Teaching at Northwinds Beach
But how is it for teaching in the summer? Well, excellent. The water is clear and warm. There are grassy rigging areas and a sandy beach leading into deeper water with just a few rocks.
My poker buddy Mike had asked if his son Ender could have a refresher windsurf lesson. Ender had quite enjoyed his lesson a year and a half ago at Toronto Windsurfing Club when I was getting my windsurf instructor certificate.
We did an hour of learning to rig the gear on the beach and a simulator session using a piece of cardboard as the turning point under the board. Primitive but effective. And a good spot to learn the "self-rescue".
Then we went out onto the water for a 90 minute session in the very light 4-7 knot NW wind. Ender was very determined and had a good time going back and forth.
I'll work on getting Ender to trust the sail more on the land simulator next time we have a lesson. I'll also hope for more wind. For now I know that I'll be back with more eager windsurfers at Northwinds beach in the future.