00 you can give peace of mind to your favorite paddler!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Accessories/p/NSI-SUP-Lock-x31259269.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/nsi_sup_lock_20171212145331.jpg" alt="NSI SUP Lock" width="285" height="285" align="" /></a><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Starboard-PFD-Lifesaver-belt-vest-x20485352.htm" target="_blank">Belt Style PFD</a></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>The US Coast Guard requires that you have a life vest with you when you are using a stand up paddle board outside the surf zone. Traditional PFDs can be hot, uncomfortable, and affect your paddle stroke. These belt style PFDs from Starboard will keep you legal, safe, and comfortable when you are on the water. You wear it around your waist and can manually inflate it by pulling on the firing handle and also features a mouthpiece to maintain inflation once it has been activated. &nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Accessories/p/Starboard-PFD-Lifesaver-belt-vest-x20485352.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/232x232_starboard_pfd_life_saver_vest_20171212145536jpg.jpg" alt="Starboard PFD Lifesaver belt vest" width="232" height="232" align="" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Carbon Paddle</strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>A lightweight carbon paddle can truly be life changing. After all, when you are stand up paddling, the paddle is the thing that is making you go. Getting a better paddle is like getting a better engine for your car (but much less expensive!). A lot (maybe even most) people get a basic aluminum paddle when they buy a paddle board, thinking they aren&rsquo;t good enough to tell the difference. A lighter weight paddle with the right flex characteristics will help you get the board going faster through the water with less strain on your joint and muscles. That adds up to more time and fun on the water. Like most things that are made from carbon, the higher the price the less it weighs. Here are a few of our favorites:<br /><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Paddles/p/Black-Project-Pure-50-Carbon-Adj-SUP-Paddle-x11768987.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Black Project Pure 50% Carbon Adj. SUP Paddle</strong></a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Paddles/p/Black-Project-Pure-50-Carbon-Adj-SUP-Paddle-x11768987.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/bp_pure_50_adjustable_20171212145711.jpg" alt="Black Project Pure 50% Carbon Adj. SUP Paddle" width="344" height="500" align="" /></a><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Paddles/p/Starboard-Enduro-Tiki-Tech-Adj-SUP-Paddle-2017-x26218999.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Starboard Enduro Tiki Tech Adj. SUP Paddle (2017)</strong></a><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Paddles/p/Starboard-Enduro-Tiki-Tech-Adj-SUP-Paddle-2017-x26218999.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/stbd_tiki_tech_2017_blue_20171212145813.jpeg" alt="Starboard Enduro Tiki Tech Adj. SUP Paddle (2017)" width="183" height="845" align="" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Paddles/p/Starboard-Enduro-Carbon-Superflex-Fixed-Paddle-2016-x11427330.htm" target="_blank">Starboard Enduro Carbon Superflex Fixed Paddle<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x350_stbd_enduro_carbon_superflex_2016_20171212150020jpg.jpg" alt="Starboard Enduro Carbon Superflex Fixed Paddle (2016)" width="350" height="350" align="" /><br /></a></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/search_content.htm?form_version=2&amp;showSearchResults=1&amp;search_keyword=tikhine&amp;image.x=0&amp;image.y=0" target="_blank">Starboard Tikhine Paddle Board</a><br /></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>For the person who needs a new paddle board, these new boards from Starboard combine a terrific new shape with gorgeous graphics from artist and pro-paddler Sonni Honnscheid. Available in standard construction or inflatable and in two different graphics, there is a board for everyone. And for each board that Starboard sells they plant a mangrove in the Thor Hyerdahl Climate Park in Myanmar that will absorb up to 1 ton of CO2 over 20 years!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Starboard-Tikhine-Blend-Sun-x28735423.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Starboard Tikhine Blend Sun</strong></a><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Starboard-Tikhine-Blend-Sun-x28735423.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/stbd_tikhine_inflatable_20171212150302.jpg" alt="Starboard Tikhine Blend Sun" width="47" height="150" align="" /></a>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br /><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Starboard-Tikhine-Blend-Wave-x28735452.htm" target="_blank">Starboard Tikhine Blend Wave</a></strong><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Starboard-Tikhine-Blend-Wave-x28735452.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/60x200_starboard_tikhine_wave_20171212150501jpg.jpg" alt="Starboard Tikhine Blend Wave" width="60" height="200" align="" /></a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Starboard-Tikhine-Sun-SUP-x28823086.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Starboard Tikhine Sun SUP<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/170x170_starboard_tikhine_sun_starshot_20171212150646jpg.jpg" alt="Starboard Tikhine Sun SUP" width="170" height="170" align="" /><br /><br />Starboard Tikhine Wave SUP<br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/144x275_starboard_tikhine_wave_starshot_1jpg.jpg" alt="Starboard Tikhine Wave SUP" width="144" height="275" align="" /></strong></a><br /><br /><br /></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Ion-Neo-Grace-Beanie-x30493193.htm" target="_blank">Ion Neoprene Beanie</a><br /></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you can keep your head warm, your whole body stays warmer! That can be tricky in the water, but not when you have a neoprene beanie from Ion. &nbsp;With an awesome selection of colors and a variety of sizes for all heads, these soft, stretchy hats stay on even when you fall in! The neoprene won&rsquo;t stretch or get soggy when it&rsquo;s wet, it just keeps you toasty warm and looking good. Extend your season with just one simple piece of equipment and get more time on the water!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/c/p/Ion-Neo-Grace-Beanie-x30493193.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x280_2_48700_4153_neo_grace_beanie_color_b_composed_20171212150901jpg.jpg" alt="Ion Neo Grace Beanie" width="350" height="280" align="" /></a><br /><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Water-Wear/p/Ion-Balistic-Shoes-25-x28749081.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Ion Ballistic Water Shoes</strong></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>You want to keep the skin on your feet intact, but that can be hard when you are climbing over rocks or walking across shells, and trying to avoid fish hooks while you are on the way to (and in) the water. &nbsp;On the other hand, you need shoes that will allow you to still feel the board under your feet and stay on the board. &nbsp;The Ion Ballistic shoes are practically un-puncturable, but still slim fitting and grippy. &nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x280_ion_ballistic_shoes_1jpg.jpg" alt="Ion Balistic Shoes 2.5" width="350" height="280" align="" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Water-Wear/p/DaKine-Mens-H2OMan-LS-Loose-Fit-Rashguard-x31342702.htm" target="_blank">Dakine Rash Guard</a><br /></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Keep the sun off your skin with a great looking water shirt from Dakine. &nbsp;It dries quick and looks great, so you can go straight from an afternoon on the water to your local watering hole without worrying about looking like an unkempt surfer dude. The loose fit cut is forgiving in case you don&rsquo;t have Baywatch worthy abs and in white or grey you won&rsquo;t get too hot even with long sleeves. &nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Water-Wear/p/DaKine-Mens-H2OMan-LS-Loose-Fit-Rashguard-x31342702.