View Full Version : These forums are now DEAD! Where to ask now?

9th April 2007, 06:04 PM
The Starboard forums used to be the best windsurfing place for answering any windsurfing query, no matter how advanced, funny, basic or crazy.

After the change to the 07 format and the requirement for registration, these forums are basically dead.

Posts don't get answered for days! And then usually only a handful of replies. Surely Starboard, in hindsight, the decision to modify the forums is regrettable.

So are there any other good popular windsurfing forums with a lively fun range of replies?

9th April 2007, 07:27 PM
Fanatic's forum is absolutely excellent and very professional...check out Craig's response, they are very comprehensive and helpful!

food for thought..


9th April 2007, 07:38 PM
Yes .. Craig is great ... but only really at Fanatic questions. What if I have a question about comparing a North sail to a Sailworks sail? Or comparing a JP to a Mistral?

The SB forum used to be great for that but not anymore. There must be some other good windsurfing forums around?

9th April 2007, 11:02 PM

google groups - rec.windsurfing

10th April 2007, 01:09 AM
The magic is gone and I was sad to see it go.
However my shopping list will be shorter and my bank balance will be better.
One persons loss is another's gain.

10th April 2007, 04:13 PM
yeah, *b forum just isn't what it used to be.

They even called off the wet T-shirt contest (or did some bimbo win March's contest?).

Also have the impression Roger's brain/heart is partially "offline", some of his recent posts are not all too precise/correct (polite phrasing).

11th April 2007, 01:42 AM
Hi "Guest"
Why do you need a forum.
You wrote five out of six posts on this thread. You will have plenty of good discussions on your ownB)

11th April 2007, 02:54 AM
I bet he does quite a lot on his own

11th April 2007, 03:10 AM
OK, please somebody has to explain to these two that "Guest" is not a registered name but a generic one for anybody who hasn't signed in to post here

11th April 2007, 05:52 AM
Ha .. yea pretty obvious with the Guest thing isn't it?!! lol

Anyway I thought Per Andersson passed away? Must be another Per I guess.

11th April 2007, 12:46 PM
... And that it is good policy to always sign a post (especially a "guest")with one's own nickname!

By the way, the boards.co.uk forum seems to be the most dynamic currently.


11th April 2007, 05:51 PM
Yea ... the boards.co.uk looks alright ... well in any case it is a LOT better than the Starboard forum now.

Ahh the memories of the fun on the SB forums .. remember the old days with *** that was the best :)

Well I bailed for about 7 mths after the 2007 website changes, came back to take a look and it is crap here. In fact, almost the worst compared to Gaastra, Maui Sails, Fanatic forums, etc.

Bye SB.

11th April 2007, 05:56 PM
Another example of just how bad this forum is!

That was L.e.e.D. that was sensored.

Wow a website having to block someone's name.

Starboard. Is there anything worse !?

11th April 2007, 11:51 PM
And what is keeping you "guests" from exchanging information on this forum?

Starboard hosts the fourm, but it's the windsurfers that make or break a fourm. If you don't like this one, it may be because you are not contributing in a meaningful way.

There is certainly less BS than before, which takes away from the entertainment value somewhat, but as a resourse for information, It can still be a benefit.


12th April 2007, 02:36 AM
AND last but not LEAST

- users have gotten used to all the bugs (random features)
- most of the stuff now works most of the time (even though not only the forum is a genuine PITA).

But hey, once users have been bothered enough, they just come back (if you're lucky) once in a while -> little input!

12th April 2007, 04:14 AM
I guess my "fourm" isn't up to "forum". Life's a bitch without spellchecker.


12th April 2007, 05:39 AM
Ken wrote:
I guess my "fourm" isn't up to "forum". Life's a bitch without spellchecker.


Install http://www.iespell.com/ if you're using Internet Explorer or Firefox. It does the trick for me.

12th April 2007, 06:28 PM
Now that the format has changed, you have to adapt to it. *** has disappeared from his usual forum haunts, not just this one. Some of those other sites like iwindsurf, windsurfingmag and boards.uk have too oppressive moderators. The lack of censorship along with the anonymous posting was what made the old board so active. Boards.UK has a rather nasty English local emphasis. They support their subscriber list over and above the truth in posting. Outsiders are not welcome. Iwindsurf still retains a provincial Bay area emphasis. There's only a handful of regulars there, some of whom are either rather biased, highly opinionated or just plain wrong about various specifics in the sport. It's o.k. if you are a beginner looking for info, but an expert can find it rather irritating. As to these forums, I don't read them much any more since the changes. Recently I bought an '06 Naish board. I might have bought a Starboard which was a serious alternative, but I just had put the brand out of my mind when offered the Naish for a good price. When I followed the messages on the old forums, I was leaning quite strongly to a Starboard. The more hits and sticky time your site optains, the more your brand gets attention. It seems a bit ridiculous, but I thought any company that would have such an open forum ought to have a rather good approach to building their product. Now, it's just another brand out there.

12th April 2007, 07:38 PM
Great post WSguy!

We should be mates I think. I agree completely.

