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7th November 2006, 05:38 PM
I live in Norway, Grimstad. I need advice regarding buying my first Starboard. I neeed a board for freeriding and cruising. I am on the progressive level, woman, 40 years, 68kg. I windsurf three times a week, just for fun. I do not need a board for competing. I need a board with daggerboard so I can also cruise around among our beautiful small islands.
Is Go Express or Hybrid carve a good option for me?
They both have daggerboard.
Or do you have other options?
Very thankful for advice.
7th November 2006, 09:27 PM
Hello Trine, and welcome to the Starboard Forums!
If you can find one, the Hybrid Carve could be a very good board for you!
They are a bit rare, but they are wonderful to simply "cruise around" on and they make the transition to a large planing shortboard very easily.
The Hybrid Carve would be quite a bit better (if you have all your basic skills mastered) than the Express.
The Express would be OK, but you would need larger sails to get it planing. It's quite wide, and very stable, but it's not the best at cruising around in very light winds with a smaller < 7.5 m2 rig.
Other newer options would be the Serenity (if you have very light winds
most of the time). It's very long, and a bit tippy, but women have great balance so you should be able to figure out how to balance on the Serenity very quickly.
Another newer option would be the Phantom which is getting rave reviews as it planes very early, has the centerboard for upwind cruising and will soon become a one design racing class hopefully.
Lot's of choices here.
What is your skill level, and how much wind do you normally sail in?
With this information it would be much easier to make a solid recommendation.
Hope this helps,
7th November 2006, 11:45 PM
thanks a lot for your answer.
It was very helpful. I now borrow a Starboard Sonic from a friend and love when the wind alows me to plane. What a wonderful feeling.
Will I be able to plane with Hybrid carve?
If so, it sounds like it will be a good board for me.
The surfshops here in Norway told me the Phantom will not be avialiable in Norway before April 2007. I cant wait that long.
We do not have to much wind around here so I often surf in aproximately 3-6 m/h. I mostly use a 6.9 m sail.
I am on an advanced level. I do not compete. I surf to have fun.
Again, thanks a lot!
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