You are looking at it like a wake boarder on water moving into snowboarding (actually, there is probably a closer relationship here than snowboarding and windsurfing). Nevertheless, a wake boarder will not want to try the black diamond slopes until he has some lessons and spends some time on the green and blue slopes.
In windsurfing, there is slow progression that just takes time on the water to master, regardless of previous experiences.
While learning, the bigger the board, the faster your progression. If you try to learn on a small high performance board, it's just like a beginner snowboarder learning on a black diamond slope. It will be a bummer.
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