the Winter Waves
by David Helliwell
the 1970's, windsurfers around the world have been sailing on
as many new waters as possible. Lakes, oceans, small waves, big
waves, warm water, cold
water - And one group of avid windsurfers continues to pursue their
passion on the winter time waters of Canada, the US, and northern Europe.
Wind swept frozen lakes are popular hang outs for the boys and girls
of summer who happen to live in places with frozen winters. Ice sailors
- They've been clocked in the neighbourhood of 100 km/h - So warm clothes,
a bit of padding and a helmet are usually worn over the sailors board
shorts and bikinis.
The Snowfer is a patented sled for boardsailing
on snow and ice, using a conventional windsurfing rig. The basic techniques
are quite similar on water, but considerably easier on snow and ice
since the "tipping effect" is eliminated.
It is very easy to learn and can be
used anywhere around the world as long as there are snow-covered fields
or ice-covered lakes. You only need a marginal wind to sail the Snowfer.