WIND­SURF­ING

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This sport in­volves two key el­e­ments: wind and waves. Wind­surf­ing com­bines a board and a sail. The sail is used to con­trol the board on the water in ac­cor­dance with the wind. Malek Daou from Ba­troun Water Sports says: “Wind­surf­ing, es­pe­cially for be­gin­ners, re­quires a min­i­mum of winds blow­ing at five kilo­me­ters per hour. This means you can wind­surf prac­ti­cally all year round.”

How to get started

Sign up for a course at a wind­surf­ing cen­ter like Ba­troun Water Sports, where an in­struc­tor will show you what to do and how to ma­neu­ver your board. Malek says: “Prac­tice and ded­i­ca­tion are cru­cial to mas­ter­ing this sport. You need to prac­tice at least three to four hours a week and en­joy be­ing at the beach, be­cause you’re go­ing to be there quite a lot!”

Equip­ment

You’ll just need to grab your swim­suit and a towel as the wind­surf­ing fa­cil­i­ties will pro­vide the rest.

Where to go

For most of the year, the winds that blow over the coun­try are westerly, hit­ting the shore more pro­foundly the fur­ther north you go. This makes al­most any spot from By­b­los on­wards suit­able for wind­surf­ing.

Ba­troun Water Sports, Ba­troun (03 156402)

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