Board choice for Intermediate
I have been windsurfing for a couple of years using rented equipment but due to relocation will no longer have access to the rental scheme I was a member of and I am now looking to purchase my own equipment.
I think I would call myself an intermediate, beginning to get comfortable in harness and foot straps on the plane and in reasonable control but still trying to get the hang of steering the board smoothly when on the plane.
I would think that my week day windsurfing would be on a inland lake (farnmoor, Oxford) but I also aim to start doing some trips to the coast.
I weigh about 70Kg and have been fairly comfortable on starboard carve 145, with sail sizes up to 10m.
I am considering various board options Go, Futura or maybe a secondhand carve, although I haven't seen many on the Internet.
My concerns are that the Go is quite heavy and may be limiting in the near future.
The futura looks good but maybe I will end up damaging it if i catapult, I seam to have gone past the point of regular catapults but can not be sure it won't happen again more often in the future. Would the Futura be reasonable in lighter inland winds.
If I could find a reasonable one should I just go with a carve for now and then upgrade in a years time.
I am also going to need to buy something like 3 sales with masts and booms to suite, can you recommend good places to buy used or maybe I would be better of getting someone to sell me a good package deal.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I'll give you the same advice i give most intermediates: Get the Go. Both me and another use Windsurferdagg were extremely pleased with the GO139. i never gave mine up and still sail it with sails up to 9mē. WDagg sold his eventually for a hypersonic if i recall correctly. If you're surfing mainly 10mē though, you'd eighter have to buy the 2008 GO133 or 144, but i suspect you'd like to sail more and thus also bigger so if you have the budget get the Futura, it'll be a bit more technical at first and less forgiving then the GO (perhaps even slower to get into planning) but you've been at it for ac couple of years so if you're technique is correct the bigger Futuras are a good intermediate low wind option.
In the end, it all depends on what you're willing to spend and what you're willing to sacrifice.
hope this helps
I think that any of those boards in the 125 - 150 liter range would work out well for you as a first shortboard, and that you will probably want to choose mainly based on economics and availability. Although you might lean towards the larger sizes in anticipation of complementing it with a smaller, high-wind board somewhere down the road.
With regards to rigs, if you can only afford one sail I would get a 7.5. If you can afford two I would get a 6.5 and an 8.5. If you can afford three sails I would get a 5.8, 7.5, and 9.5.
I have some advice about board choice in this blog post-
Haiko / James
Thanks for all the advice, it's given me more to think about and some direction.
The idea of going slightly larger for now and then purchasing a smaller high wind board in the future makes quite a bit of sense. Waves are something I don't have a great deal of experience with as the biggest waves i have dealt with are about 6 inches high in the med, therefore I appreciate the advice on having to consider larger waves and a smaller board for the future.
The sale sizes suggested are also a great help
You've got good advice from James. If you go for 8.5/6.5 sails, than buy a board like Carve133 or similar. If you go for 9.5/7.5/5.8, then you need around 150 lit, and a smaller board in the future. You need to know that such a big board won't be ideal for the coast and is not good match for 5.8 sails. For now, it's best to decide based on your biggest sail.
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