Windsurfing Near Bird Key

Wind Surfer Sarasota

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I’ve lived in Sarasota since 1971. I took this picture of a windsurfer in the park across from Bird Key. I remember watching people windsurfing in this spot when I was a kid, some 45 years ago.

I’m guessing that people windsurf here for several reasons:

  1. The water isn’t very deep
  2. There’s parking available within about thirty feet from the shoreline
  3. This isn’t a high traffic area for boats
  4. There’s a small launching pad
  5. Obviously, this must be a good area where the wind currents are particularly strong
  6. Even though the wind blows hard in this area the water doesn’t get overly rough
  7. Spectators can easily watch people windsurfing from the shore
  8. Windsurfers can top out at speeds of about 48 miles per hour

Facts About Windsurfing

  • The sport is also called boardsailing
  • Jim Drake created this sport in the 1960s
  • The construction of the devise is comprised of a surfboard and a small sail
  • In 1984 windsurfing was established as an Olympic ¬†sporting event
  • People compete in this sport through racing, doing tricks and wave sailing
  • The boards generally range from 8 to 12 feet in length
  • A windsurfing board can weight from about fifteen to forty pounds
  • People compete all over the world in windsurfing events

Facts About This Image:

Photo was taken in April of 2016
Camera used was a Nikon Coolpix P600
Location was in Bird Key public park in Sarasota, Florida

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