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    Sealife-Adventures
    www.sealife-adventures.com
    Sealife-Adventures Trip Calender
    Sealife-adventures is a Visit Scotland 4 star Wildlife Experience. We run wildlife, whirlpool and whale watching trips from our purpose-built easy access pontoon and private car park on Seil, a scenic 30 minute drive south of Oban. Our boat offers a unique combination of uncrowded comfort, stability and exceptional speed from silenced twin engines. All trips are skippered by David, a marine biologist who has been an owner/skipper in this area for 25 years. Our enthusiastic wildlife guide will provide commentary, binoculars and an endless supply of hot drinks and biscuits. We have a toilet on board. We have scheduled the following trips for the next few days, pre-booking is strongly advised. We can schedule in other trips to suit you.
    Please phone us on 01852 300 203 (eve and weekend) or 01631 57 10 10 (office hours), if you wish to book or for more information or if you wish us to schedule in more trips.
    EASY ACCESS pontoon & car.
    Fri March 29th 14:15 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Sat March 30th 11:00 - 4hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Sat March 30th 15:00 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Sun March 31st 09:45 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Sun March 31st 12:45 - 4hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Mon April 1st 10:45 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Mon April 1st 13:45 - 4hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Tue April 2nd 11:45 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Tue April 2nd 14:45 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Wed April 3rd 10:15 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Wed April 3rd 13:00 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Thu April 4th 14:00 - 4hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Fri April 5th 14:30 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Saturday April 6th 12:00 - 3hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Monday April 8th 13:00 - 3hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Tuesday April 9th 13:45 - 3hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Wednesday April 10th 14:00 - 3hr Corryvreckan whirlpool special
    Thursday April 11th 14:30 - 3hr Corryvreckan whirlpool special
    Friday April 12th 11:00 - 4hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Sunday April 14th 12:30 - 4hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Wednesday April 17th 15:00 - 3hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Thursday April 18th 11:45 - 4hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Friday April 19th 15:00 - 3hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Monday April 22nd 14:45 - 3hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Tuesday April 23rd 12:00 - 4hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Wednesday April 24th 9:15 - 4hr Wildlife tour including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Thu April 25th 14:00 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Fri April 26th 11:00 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Friday April 26th 14:30 - 3hr Corryvreckan whirlpool special
    Saturday April 27th 15:00 - 3hr Corryvreckan whirlpool special
    Sat April 27th 15:00 - 3hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Mon April 29th 12:15 - 4hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool
    Tue April 30th 13:15 - 4hr Wildlife cruise including Corryvreckan whirlpool

    Clearsky Adventure Centre
    www.clearsky-adventure.com
    Get the winter woollies 'back on' and join in the family fun at Castle Ward this Easter!
    Bring the family along for some Easter fun at Castle Ward...
    We have lots of great events lined up over Easter including our brand new inflatable go-kart track (largest in Ireland!) and with the National Trust's Easter Fair (and mega-egg hunt!) also taking place, you can fill your days with bundles of fun! Scroll down to see more information on different things available for both families and children...
    Easter Family Fun!
    We have lots available for families who are looking for ways to enjoy the Easter break and keep the whole family happy! Here are some of our suggestions:
    ARCHERY
    'have-a-go' sessions! Every day throughout Easter from age 4 years +
    Canoe hire
    Every day throughout Easter! Kayaks, Canoes, Rafts - something for everyone from age 4 years plus
    Bike Hire!
    Quality bikes for hire including toddler tag-along trailers, suitable from 9 months old. Every day throughout Easter
    15% OFF if you hire both bikes AND boats!
    Family Adventure Day, Tuesday 2nd April
    Have a giggle and spend some quality time together! A fun filled session for everyone aged 4 years +, enjoy Canoeing, Archery and Orienteering with our friendly guides to help you along the way!
    Costs just �25 per person or �90 per family of 4 - places are limited so book quickly!