12th April 2007, 11:45 PM
Yeah, you should listen to WSguy the "expert"....he's been kicked out of some forums so he knows what he's talking about. He usually posts a message and then replies to himself using one of his multiple aliases:

sinbad-cosmicharlie-broadreach-broadreach5-beachdoser-tycoonguy-weedwart-psychokiter-prljack-swiftsailor-bro*adreach-WSguy-snowyguy-RobSwift...it's a long list, this guy is a real piece of work.

12th April 2007, 11:51 PM
funny, he's a windsurf star!

check it out


13th April 2007, 12:45 AM
So far, I think Ken has offered the most insightful post to this thread. There's a lot of truth to what he's saying.

However, I would add something I think is worth considering. Sometimes life isn't that interesting, entertaining or exciting. Just a fact of life really. Folks often expect too much, and I can see why they might be disappointed at times. One needs to appreciate the full spectrum in life, even the boring and less unexciting parts.

13th April 2007, 12:56 AM
WSguy wrote:
Boards.UK has a rather nasty English local emphasis. They support their subscriber list over and above the truth in posting. Outsiders are not welcome. Iwindsurf still retains a provincial Bay area emphasis. There's only a handful of regulars there, some of whom are either rather biased, highly opinionated or just plain wrong about various specifics in the sport. It's o.k. if you are a beginner looking for info, but an expert can find it rather irritating.

What a load of total and utter rubbish. You obviously don't get the sense of humour.

Newcomers are always welcome, in fact there are loads each month.

There is a group of regular posters who know each other well and often take the piss out of each other in a harmless way. There are those with strong opinions but that is true of any active forum and without it life would be boring.

As for your nasty British comment that is a bit out of order, it is a British magazine but there are tons of international posters

To my knowledge only one poster has been ejected from the site, Sinbad, I wonder why?

13th April 2007, 02:10 AM
funny, he's a windsurf star!

no, he's just the town clown


13th April 2007, 03:14 AM
Can someone explain to me why "Guest" is registered as a member "joined 15.12.06", but appears in different forms, like disagreeing and arguing with himself in contrary posts??
Is it a sort of humour?? Something with the registration system so different guests appear like the same person?? Or????


13th April 2007, 03:32 AM

Sorry to inform you old chap. It's starboards way of allowing unregistered users to post. As the forums became a little quiet they decided to liven things up by allowing annonymous posts. The software names all annonymous posters as guest with the date shown being the date they set this up.

Try logging off and posting. That's why they renamed thist "Free Forum".


13th April 2007, 11:45 AM
Ahh yes the Guest problem ..... Another well designed SB website feature !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

13th April 2007, 04:10 PM
Just to be factually correct www.boards.co.uk is the forum for the English based magazine. However we totally welcome comments and new forum members from across the globe. However, if like our friend Sinbad above they start being racist obscene then yes we will ban them. It is not an adults only site.

Only 70% of our visitors are Uk based, 11% from the USA, 1.5% from Ireland, 1.5% from Netherlands, 2% from Australia and the rest are pan European.

We look forward to chatting with you further.


13th April 2007, 08:39 PM
Dont think they are dead just not as interesting/provocative as old.
I suspect SB have made a mistake. Forum was a great advertising tool; dont think its as good for that now ! No such thing as bad publicity etc etc.

17th April 2007, 07:54 AM
WSguy is also RobSwift...the guy/s has been all over the forum during the last hours


19th April 2007, 07:48 AM
don't look now but WSguy RobSwift has taken up a new name. Broadreach5 is very active on iWindsurf. It appears that he has weak ankles from his previous figure skating career. :o

19th April 2007, 08:18 PM
If you are concerned with the personality behind the posts, you are
not approaching the internet with an educated attitude. It's the
information, not the messenger that's important. If you don't like
the information, you should be attacking it, not the messenger. This
is the educated approach to manly interaction. Obviously so many want to hide behind their computers and exhibit their lack of educated manners here.

22nd April 2007, 02:40 PM

11th May 2007, 07:59 PM
Found this one on a different forum, still can't figure out who they were on about though:o;)

Once upon a time there was a sad and lonely person known as >>Brucie<<.

Now Brucie wasn&#39;t always lonely, once he actually had a life.

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Things got even worse for Brucie when his neighbor took out a restraining order on Brucie keeping him away from his dog (Brucie had been trying to prove his manhood in a way which isn&#39;t quite appropriate).

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It&#39;s a >>sad<< thing but Brucie went down hill from there and became a bit (more) >>retarded<<.

Voices in his head started appearing and talking to him, there was so many voices in his head and not much else that these voices started echoing and making more voices.

The Brucie had a epiphany, he discovered internet forums and thought to himself, I can become a Legend of the information super highway, I can become Supa Troll.

Brucie thought to himself, I can use all my voices and the real peple won&#39;t know it&#39;s me! I can be a real >>Dick<< and no one will be the wiser.

So with trolling forums, Brucie was happy once again, the voices in his >>head<< were happy and he has now hired a cleaner to clean up even more sticky messes.