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x350_2017w_10000399_h2omanloosefitlsl_white_dakine_1jpg.jpg" alt="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Water-Wear/p/DaKine-Mens-H2OMan-LS-Loose-Fit-Rashguard-x31342702.htm" width="350" height="350" align="" /></a></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/racks-carts-etc/p/Kanulock-Locking-Straps-x22584623.htm" target="_blank">Locking Tie Down Straps</a><br /></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Anyone who spends any time driving around with a paddle board on the roof of their car knows the stress of pulling into a restaurant parking lot after a day at the beach and being unsure if their toys will still be safely on the car when dinner is done. &nbsp;Stop the madness of trying to park where you can keep an eye on your car, or rushing to get done - get locking rack straps and keep your gear safe! &nbsp;Kanulock locking straps have stainless steel cables inside the nylon straps, so they can&rsquo;t be cut with a knife, the buckles lock with a key, and they will work with any kind of roof rack.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/racks-carts-etc/p/Kanulock-Locking-Straps-x22584623.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x490_kanulock_straps_20161202092549_20171212144658jpg.jpg" alt="Kanulock Locking Straps" width="350" height="490" align="" /></a></p> Windsurfing Gift Guide http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6993 <p dir="ltr"><span>December is already here and it is crunch time on the whole Christmas present thing. If you are looking for the perfect gift for the windsurfer or paddle boarder on your list, you&rsquo;ve come to the right place! &nbsp;And if you are a wind surfer, quick, send this to your family&mdash;because you know you won&rsquo;t get what you are hoping for with another well-intentioned amazon gift card or the fall back bottle of booze (I mean, the bottle of booze can be swell and all&hellip;. but you are hoping for the gift that makes you smile and think of the giver all year long).</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Here are some gifts for the windsurfing enthusiast on your list:</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Gift-Ideas/p/Tricktionary-x31373120.htm" target="_blank">Tricktionary</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>This is the bible of tricks and freestyle moves that can be done while windsurfing. With detailed instructions and photographs of hundreds of moves, even an ace windsurfer will find new things to learn in the pages of this book. For all kinds of wind conditions, and flat water or waves, this is the perfect present for windsurfers at every level. &nbsp;<br /><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Gift-Ideas/p/Tricktionary-x31373120.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x350_tricktionary_20171212142845jpg.jpg" alt="tricktionary" width="350" height="350" align="" /></a><br /></span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Accessories/p/6-Spectra-Downhaul-Line-x11380136.htm" target="_blank">Spectra Downhaul Line</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>What? Who gets excited about a six foot long piece of string? A windsurfer will! Especially after they find out that this downhaul line will last 10 time longer than what they used to use, AND makes their sail easier to RIG! The spectra line is ridiculously strong and runs through the pulleys with less friction. That means you can rig your sail faster and easier. In bang for your buck, you can&rsquo;t do much better than this.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Accessories/p/6-Spectra-Downhaul-Line-x11380136.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/spectra_20171212142959.jpg" alt="6' spectra downhaul line" width="350" height="350" align="" /></a></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Hard Shell Waist Harness</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Both Dakine and Ion have new hardshell waist harnesses for 2018. The extra stiffness only where you need it reduces pressure points on the rider&rsquo;s ribs and hips and feels great on the lower back. These harnesses stay in place better than previous model harnesses and they absorb less water and stay lighter!<br /><br /><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Accessories/Harnesses/p/DaKine-T8-Classic-Slider-Waist-Harness-2018-x31184248.htm" target="_blank">Dakine T8 Classic Slider Waist Harness (2018)</a></strong><br /><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Accessories/Harnesses/p/DaKine-T8-Classic-Slider-Waist-Harness-2018-x31184248.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x299_t8classicsliderharness_black_610934218183_10001851_black_81x_back_20171212143214png.png" alt="DaKine T8 Classic Slider Waist Harness 2018" width="350" height="299" align="" /></a><br /><br /><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Accessories/Harnesses/p/Ion-CS-Freeride-Harness-x31006249.htm" target="_blank">Ion CS Freeride Harness</a></strong><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Accessories/Harnesses/p/Ion-CS-Freeride-Harness-x31006249.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x280_48802_4705_cs_freeride_windsurf_cq_composed_20171212143452jpg.jpg" alt="Ion CS Freeride Harness" width="350" height="280" align="" /></a></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Reduced Grip Size Carbon Boom</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>A nice carbon boom can make any windsurfing rig feel better, and Chinook and Severne are both offering super small diameter grip booms that are easier to hang on to and less fatiguing for your hands and arms. With super stiff monocoque construction, your whole rig will feel stiffer and lighter in your hands. We all know how carbon changes the game in tennis rackets, bicycles, and golf clubs, and a carbon windsurfing boom is a huge upgrade over aluminum.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Booms/Carbon/p/Chinook-RDG-Carbon-Boom-x26426586.htm" target="_blank">Chinook RDG Carbon Boom</a><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Booms/Carbon/p/Chinook-RDG-Carbon-Boom-x26426586.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x166_chinook_rdg_carbon_20171212143638jpg.jpg" alt="Severne Enigma Carbon Boom" width="350" height="166" align="" /></a><br /></strong></p> <p dir="ltr"><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Booms/Carbon/p/Severne-Enigma-Carbon-Boom-x10508525.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Severne Enigma Carbon Boom</strong></a></p> <span><span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Booms/Carbon/p/Severne-Enigma-Carbon-Boom-x10508525.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x412_enigma_boom_20171212143721jpg.jpg" alt="Severne Enigma Carbon Boom" width="350" height="412" align="" /></a><br /></span></span> <h2 dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Foiling/p/Slingshot-Foil-Package-x31388498.htm" target="_blank">Slingshot Foilboard and Foil</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>For the ultimate in cutting edge windsurfing gear for light wind performance, you can&rsquo;t do better than foiling set up. Windsurfing with a hydrofoil is the latest and greatest, and the team at Slingshot has developed windsurfing boards and foils that will get you flying above the water in no time with terrific performance and durability characteristics. A board that is designed to be used with foil is much easier to learn on, and the Slingshot flight school mast package of graduated lengths of masts as you improve makes learning to fly while you are windsurfing even easier. You won&rsquo;t need a huge sail to be having a blast when the wind is in the single digits!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Foiling/p/Slingshot-Foil-Package-x31388498.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x350_slingshot_package_20171212144200png.png" alt="Slingshot Foil Package" width="350" height="350" align="" /></a></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <h2 dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/search_content.htm?form_version=2&amp;showSearchResults=1&amp;search_keyword=beanie&amp;image.x=0&amp;image.y=0" target="_blank">Ion Neoprene Beanie</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Keep your head warm, and your whole body stays warmer! That can be tricky in the water - but not when you have a neoprene beanie from Ion. With an awesome selection of colors and a variety of sizes for all heads these soft, stretchy hats stay on even if you fall in! The neoprene won&rsquo;t stretch or get soggy when it&rsquo;s wet, it just keeps you toasty warm and looking good all day. Extend your season with just one simple piece of equipment and get more time on the water!