    All this as well as the National Trust Easter Fair:
    - Clearsky's giant fireman Sam slide
    - Clearsky's BRAND NEW inflatable go-kart track (largest in Ireland)
    - Easter Bunny
    - Cadbury's Easter Trail
    - Easter Egg MEGA-hunt - over 10,000 eggs!
    - Egg & spoon race
    ...and much much more!
    Call us on 028 437 23933 to book or email us on fun@clearsky-adventure.com - don't miss out!
    Kids' Easter Adventure Camp! (3rd - 5th April)
    Canoeing, Climbing, Archery & more, our Easter Camp is bursting with heaps of fun and excitement - we promise to send them back tired every day! And on top of that, there's a free daily shuttle bus available from Newcastle, Downpatrick and Strangford. Only �30 per day or �75 for all 3 days! 4 places left. Call us to reserve your place on 028 437 23933 or email us!

    The Island Rib Voyages
    www.islandribvoyages.co.uk
    SPECIAL OFFER - SATURDAY SARK DAY TRIP ONLY
    SATURDAY, 27th April 2013
    SPECIAL OFFER - SARK DAY TRIP ONLY �40.00
    ALBERT PIER, ST. HELIER - 10:00 till 17:00
    TO BOOK
    EMAIL: info@islandribvoyages.co.uk
    PHONE: (0)7797 760 954
    Weekend Trips To Les Ecrehous and Carteret
    SPRING IS FINALLY HERE
    This weekend, why not treat yourself to a trip to Les Ecrehous or Carteret, spaces are limited, so don't wait and be disappointed.
    Saturday, 20th April Trips
    RIB Les Ecrehous Trip - Saturday, 20 April 2013. 08:30 - 11:30 - Location: St Cath's Breakwater - Space(s) Available. Price: �45.00
    RIB Carteret - Saturday, 20 April 2013. 12:00 - 17:00 - Location: St Cath's Breakwater - Space(s) Available. Price: �55.00
    Sunday, 21st April Trips.
    RIB Les Ecrehous Trip - Sunday, 21 April 2013. 09:00 - 12:00 - Location: St Cath's Breakwater - Space(s) Available. Price: �45.00
    RIB Les Ecrehous Trip - Sunday, 21 April 2013. 13:00 - 16:00 - Location: St Cath's Breakwater - Space(s) Available. Price: �45.00
    We have several scheduled trips, have a look at our Availability Page and either reply to this email, email us at info@islandribvoyages.co.uk or just call the office on (0)1534 769 165 to book your trip or discuss or requirements. We can accommodate up to 12 passengers, and offer discounts for groups bookings and private charters. Some times it's cheaper to charter the entire boat instead buying individual seats. Email or call us with your request and will endeavour to assist in finding the best solution to fit your needs.

    BN1 Kitesurfing
    www.bn1kitesurfing.co.uk
    2013 BN1 Kitesurfing Season
    Hi Guys & Girls, I hear its rather chilly in the UK so this might not be the most appropriate time chat about kitesurfing, but we all know how the UK weather can change in a heart beat and 2013 season is only a few weeks away! So hears my Pre season reminder that I will be back from the 5th April and ready to rock and roll on the beach for all you wishing for a session to get you back on your feet for what will hopefully be another windy season. Please let me know if you would like to book a session or two, if not I'll look forward to seeing you all having a smashing time out at sea ...
    BN1 Kitesurfing Trip Soma Bay 2013
    This year I will be kicking off the kitesurfing season in April with an early trip to Soma Bay Egypt ... Nothing like some early sun and wind before the UK summer. I have one place leaved so if your interested do please contact myself directly or Matt at Planet Kitesurf. http://www.bn1kitesurfing.co.uk/soma-trip-april-2013/. Also, If you are keen to attend one later in the year around October/November please do let me know. Hope all is fun where ever you are!

    Carrowmena Activity Centre
    www.carrowmena.co.uk
    Glamping @ Carrowmena Activity Centre
    Hey all... just to keep you all up to date with our Camping Cocoons aka 'Glamping'
    Our 2 New Camping Cocoons will be ready for action Easter 2013.
