Old 9th August 2011, 03:46 AM   #1
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Hi
I want to help my sister starting windsurfing with her boys, I am looking at a Rio M with 180 Liters and 258cm long. It should be a family/beginers board.
My little nephew is 50 kg, my older nephew is 75 kg. and so are the parents...
We could also take the Rio L with 200 Liters and 278 cm long, but I think I would be to big for the boys and after a short time they would need a smaller board then....
Am I rigth or wrong with this?
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Old 9th August 2011, 10:40 AM   #2
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Hi Jan,
I agree!
The Rio L is a bit heavier, and your sister and her kids/husband @ 75 kg. do not need the extra
volume.
I'm 77 kg. and I sail the Rio M all day long when teaching with 4.5/5.0 m2 Retro Rippers.
I use the Rio M as a "tow board" to give my students a fast track on the water beginner experience.
I've sailed the Rio S, and it's OK, but for bare beginners I think the Rio M will prove to be better.
It makes a quite good giant shortboard with the CB up so your sister's family can use it even when they get to the planig stage. Planes pretty early with a 7.5 m2 rig.
Start them out (esp. the 50 kg. kid) on something around 3.3-4.0 m2 and they will progress at a phenomenal rate.
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Old 9th August 2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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Hi Roger
Thanks for fast response....I hope I will win the auktion today, with the board for my sister...
Best regards Jan
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Old 7th June 2017, 05:58 PM   #4
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but what is the difference between Tufskin and ArmourTech ? The weight, I know, but can I feel it the difference with the hand, at the drive ? What is Tufskin and ArmourTech ?

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Old 8th June 2017, 07:04 AM   #5
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Hello starboardhans,
Once on the water, you probably won't be able to tell which "tech" (outer skin composite material
you are actually sailing.
As I recall the Tufskin was developed for boards that were going to be in rental fleets and would
be banged around and mistreated a lot probably more by the school staff than the students..
The Armour Tech is a newer and lighter skin material that tries to do the same thing.
I have several Rio's and I'm not sure I have both skin technologies, but I know that the tufskin
(while pretty heavy) made a huge difference in the durability of the Start boards I use.
Hope this helps,
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