Dasher, if you didn't know, is one of the most respected windsurfing instructors around. He wrote monthly articles for Windsurfing Magazine and ran a highly successful lesson program at Vela Windsurf Resorts' Aruba location for years. One of the hallmarks of his lessons was his video analysis for his customers. Dasher put all that video experience to work in an impressive and highly polished production. The first of his instructional windsurfing series is an in-depth look at the elusive waterstart.

And when we say in-depth, we mean it.

The ABCs of Waterstarting, by Dasher

  • Dasher breaks down the waterstart into three steps.

    Step 1:
    Gear Set-up - The first step to easy and successful waterstarting is perhaps the most important and Dasher makes sure we know that. He thoroughly explains how to position the board, sail, and body relative to each other and relative to the wind direction in order for the rest of the waterstart to flow easily.

    Step 2:
    Fly the Sail - Once in position we learn how to effortlessly lift the sail from the water, readying it for lifting us onto the board. Hand placement on the boom, flying the sail in neutral, and powering up the sail are covered in detail.

    Step 3:
    Mount the Board - Last but not least we get on the board and zoom away. Proper use of the back legs and using the sail to efficiently pull you from the water and onto the board are emphasized. 

    Well designed and well placed graphics help the learning process throughout the video, common mistakes are shown and corrected, and the effects of light or heavy winds are covered. We guarantee you will not find a more complete, clear, and concise lesson on the waterstart anywhere...except maybe on the beach in Aruba.