Frequently asked questions


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1. Where can I do windskating/skatesurfing? Which locations are ideal?

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2. How can I build a windskater? Where can I buy useful skateboards/rollsurfer?

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3. Where can I buy second handed sails, booms ..? How do I fix the sail at the board?

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4. Is windskating not much more dangerous as windsurfing?

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5. How fast can I ride going windskating in comparison to windsurfing?

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6. Can you jump with a windskater like the windsurfers on water?

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7. What is the special attraction/faszination of windskating?

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8. How can we do windskating on inline-skates?

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9. Are there any clubs, organizations or schools for windskating?

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10. Where can I get and how can I built an Ice-Surfer?

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11. Since when people have been windskating? Who was the inventor?

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12. What is the differenz between streetsailing, windskating, skatesurfing and rollsurfing?

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13. Why has windskating not became as popular as windsurfing?

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14. Is it also possible to do kitesurfing on skateboards or inline-skates?

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Where can I do windskating/skatesurfing? Which locations are ideal?

A choice of the best national spots you can find in our International Location Index

In principle, one can say that parking lots of big supermarkets which you can find everywhere are are useful, or if you don't want to wait for the weekend or end of work you can use lonely country roads. Sometimes there are bigger asphalted areas at (shut down) factory plants, storehouses, exhibition grounds, old military airports, etc.

If you can't find useful asphalted areas or you always get problems with the local police/owners you can try a rollsurfer that are because of the huge wheels also working on gras, sand, gravel ... Informations about them you can find under www.rollsurfing.com

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How can I build a windskater? Where can I buy useful skateboards/rollsurfer?

For building a windskater board please take into account the tips of our Stuff Page. Just for try windskating it's also possible to use just a normal longboard as you can find in every skateboard store or wholesale trade.

If you go windskating regularly or if you progressed it is adviceable to buy a specialized skateboard which is optimized for windskating as you can find under www.rollsurfing.com. There you can also find rollsurfers that are because of the huge wheels working on gras, sand, gravel ..

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Where can I buy second handed sails, booms ..? How do I fix the sail at the board?

Usually tons of second handed windsurf stuff you can find in your local newspapers or magazines which inform about second-hand goods. Also you can get cheap second handed windsurf stuff in the most windsurf stores.

The mastbase can be fixed at the board by means of powerjoint and adapter (eg. from the company "F2"). Just drill a hole in the board and fix it with a reverse screw.

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Is windskating not much more dangerous as windsurfing?

Certainly you should have a normal sense of responsibility and self-assessment - helmet, kneepads and firm glooves are part of the basic equipment! A lot of safety tips you can find here

If it is more important for you to do tricks on the windskater as going very fast, then soon you will see that you can jump off and run/walk out your speed when it is necessary. As usually noone uses a trapez, there are no uncontrolled crashes.

But if you are one of the guys who want to hit his limits and go windskating without a helmet during "fat winds" - maybe even using a trapez and foot traps - and try to overtake a dragster, then you are one of the negativ examples who produce the prejudices against the windskating.
If a windsurfer drown in a strong shore-break or is missing in strong off-shore winds people just say: "Bad luck for him" - is that normal?

If we compare our own injuries we got from windsurfing and windskating we must say that all in all our windskating injuries have been more harmless!!

Did you know that the inventor of windskating - Renaud Rossnay - lost his life while going windsurfing :-))

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How fast can I ride going windskating in comparison to windsurfing?

I just can say: Faster as your natural instinct wants!! This is because of the low friction of the skateboard. Speed of 30-40 mph like the windsurfers on water is quite easy to reach.
Therfore you should think about a robust skateboard and sufficient protective equipment if you are going for speed.

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Can you jump with a windskater like the windsurfers on water?

Using foot traps you can also do big airs and table tops as you can see on our topic page, but believe me: The concrete forgives no mistakes like the water does. And even controlled landings hit your knees and your back very hard sometimes .. So better don't try it or do it so often!!

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What is the special attraction/faszination of windskating?

