As an instructor, having taught 1000 or more first time beginners, I have embraced the short, wide, very floaty high volume concept for rapid development of windsurfing skills.
In our "A Taste of windsurfing" we have nearly a 100% success rate.
The short, wide, floaty beginner board is a significant part of that success rate.
Another very significant factor is the very lightweight high performance Sailworks
Retro Ripper rigs we use.
Combine the wide board, with a light weight powerful (for it's size) rig and some
innovative instructional technique, and almost anyone can learn to windsurf and
progress to the advanced beginner level very quickly.
So, when someone asks if a smaller lower volume board is a good idea, I suggest
that by using such a small board they are going to be making learning and advancing
I did not say "Impossible"!
Many of us learned on boards and rigs that made learning significantly more difficult than
we've found it needs to be.
Somehow we persisted and eventually learned the skills needed to advance.
This was more due to personal "stubbornness" that gave us the drive to overcome
less than ideal equipment.
So. it would be a bit outside my personal integrity to suggest a board that I fully
understand is less than optimal.
Will our unregistered guest be able to advance whatever skills he has on the Start
Small? Yes! If he is persistent and stubborn enough, he will be able to advance
Will it be easy? No!
So why would I suggest or agree with something I know is going to make learning new skills and
advancing those skills more difficult?