Get Involved in Windsurfing
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Last Updated: November 30, 2012 5:38pm
It's a breeze to Get Involved in windsurfing - whatever your age or ability.
"Out there with the wind and the sun and the waves, it's very enjoyable. It beats lying in a deckchair, anyway!"
Rod Davis, Windsurfer Quotes of the week
The sport has enjoyed a fresh upsurge in popularity since Nick Dempsey, who first stepped onto a board at the age of seven, won silver for Team GB at this summer's Olympics.
"The great thing is that no matter what the weather, it's great to be out there," explained Sam Ross, development officer for Dorset on Board.
"There is no such thing as bad weather - it's inappropriate clothing, so surfing is one of the things that makes a great deal of the Great British weather."
Age is certainly no barrier for riders like Rod Davis, who at 71 is still venturing out on a regular basis.
"Us old guys aren't really anywhere near the front of the fleet but we compete very desperately with each other!" he said. "You can have a good time - that's the important thing. Out there with the wind and the sun and the waves, it's very enjoyable. It beats lying in a deckchair, anyway!"
You don't need to live near the sea either. If you're at school the Royal Yachting Association runs an initiative called Team15 to get Under-15s involved in windsurfing on lakes, reservoirs and rivers.
According to figures from the Royal Yachting Association, over 185,000 people went windsurfing in the UK in 2011 while there were over 800 entrants in the 2011 Team15 Inter-Club Championship.
Those figure is expected to rise even though Windsurfing has been dropped for the 2016 Olympics and replaced by kite-boarding.
It's not the news the sport wanted because after events in Weymouth last month interest has been huge, but for enthusiasts the hope remains that it will be reinstated in years to come.