Windskating is often done to get rid of "windsurfing withdrawal symptoms". But it's much more: The real highlight is to train in an easy way new difficult tricks eg. Duck Tack, Reverse Monkey-Jibe, Heli Tack, Push Tack ... , to get fast them working on the water afterwards. You can develope an almost unlimited creativity doing tricks on a windskater. Believe me: Many tricks which you probably never will control in your whole windsurfer life on the water are working quite easy on a windskater. Try it!!

The possebilities on the concrete demonstrate our movie clips.

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How can we do windskating on inline-skates?

Therefore you need a special sail construction: The Skatewing.
This sail has small sticks (turned to inside at both ends) on which the sail is layed down on the inline shoe during cruising. When the wind blows into the sail the sticks are pressed onto the shoe and so the sail is temporarely fixed to the surfer.

There is only one disadvantage: Because there is no constant fixing you can only do speed surfing. Doing tricks is rather impossible. Tacks and jibes are done by pulling the sail horizontally over the head.

More Informations about the Skatewing you can find under www.skatewing.de.

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Are there any clubs, organizations or schools for windskating?

Unfortunately, up to now not. Probably 'caus there is a lack of good free asphalted areas and because of the obstinate prejudice regarding the safety.

Though our local windskating group "Munich Surflords" organizes regularly windskating meetings and we also in 2000 some free windskating courses and equipment advicing.

For news, trends and events please pay attention to our newsletter.

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Where can I get and how can I built an Ice-Surfer?

Therefore check out our German Icesurfing links.

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Since when people have been windskating? Who was the inventor?

The first real streetsailors came up several years, before the first windsurfers have been seen on the water. More informations about this topic you can find in our history page.

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What is the differenz between streetsailing, windskating, skatesurfing and rollsurfing?

Streetsailing, windskating, skatesurfing and rollsurfing are synomyms and mean windsurfing on skateboards or larger rollboards eg. mountain boards.

Rollsurfer usually having air filled wheels that also working on gras, sand, gravel. Therefore rollsurfer mainly are used for surfing on the beach. Windskater (that means kinds of larger skateboards) you can only find on the concrete, where it is more easy and safe (spin-outs!) to do and learn tricks.

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Why has windskating not became as popular as windsurfing?

Probably 'caus there is a lack of good free asphalted areas and because of the obstinate prejudice regarding the safety (?!).

Unfortunately, often people underestimate the huge potential of this exciting funsport. Especially, to learn difficult tricks eg. 360°, Duck-Jibe, Heli Tack, Duck Tack ...

And certain things always remain a matter of the freaks ...

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Is it also possible to do kitesurfing on skateboards or inline-skates?

Sure!! Though I personal prefer to kite with a skateboard as it's much more simular to the kitesurfing on water.

Suitable kites for kiteskating are the products of the "JOJO ET Series" size 3-8mē which are much cheaper (prize about 1000 DM) as the hightech kites for water use. A online shop for this kites you can find under www.wings-to-fly.de. I mainly use for kiteskating the "JOJO ET 5500" (kitesize 5.5mē) which produces in 2-3 bft winds (10-15 mph) with a 100 feet long lines set optimal power. In 4-5 bft winds it's still possible to control it with 30 feet lines. More technical tips about the kite choice.

Some hints yet:

- Get some line sets of different length eg. 30, 60, 100 feet, so you are well prepared for different wind conditions. The rule says: The more longer the lines, the more power the kite has.

- A handle bar makes it easier to control the kite. Besides it helps to save your muscle power. If you are advanced you can even try a trapez like on water.

- As strong forces can effect your skateboard it's important to install big wheels. Helmet, knee pads and gloves are recommended urgently, 'caus already in less winds you can get very fast ...

- In order to minimize the wear and tear of your kite it's adviceable to start and land the kite always in the meadow. Moreover try to fly the kite always over grass during you ride over the concrete. Always stay in respectfull distance to tries, telephone and electric poles!!

- Should I fly two or four lines? This is matter of taste in the end. Two lines are easier to fly for beginners. With four lines it's easier to control the kite in strong winds (break lines !!), but you have a little bit more effort to build up and break down the kite.

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