Club profiles: Windsurfing

Windsurfing

After being relatively quiet for a while , the NUIG Windsurfing Club has been back up and active with the last two years. The club successfully hosted the 2012/13 Irish Windsurfing Intervarsities in Belmullet Co.Mayo.

The club caters for anybody interested in Windsurfing, from complete beginner to seasoned pro. If you'd like to come out Windsurfing, even just to give it a try, you should join the club.

We run sessions (weather dependent) every weekend with all equipment provided and ISA instructors there to help get you going. For this year we also hope to have a few weekend trips away along with a a nice active social calender.

Hope to see you on the water


History

Windsurfing is an amazingly young sport. Its roots are easily traced back to the garages of two Southern Californians. Jim Drake, a sailor, and Hoyle Schweitzer, a surfer, got together and thought about what could be... By 1968, they had combined their two sports into a workable, if not somewhat unusual, patented new hybrid sport. Schweitzer logically called it windsurfing, and the board, a windsurfer. The early 1980's were a period of tremendous growth for windsurfing. Racing participation was at an all time high, the professional World Cup tour was born, and the sport was awarded with Olympics status in the 1984 Los Angeles Games. Equipment development progressed at a fevered pitch through the mid-80's as seen when a windsurfer captures the world speed sailing record at slightly faster than 36 knots. Since then, windsurfers on extremely specialised equipment, sailing in winds of 40 knots and above, have pushed that speed up to an incredible level. Irish man and Naish team member Finian Maynard holds the world speed record on a windsurfing board at an incredible speed of 48.6 knots (December 2003). That smashes the former outright speed record of the Yellow Pages Endeavour at 46.52 knots (October 1993). Now, after 27 short years, windsurfing is a fully matured sport, with destination resorts all over the world. Everyone from little kids to old fogies are windsurfing - practising the best sport in the world!!!

Intervarsities

The club hosted the 2013 Irish Windsurfing Intervarsities at Coláiste Uisce in Belmullet Co.Mayo.

A number of student competed at this event along with a the 2012 event which also took place in Belmullet.