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The Essential Windsurfing Gear: 6 Must-Haves for Beginners

Many people windsurf every year for the fun and thrill, but being exposed to the sun, the wind, and the sea the whole time means you must protect yourself from the elements. So before you pack up for another windsurf holiday, think about bringing this gear with you:

Sunglasses:

You’ll need to keep seawater out of your eyes whenever you windsurf. Sea Specs makes great sunglasses for windsurfers. At $23.44, Sea Specs’ windsurf sunglasses come with non-removable but adjustable strap and polarized 100% anti-UV lenses.


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 Wetsuit:

You’ll sail at an average of 20 knots when windsurfing and the speed can pick up to 25 if you hit a good wind, making your ride a little chilly. Additionally if the weather is cold, a quality wetsuit will keep you warm. O’Neill Psycho 3 comes at $336.10 to $469.95, but the price is all worth it. It’s made with advanced super stretch neoprene so that it feels light and comfortable to wear.


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Harness:

Though you may be just starting out, there will certainly be a time when you sail for long periods without interruptions. To prevent straining your back, shoulders or arms due to holding onto the boom, you need a waist harness. NP Surf’s Zone Windsurf waist harness ($159.99) is an ideal choice for beginners with its easy-release system.


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Boots:

It can get slippery on your board when you windsurf. A pair of quality neoprene boots like NeoSport Wetsuits Premium Neoprene ($42.95 to $55.00) will give you more grip so you can stay on your board.


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Floatation vest:

Just like with any extreme sport, you must prepare for emergencies whenever you windsurf. Bring a quality floatation vest that will act as your lifeline in case you separate from you board and boat. NP Surf’s Surf High floatation vest is a bargain at $104.99. You’ll feel comfortable wearing it, plus it has reflective piping for night-time visibility.


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GPS:

Windsurfing can get so fun that you won’t notice how far away you’ve sailed from your starting point. Therefore you should keep a GPS handy whenever you get in the water. You can get a high quality water-proof GPS from Garmin at $127.28. What’s great with Garmin’s GPS is that it has a long battery life (18 hours max) and floats in water.


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