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nigj18



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:41 am    Post subject: Equipment for beginner Reply with quote

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I am writing from Bulgaria.For the last 4 years I am working as a lifeguard on the beach and when the weather is windy I really enjoy watching windsurfers and kitesurfers.At the moment I have plans to buy equipment for windsurfing.Some local windsurfers told me that for my weight(80kg) and my height(188cm/6 feet 2) I should buy sail:6 7.2 m2 and board with 100-130 liters.The wind here has maximum speed of 25-30 knots.Is this the right equipment for a beginner or not.Please comment.
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spennie



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

130 liters seems small for a beginner, aim for 180-200l. or so for your first few times, or rent if you can. After you learn to sail back & forth confidently you can switch to a 130. I would suggest a 5.0 for your first sail as well.
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nigj18



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your quick reply.
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keycocker



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your first board should be very large training board 200liters or more
Ask around . Change to a smaller board once you are committed
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AndreiA



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:47 pm    Post subject: You'd better start with a family board! Reply with quote

I would go with Fanatic Viper 190L (or something similar) + 5.0 + 6.5 sails
More on the subject here:
http://www.na-windsurfing.com/How%20to%20start/default.html

Good luck!!
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dsgrntlxmply



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If at all possible get lessons / rent initially. I agree with the advice for a 200L+ board like Fanatic Viper 85, Naish Kailua or RRD Easyride. The board should have a centerboard to help stay upwind. Unless your site nearly always has light wind, you might not want to commit to owning one of these large boards. I rented until I could sail a 160L board.

One option if your site usually has light winds is a sailable SUP.

Instruction often uses 3.0-5.0 sails. My first owned sail was a 5.0; my second was 5.7. I still use both frequently.
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d0uglass



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree that you will want to begin with a large board (~200 liters) and a small sail (~5.0 meters).

These other factors will also make learning easier-

Choose an area where there are no waves. Rough water makes it much more difficult difficult to learn to windsurf.

Choose a time when the wind is light, between 5 and 15 knots. It will be very difficult to learn if the wind is stronger than 20 knots

It may be that the beach where you lifeguard is not a good place to learn how to windsurf. You may need to practice first at an easier place before you can sail in the strong wind and waves at your lifeguard beach.

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