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[wind-sur-fing] /ˈwɪndˌsɜr fɪŋ/
a form of sailing in which a flexible sail, free to move in any direction, is mounted on a surfboard and the craft guided by the standing rider.
Also called sailboarding, windsailing [wind-sey-ling] /ˈwɪndˌseɪ lɪŋ/ (Show IPA).
Origin of windsurfing
1965-70; wind1 + surf + -ing1


[wind-surf] /ˈwɪndˌsɜrf/
verb (used without object)
to engage in windsurfing.
1965-70; wind1 + surf
Related forms
windsurfer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for windsurfing
  • The beach's gentle surf makes it perfect for windsurfing, swimming or sea-kayaking.
  • It is a popular diving and snorkeling area, and many tourists enjoy kite and windsurfing as well.
  • Visitors enjoy waters sports such as windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling.
  • Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy sailing and windsurfing as the prevailing winds make it ideal for these sport.
  • Visitors can use the lake for boating, windsurfing and fishing.
  • Snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing and diving are some of the many activities visitors may enjoy on the water.
  • But the area's history and ecology are as fascinating as its ocean-side resorts, manicured greens, and windsurfing.
  • Outdoor activities include tennis, windsurfing and a complimentary scuba diving lesson.
  • The lake is ideal for water sports such as water-skiing, windsurfing, fishing and sailing.
  • Fishing equipment can be rented for cheap, as can jet skis and windsurfing gear.
British Dictionary definitions for windsurfing


the sport of sailing standing up on a sailboard that is equipped with a mast, sail, and wishbone boom Also called boardsailing, sailboarding


(intransitive) to take part in the sport of windsurfing
Derived Forms
windsurfer, noun
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Word Origin and History for windsurfing



also wind-surf, 1969, from wind (n.1) + surf (v.). Related: Windsurfed; windsurfing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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