We are dealing with a sport that depends on the weather. In other words, there will be times when there will be too much wind or simply not enough wind for our level. There are two alternatives we have when there is too much wind, or too dangerous conditions for us to go windsurfing on the water.
The first option is to practice manouvers on the simulator. This is aespecially applicable for beginners as we can run into trouble quickly if we go out in conditions above or ability.
Building up the control of the power in the sail is a crucial ability to have for windsurfing and every minute you can spend honing this ability in the early stages will be beneficial once we finally get onto the water. If you have only had a few hours on the water or even none at all yet, getting on the simulator and practicing holding the equilibrium between our body leaning back and the sail holding us up is going to make the progress on the water be much faster as you can then concentrate on the board handling rather that our body position.
However, also for more advanced windsurfers the simulator can be a useful optoin. Practicing controlling the sail from the lee side, the fast tack, the duck tack, the sail stall and a few other manouvers.
Watch the pros
Not everyone likes to stand in the wind practicing on a simulator (you might also already be past that). Another way to progress is to watch the pros. Seeing what is possible by watching what and how the guys who know what they are doing do their magic can help us learn for when the wind drops a little.
Naturally you don’t have to sit on the beach and watch. You can also make use of the endless video library that is the internet.