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mheppell 14th November 2006 01:08 AM

Intermediate Windsurfing board
I know you answer this a thousand times...
but I can't sleep for 1 week...

I started windsurfing this summer. I have a Fanatic slalom Bee 125l and a Nova 180l. Although the Bee is 15 years old, it is in good shape and weights 21 pounds.

I only used the Bee 4 times since I've used the foostrap. Since I loves the speed and agility of the Bee (compared to my Nova). I might look to replaced both boards. I weight 180 lb, 34, and I am an agressive intermediate who wants to progress (footstrap, harness and water start OK). I sail 30 times a year in these conditions: 8.5 (35%), 6.7 (35%) and 5.5 (20%) and looking for a 4.5 (10%) to complete my quiver. 12 days are in Cape Hatteras and others in Montreal, Quebec area.

Any board suggestion? Can a board be good in these broad conditions or 2 is required? if so which to replace? Should I only replace the Nova, keep the Bee and buy a board for light wind or the opposite: keep the nova the light wind and get a board for medium wind?

In other words, which one is the most restrainer (prevent me to get air, jibe or chop fun)? A New Big fatso board or an old design medium wind board.

Thank you!

mheppell 7th February 2007 11:42 AM

RE: Intermediate Windsurfing board
I am still asking this question every night. I came up with an idea: 2 new board:

- Carve133 with my 6.7 and 8.5 sails (and 5.5 for 1 board family trip)
- Kombat 95 with my 4.5, 5.5 and 6.7 sails

My weight is 195 lbs in winter and 180 lbs on the water!

Thank you for comments

mikel 7th February 2007 07:40 PM

RE: Intermediate Windsurfing board
Hello, I think that this is perfect for you.
The carve one easy board and fast, for light winds is perfect.
The Kombat, perfect board for medium-high winds it's dificult to tack because it has little volume in the nose. but in few days you will be ok

Kevin Pritchard 11th February 2007 04:21 PM

RE: Intermediate Windsurfing board
Looks like you are on the right track. Have you thought about the 93 SType?? This is going to be a faster board and if you are not going to be in the waves at all you might enjoy it more. Just a thought.

Julian 16th February 2007 06:18 AM

RE: Intermediate Windsurfing board
And when buying new boards, one might also think about buying the same boards. This way you will get to know the boards you have better and faster, and will be able to sail your smaller board better because you have a better idea of what the board will do. The S-Type also seems to be (shamefully, I've never ridden one) a very easy, yet very potentional freeslalom board, so I don't think it will be too hard for you ;)

Good luck in buying your board and hopefully you'll catch some sleep from now on :D

RobSwift 20th February 2007 07:23 PM

RE: I beg to differ.
You should also consider using the boards that you already have longer. Sailing experience is the key, here. I've gone through a number of boards in my windsurfing years and currently own five. One board I bought more than a year ago, but haven't found the opportunity to use it. Not that I don't put in my TOW as I had 45 days out last season. It's just that if you live in one location, your sailing conditions don't change all that much from my experience. I didn't find the winds to warrant using that board. I also find I can't take all 5 boards to the beach every time. Not only that, I'm still looking to pick up another board. You have to control your aggressive tendencies or they will work against you!!!

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