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/search_content.htm?form_version=2&amp;showSearchResults=1&amp;search_keyword=beanie&amp;image.x=0&amp;image.y=0" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x350_ion_stripe_beanie_20171212144323jpg.jpg" alt="ion neoprene beanie" width="350" height="350" align="" /></a></span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Water-Wear/p/Ion-Balistic-Shoes-25-x28749081.htm" target="_blank">Ion Ballistic Water Shoes</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>You want to keep the skin on your feet intact, but that can be hard when you are climbing over rocks or walking across shells, or trying to avoid fish hooks while you are in the water. On the other hand, you need shoes that will allow you to still feel the board under your feet, stay on the board, and get in and out of the footstraps. The Ion Ballistic shoes are practically un-puncturable, but still slim fitting and grippy. &nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Water-Wear/p/Ion-Balistic-Shoes-25-x28749081.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x280_ion_ballistic_shoes_20171212144446jpg.jpg" alt="Ion Balistic Shoes 2.5" width="350" height="280" align="" /></a></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Water-Wear/p/DaKine-Mens-H2OMan-LS-Loose-Fit-Rashguard-x31342702.htm" target="_blank">Dakine Rash Guard</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Keep the sun off your skin and avoid sunburns with a great looking water shirt from Dakine. It dries quick and looks great, so you can go straight from an afternoon on the water to your local watering hole without worrying about looking like an unkempt surfer dude. The loose fit cut is forgiving in case you don&rsquo;t have Baywatch worthy abs, and in white or grey you won&rsquo;t get too hot even with long sleeves. &nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Water-Wear/p/DaKine-Mens-H2OMan-LS-Loose-Fit-Rashguard-x31342702.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x350_2017w_10000399_h2omanloosefitlsl_white_dakine_20171212144529jpg.jpg" alt="DaKine Men's H2O-Man L/S (Loose Fit) Rashguard" width="350" height="350" align="" /></a></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/racks-carts-etc/p/Kanulock-Locking-Straps-x22584623.htm" target="_blank">Locking Tie Down Straps</a></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Anyone who spends any time driving around with a windsurfing board on the roof of their car knows the stress of pulling into a restaurant parking lot after a day on the water and being unsure if their toys will still be safely on the car when dinner is done. Stop the madness of trying to park where you can keep an eye on your car, or rushing to get done. Get locking rack straps and keep your gear safe! Kanulock locking straps have stainless steel cables inside the nylon straps so they can&rsquo;t be cut with a knife, a buckle lock with a key, and it will work with any kind of roof rack.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/350x490_kanulock_straps_20161202092549_20171212144658jpg.jpg" alt="Kanulock Locking Straps" width="350" height="490" align="" /></p> First Timer's Windsurfing Experience: Kristen's Thoughts http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6978 <p dir="ltr"><span>Recently, we had a group from a local marketing agency&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/beginners.htm" target="_blank">book a windsurfing lesson</a> with us as a team building activity. While none of them had windsurfed before, they all did great!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Here&rsquo;s what Kristen, one of our guests, had to say about her experience:</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>When I heard the team was taking windsurfing lessons I had my reservations, but I had to do it. I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out). I worried about the deep water, getting back on the board, and how well I&rsquo;d be able to control the sail, but I thought windsurfing looked very cool and I wanted to look cool doing it.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>We arrived at the beach and our North Beach Windsurfing instructor was there and ready. First, we practiced the motions and actions on dry land before heading into the water, which was helpful for preparing for the real thing. It was easier than I thought it would be! The movements weren&rsquo;t quite as straightforward as I expected&mdash;those familiar with sailing will find it easier, but I struggled with the sail direction (it&rsquo;s opposite of what you would think!). It was also sometimes hard to know where the wind was coming from (which I get, is a big part of WINDsurfing). The instructors were great and very patient and complimentary even when I was doing the smallest, most obvious thing right, which made me feel good. As long as you get the moves down, no upper body strength is required. Nor is deep water&mdash;I stayed in the shallows and the water was never more than waist high. When I did fall off, getting back on the board wasn&rsquo;t a huge deal, which was a relief. It was very awkward and not graceful looking, but neither was it hard.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>I know this makes me sounds like a diva, but I was not into the squishy seaweed we had to walk through&mdash;in my mind we were in crystal blue water where you could see the sandy bottom. You know like you see in pictures. If this bothers you too, you can bring water shoes!<br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr">I was pleasantly surprised by the experience. While it takes some skill, almost anyone can get started with the help of the instructors. I didn&rsquo;t need to be worried about deep water or falling off. Because the wind wasn&rsquo;t very strong, I didn&rsquo;t have to worry about going too fast either.</p> <p dir="ltr">If you&rsquo;re thinking about trying windsurfing, taking a lesson with North Beach Windsurfing! The instructors are helpful, and you&rsquo;ll have a ton of fun.<br /><br /></p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 658px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-version="7"> <div style="padding: 8px;"> <div style="background: #F8F8F8; line-height: 0; margin-top: 40px; padding: 50.0% 0; text-align: center; width: 100%;"> <div style="background: url(data:image/png; base64,ivborw0kggoaaaansuheugaaacwaaaascamaaaapwqozaaaabgdbtueaalgpc/xhbqaaaafzukdcak7ohokaaaamuexurczmzpf399fx1+bm5mzy9amaaadisurbvdjlvzxbesmgces5/p8/t9furvcrmu73jwlzosgsiizurcjo/ad+eqjjb4hv8bft+idpqocx1wjosbfhh2xssxeiyn3uli/6mnree07uiwjev8ueowds88ly97kqytlijkktuybbruayvh5wohixmpi5we58ek028czwyuqdlkpg1bkb4nnm+veanfhqn1k4+gpt6ugqcvu2h2ovuif/gwufyy8owepdyzsa3avcqpvovvzzz2vtnn2wu8qzvjddeto90gsy9mvlqtgysy231mxry6i2ggqjrty0l8fxcxfcbbhwrsyyaaaaaelftksuqmcc); display: block; height: 44px; margin: 0 auto -44px; position: relative; top: -22px; width: 44px;"></div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZphS2sgCoP/" style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">Wind at my back - hands on the boom - eyes on the horizon &#127940;&#127995;&zwj;&#9792;&#65039; Thanks to @nbwindsurfing for the awesome lesson!</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by Kristen Odom (@kqodom) on <time style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px;" datetime="2017-09-30T02:40:54+00:00">Sep 29, 2017 at 7:40pm PDT</time></p> </div> </blockquote> <script src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js" async="" defer="defer"></script> Florida Windsurfing Condition Cams http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6948 <p dir="ltr"><span>You plan a day out on the water only to be let down when you arrive and the conditions aren&rsquo;t quite right. Never let that happen again. Use surf cams and condition data to get a preview of what the wind speed and wave height is.</span></p> <p dir="ltr">Check out the wind observations and a few of the surf cams around&nbsp;Florida to get an idea of the conditions you can expect out on the water!<br /><br /></p> <h2 dir="ltr">Wind&nbsp;Observations &amp; Forecast: Worldwide</h2> <p dir="ltr">Curious about weather in your area?&nbsp;<a href="http://wx.iwindsurf.com/map#27.742,-82.752,10,1" target="_blank">iWindsurf's interactive map</a> features forecasts, radar, temperatures, currents, and much more!</p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Surf Conditions at Clearwater Beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Watch over the Clearwater beach pier! Check out the crowds, too, and whether it might be too busy to windsurf safely. </span></p> <p dir="ltr"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://cs1.pixelcaster.com/live/stpete/stpete.jpg?1511974054880" alt="clearwater beach cam" width="650" height="366" /></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Surf Conditions at St. Pete Beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>The Visits St. Pete/Clearwater site will also give you a view of St. Pete Beach, right at Tradewinds.