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.

So, here are the things you will need to windsurf. Without this gear, you won't leave terra firma. Remember that windsurf shops are not always easy to find, and that some items differ from brand to brand.

Basic Windsurfing Equipment

Windsurf Board
Sail
Mast
Boom
Fins
Harness
Harness Lines
Uphaul
Mast Foot

Optional & Useful Windsurfing Equipment

Anemometer
Surf Ear Plugs
Gloves and Boots
Surf Camera
Wetsuit
Helmet
Mast Extension
Downhaul Tensioner
Nuts
Bolts
Pulley Hook
Footstraps
Sail Repair Kit
Floatation Vest
Screwdriver
Board Bag
Sail Bag

Now that you're surfed out, remember to take care of your windsurfing sail and equipment. Rinse them out with fresh water and store everything properly in a dry place.