Calm down guys, I usually enjoy reading your posts, and I can see what is it that's upsetting Floyd. A ton of gear can be offputting for beginners, but that's not the only reason for ws not being a mass sport.
On the other hand, if you do want to enjoy to the max and optimize for specific conditions, and want to sail from 2bf to 8bf gales, then you need AT LEAST 3-4 boards, if not more (and that's not taking into account different disciplines - you can race slalom or shred waves in the same winds trength). Look at all the different gear sport fishermen (or photographers) have - it's up to you to choose.
Edit: So Floyd, I know where you're coming from. But the answer to your question "Do you really need 5 boards to get max TOW/enjoyment ???" is maybe no and maybe yes. Depending on what you want and so many other factors.
But back to bashing *board for less than convincing marketing tactics ;-)))))))))))))
Last edited by Screamer; 19th August 2009 at 07:05 AM.