At a glance windsurfing may just seem like a clunky and complicated way to go surfing but when you give it a chance, you’ll see that actually this is a sport can be enjoyed in a completely different way. When you’re out surfing, you’re ideally looking for those big waves (or at least as big as you can handle depending on your experience), windsurfing is less about waves and more about (you guessed it) wind speeds. You’ll no doubt have a beaming smile across your face as you race across the waves with the wind at your back and you’ll you be amazed at the distance you’ll cover too.
Maybe the idea of all that extra gear and training required to go windsurfing just doesn’t float your board. If you like the sound of the speed but not the gear why not meet between surfing and windsurfing and have a go at kiteboarding? Yes, it still requires different gear such as a smaller board, a kite and a pack for it but you’ll already be well versed in surf technique so it’ll at least be easier to pick up. With kiteboarding you can have the best of both worlds, not only will the wind pull you along but you’ll be lifting into the air where you can perform all sorts of tricks. What’s not to love?
If you really don’t want to work with me and purchase and gear at all well don’t worry because I still have a suggestion for you, wakeboarding. Wakeboarding usually consists of a surfer on a small wakeboard, skim board or surfboard being pulled across the water by a motorboat or simply surfing in its wake. This is great for those days when waters are calm and looks like you won’t be riding the waves at all. This is super fun too.
If you’re looking for a water sport with a similar level of excitement but that is completely different to surfing, then maybe you should consider swapping that board out for a kayak? (Don’t worry I don’t mean permanently) Kayaking can be as adventurous as you want it to be, you may first think of someone paddling down a lazy river but you can also head to some pretty rapid waters and soar down them at surprising speedy. It’s important that you get training and only go in waters that match your level of expertise here as it can be very dangerous, naturally that’s what makes it so much fun.
I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t have to explain to you why you’d enjoy jet skiing. Flying across the waters on one of these things is not only one of the simplest and thrilling water activities going but it’s also really easy to pick up. You don’t have to worry about buying one, there are plenty of places that rent these out and they’ll also run through the basics with you too. Why not take a friend and race each other?