    4 x Camping Cocoons sleeping 6 each - Total 24 persons... see below brochure for more details.
    We are taking bookings NOW...
    To 'BOOK' contact office on 028 7776 3431 or drop an email to info@carrowmena.co.uk
    We look forward to seeing you all for a 'Spot of Glamping' ...

    Edith May Trading Company
    www.edithmay.com
    Talks, Music, Film Nights
    Westmoreland Restoration Talk - Friday 12th April
    A short presentation by the newly formed 'Westmoreland Trust Community Interest Company' to provide an update on progress of the restoration of the famous barge in Halstow Dock. Held at the Lower Halstow Memorial Hall, 1930hrs. Open to all members of the public.
    'Introducing New Talent' - Saturday 13th April
    Last few tickets remaining for this introductory evening. 3 young acts play aboard, hoping to make a name for themselves. Barge open 184hrs, music from 1930hrs. Tickets �6. http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/shop/introducing-new-talent/
    Medway Prison Hulks Talk by George Peters - Sunday 14th April
    A talk by the popular local historian about the prison hulks that use to lay in the river. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Brickfields. Please email or call 07875503926 for further details and if you wish to reserve tickets.
    Final 2012/13 Tea Room
    This seasons final tea room is Sunday 21st April.
    Volunteers
    If anyone is available to lend a hand, volunteers are sought for next Tuesday and Wednesday to help with painting the decks and rigging.
    Easter Tea Room Times
    The barge will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. The final weekend of the tea room is 18th - 21st April.
    'Introducing New Talent' Music Night
    Following a request from a couple of young bands to play aboard the Edith May, we are pleased to announce an 'Introducing' evening, with three young acts booked in. Barge is open from 1845hrs, music from 1930hrs. Tickets �6 - http://www.edithmaybargecharter.co.uk/shop/introducing-new-talent/
    Rochester Sweeps Festiva
    The barge will be returning to Rochester Sweeps this year on 4th-6th May. The highlight is BBC R2 'Young Folk Musician of the Year' Nominee, Luke Jackson, playing aboard on Sunday night.
    'No Worries' will be playing aboard on Saturday night.
    Tickets available from Medway Councils Box Office - http://www.whatsonmedway.co.uk/festivals/sweeps-festival/edith-may-barge
    There will also be acts playing throughout the day on Saturday, Sunday and Monday whilst the tea room is open, serving tea, cakes and real ales.
    Tea Room
    Please note, the tea room will be closing early (at 245pm) this Sunday (17th) for a private party. The final weekend of the winter tea room will be 17th-21st April before she heads up to the Sweeps Festival (see below).

    Pasty Adventures
    www.pastyadventures.co.uk
    Spring Kitesurfing Clinics in Cornwall
    with BKSA coach Lee 'Pasty' Harvey
    Winter is almost over and to get you back kiting again this season we have some great clinics lined up to push you onwards and upwards. Not only will you get to work on your technique on the day but you will also get plenty to work on over the coming months!
    Wave Clinic - Sat 30th March at Gwithian - �60pp
    This clinic is for kiters who are already riding a surfboard and want to perfect their wave riding technique and carve some nice turns. As well as looking at riding technique, we will also cover all the theory involved with kiting in the waves, from spotting rips to survival tactics. Full details on the website. 2013 demo boards available to test from North Kiteboarding.
    Intro to Strapless/surfboard riding - Sat 13th April - �50pp
    Never ridden a surfboard before and wondering what all the fuss is about? On this clinic we will get you up and riding on a surfboard, making transitions and carving up your first waves. To come on this clinic you must be confident riding in the ocean and able to stay upwind. 2013 North surfboards available to use. Location will be Marazion or Gwithian.
    Intermediate Twin Tip - Sun 14th April - �50pp (almost full!)
    Looking to take your kitesurfing to the next level in time for the start of the season? We will get you jumping, riding toeside, landing back rolls and much more if that's what you want. To come on this clinic you must be confident riding in the ocean and able to stay upwind. Location will be Marazion or Gwithian. Demo kit available to test from North Kiteboarding.