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://cs1.pixelcaster.com/live/stpete/stpete.jpg" alt="st pete beach cam" width="650" height="366" /></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Surf Conditions at Treasure Island</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>A l<a href="https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/treasureisland/sunsetbeach/?cam=sunsetbeachti" target="_blank">ive feed of the Gulf at Treasure Island</a> lets you see wave conditions from anywhere.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Surf Conditions at Sanibel Island</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Wondering about the <a href="https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/sanibel/?cam=sanibel_hd" target="_blank">surf and wind condition at Sanibel Island</a>? This camera gives you a great view of the surf.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Surf Conditions at Cocoa Beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Look over&nbsp;<a href="https://www.surfguru.com/central-florida-surf-reports/lori-wilson-park-surf-report" target="_blank">Cocoa Beach from Lori Wilson Park</a> with this camera. This site also includes weather conditions and surf forecast.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Surf Conditions at Panama City Beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>This camera shows the beach and surf from the <a href="https://sandpiperbeacon.com/panama-city-beach/webcam/sunset/" target="_blank">Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort in Panama City</a>. It&rsquo;s a great view of the beach and the Gulf!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr">Surf Conditions at Other Locations</h2> <p dir="ltr">Looking for somewhere else? <a href="https://www.surfline.com/surf-cams-and-reports/" target="_blank">Surfline has conditions for all over the world</a>. Not all have cameras, but you still get a good look at wind speed and wave heights.</p> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> 5 Tips on Buying a Windsurf Board http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6684 <p dir="ltr"><span><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/600x400_windsurfing_2298647_1920jpg.jpg" alt="5 tips on buying a windsurf board" width="600" height="400" align="" /><br /><br />Buying a windsurfing board is an investment. It can be tricky&mdash;you want to find a board that you enjoy using, but you want to make sure you can afford it, too!</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>There&rsquo;s a lot to think about. To help, we&rsquo;ve put together this list of tips and guidance for purchasing a windsurf board.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>What&rsquo;s your experience level?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you are new to windsurfing, don&rsquo;t try to buy an advanced board. It&rsquo;s better to improve your skills on a beginner board. Beginner boards are &lsquo;high-volume&rsquo; boards, meaning they are bigger so help with stability while you are learning to handle the sail, but still sporty and fun. Look for a board that is at least 75cm wide and one that has a daggerboard or centerboard. Smaller boards are only suitable for higher winds and once you have mastered the required skills. It is generally a bad idea to buy a small board thinking that you will &ldquo;grow into&rdquo; it. It will just make the learning process unnecessarily frustrating.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Fun or Serious?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>If windsurfing is a fun hobby that you like to do on weekend, remember that when looking for a board. One of the SUP boards that can also be windsurfed may be perfect for you and will allow to have tons of fun in lighter wind. On the other hand, if you take windsurfing seriously and want to build up skills, particularly in higher wind, you may want to choose a board that will help you do so.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>What&rsquo;s your size?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Your size matters, too. The bigger you are, the bigger the board you buy needs to be to support you. Conversely, if you are a small person you can use a smaller board that you can maneuver easily. If you are going to be sharing the board with different sized family members you will want to pick the board based on the size of the biggest person who will be using it. It is much easier for a small person to use a board that is bigger than it needs to be than for a big person to use a board that is too small!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>How&rsquo;s the water?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>The conditions that you will be windsurfing in play a big part in the size and type of board that you will want. If the water is rough, a larger board will help with stability when you are learning. However, once you have intermediate or better skills, you will want a smaller board in rougher water and higher winds and a bigger board that will carry bigger sails when the winds are light. Your board will feel a bit bigger in saltwater than in fresh water, so you will want to take that into consideration as well.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>What about the sail?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>The sail needs to be compatible to your board, your size, and to the weather conditions. The most important thing to remember here is that there isn&rsquo;t one size of sail that will work for you all the time. You will want a bigger sail in lighter wind and a smaller sail when the wind picks up. Bigger people will want bigger sails than smaller people. And as you improve, you will be able to use a larger sail in a given amount of wind.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Once you narrow in on a few types of boards, it&rsquo;s a good idea to check them out in person. Better if you can find an expert to help! If you&rsquo;re in the St. Pete or Tampa Bay area, come by our shop on St. Pete Beach and we&rsquo;ll help you check out our collection and answer any questions you still have. You can also come out on a breezy day and try out a few different sizes of boards and sails to really figure out what will work best for you. We want to make sure you&rsquo;re getting the right boards for your needs. </span></p> <div><span><br /><br /></span></div> Fanatic Free Wave VS Free Wave STB http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6665 <h2>Fanatic Free Wave or Fanatic Free Wave STB (stubby)?</h2> <br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/594x334_fanatic_freewave_stb_2017jpg.jpg" alt="Fanatic Freewave or Freewave STB" width="572" height="322" align="textTop" />The Fanatic Free Wave has been one of their top selling models.&nbsp; With a shape that is respectably quick in flat water, but still manageable in the waves it leads the pack of boards that are practical and versatile.&nbsp; It has been one of the top choices for years for windsurfers who want a board that works great in real world conditions; some days in choppy bay water, occasional flat-water blasting, and some days when you are trying to make the most of the waves at your home break.&nbsp; In 2017 Fanatic Introduced the Free Wave STB and also kept the regular Free Wave in the line.&nbsp; So.....what's the difference and which one should you own?&nbsp; We've tried to break it down here, but if you still aren't sure - give us a call or <a href="mailto: britt@nbwindsurfing.com">drop us a line</a>!&nbsp; We're always happy to chat about your specific sailing style and give our advice.&nbsp; <br /><br /><br />So - aside from the obvious difference in length where the Stubby version is almost 3 inches shorter - what is the difference?<br /><br /> <table style="height: 106px; width: 307px;" border="3" width="307" cellspacing="3" cellpadding="3"> <tbody> <tr> <td><em><strong>Free Wave 96</strong></em></td> <td><em><strong>Free Wave STB 95</strong></em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>96 liters</em></td> <td><em>95 liters</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>234cm long</em></td> <td><em>227cm long</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>61cm wide</em></td> <td><em>60cm wide</em></td> </tr> <tr> <td><em>Single Fin with thruster option</em></td> <td><em>Tri-Fin</em></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Short-Boards/p/Fanatic-Free-Wave-STB-TE-2017-x21413806.htm" target="_blank">Freewave Stubby</a> features straighter, parallel rails, shorter length, and a wider tail and nose. With straight water lines from the parallel rails, the rider gains excellent control and has less water drag which increases the speed of the board. The wider tail and nose increase the stability of the board and give you more surface area for early planing and ease of use for freestyle tricks, tacking or jumping. It also reduces the swing weight which translates to crisp, snappy turns and a responsive ride. The stance is moved back compared to the classic shape which aids in the quick turns as well. In waves, you would ride this board on the back foot. <br /><br />The&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Windsurf-Boards/Short-Boards/p/Fanatic-Free-Wave-TE-2017-x28759328.htm" target="_blank">classic Fanatic Freewave</a> shape features a curved outline with a fishtail and a rounded nose. These features combined offer a ride with smooth turns, forgiveness in jumps and choppy conditions, early planing, and a huge range in a mix of flat water or small waves. The curved outline also support fast turning and the narrow tail gives control and grip with smaller fins. In waves, you would ride this board more with your front foot.