HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WINDSURFING HARNESS? 

Windsurfing is a sport the vast majority of people can enjoy. It’s very simple really - you glide over the water powered by the wind. We recommend equipment that’s ideal for beginners and those of you looking to step up a gear and enjoy an even greater sailing experience!

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Choosing a windsurfing harness should be based on three criteria: your level, the type of windsurfing you do and your build.

1 / BASED ON YOUR LEVEL

The purpose of the harness is to transfer the power generated by the sail to your pelvis in order to save your arms from making too great an effort and ensure your back and lower back are kept in the right position. The longer you spend sailing, the more important it is to choose a comfortable harness which provides good support.

WAIST HARNESS

A waist harness is ideal to get used to harnesses. It fits around your waist (without self-tensioning straps) and comes with a hook positioned quite high enabling you to unhook yourself from the rigging more easily. The models vary in terms of how rigid they are.

SEAT HARNESS

In order to improve, seat harnesses with self-tensioning straps enable power to be locked down in a sitting position, with your the buttocks providing support and the hook is positioned relatively low (closer to the wearer’s centre of gravity).

2 / BASED ON THE TYPE OF WINDSURFING YOU PRACTICE

If you sail above all in a light to moderate winds with a large volume board, a waist harness is the best solution as you’ll often have to unhook the rigging. Its highly-positioned hook will enable you to sail in a more upright position and frequently change positions

If you make long tacks with strong sails, we recommend a seat harness to optimise traction and comfort. For those of you who sail with large rigs or who suffer from backache, a seat harness will make spreading the load easier and, as a result help you save strength.

3 / BASED ON YOUR BUILD

Choosing a harness also depends on your build. Bear in mind that both types of harness come in different sizes: S, M, L. You must respect them and take the time to try them to ensure your harness works efficiently and is comfortable.

It’s also important to choose the right pair of harness adjustment lines which link the harness to the rig. There are several sizes of adjustment lines: 24 cm, 26 cm, 28 cm. When wearing the harness for the first few times, use fairly long adjustable lines and then gradually reduce their length as you gain more experience. After several sessions, you’ll be able to adjust your lines as you want them (more or less on the front of the wishbone and depending on the height at which the wishbone is fastened onto the mast).

Cécile

Watersports Specialist

Remember to rinse your harness and dry it every time after you use it

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