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14th July 2008, 07:04 AM

I was an active surfer from 1968-1984. Since I was born in Rio and later moved to California, I was always very active with water sports including, diving, FINN class sailing, waterpolo, etc..
I even tried Windsurfing in the 80`s but I had a really hard time with the gear so I continued to focus on the other sports.
We now live in Central Florida but we also have a condo in Sarasota that we spend summers, holidays and weekends. Sarasota will be where I will be Windsurfing.
I am looking for an entry-level all wind board that can also be a long term board part of a quiver as I am sure I will want other equipment as I gain experience and technique. I weigh about 195 lbs but will probably drop to 185 lbs in the next month or so.
The Rio board seems like a good choice but so does the Start, that perhaps my wife and 11 year old daughter could learn the sport as well.
I look forward to your advice. Thanks..

14th July 2008, 08:01 PM
Hi Gads,
Yes, the new 2008 Rio would be a very good choice fro sailing at Bird Key in Sarasota.
For light wind days in the summer, use the Rio with the centerboard deployed and you have a very good "cruising" board.
As soon as the wind comes up, retract the centerboard, and you will have a very nice
planing board.
The Rio M or L (due to your 195 lb. weight) would be best.
The Start is a wider, so it might be slightly better to learn the basics on, but if you used to surf, then you probably don't need the extra width.
Your wife and daughter will do nicely on the Rio as well, just be sure to get a really nice lighteweight and powerful rig for them.
Depending on your 11 yr. old daughter's size/weight, the Sailworks Retro Ripper 2.5 or 3.3 (I'd suggest the 3.3 for the light winds in Sarasota if your daughter is of normal size/weight for an 11 year old) rigs are really the best here. Very good power in a small lightweight package.
I think you will absolutely love the new gear yourself.
Much lighter, much better functionality and overall range of use.
Hope this helps,

15th July 2008, 10:20 PM
Hi Roger,

Thank you for the information!

I will go ahead and look to purchase the board. Do you have any rig specs for myself that you think I should get started with? I would like to have the lightest and all around best possible rig for Sarasota conditions and to make sure I start with the correct equipment.

Thanks again. Best Regards..GADS