<br /> <h3>What We Recommend</h3> If you like a more traditional board, where carving is initiated with your front foot and you are mostly in flat or choppy water - the classic Free Wave is likely the better option. The Free Wave STB is an excellent choice if you are more aggressive with your carving.&nbsp; It is also a terrific option for anyone who wants to work on freestyle tricks without having a dedicated freestyle board. <br /><br /><em><strong><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/module/search_content.htm?form_version=2&amp;showSearchResults=1&amp;search_keyword=%22free+wave%22&amp;btnSearchSubmit=Search" target="_blank">Check out what we have for sale!</a></strong></em><br /><br /> 5 Things to Know When Renting a Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6626 <p dir="ltr"><span><img class="img-responsive" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/800x532_paddleboard_st_pete_beachjpg.jpg" alt="paddleboard rental st pete beach" width="800" height="532" align="" /><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Going paddleboarding for the first time? Be prepared and have the best experience possible by getting informed before you go.</span><br /></span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>1. You don&rsquo;t have to be experienced</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>There are just a few basic skills you need to go paddleboarding. You need to be able to balance and swim, climb back on the board should you fall, and be able to hoist yourself up from your knees to a standing position. As long as you have average skills in these departments, you&rsquo;ll be able to paddle board.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>2. It&rsquo;s less expensive to rent off the beach</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>When you&rsquo;re laying out on the beach, it may be tempting to rent a paddleboard from one of the kiosks. Be warned, that it&rsquo;s always always more expensive to rent from an on-beach provider. We are located right across from the beach and we&rsquo;re able to offer lower prices. Plus, because we specialize in water sports, we can help you choose the right board and give you tips and ideas on where to go.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>3. Don&rsquo;t worry about transporting the paddle board</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Boards are light and easy to carry, and we are always happy to help you get it over to the beach. If there&rsquo;s a nearby spot where you&rsquo;d like to paddleboard, we&rsquo;ll happily&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/stand-up-paddle-boarding-faqs--st-pete-beach.htm" target="_blank">transport the paddleboard wherever you&rsquo;d like.</a></span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>4. It&rsquo;s not as hard as it looks</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Don&rsquo;t be intimidated by paddleboarding&mdash;it really is easy! Paddleboarding doesn&rsquo;t require much strength. As long as you are healthy without any significant knee or back problems, you can paddleboard. Many people are scared of falling off, but there&rsquo;s no need to be. You simply get back onto the board and continue on! </span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>5. Make sure you get the right board</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Choosing the right board for your abilities and size can make a big difference. Overall, wider boards provide more stability for beginners who may not yet feel at ease balancing. Smaller sized people may opt for smaller boards which are easier to maneuver, and larger people should use larger boards that support them.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Now, you&rsquo;re ready to paddleboard! We&rsquo;re h<span id="docs-internal-guid-bcdd3d7b-7fb0-49a6-8ae6-f9a89bf9d3e6"><span>appy to give instruction to SUP newbies, and make sure you feel comfortable out on the water. Head over to the <a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/stand-up-paddle-board-rentals-in-st-pete-beach.htm" target="_blank">Stand Up Paddle Board Rental</a>&nbsp;page for more info, pricing, and to reserve your board.<br /><br /></span></span></span></p> The most common beginner paddle board mistakes (and how to avoid them). http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6622 <div class="col-sm-6">Be ready for your day on the water by knowing the mistakes beginners most often make and how to fix them. You&rsquo;ll be looking like a paddleboard pro in no time! <h2>Thinking you can&rsquo;t do it</h2> If you start off sure that you will fall in and thinking you won&rsquo;t be successful, that is probably what will happen! On the right equipment and in the right conditions almost anyone can be successful at paddle boarding. Be prepared to fall in a time or two, and be prepared to feel awkward balancing on the board for the first time. But remember, the more confident you are, the better you will do. <h2>Holding the paddle backwards</h2> With most paddles, the blade is angled forward from the bottom of the paddle shaft. Many beginners paddle with the angle of the blade pointing backwards. This causes an inconsistent flow of water around the blade as you paddle and makes your paddling less efficient. You want to have the angle of the blade pointing forward so that the blade is mostly straight up and down throughout your entire paddle stroke giving you more drive and efficiency. The paddle handle can also give you an indication of which way you should be holding that paddle. Often one side is rounded where the palm of your hand will sit and the other is curved in, allowing your fingers to wrap around nicely. <h2>Looking at your feet</h2> There is a reason you don&rsquo;t see successful tightrope walkers looking down when crossing a canyon on a thin wire,because they would be more likely to fall! If you look down, your center of balance is thrown off and you see the movement of the water, which makes it difficult to stay dry. The best way to paddle is to look up at the horizon. This will give you a point of focus, your balance will improve, and you can see what is around you and avoid running into any other paddleboarders or objects.<span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline;"></span> <h2>Being on the wrong size board</h2> Picking the correct board as a beginner can make a world of difference for your first few times on a paddle board. Paddle boards come in many different shapes and sizes that lend themselves to varying degrees of stability, maneuverability, flotation, and speed. In general, picking a wider and longer board for your first time will give you greater stability and flotation. You should also pick your board based on your size and conditions; a bigger person would want a bigger board for stability, a smaller person would want a smaller board for maneuverability, and in rougher water conditions, the bigger the board, the less likely you are to go swimming. <h2>Picking the wrong day or place</h2> Sometimes just the excitement of getting on a SUP board can cloud your judgement to whether you are paddleboarding in the right place or conditions. We get it! This sport is addicting and it is difficult to turn away from the water when you have all your gear ready to go. However, picking the right place and conditions when you&rsquo;re starting off will keep you safer and allow you to fully enjoy the SUP experience. Generally, you want to find a place that has calm flat water, with little to no current if you are paddling in the ocean. Here at North Beach Windsurfing, we are lucky enough to have calm inter-coastal waters near Tierra Verde and occasionally we get beautiful glassy blue water on the gulf side just across from our shop. It is important to check the weather forecast so you are not stuck in rain or wind, and to be aware of current caused by the tide going in or out which can make for challenging conditions. <h2>Standing in the wrong spot, or having your feet facing