Windsurfing is not a sport you would usually associate with mountains but where there are mountains there are usually lakes and some are quite big!!
In effect windsurfing is wind propelled surfing. It is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. The windsurf board is usually 2 to 3 metres long and it is powered by wind on a sail. You stand on the board and hold the sail which is all kept together by a rig.
The rig is connected to the board by a free-rotating universal joint and consists of a mast, 2-sided boom and sail. The sail area generally ranges from 2.5 m2 to 12 m2 depending on the conditions, the skill of the sailor and the type of windsurfing being undertaken.
The art of windsurfing is understanding the wind and how to control your equipment so you can surf at high speeds, jump waves, turn and genrally have lots of fun on the water!
Lakes don't have big waves like the sea, but can have significant winds and isn't always flat! It is a perfect learning base when it is calm and for experienced windsurfers there are some extreme conditions to have fun in.
Windsurfing is a sport that requires balance, skill, endurance and flexibility and once you have mastered the basics you will be able to head out on your own with only the lake boundaries as your limitation!