Windsurfing equipment: tick the checklist before you go | Photo: Carter/PWA

Windsurfing is a technical sport. Not only because it requires learning basic sailing skills, but also because it involves a few number of small and medium-sized hardware items.

Beginners might think that windsurfing is complicated. It is quite common to find windsurfing apprentices that consider rigging a complex process. How do you fine-tune windsurf gear? How do I know if the sail is properly rigged? How do I get rid of creases?

Before knowing how to sail a windsurfer, we must understand what we will have to store in our garage. Also, by memorizing the complete list of windsurfing paraphernalia, advanced sailors will be able to tick the checklist before traveling.

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Windsurfing schools: learn how to rig a sail, and master the art of sailing

Do you want to learn how to windsurf? Discover your nearest windsurf school, and enroll in your first windsurfing lessons.

Windsurfing is not like surfing. The goal of surfing is to catch and ride waves. Although the wind makes waves, surfers don't usually rely on the breeze to practice their sport. You can easily learn how to surf by yourself.

Windsurfing is a bit more complex. You have to learn how to rig a sail; you will need to comprehend the fundamental behavior of the wind, and the basics of sailing. Windsurfing is accessible to everyone, but there's nothing like learning with certified instructors.

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Jason Polakow: he always wanted to ride Nazaré | Bardos/Red Bull

Jason Polakow has become the first windsurfer to ride the big wave of Nazaré, in Portugal.

The Australian wave sailor has finally fulfilled his longtime dream of riding a windsurf board on the monstrous liquid cliffs of Praia do Norte, the spot usually reserved for surfing, bodyboarding and, more recently, skimboarding.

Polakow rode 43-foot waves (13 meters) after carefully studying and preparing the adventure in the last 12 months.

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