Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

Windsurfing

Wind chasers from all over flock to Canada’s rugged coastlines and big, beautiful lakes for some of the finest windsurfing and kitesurfing in North America.

Canadian waters, including ocean swells and glacier-fed lakes, are bracingly cold and can leave you hypothermic in a flash. Thermal winds, common throughout the province, can change in a heartbeat. Whether you are getting that next adrenaline rush by sail or by kite, arm yourself with the proper training, equipment and safe practices.

Top tips to be dialed-in for the ride of your life:

  • Take a safe boating course.
  • If you’re just getting started, take lessons.
The Right Gear

Taking the Essentials:
  • Flashlight
  • Fire making kit
  • Signalling device (i.e. whistle)
  • Extra food and water
  • Extra clothing
  • Navigational/communication devices
  • First aid kit
  • Emergency blanket/shelter
  • Pocket knife
  • Sun protection
Leave a Trip Plan with responsible party, family member or friend.

Take equipment specific to wind surfing:

  • PFD (Personal Flotation Device) or lifejacket
  • Wet suit or dry suit and other waterproof clothing
  • Proper footwear
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Maps or local knowledge of hidden obstacles
  • Proper equipment in good condition
  • Quick-release harness safety system (kitesurfing)
  • Knife attached to harness
  • Know your limits and stick to them, regardless of your skill-level.
  • Test your equipment before you head out.
  • Be aware of hazards such as jellyfish, strong currents, hidden rocks/reefs, debris, gusty/lofty/onshore wind, and boaters or other riders.
  • Learn to recognize various weather systems. Know when to call it a day – or at least sit out until the winds are back to your level.

Watch the weather, know your environment, and respect your abilities, for a safe, enjoyable day on the water!

Photo: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism (banner);
Greg Pucher - Royal Military College of Canada Windsurfing Club

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