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Human Kinetics, 1995 - Medical - 121 pages
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If you'd like to experience the thrills--but avoid the spills--of windsurfing, this is the book that will get you ready to set sail! From basic skills to descriptions of some of the world's most popular windsurfing locales, Windsurfing provides all the information you need to get started in this exhilarating sport.

Ken Winner, former world-champion windsurfer, shares the knowledge he has gained in two decades of windsurfing competition. His expert instruction, presented in an easy-to-read style, makes learning the basics so simple, you'll want to head out on the water immediately! Filled with dozens of full-color photos, this comprehensive guide covers all the fundamentals beginners need so they can become competent windsurfers, including:

- how to determine which type of windsurfing is right for you,
- what to wear,
- where to get the equipment you need,
- how to find a good sailing site,
- how to perform basic turns,
- exercises to strengthen and stretch muscles and prevent injury,
- how to avoid problems and prepare for emergencies, and
- much more.

But Windsurfing is more than a how-to book that you'll use only a few times. It also contains valuable reference information that you'll consult again and again. You'll find descriptions of some of the best places in the world to windsurf, from the Caribbean to Hawaii and Australia. And if you want to add even more excitement to the sport, you'll find a chapter on racing, playing windsurfing games, and performing freestyle tricks.

Plus the book offers listings and descriptions of windsurfing books and videotapes, information about windsurfing magazines, and addresses for windsurfing organizations around the world. There's even a glossary of windsurfing lingo to help you master the sport's unique terminology.

This book is part of the Outdoor Pursuits Series from Human Kinetics. Like all the books in the series, Windsurfing emphasizes safety, environmental responsibility, and--most of all--the fun of outdoor activity!

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About the author (1995)

Ken Winner has been involved in the sport and business of windsurfing since 1975. Not only has he competed and won at all levels, but he also has influenced the evolution of windsurfing equipment and technique. His career as one of the first professional windsurfers involved competing worldwide and working with equipment manufacturers to develop better equipment for recreational windsurfers.

Since retiring from pro competition in 1986, Winner has continued to promote the sport of windsurfing. He helped revive the United States Windsurfing Association, the windsurfing arm of U.S. Sailing, and served as its president in 1987 and 1988. Recently, he has written extensively for WindSurfing magazine on the topics of equipment and technique.

Winner, his wife, Alison Fitts, and their children live in White Salmon, WA.

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