the wrong direction</h2> All SUP boards have what we like to call the &lsquo;sweet spot&rsquo; or &lsquo;balance position&rsquo;- this is the point on the board that is typically the widest and most stable place to stand. More often than not, this spot is located right in the middle where the handle is placed. Standing here will keep the board better balanced and will keep the board tracking straighter. There are some types of boards such as race boards or surf specific sups that may require a different stance or foot positioning for optimum balance and stability. When paddling, you also want to be sure that you are facing the front of the board. If you face the wrong direction and paddle the back of the board forward, the fin will catch the water and cause the board to turn making it nearly impossible to paddle straight. <h2>Using your arms too much</h2> One reason paddle boarding is such a great a sport is the fact that it allows you to use your entire body. Starting off, it is natural for people to use the paddle similar to how you would use a kayak paddle. This will get the board moving, but it will also begin to wear on your body sooner- particularly the joints in your shoulders and elbows. To get the most out of your paddle stroke and to stay out enjoying the water longer, you want to use bigger muscle groups like your core and your legs. This can be achieved by keeping your arms straight (but not locked out), having a slight bend to your knees, and twisting your torso as you drive the paddle from the front of the board towards the back. Keep the paddle right next to the side of the board (rather than reaching out away from the board). The effort is sent to your obliques and core muscles with that slight twist and you work less in your shoulders and arms.</div> <div class="col-sm-6"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/400x311_img_1698_li_20170725135247jpg.jpg" alt="hold paddle backwards" width="400" height="311" /><em><strong> Don't hold the paddle backwards!</strong></em> <br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/400x228_img_1699_li_20170725135455jpg.jpg" alt="hold paddle right" width="400" height="228" /><em><strong> That looks better!</strong></em> <br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/400x224_img_1700jpg.jpg" alt="how to paddleboard" width="400" height="224" /><em><strong> Whoa! What are you doing way up front?</strong></em><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/400x224_img_1701jpg.jpg" alt="how to paddle board" width="400" height="224" align="" /><em><strong> Oh no - now you are facing backwards!</strong></em><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/400x224_img_1703jpg.jpg" alt="stand up on paddleboard" width="400" height="224" /><em><strong> Don't stay bent over</strong></em> <br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/400x224_img_1712jpg.jpg" alt="paddleboard like a pro" width="400" height="224" /><em><strong> Looking like a pro!</strong></em></div> Top 5 Places to SUP in St Pete Beach http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6553 <h1>Top 5 Stand Up Paddle Spots in St. Pete Beach</h1> <a href="https://drive.google.com/open?id=1odBpIpXBcFjABkgypMeoHXmkVc8&amp;usp=sharing" target="_blank"><img width="533" height="550" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/533x550_sup_spots_mapjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="where to SUP in st pete beach" align="right" /></a>St. Pete is surrounded by water, and although it makes for some incredible paddle boarding, it can also make it hard to choose where to go. We&rsquo;re lucky to have so many beautiful spots! Where you go is up to you&mdash;when you rent from us, you can take your paddleboard anywhere you want. We recommend these 5 spots for the incredible views and abundant nature. <br /> <h2>Don CeSar Boat Ramp</h2> From the boat ramp just east of the Don CeSar Hotel on St. Pete Beach, paddle south through the canals surrounding the neighborhoods of Vina Del Mar and Pass-a-Grille. At the large mangrove island just south of the boat ramp you&rsquo;ll see pelicans, herons and other coastal birds. The shallow water surrounding the island is a great place to spot marine life&mdash;you&rsquo;re almost guaranteed to spot sheepshead, and the mullet jump so high you feel like you are looking right into their faces! If you continue south, look for the the Busch family estate on your right. The three houses were built in the 1950&rsquo;s, and started as the Busch&rsquo;s family compound (the family behind the beer!). Decades of famous people have stayed here, including Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, Frank Sinatra, and presidents Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton. In recent years it has become a corporate retreat center, event space and vacation rental. Continuing south still, you&rsquo;ll paddle under the bridge to Vina and then past the&nbsp;<a href="http://wharfrestaurant.org/" target="_blank">Wharf</a> restaurant and bar on your right. Once you pass the bird island, your other option is to take the first canal to your left and head northeast to the Bayway Bridge. It was built in 2015, and you&rsquo;ll get a unique perspective of the 80 foot tall bridge when you paddle under it. On the north side of the bridge and the west side of the boat channel, there is a sandbar that is a great pace to spot horseshoe crabs, stingrays, and dolphins. Parking is at meters on the street near the boat ramp. Take caution when launching&mdash;the boat ramp is slippery! Shoes are recommended in this area, oyster beds can be found near by. <h2>Tierra Verde Causeway-East Side</h2> <br />State Road 679 north of Tierra Verde is commonly referred to as the Tierra Verde Causeway. The best launch is through one of the first openings in the mangroves on the east side of the road just south of the condos. There is plenty of space to pull off the road and park. Once in the water, head east toward the houses on Bayway Isles. If you keep the houses to your right, you can continue all the way around a small island with a great view of the beautiful homes. Halfway around you will paddle under a bridge - you may need to duck! The entire loop is about 2 miles long and is an excellent place to spot dolphins all year and manatees in the summer. If you are looking for a longer paddle, you can add in a trip to Indian Key (just south of the homes of Bayway Isles) for some fantastic bird watching. <br /> <h2>Hole in the Hedge (Tampa Bay Watch)</h2> On the way to Ft. Desoto Park and just before you get to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tampabaywatch.org" target="_blank">Tampa Bay Watch</a> is the spot known to locals as the &ldquo;hole in the hedge.&rdquo; There is ample room to pull off the road and park, and it&rsquo;s a fantastic spot to paddle and feel like you are away from the city. Straight line distance to Shell Key is just a little over one mile, but you will want to take the scenic route! With a few mangrove islands scattered about and shallow sea grass flats, this is a great spot for wildlife watching or fishing from your paddleboard. The tip of Shell Key is a great spot to stop for a picnic, so bring a lunch! <br /> <h2>Pass-a-Grille</h2> Located at the south end of St Pete Beach, the Pass-a-Grille area is a great spot to launch your paddle board into the Gulf of Mexico. Paddle north toward the Don CeSar Hotel and get a great view of the beautiful homes located on this stretch of beach. With fewer hotels here, it is a less crowded area of St. Pete Beach and that makes it perfect for anyone who wants some peace and quiet. When you return to the beach at Pass-a-Grille, don&rsquo;t miss a stop at the Paradise Grill where you can fuel up on great food while still keeping your toes in the sand! Make sure you also plan a stop at the&nbsp;<a href="http://gulfbeachesmuseum.com/" target="_blank">Gulf Beaches Historical Museum</a> on 10th Ave to see pictures of what this historic area used to look like. <br /> <h2>Upham Beach</h2> At the north end of St. Pete Beach, Upham Beach is another great spot to start from if you want to paddle in the Gulf of Mexico. It&rsquo;s a favorite spot for surfers, and if there is any swell you can try paddle surfing! On calmer days you can paddle south and check out the beach scene in front of the Postcard Inn and the Tradewinds hotels. If you are looking for a less crowded area, paddle north from Upham beach across Blind Pass (be mindful of boats going in and out of the pass) to the quieter Sunset Beach area. The mouth of Blind Pass is a great place to spot dolphins and other sea life, but beginner paddlers may want to steer clear. When the tide is going in or out, there is a strong current and rough water. Check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.woodyswaterfront.com/" target="_blank">Woody&rsquo;s Waterfront</a> restaurant, overlooking Blind Pass, for post-paddle refreshments. <br /><br /><em><strong>Ready to go?