    All the details of clinic content & back up dates are on the website http://www.pastyadventures.co.uk/kitesurf-clinics.html
    Space are filling fast. Email any enquiries to lee@pastyadventures.co.uk

    Gone Swimming
    www.goneswimming.co.uk
    Spring is almost on the way - the daffodils are out in North Wales... under the snow!
    * STOP PRESS * STOP PRESS * STOP PRESS *
    During January our bookings went crazy, so we have shuffled a few things around, and added some MORE dates to the diary to accommodate demand. 7th - 9th of June, and 19th - 21st of July both based in Snowdonia. Thank you so much for your interest, and hopefully we can show a few more of you around the beautiful swims in North Wales.
    Starting 2013 with a Brrrrrr
    It's been a busy start to 2013 for us, racing at both the Cold Water Swimming Championships in Tooting Bec, and Chill Swim in Windermere. Thanks very much to all of you who came along to see us, to cheer us on in the relay races, and to sample our home-made Bara Brith. You might be amazed to know that we don't stop swimming holidays over the winter, and we had a full-house on our last two trips to South Snowdonia in February & March. Some spectacular swims with the water temperatures all under 3 degrees. The lovely Hannah & hilarious Patrick from Maia Media accompanied us on that trip to make a video about wild swimming in the winter, if we can have this much fun in February - imagine what it's like in the summer!
    We'd like to thank Sam and Sarah from What If Innovations who joined our relay team for the Cold Water Swimming Championships in Tooting Bec.
    We would also like to thank Simon from H2Open Magazine and Helen who joined our relay team for Chill Swim!
    We've had numerous enquiries about private trips - indeed we've got a few booked in. This is something that we are more than happy to arrange - whether you have a specific swim in mind (such as the Menai Strait) or whether you fancy a nice weekend away with your mates.... get in touch or reply to this email.

    Mayberry Kayaking
    www.mayberrykayaking.co.uk
    March Newsletter
    Three Weeks to Spring!
    Are you excited as we are about spring coming? The birds are starting to hang around in pairs (I was watching seven Mallards fighting for mating rights over one female this week while waiting for customers to arrive), the daffodils are beginner to bloom and some people have done the first cut of their lawns. We've been busy for February, probably the busiest since I started eight years ago. All this has meant we've been looking for someone to help this summer so watch this space! If you haven't booked anything yet for this summer then have a look at our unbelievable deal, aimed at those who want to be able to go out by themselves this summer, also our Pembrokeshire Classics in June and September for experienced paddlers wanting to find the best in Pembrokeshire Sea Kayaking. Our charity event in June is filling up fast, 40% in just four weeks so don't miss out, when it's full it's full.
    What's coming up...
    March 23/28 - An unbelievable Deal! (2 places left)
    April 13/14 - Beginners Course
    April 20/21 - Progressive Course
    May 4/5 - Intermediate Course (3 Places left)
    Bespoke Sea Kayaking arranged to suit you.
    Beginners Sea Kayak Tours arranged too.
    Call us on 01348 874699 to reserve your place on any of the above.
    Bespoke Coaching
    Bespoke means a trip or course that's tailored to your wishes, perhaps you'd like to spend the day working on specific skills or just go for a paddle somewhere a little different or more committing than you usually would? These are proving to be a popular addition to our offerings with some people wanting to get wet in February, book yours now!
    Wow, this has proved popular!
    Another new offering for 2013 is our Pembrokeshire Classics Expedition. Five days kayaking trips - Strumble Head, Ramsey Island and the Bishops and Clerks, Skomer and Skokholm, Castlemartin Range - and six nights accommodation included for only �657. We only posted it two weeks ago and only have two places left already!
    Only 2 places left now!
    Get yourself competent on the sea in time for the summer at a great discounted price! (When you book before 9th March)
    6 days coaching �314
    3 Star Assesment
    BCU fees
    Total �314
    Steve Bunston Cover Boy!
