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Sail on the Wind and Master Basic Windsurfing Skills

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Camp Walt Whitman in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a coed sleepaway summer camp that offers all kinds of water sports, including windsurfing. ...

Camp Walt Whitman in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a coed sleepaway summer camp that offers all kinds of water sports, including windsurfing.
Visit the site to see photos of our campers windsurfing on the lake. http://www.campwalt.com.

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    • Sail on the Wind and Master Basic Windsurfing Skills
    • One of kids’ favorite water sports at summer camp is windsurfing, an exciting mix of the laid-back feel of surf sports and the more rules- based structure of sailing.
    • A challenging, exhilarating way to glide across the water, windsurfing is a super addition to lakefront camp favorites like sailing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming.
    • A perfect combination of the skills of sailing and the independence of surfing, windsurfing has gained a huge following over the years since it emerged in California in the 1960s.
    • A single sail is attached to a mast and boom, calling for the rider to use wind, weight and balance to zip across the water.
    • The first thing kids need to know is a general understanding of sailing theory and basic windsurfing techniques.
    • On-the-water practice helps develop the automatic muscle memory reactions that lets them stay upright while skimming along the water borne by the wind.
    • First, beginners must learn to stand on the board while holding the boom and balancing their weight against that of the sail, a feat that’s harder than it sounds.
    • The first few rides often include lots of falls, so when kids finally start to zip across the lake, it’s an exciting moment.
    • Once you get the hang of going straight, it’s time to know how to turn, which involves a complex manouvering of sail, wind pressure and the sailor’s weight.
    • Basic sailing, steering and turning can be learned in a few hours…
    • …but competency and mastery of advanced manouvers involves a lot more practice, and kids love to practice windsurfing!
    • An awesome addition to summer camp’s super line up of waterfront activities, windsurfing offers endless opportunities to learn new skills.
    • As with all waterfront activities, campers signing up for windsurfing should first be able to pass a swim test.
    • Kids love the thrill of achieving new levels of board and sail handling, eventually leading up to the ability to perform exciting freestyle moves and simple stunts.
    • Learning to keep your balance, especially while turning, is a challenge, and kids love the feeling of achievement as they hit each new level of handling the wind and board.
    • Even paddling around on the board on a windless summer day is an idyllic way to spend time with fellow campers.
    • Always encouraging a fun and positive environment, talented, well- qualified summer camp instructors will provide a structured, friendly environment for learning the thrill of riding the wind with just a simple board and sail.
    • Many instructors were once campers on the lake themselves, moving up in skills until they were old enough to introduce one of their favorite sports to a new group of campers.
    • Before heading out onto the lake, kids learn the basics of water safety, wind direction, board handling and rigging and de-rigging.
    • Once they’ve got the background to move out onto the water, campers are supervised and assisted by instructors in motorized patrol boats.
    • Of course, as in all camp activities, there’s always time for some exciting games and friendly races.
    • Camp Walt Whitman in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is a coed sleepaway summer camp that offers all kinds of water sports, including windsurfing.
    • Visit the site to see photos of our campers windsurfing on the lake. http://www.campwalt.com.