&nbsp;<a href="/stand-up-paddle.htm">Learn more about renting paddle boards from us!</a></strong></em> SUP Buyer's Guide - All Around or Touring Shape? http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6346 When you are researching to purchase a paddle board, it can be confusing to figure out if you want an all-around board or a touring board.&nbsp; <br /> <h2><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/400x267_sup_rental_happy_womanjpg.jpg" alt="all around sup board" width="400" height="267" align="left" />All Around SUP</h2> Most of the paddle boards that you see on the beach fall in to the all around board category.&nbsp; They look like big surfboards that are between 10 1/2 and 12 1/2 feet long, come in a variety of widths, and are fairly thin from the deck to the bottom.&nbsp; These paddle boards are made to do everything and go everywhere....but not to be great at any one thing.&nbsp; You can take them for a flat water paddle session, surf small waves in the ocean, cruise down a river, or use it for an impromptu yoga session.&nbsp; The only limitation is how stable the board is for you and your imagination!&nbsp; <a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Paddle-Boards/All-Around.htm">You can see some of the all around boards that we sell in our on-line store.</a><br /><br />But if you try to race your friend who has a touring board - you are in trouble!&nbsp; The extra width that makes it a stable yoga platform and the added rocker that makes it work in the waves also make the board slower through the water.&nbsp; <br /><br /> <h2><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/400x300_blog_supjpg.jpg" alt="why buy a touring sup" width="400" height="300" align="left" />Touring SUP</h2> Paddle boards that fall into the touring board category look a lot like a racing paddle board.&nbsp; Generally longer and narrower and with a pointed nose, the touring paddle boards are made to cruise through the water more efficiently.&nbsp; With better glide, you cover more distance with each paddle stroke than you would on an all around SUP.&nbsp; These boards are made to work well in flat water and choppy water, the kayak-like pointy bow cuts nicely through the water they are nice for paddling in a bit of breeze as well.&nbsp; Extra thick from the deck to the base, touring SUPs are still quite stable even though they are narrower than an all around board - so you can still bring your dog, your kid, or a cooler and a fishing pole along with you!&nbsp; Some yoga moves can still be done - but you do lose the full length flat deck that you get on an all around or <a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Paddle-Boards/Inflatable/p/Starboard-Serenity-Dashama-x27070217.htm" target="_blank">yoga specific </a>paddleboard.&nbsp; <br /><br />On a touring shape SUP you will be able to paddle longer distances with less fatigue and get a greater feeling of gliding through the water.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/SUP/Paddle-Boards/TouringRace.htm">Check out the touring boards that we sell in our store.</a><br /> <h2>So what should I get?</h2> Which type of board you should own really depends on what you will be using it for the most.&nbsp; If surfing is your thing (or you want it to be), but you know that you will be in flat water a big chunk of the time - and all around SUP is great.&nbsp; When the swell is up (or you get to take a road trip to the coast), or the kids in your family just want to try to be surfers, you will love that you can get surfing performance out of your SUP.&nbsp; On the other hand, if you know surfing is not part of your plan, a touring paddle board will most likely be the board for you.&nbsp; With fantastic glide and tracking you will have the most fun exploring your nearby waterways on a SUP that is efficient through the water.&nbsp; If you still aren't sure what kind of board you should have, give us a call at 727.656.6569 or <a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/contact.htm" target="_blank">send us a note</a> we're always happy to help! Things to Do on Vacation at St. Pete Beach http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6337 <p dir="ltr"><span>Planning a vacation to St. Pete Beach? The only problem you&rsquo;ll have is finding time to fit in everything you want to do and still have time to relax on the beach. The St. Pete Beach area has so much to explore, here are our recommendations for the 5 things you should do while you&rsquo;re here (besides enjoying our beaches!).</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Eat Dinner with a 360 Degree View</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Get a view of the beach and the city during one dinner. </span><a href="http://www.grandplazaflorida.com/dining/spinners"><span>Spinners is the 12th floor restaurant</span></a><span> of the Grand Plaza Hotel, and during an hour and a half the restaurant slowly spins 360 degrees. Watch the sun set over the Gulf and eat delicious seafood during a special night in St. Pete Beach.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Shop at Local Markets</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Spend a sunny morning browsing the unique markets and gift shops of St. Pete Beach. On Sundays, stop by the </span><a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34606-d8296245-Reviews-Corey_Avenue_Sunday_Market-St_Pete_Beach_Florida.html"><span>Corey Avenue Sunday Market</span></a><span> for fresh vegetables and fruits, handmade goods, and yummy food. Any other day </span><a href="https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g34606-Activities-c26-t144-St_Pete_Beach_Florida.html"><span>visit local boutiques </span></a><span>to pick up gifts for yourself and friends.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Try Stand Up Paddle Boarding</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>One of the best ways to experience St. Pete Beach is from the water. No where else can you see schools of fish swim below you, or see dolphins playing in the waves. </span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/stand-up-paddle.htm"><span>Stand Up Paddle Boarding</span></a><span> is easy enough for everyone to learn how to do it, and you can take it as easy or as quick as you want. Sign up for an Eco-Tour or rent our equipment to explore the area on your own!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Go Brewery Hopping</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>No trip to St. Pete Beach would be complete without experiencing the world-famous (well, that&rsquo;s what we think) beer scene. Mastry&rsquo;s Brewing in located right on St. Pete Beach, and often has food trucks or live music. There are lots of other breweries close by, too, if you want to try out more local craft beer. Visit </span><a href="http://www.thebrewerybay.com/"><span>The Brewery Bay</span></a><span> to discover all the breweries in the Tampa Bay area!</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Stop in Downtown St. Petersburg</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach are actually two different and distinct cities. So when you&rsquo;re finished relaxing by the ocean, head inward toward the bay! Downtown St. Pete has a lively culture, and a walk along Central Avenue will show you local shops, antique stores, restaurants, and museums!</span></p> <span id="docs-internal-guid-9c292445-4101-fccd-05cf-484408044469"><br /><span>Ready to check out St. Pete Beach from the water? We can help you <a href="https://www.peek.com/s/694454c5-6cca-4654-aaf5-c15b1c96d0bc/BmWN" target="_blank">book time with a paddleboard</a>!<br /></span></span> Why You Should Stand Up Paddleboard on Vacation http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6315 <h2>Florida is best seen from the water.</h2> Florida, and especially Tampa Bay, is big vacation destination. To really get an appreciation for the miles of coastline, amazing waterfront properties, and diverse wild-life in St Pete Beach, you makes plans to see it all from the water. A paddleboard is the easiest way to make that happen and truly experience the coast. When you launch off the beach into the Gulf of Mexico with your stand-up paddle board you can surf the small waves by the shore, or paddle out a bit further and feel the ocean swells moving under your board. From out on the water, the noise of the beach quiets and you see an expansive view of the coastline and its iconic hotels, like the pink <a href="https://www.doncesar.com/" target="_blank">Don CeSar</a>. <br /><br />Staying in the Gulf isn&rsquo;t the only way to explore. Venture into the backwaters and bays of Ft. Desoto Park and Shell Key to find the real &ldquo;Salt Life&rdquo; experience. Cruise the shallow waters around the mangrove islands where bigger boats can&rsquo;t go, sneak up on stingrays, redfish, baby sharks, manatees, and turtles. If you are lucky enough to come across dolphins, it&rsquo;s an unforgettable experience to watch them swim and play just a few feet from you, and looking up to see who is visiting their playground. <br /><br />If you are looking for a more tame experience, you can tour the calm canals to get an incredible view of the beautiful homes that are on the water in Pass-a-Grille and Tierra Verde, and daydream of what it would be like to come home to that backyard every day.