    We got this great shot of Steve B rock-hopping this month which gave me an idea! You're already used to seeing our pictures all over facebook, so click like on your favourites as they come up and the one with the most likes will become our cover photo for the following month. At the end of the season we'll run a competition to decide the best of the bunch and offer a free kayaking trip to whoever is in the picture. Make sense? Great, get onto our facebook page and like away!
    Hire Sit on Tops
    Hire Sit on Tops and explore Fishgaurd Harbour or float around in Newport Estuary. We are able to deliver these to you at Lower Fishgaurd, Pwll Gwealod or Newport area, including the cottage you are staying at. View prices and terms.
    WWSKM 2013
    We've done it again, the second West Wales Sea Kayak Meet is happening in June. The event is 40% full after only four weeks of announcing it. Guests so far include two Polish, two Czechs, two guidebook writers and two people who kayaked all the way around the UK last year!!! All this means there will be some really interesting people to meet so if you're hesitating don't wait too long. Last years event was full two months ahead of time and we had to turn people away.
    February Newsletter
    It's February and the Razorbills, Guillemotts and other sea birds are all beginning to arrive back, which means only one thing... Spring is on the way! We've not been up to much this month, unless you count updating the entire website, some rock hopping, surfing, playing in the snow and organising this years WWSKM. Spring courses are filling up nicely and take a look at our unbelievable offer, I think we've finally gone a little mad, all to your benefit though! See you soon, Mike and Shelley
    Bargain at �40 per day!
    February 9/10 - Rock Hopping and Incident Management (3 places left)
    February 16/17 - WW South Wales/ CIWW (3 places left)
    February 23/24 - Sea Kayaking (2 places left)
    March 2/3 - WW Cardiff Centre/ South Wales (3 places left)
    Then the new season starts...
    March 9/10 - Beginner Sea Kayaking (1 place left)
    March 16/17 - Progressive Sea Kayaking (2 places left)
    March 23/28 - An unbelievable Deal!
    Call us on 01348 874699 to reserve your place on any of the above.
    Surfing
    Steve B and Damien had a great time surfing their sea kayaks in 1m waves at Newport this month. Lots of swimming, a few rolls and skills learned. Unfortunately my camera died the day before so no pictures for you. You'll have to take our word for it, they were awesome! We're organising a surf kayaking date soon, get in touch if you're interested and watch this space for details!
    Rockhopping
    What a great day we had paddling out of Solva for this months rockhopping day. The perfect amount of swell in fantastic sunshine. There is still space on the 9th February for you. Call us now on 10348 874699 to book.
    Bespoke Coaching
    Almost 50% off any bespoke sea kayaking course or trip during January and February. Bespoke courses and trips means a trip or course that's tailored to your wishes, perhaps you'd like to spend the day working on specific skills or just go for a paddle somewhere a little different or more committing than you usually would?
    An Unbelievable Deal
    Get yourself competent on the sea in time for the summer at a great discounted price!
    6 days coaching �314
    3 Star Assessment
    BCU fees
    Total �314
    WWSKM 2013
    We've done it again, the second West Wales Sea Kayak Meet. Last years event raised nearly �1500 for the Wales Air Ambulance and the same for the RNLI. This years profits are going to the same two charities. It's a fantastic social weekend so book your place today, make some new paddling friends or just catch up with old ones.

    Errant Surf Holidays
    www.errantsurf.com
    Top 3 European Surfing Locations for 2013
    Sagres - Portugal
    Sagres in Portugal is one of the best spots for summer surfing. As the most south westerly location in mainland Europe, Sagres picks up plenty of good surf and sunshine. Think cobbled streets, long empty sandy beaches, amazing sunsets and quite roads. This is Sagres. Sagres is ideal if you are a couple of a family looking for a surfing holiday away from the busy, hectic modern world. Top tip: If you love seafood you HAVE to try out "A Tasca" a stunning restaurant overlooking the marina in Sagres. Fly into Faro airport and hire a car.
