On a surface level you wouldn’t necessarily think that windsurfing had much relation to any activities other than water sports. On the contrary though, there are skills you need for windsurfing which actually apply to and can help you acquire greater skills in other ventures as well. One of the most popular spots for windsurfing in Europe is the South of France, which has an enthusiastic community who love the sport. Of course, whether you head to Provence or Languedoc Roussilon, the area is a great place to visit as it offers a lot of activities.
What with the Grand Casino in Monte Carlo, the Eden Casino in Juan les Pins, and Palais de la Mediterranee Casino at Nice, let’s take the card game poker as an example. If you were to stand a windsurfer next to a poker player, you wouldn’t connect the dots between the two activities right away. Look deeper though, and you realise that when you take away the physical differences between the two sports and look deeper, there are skills which to both poker and windsurfing.
Start with practising. A person who has just started playing poker on websites like Partypoker.fr, which allows users from France to play the game at online tables, will need to practise a lot before they start winning games. This is because poker may look simple, but strategy, bluffing, betting odds and Lady Luck (or should we say Madame Chance) complicate the process. Most poker players take years to learn enough to turn pro. It’s the exact same thing with windsurfing. The water sport combines elements of surfing and sailing together to create an activity which is incredibly difficult to master. Practise really does make perfect, and with a little elbow grease you’ll be sailing like a pro whether you’re in the Cap d’Agde, Martinique or the Gulf of Mexico.
Patience is another attribute windsurfers and poker players would do well to have. A poker tournament can go on for days, dependent on where it is being held and when, and while you might be tempted to play every hand you receive from the dealer, it isn’t always wise. Sometimes it’s better to wait for a good hand of cards to come along and weed out the beginners before striking hard. Windsurfers need to be patient because the wind will not always blow in the right direction or with the right amount of power to make their job easier. There are times during races when you literally have to wait it out and seize the opportunities if and when they come. Some places, such as the Camargue in the south of France have great wind conditions for much of the year and lovely sunny weather, but if you’re stuck somewhere else you might have to wait for the right time to be able to hop on your board.
Endurance during long poker games and windsurfing races is key as well, along with a passion for the two sports and a hard-working, tactical and determined outlook on whatever situation you find yourself in. Obviously these skills also translate to unrelated activities, even if you’re hunting for the perfect dress in Paris or attempting to cook and perfect the recipe for escargot or any other French recipe you find on the internet. Of course passion is not limited to the French (or Italians for that matter), and although they do it awfully well, the rest of us can get passionate about windsurfing too.
I guess the point I’m making is that people will often look at windsurfing and assume they can’t do it just because they live in the middle of France, or wherever they live, and not close enough to the coast to gain a lot of practice. If they have any of the transferable skills listed though, it means they probably could. They just have to set their mind to it. As they say in France, tout est possible – everything is possible.
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