- 14 November 2012 | Windsurfing
Windsurfing sails are fragile. Scratches, salt, sand, water and humidity can easily damage or destroy a good windsurfing sail. Learn how to protect your windsurfing sails to last longer.
Care and proper maintenance of windsurfing sails will save you money and improve performance, whether you're into speed windsurfing, freestyle windsurfing, wave windsurfing or slalom windsurfing.
Check your sails regularly for wrinkles, scratches and dents that may appear in the delicate monofilm or x-ply panels. Also, take a look at the clew eyelets, mast plug and downhaul pulley attachment points.
The before and after windsurf sessions often see damages in the windsurfing sail. When you're excited to get out in the water, be careful. Rig your sail on a smooth surface. Grass is always better than sand.
When the wind is strong and you're rigging or de-rigging, protect your sail from gusts that may tear it. Before and after sailing, leave your windsurf in the shade. Sun rays destroy monofilm and x-ply panels, along with salted water.
Rinse the sail in fresh water after a windsurfing session, even if you plan to sail in the next hours or days. If you detect dirt, use a smooth detergent and tepid water to remove it.
The best way to store your windsurfing sail is by lying it flat on the horizontal position, in a cool dry place. Humidity and extreme heat are enemies of your favorite sail.
You can also roll the sail and put it the proper bag, but make sure to do it from the head and slowly, in order to avoid scratches and wrinkles in the monofilm.