    Loredo - Spain
    Loredo (not Laredo) in Spain has long been a hushed secret of good waves, friendly locals and mountain backed scenery. What is most surprising about Loredo is the fact that there are daily flights from London every day which take 2 hours and cost less than a tank of fuel to get to Cornwall. The water is warmer than Portugal and with a weaker Euro eating out in the amazing steak restaurants is a bargain. Loredo is ideal for families, couples and single surfers due to the wide range of accommodation and social activities. Top tip: Make sure you pack a Spanish phrase book (this isn't the Costa del Sol). Take the foot passenger boat over to Santander city at least once but be careful not to go during siesta 1pm - 4pm as everything is closed.
    Seignosse - France
    Seignosse in France is home to the world championship surf tour every October. With miles and miles of golden sand this is an awesome place to spend your summer vacation. A deep offshore underwater trench funnels all swell towards this part of the coastline. So if it's flat in Seignosse it'll be pretty much flat everywhere in France. If you're into shopping you'll love Seignosse it is the European home to the major surf brands Quiksilver, Billabong and Roxy. Top tip: A must do is a sunset drink (or two) at the Rock Food cafe. Fly into either Bordeaux or Biarritz. Get surfing in the morning for lighter winds. Wine is good and cheap, so enjoy it!
    Limited Offer �500 Off Our Luxury Surfing Holidays
    We have a limited number of luxury surf holidays on a super 30% discount when you choose to stay at the Hotel Atlantic in Agadir, Morocco. You'll still receive the exceptional service of our surf team who will pick you up and take you to the best surf beaches in Taghazoute and return you to this 5* hotel at the end of the day. The week surf holiday includes 7 nights stay in double or twin room, 5 days surf school with lunch, all surfing equipment, breakfast every day and return airport transfers. Website price is �834 per person based on two people. Book now and get this for only �584 per person! Saving a cool �500. No black out dates! Contact us as this offer won't be around for long!

    Poole Windsurfing
    www.poolewindsurfing.co.uk
    How To Windsurf Guide - Part 3
    In this final installment of our how to windsurf guide, we want to give you a clear breakdown of the 5 skills that you will be learning on your beginners windsurfing lessons. These steps are essential learning blocks and should be included as part of any good windsurfing schools syllabus for simulator work & on water training during a beginners windsurfing course.
    Assuming you have your overall plan of action clear in your mind from reading our How To Windsurf Guide - Part 2 lets get down to the essentials that any beginner windsurfer needs to know.
    1. Naming the various parts of a windsurf board & sail - It's no good if your instructor is telling you to put one hand on the mast & the other on the boom if you don't know what these things are! A quick tour of the windsurf board & sail should be the first thing you cover on your beginners windsurf course.
    Looking at the board, you have have to know the front form the back (otherwise you may end up windsurfing backwards!). The front is more rounded & the back more squared off. The three parts that fit to a board are called the daggerboard, fin & universal joint (UJ for short). The daggerboard stops sideways drift (the curse of all those learning how to windsurf!) and gives much needed stability! The fin keeps you moving in a straight line & the UJ is the missing link between board & sail, basically the magic piece of kit that allows windsurfing to happen.
    The sail or more correctly the 'rig' is a combination of the sail itself, a boom (which you hold onto) and a mast (which is the pole that runs up the front sleeve of the sail). With these three bits of kit, some ropes & a little knowledge of how to rig a windsurf sail correctly, you can be setup & ready to go in under 5 minutes from having rocked up at the beach!
    2. The Start Position - The very first thing you have to master in windsurfing is how to get yourself up on the board and in a balance position from which you can get moving. Easier said than done! Key points here are to understand the board has a centreline on which you must keep all your weight, using your stronger leg muscles rather than your back to pull the sail slowly from the water & creating an counter balance between the sail & your body.
    It takes some practice & a few splashes but after a short period of time & the right conditions this start position should become second nature.
    3. Static 180 Turn - You may think the next step in learning how to windsurf is to set sail into the sunset but what happens if you don't know how to turn around & come back home? This is why the second skill to learn is actually how to turn yourself & the board around a full static 180 turn.
