Iím new to this forum, and I started windsurfing this summer. Iím thinking about getting some new gear for next season, and I would appreciate some advice. Iím currently sailing on an old Bic Rumba (150L long slalom board Ė I think). The sail I use most often is a 6.4, but I picked up an 8.5 Retro recently and absolutely love it. Iím 140 lbs. and sail on an inland lake; most often in 15-20 knot winds with some outings in 10-15 knots for practice. I can beach start, use the harness and foot straps, and I can plane easily. Iím working on water starts, but I find that my old 6.4 is incredibly heavy, and I have trouble getting it out of the water. My top recorded speed is 39 Km/h. I can tack easily, but Iím having trouble carving through my jibes. I really confused about how to progress, and what gear I should be considering. So, here are my questions.
1. I think about getting a newer short board. Iím assuming that it will help with my jibes. What volume should I be considering? What type of board?
2. I was surprised to discover that I have an easier time jibing with my new to me 8.5. Overall, I find the 8.5 much easier to control and predict than my older 6.4. My new sail came with a carbon mast which is much lighter than my fibre mast. Iím starting to think that modern sails are easier to sail and learn with. Is it the sail, the mast, or a combination of both that makes the difference? Or, is it just my imagination? What sails sizes should I be considering?
3. Any other tips/suggestions for getting to the next stage?
Ok, thatís a lot for one post. Thanks for your help.