Rogue sport of the week: windsurfing – Varsity Online

CUWS’ President out on the waters at GrafhamJOE LAGORIO PRICE

COVID has struck Cambridge societies hard, with many having severe limitations and some not even being allowed to go ahead. Perhaps it’s time to start thinking outside the box? Through thorough safety regulation (and due to the solitary nature of the sport) Cambridge Union Windsurfing Society has been been granted permission to operate fully functionally this term! If there was ever a time to join the club it is now. 

Windsurfing is a fairly new sport that has only been around for the past 50 years or so – mainly due to improvements in technology. It combines the fun of surfing whilst also being able to travel the seas at some pretty quick speeds. It is the ideal water sport, though it requires no specific physique or fitness  ability, windsurfing will improve your balance and core strength dramatically. It might be tough to begin with but we promise once you get the bug, you’re signed up for life!

Windsurfing off the coast of FuerteventuraBRETT JORDAN | UNSPLASH

The Club operates on a flexible schedule that is, of course, highly contingent on the wind so there’s no intense training regime and commitment is relatively relaxed. Though the sport in action is largely solitary don’t be perturbed by this! CUWS goes the extra mile to make every member really feel that they are part of a society and we all look out for each other on the water –  whether that be Hunstanton or Spain: windsurfing also offers the opportunity to travel around the world with the Club, including a Lent term trip to the sunny coast of Fuerteventura!

“CUWS goes the extra mile to make every member really feel that they are part of a society and we all look out for each other on the water…”

The Club operates on a flexible schedule that is, of course, highly contingent on the wind, so there’s no intense training regime with commitment being fairly low. That said, windsurfing is a competitive sport, and the club does compete annually. Although COVID got in the way last year, we hope to challenge Oxford at Varsity this year and win the title! Come try it out, you might even win a Varsity match out of it!

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