    A simple explanation is that from your start position you lean the back end of the sail (called the clew end) down to try and touch the back of the board. This action will make the board start to rotate under your feet, at which point you must take small, controlled steps around the front of the board, making sure to stay very close to the centreline as explained earlier. Once the board has completed a full 180 degree turn and you are facing back to where you just came from (i.e. 'home') you adopt your start position once again, to stop the turning process & stabilise the board.
    It takes some practice, mainly to master the balance involved with tip toeing around the front of the board but it is an essential skill that must be learnt early on in your windsurfing career.
    4. The Sailing Position - Right, time to actually get windsurfing! You have been spinning round in circles practicing your static 180 degree turns & feel confident that that can get back home, so its time to master the all important step of getting from the start position and into a sailing position.
    There is nothing for it here but to remember a set sequence of movements that will best get you from standing still to moving along on your board. First, check you are aiming across the wind, cross your front hand onto the boom, release your backhand from the mast, move your feet into an 'L' shape (back foot behind the daggerboard & front foot by the mast), draw the sail up to the 'balance point' & take power into the sail by pulling on the boom with back hand.
    The above description is a good starting point but please note it is no substitute for taking tuition from a reputable windsurf school where you can practice the movements under supervision on a dry land simulator, gaining valuable muscle memory. You will also receive continued feedback & tips whilst out practicing on the water, particularly important as all thoughts seem to go out the window once you are actually out there trying to windsurf!
    5. Steering - Often overlooked but very important, is the ability to steer around your fellow beginner windsurfers & avoid other stationary objects such as expensive yachts! The key to steering is to think in terms of 'upwind' and 'downwind', not left and right. Because you change sides every time you turn 180 on a windsurf board, so does your effective left & right!
    To steer towards the wind you lean the clew end of your sail smoothly to the tail end of the board & to steer away from the wind you tilt the mast forwards/across the nose of the board. After each steering action you must return the sail to a neutral, upright position to straighten up your path.
    When practiced under professional supervision, using modern equipment and in the right conditions you will have loads of fun & your progress through the basics of learning how to windsurf will be swift. After taking beginners windsurfing lessons you really should continue your good work by hiring windsurf equipment to consolidate your learning. The absolute best way to learn & progress is to intersperse lessons with your own practice time. You can be shown 'how' to do something over and over but you won't ever really fully understand the movement without practicing it yourself.
    So, that's an overview of learning how to windsurf, from naming the various parts of the board and rig to actually getting to grips with the basic principles all beginner windsurfers need to know. In future posts on our Top Windsurfing Tips & News blog we will cover how to progress from beginner to improver windsurfing skills, detailing how to make your learning curve as smooth and enjoyable as possible!
    Enjoy your windsurfing.
    Top 5 Things To Do In Dorset - The Best Dorset Activities
    An insiders guide to the top things to do in Dorset, whether you are on holiday in Dorset or are a local resident looking for something special to do. Their are so many great Dorset activities, on what is one of the most diverse stretches of the UK's south coast. There really is something for everyone to do both on & off the water...
    1. Learn To Windsurf at UK's No1 Spot with the Poole Windsurfing School
    For years those in the know have been learning to windsurf in some of the best learning conditions in the UK. Poole Harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world & has the most ideal conditions for learning how to windsurf! Have a look at this source Our local windsurfing spot - Poole Harbour describing in great detail what makes Poole Harbour & the surrounding area such a great place to learn to windsurf and progress on to intermediate & advanced windsurfing. To sum it up for you, Poole Harbour has predominately on-shore winds (meaning you won't get blown out to sea!), gently shelving, shallow water to make it easy to get back on when you fall and windsurfing lessons & windsurf hire for all levels of ability!
    2. Take a walk on the Purbeck Hills
    Formed of a Cretaceous chalk the Purbeck Hills give commanding views across Poole Harbour, the Isle of Wight and out into the English Channel. Start by taking the Poole Harbour chain ferry and then walk out past Old Harry Rocks & onto the seaside town of Swanage. On route you can see rare species of flowers, animals & birds.
