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Adventures of windsurfing

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Are there any new adventure sports out there? Sometimes I wonder if there are not any more options for new sports to try. I’ve gone surfing, wakeboarding, parasailing, white water rafting & kayaking, hiking, ziplining, snowboarding and cliff jumping. I’m always looking for some new sports to try, when I came across the groupon for windsurfing with windsure.

Windsurfing combines elements of sailing and surfboarding. I’ve tried surfing before and enjoyed it and I’ve been in a sailboat at least but definitely need to go again in the recent future. When my friend told me about a windsurfing deal for $15 I figured that was a great opportunity. The group classes normally $52 for 2 hour introductory lessons. The lesson brings you through dry land simulations, teaching theory and giving plenty of time for on the water training.

I was nervous as it was my first time and the class was initially canceled due to too much wind for beginners. But there’s really only a few things to know. Stand in the middle of the board, knees bent, to keep your balance and grab the rope to make a T position. After you are straight enough, take your front hand and place it at the back of the sail in a chicken arm and then bring it 80 degrees and drop the remaining hand. It’s good to glide across the wind such as at the 3 or 9 position of a clock facing the wind. To turn around, let go of the sail, hold on the rope to the T position, bring the sail around the back of the boat and pivot until you are 180 degrees. It’s that simple and then you’re windsurfing!

I expected to fall down a lot of not be able to pick up the sail and just get exhausted. Yet it was awesome, lots of fun with simple instructions. I highly recommend it. If you know of any other interesting sports to try, let me know.


Outdoor events in the lower mainland

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There are many fun places to go in Vancouver to enjoy the outdoors. I figured I’d write about 2 things I love to do… White Water Rafting and Hiking.

If someone wants to go White Water Rafting there’s a great place in Chilliwack. I went there 2 weeks ago at the Chilliwack River River Rafting and had a blast. It’s less then $100 per person to go and about 8 people can fit in a raft. The ride is about 14kms and 5 hours long. A bunch of us got together and went up rafting for the Saturday and found so many people ready for some adventures as well. Definetely worth it, and not too dangerous. I went on the classic ride, but I’d recommend the canyon more for the more adventurous.
This is my second time going to to this location where 2 years ago I went White Water Kayaking which was even better if you ask me. It was such a thrill, paddling on your own with more chances to fall out and nore private group runs. Lots of fun! Definetely an inexpensive way to have some fun just outside of the Vancouver area.

rafting adventures

rafting classic

There are also many hikes in Vancouver. I went to Deep Cove for a relaxing hike over the Canada Day weekend. The famous Baden Powell train runs by the Burrard Inlet in Deep Cove. It’s a very scenic hike through the forest with many streams & a beautiful view of the Indian Arms from the bluffs. Very worthwile, and not too strenuous. It takes about 1-2 hours to take in the views and enjoy yourself. I like this much better then the Grouse Grind which is basically just stairs and not changing sceneries. A very good workout, but not so much taking it easy. Check it the Deep Cove hike if you haven’t already

Hiking trail


aged tree

nature trail

Deep Cove viewpoint


Written by gloriastarr

July 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm