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scottfduncan



Joined: 21 Jun 2014
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:15 pm    Post subject: Board Selection Help Reply with quote

Hi,

I am jumping back into windsurfing after a long hiatus and need some help figuring out gear. I weigh about 155lbs. I am decent on a long board but am a little rusty with respect to jibes and tacks. Any board/rig recommendations for someone without a lot planning experience are appreciated. I would like something that can go upwind relatively well and can go fairly fast downwind. My house does not have a lot of storage so shorter is better.

A formula board sounds really interesting. However, I am not good enough to sail with 9m^2+ sail. Can a formula board be used with a 6 or 7m^2? Is this a bad idea?

The Starboard Rio also looks like a possibility. For my weight what size is recommended (180 or 206)? Is there any hope of planning upwind on this board?

Thanks
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zirtaeb



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Formula board's work great with a 6.5 sized sail, or even a long boom 5.5. I've been saying it on the forums since 2003.
Would need gusts of 21mph to keep planing, using a 62cm fin. No lows under 12, of course.
Last year's final CalCup at Berkeley, the winner used a 7.9 to beat everyone using 10's to 11's in winds of 11-22mph. He opened a lot of eyes.
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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And of course, where do you sail? How often can you go?
We need to know the wind conditions you find most often.
Living in the SanFrancisco area, and able to sail most afternoons, you would do well with a 100 liter board, 6 meter, 5.3, and 4.5 sail to sail 150+ days a year in planing conditions.
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scottfduncan



Joined: 21 Jun 2014
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sail in the DC area, so mainly Chesapeake near Annapolis. So, winds will not be anywhere near as strong as SF (10 knots is fairly normal). You mentioned a 100liter. I have done some rentals to refresh my skills and I am too shaky to use 100 at the moment. At 167, a formula board seemed like it would provide some stability while I rebuild the skill set.

Thanks for the help
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U2U2U2



Joined: 06 Jul 2001
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Location: Shipsterns Bluff, Tasmania. Colorado

PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

many boards and style or group fit your wants and needs:

http://www.iwindsurf.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=28448

this newer more user friendly unit will tick all the boxes for you, you may never outgrow it

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jingebritsen



Joined: 21 Aug 2002
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

try try these larger boards. very approachable, good prices,

http://www.exocet-original.com/nano.php

either 135 or 155.

great performance forr the dollar.

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NOVAAN



Joined: 28 Sep 1994
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at the new wide free move boards. They are great for intermediates. Sail bigger than posted size. Get going very early and are stable enough to get when dies. If you never plan on improving your skills enough to get in the straps and harness, then a large wind sup would be better for sub planning sailing
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beaglebuddy



Joined: 10 Feb 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The intended use of a Formula board is experts racing mostly upwind and downwind in light wind with very large sails.
The problem using one on a beam reach with 6 or 7M sails is the condition of the water may be too rough for a board that wide, you could be in for a wild ride.
Or maybe not, it depends how rough the water is.
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scottfduncan



Joined: 21 Jun 2014
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for the help out with this. For a wide freemove board, what is the consensus on a dagger board? It seems like it would help upwind. However there is a drag penalty. How would a daggerless do upwind in light air (say 10 knots)?
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joethewindsufa



Joined: 10 Oct 2010
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Location: Montréal

PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ten knots is NOT a lotta wind
if it is not steady, but ranging from 5 to 15 - even worse

take a look at this discussion :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGLHkHQ3NPc

in light winds i prefer long and narrow gliders = longboards
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