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WINDSURFING GLOSSARY

Batten: Carbon or epoxy “stays” running across the sail giving it support.

Camber: A preformed V shaped design attaching battens to the mast, gives the sail more stable draft.

Clew: Outer corner of the sail.

Downhaul: Amount of pull (via line & pulley) down on a sail creating bend in the mast.

Epoxy board: Fiberglass over foam core using epoxy resin.

Foot: Bottom section of the sail

Glass (polyester) board: Fiberglass wrap over foam core using polyester resin.

High End: Ability of a sail to perform in high winds.

Head: Top section of the sail.

IMCS: Indexed flexibility rating for mast stiffness.

Jibe: Down wind turn. Tail of board passes through the eye of the wind.

Leach: Trailing (loose) edge of the sail

Length: Size of the board tip to tail

Low End: Ability of a sail to perform in low wind.

Luff Panel: Panel next to the luff sleeve – transition to monofilm

Luff Sleeve (sock): Sleeve the mast runs up.

MCS: Flexibility rating for mast stiffness.

Monofilm: Clear panels on sails, a type of plastic.

Outhaul: Amount of pull (via a line & pulley) outward toward the clew.

Plastic board: Shell over foam core. Polyester (glass) board: Fiberglass wrap over foam core using polyester resin.

RAF: Non-cambered rotating assymetrical foil.

Rail: Side of the board.

Rail tuck: Shape of the rail in relation to the bottom of the board.

Rig: Complete sail, mast, and boom.

Rocker line: Amount of lift from tail to tip.

Spin out: Fin slides to the side in the water, caused by too small of fin with too big of sail

Tack: Up wind turn passing through the eye of the wind.

Triax: A sandwich material – clear plastic with carbon stringers running between the layers.

Twist: Amount a sail can bend/flex (laterally) when under wind load.

Universal Joint: The piece that connects the rig & board.

Vinyl: Window material in wave sails

Volume: Amount of floatation

Width: How wide the board is, measured at the “beam” (mast track).

 

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Can anyone learn to kite?
Kiting can be learned by anyone in decent physical shape. With proper instruction and adherence to safety precautions anyone can fly and enjoy kiting. The sport offers many levels of extremes and how far you choose to push it will be up to you. Some prefer to cruise around in light winds very relaxed, others are pushing the envelope each time they go out, jumping higher, trying new tricks etc. It is important to find the path that feels comfortable for you. If you are uncertain, take the an Introductory course, we will supply the equipment and you decide if you like it. We are pretty certain, once you fly you will be hooked.

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