I agree with IRL-250. I also see many posts online wondering how to get new people involved in the sport. I only took up the sport 18months ago - and without a couple of local shops to visit and talk windsurfing with see lots of nice kit, I am not sure if I'd have gotten into the sport.
If possible I think windsurfing still needs a retail face to help maintain the sport. Even though some of the shops offer bad advice to unload inventory on unsuspecting rookies like I was - topic for different post.....