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snapster



Joined: 02 Feb 2008
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:43 pm    Post subject: Lighter weight longboards? Reply with quote

Hey, I'm pretty new to the sport, and I have a 11'8" exocet windsup, which i enjoy sailing very much; transporting, not so much. It's big and heavy, and when the wind is pushing it around, it becomes rather hard to handle, especially for a lightweight like me.
Anyone have suggestions for a lighter weight longboard?
I'm curious about this inflatable starboard airplane. Has anyone actually tried one? Seems like the long version would be a lightweight alternative, if it actually works.
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jingebritsen



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dunno much about inflatables.

how much performance on the water are you willing to give up for ease off it?

or, how important is durability vs performance? if one is rich, one could have custom boards made far lighter, if one is willing to replace them often.

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joethewindsufa



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"when the wind is pushing it around"
almost sounds like you need a heavier board Smile

an inflatable board is even less control bidirectionally

a carbon longboard is 2-3 kg less weight than an Exocet 11'8" AST WindSUP
and REALLY expensive or hard to find like a Mistral Equipe II XR
(which i have)

people rave about the carbon K1/Kona One, but it is expensive also
perhaps the K1 is an option for you ??
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rollerrider



Joined: 17 May 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the wind is strong enough to be pushing your board around and making it hard to handle then a smaller board would be better for those conditions. Exocet wind sups are great but yes they are heavy. Try a large free ride board. They are lighter and the large ones just as stable.
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boardsurfr



Joined: 23 Aug 2001
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have sailed a few inflatables, and I was quite amazed how light they were in comparison to traditional longboards. It's definitely something worth considering - check the test in the UK Windsurf magazine says so:
Windsurf wrote:
such is the low planing threshold and ease of the Starboard that it could make a great tutor for the progressing rider to gain the feel of planing techniques


Starboard claims their 2017s are up to 20% lighter than 2016s, and they have an interesting new mast foot system. I want one, Santa!
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