    3. Spend a day on Sandbanks beach
    Soak up the sun & enjoy the golden sands of this world famous 'Blue Flag' beach. One of the most relaxing things to do in Dorset! Sandbanks, Poole is renowned for its perfect beach, lined by the multi-million pound houses of the rich & famous! Sandbanks beach is part of the 7 mile stretch of continuous beach from the Sandbanks peninsula all the way to Hengistbury Head at Christchurch.
    4. Wildlife spotting on Brownsea Island
    The best place for seeing wildlife in Dorset. You can see a mass of bird life, deer & a thriving population of red squirrels. Brownsea Island is part of the National Trust organization. Taking the ferry across to Brownsea Island is an experience in itself. Once on the island there is varied landscape to explore and amazing views looking out across Poole Harbour and on to the Purbeck Hills. Kids will be happily entertained with the free wildlife 'Tracker Packs' provided by the visitor centre.
    5. Soak up Dorset's heritage with a trip on the Swanage Railway
    Experience a unique journey through six miles of breathtaking Dorset scenery, including the ruins of Corfe Castle. Providing access to historic villages, the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site & the seaside resort of Swanage. A great experience on your list of things to do in Dorset, you can stop off at some of the local villages on-route & even take Sunday lunch or evening dining!
    Enjoy your stay - you certainly won't run out of things to do in Dorset!
    Poole Windsurfing School - 2013 Opening Day
    The 1st May will be the opening day of season at the Poole Windsurfing school and we have lots of brand new windsurfing equipment from Goya, RRD, Amex & Billabong waiting for those who book early for windsurfing lessons and windsurf hire.
    It is the prefect time to start learning how to windsurf or get back into the sport after the winter, giving you the whole summer to master the sport. The water temperatures are just starting to warm up by then and the days are getting longer, making it a more enjoyable experience to get out there on the water.
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    The Best Windsurfing Magazines
    Obviously, our home grown 'Top Windsurfing Tips & News' should be your first port of call when it comes to getting info about anything windsurfing. You can't get much better than FREE articles about technique, equipment, bargain buys, travel & windsurf news! You can use the simple sign up form just to the right of this post and start receiving your free windsurfing tips & news without any more effort. For those reading who are UK based the choice for windsurfing magazines is very simple, as there are just two big players in the market:
    1. Boards Windsurfing Magazine
    Now coming out bi-annually Boards Windsurfing Magazine is packed with 180 pages of high quality windsurfing info. Boards magazine has been running for over 30 years and is designed first and foremost to inspire and inform, featuring imagery from the worlds top photographers and editorial from the best journalists in windsurfing. In annual format, the content is focused on longer, higher quality articles brought to life with full page imagery. The Spring/Summer Annual of Boards Magazine focuses on the flat-water side of windsurfing, covering freeride, slalom, speed and freestyle, whilst the Autumn/Winter Annual puts its attention to the wave and freewave elements of the sport. Both editions will appeal to all types of windsurfer. Stocked at almost all local windsurf shops, selected WHSmiths stores and private newsagents around the country. You can subscribe to the Boards Windsurfing Magazine on their website to effortless receive your copies direct to your door. If you pay by direct debit, 2 issues will cost you �10.95 (as opposed to �12.50 when paying by credit card). If you are lucky you could also find a promotional code on the internet, to get further discounts off the price! Back issues of Boards Windsurfing Magazine can be purchased from the website & they go all the way back to 2006.
    2. Windsurf Magazine
    Windsurf Magazine is published ten times per year: January/February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November/December. 1 years subscription of Windsurf Magazine costs �38 and like Boards Magazine, it can all be setup online & each issue delivered to your doorstep! If you are on your game in terms of technology, Windsurf Magazine is now available in digital form for your iPhone, iPad or Google devices.
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    The best Windsurfing photo's and stories from the biggest names in the business.
    Both are great magazines and really with one of them only coming out bi-annually, why not just get Boards & Windsurf Magazines? If you are really on a budget then maybe get the 2 Boards Magazines per year and then just top up with editions of Windsurf Magazine that have reviews/articles that take your fancy.




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