Windsurfing, a cross between sailing and surfing, is exhilarating and physically challenging. When conditions are right, windsurfers skim across the water at speeds rivaling those of a speedboat. Beginners can get a taste of this sport with lessons, while experienced windsurfers will find plenty of gear to rent and a community of kindred spirits.
Island Surf and Sail (Nanny Cay Marina, 284/494-0123, www.bviwatertoys.com ) specializes in windsurfing equipment rentals and lessons. You can also rent a range of gear or take windsurfing lessons at Boardsailing BVI (Trellis Bay, 284/495-2447, fax 284/495-1626, www.windsurfing.vi , 7 a.m.–6 p.m. daily). A two-hour beginner’s lesson costs $75, and success is guaranteed—if you can’t windsurf by the end of your lesson, you don’t pay.