How to take care of your windsurfing sail

Windsurfing sail: don't place heavy objects over it | Photo: PWA/Carter

A good windsurfing sail can last forever. However, the X-Ply materials and mono film should be carefully cleaned and stored. Learn how to make your sails last longer.

The worst enemies of windsurfing sails are sand and humidity, and the most common mistakes occur when de-rigging.

Windsurfers are tired - sometimes cold - and want to pack their equipment fast into the car.

The truth is that sail care starts while rigging the windsurfing kit.

Try to pay attention to wrinkles, imperfections, scratches, and dents that may tear your sail in the near future.

Windsurfing Sails Maintenance 101

Learn how to take care of a windsurfing sail and make it last longer:

1. Always rig your windsurfing sail on the grass;

2. Don't let your sail flap in the wind when not rigged and under tension - otherwise, you'll damage the X-Ply materials and mono film;

3. Avoid exposing your windsurfing sail to the sun for a long period of time while rigging and de-rigging. The sun's rays will slowly damage the sail components;

4. Always rinse your sail in fresh water, whether you'll sailing tomorrow or next year. If possible, let it dry out in the shade;

5. Always de-rig your sail after a windsurfing session. Roll the sail tightly from the head, and put it in the bag;

6. If you're storing your sail in a garage or large indoor space, lie it horizontally flat on the ground. If you're storing it in a vertical position, ensure that the luff pocket rests on the floor;

7. Back to windsurfing after a long time off? Remove old dirt with mild detergent and tepid water;

Learn how a windsurfing sail works and how to rig it properly.