<br /> <h2>Paddle boarding can be as vigorous or as relaxing as you want.</h2> Stand-up-paddle boarding can be a relaxing way to spend some time in the great outdoors, or it can be a sweat-inducing workout that challenges your muscles. When you take a paddle board out in flat water on a calm day, it&rsquo;s similar to a leisurely bike ride around the neighborhood. You can chat with your friends, soak up the sun and scenery, and come off the water feeling only mildly fatigued. <br /><br />On the other hand, taking your paddle board out in waves will challenge your sense of balance and work the muscles in your body (it&rsquo;s a great way to make sure that the kids in your group are too tired to cause any trouble!). Pick a destination and see how fast you can get there, raising your heart rate and giving you a great full-body workout. The decadent vacation food (that you are going to eat anyway) tastes even better when you&rsquo;ve worked up an appetite!<br /> <h2>Paddle boarding is easier than you think.</h2> You don&rsquo;t need to be young, athletic, or even sporty to paddle board. Paddle boarders come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. All you need is a board that is sized correctly for you and the water conditions, and a little bit of patience to get comfortable with balancing. If you&rsquo;re still not feeling confident, try a lesson or guided tour with an instructor who will give you paddling pointers and tricks to help your balance.<br /><br />Spending time with your friends and family in the salt air, gliding across the water, soaking up the sun and sights&hellip;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/stand-up-paddle.htm">venturing out on a paddle board will help make this a vacation to remember!</a> Is Stand Up Paddle Boarding Good Exercise? http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6312 <p dir="ltr"><span><a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/stand-up-paddle.htm" target="_blank">Stand up paddle boarding</a>&nbsp;looks easy. Floating on the board, you can stare idyllically out at the ocean and breathe in salty air. A dolphin swims by, and a seagull flies overhead. At least, that&rsquo;s what it looks like.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>In reality, stand up paddle boarding is some of the best (most enjoyable) exercise you can get. You not only have to keep yourself balanced, but all that paddling works your muscles. You probably won&rsquo;t find yourself huffing and puffing as hard as you will after a run, but it&rsquo;s not the intensity that matters. If you enjoy doing it, you&rsquo;ll keep doing it. Like they say, the best form of exercise is the one you&rsquo;ll actually do.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>How does stand up paddle boarding work your muscles?</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>Paddle boarding is a </span><a href="http://www.healthfitnessrevolution.com/top-10-health-benefits-standup-paddleboarding/"><span>full body workout</span></a><span>. While balancing, your core muscles, along with your legs, are constantly working to keep you upright. While pushing yourself along with the paddle, your arms and back muscles are used over and over again to propel you forward. And that&rsquo;s just on a calm day&hellip; once you start fighting against wind and waves, the resistance acts like weights to make you work harder.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>Standup paddle boarding won&rsquo;t get your heart racing too fast, but it will keep it beating strong. This is why paddle boarding is a suitable low impact activity for those who are healing from injuries or just need to take it easy for a while.</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span>When you begin regularly paddle boarding, you&rsquo;ll notice yourself getting stronger, leaner, and your balance a whole lot better.</span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Try practicing yoga on your paddleboard.</span></h2> <p dir="ltr"><span>If paddleboarding by itself isn&rsquo;t enough of a workout for you, take your workout to the paddle board. People have begun practicing yoga while floating out on the water. This routine combines the benefits of both&mdash;you&rsquo;ll have to keep balanced at the same time as you twist and turn into yoga positions. </span></p> <h2 dir="ltr"><span>Paddle boarding is good for your mind, too.</span></h2> <span id="docs-internal-guid-2ca01826-1877-bc19-e137-b2b35cc41c2f"><span>If you want your body to be in shape, don&rsquo;t forget and keeping your mind right, too. The repetitive motion, the calming scenery, and becoming out in nature keep you happy and relaxed.</span></span> Windsurfing on a Foil http://www.nbwindsurfing.comhttps://www.nbwindsurfing.com/modules/news.htm?newsId=6145 <h2><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/150x100_img_4626_20170315154354jpg.jpg" alt="windsurf foil" width="150" height="100" align="left" />Foiling: The Future of Windsurfing?</h2> We've been playing around with foiling windsurfers for a few months now and are having a blast!&nbsp; Although the idea of putting a hydrofoil on a windsurfer has been around for decades, the equipment has really only become viable in the last year or so.&nbsp; We've been using the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Fins/p/LP-Windsurfing-Foil-x21617486.htm" target="_blank">LP foil</a> for several months, and have recently tested the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nbwindsurfing.com/shop/Windsurf/Fins/p/Bic-Windsurfing-Foil-x25139649.htm">Bic foil</a> as well.&nbsp; For light wind windsurfing, using a foil opens up a whole new world.&nbsp; As long as you have the necessary water depth (about 4'), you only need about 6-7 knots of wind and a 7.5-8.0m freeride sail to be foiling!&nbsp; <br /><br />Both of the foils that we have used are relatively easy to get up on the foil.&nbsp; Everyone who has tried has gotten the board to foil on their first outing and stay upwind.&nbsp; It does takes some practice to gain control of the board and to be able to stay up on the foil for a distance.&nbsp; The crashes are less violent than we anticipated, because the sail is not super powered up you don't get tossed around like you do in higher winds on a regular short board day.&nbsp; So far we feel like the LP foil gets the board out of the water quicker and with less effort than the Bic foil.&nbsp; However, once you are up on the foil, the Bic is more comfortable and forgiving.&nbsp; <img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/5193/500x333_img_4683jpg.jpg" alt="windsurfing on a foil tampa bay" width="500" height="333" align="right" /><br /><br />Once you are up on the foil - the feeling is amazing!&nbsp; It is more like flying than sailing, the first thing you notice is how absolutely quiet it is without the sound of the board on the water.&nbsp; It can be compared to skiing or snowboarding in deep powder, you feel like you are floating.&nbsp; <br /><br />The part of the foil that comes out of the fin box is referred to as the mast, the wings on the bottom of the foil are the fuselage.&nbsp; Different foils have different lengths of masts, and the front and back wings of the fuselage are of varying sizes as well.&nbsp; Generally speaking, a bigger front wing will get you foiling in less wind and a smaller front wing works better in windier conditions.&nbsp; The angle of the rear wing has an affect on the lift of the foil.&nbsp; The LP foil has interchangeable shims to control the angle of the rear wing, and we have noticed a big difference in how the foil feels with the different shims.&nbsp; <br /><br />Currently most foils fit in a deep tuttle box fin box, but there are several adapters in the works to mount foils to other types of fin boxes.&nbsp; If you aren't sure if a foil will work with your board - just give us a call or send an e-mail.&nbsp; We're always happy to answer questions - and if you find yourself in the St Pete Beach (Tampa Bay) area come out and demo a foil!&nbsp; You won't believe how much fun you can have in light wind again!<br /><br />