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Windsurfing 101

July 26, 2012|By Scott Bolohan | For RedEye

Windsurfing has been an Olympic sport since 1984 for men and 1992 for women.

All competitors use the same board, which is designed to be effective even if there isn't much wind for the race.

The Neil Pryde RS:X is the class of board used in the Olympics. The board is 9 feet, 5 inches long and 3 feet, 1 inch wide and weighs 34 pounds. The sail height is 17 feet for men and 16 feet for women.

There are 10 races and the top nine finishes count toward advancing to the medal round. Points are assigned for the place the sailor finishes in, with the lowest point total advancing.

Depending on weather factors, races usually last 30-45 minutes.

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