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mcirl2 25th June 2007 09:33 AM

the right board for me

I can uphaul - sail ok. but not a lot of experience.

I'm trying to decide whether I should get a carve 160 or 145 or should I get a RIO.

Would the carve be suitable. I'm afraid that if I buy the rio I would out grow it in a few weeks.

I would really appreciate some advice.



Roger 25th June 2007 09:37 AM

RE: the right board for me
Hi Mike,
It would be good to know what it is that you've been sailing on that you learned to "uphaul-sail OK" on.
From that baseline it would be fairly easy to recommend a board that you can progress on quickly.
Also, your weight and the approximate wind speeds you intend to sail in would narrow it down even further.
Hope this helps,

mcirl2 25th June 2007 09:43 AM

RE: the right board for me

hey, thanks for the quick reply.

Im 6'1" and 200lbs / 100kg.

I will be sailing in 15-25mph winds.

I've used a 180L board mostly. It was fine and I would be happy going to the 160L Carve.

Could I keep using the carve once I progress to planing etc or would I need to downsize to a smaller board then.

thanks again.


Roger 25th June 2007 10:56 AM

RE: the right board for me
Hi Mike,
At 200 lbs. the Carve 161 sounds like a very good board for your to advance to. It has significant "down the road" possibilites in lighter winds.
Eventually you will want a smaller lower volume board for winds over 18 knots, but going too small initially may make your learning curve quite difficult.
What sort of 180 liter board were you sailing? Wide style (SB Start, SB GO, Bic Nova, Exocet Cruiser...?
Hope this helps,

mcirl2 26th June 2007 05:20 AM

RE: the right board for me

it was a wide bic nova i think. pretty chunky anyway.

Would the 160L alllow me to uphaul ok until i can waterstart or could I by pass uphauling altogether by learning to wstart?

I was recommended to go for a carve 133 / 145 becuase where i learn the winds are often over 15-20mph.

would the 160 be unsuitable in those conditions.

thanks man,


Roger 26th June 2007 11:38 AM

RE: the right board for me
Hi Mike,
At 200 lbs. you can still uphaul a Carve 133 or 145 ok, but it will require good techniqe and take a little while for you to learn fore/aft balance as well as rail to rail balance.
Goog luck bypassing uphauling and learning to waterstart.
I hear alot of folks who what to do this but I never meet many who've had success.
What's the matter with staying on the Bic Nova a bit longer, until you get into sails at least 6.5 m2 or larger.
The Nova, with the center fin removed, is about the same as a Carve 161 basically.
Grab a bit more proficiency with your skills on the easy board, then transfer those skills to the Carve. Might save alot of trips over the handlebars and repairing damaged noses on a board you own, vs a rental or school board that they will need to repair, but that's significantly more durable and less likely to need repair.
Hope this helps,

mcirl2 27th June 2007 05:27 AM

RE: the right board for me

yeah i have been thinking that. its going tom be quite windy where i will sailing so a bigger board would give me more balance in the chop.
with a 180L nova could i plane? also what would you type of 180L board would you recommend - im on a budget. A jp new school 180 or starboard or bic nova.

also. im currently living in washington dc til sept and looking to buy before i go home. second hand if possible.

could you recommend anywhere?

thanks alot for all d help!


mcirl2 27th June 2007 08:54 AM

RE: the right board for me
hey roger,

i've decided the best thing i should do is come down to cape hatteras and try both a 180 and 160 / 140 board. then i can access my ability!

would it be possible to pick up some second hand kit down there (even just a board)

where is the best place to rent?



Roger 27th June 2007 10:03 AM

RE: the right board for me
Hi Mike,
Where would you be taking this board home to?
If you are flying, it might be better to wait until you get home as flying with a WS board isn't much fun. Expensive too!
Not much wind in Hatteras this week, but Windmill Point was blowing this afternoon.
There are 6 shops in the Hatteras area:<br />
Come down to Hatteras, you&#39;ll find some windsurfing, and lots of
used gear for sale.
Hope this helps,
P.S. drop me an email before you come and maybe we can hook up and do soem sailing.
My new email is now:

mcirl2 2nd July 2007 06:41 PM

RE: the right board for me

thanks for the advice. I will drop u an email before I get down there.

I will try some different boards and see which one I can manage. Before I go I will check for any second hand stuff for sale down there that would suit me and go arrange to look at it.

how much do u think it would cost for a 2-3 year old carve 145 / 160?



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