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Old 5th August 2014, 02:58 PM   #1
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Hi gyus!
I went to a ws cource with UCPA 10 years ago, and thought it was amazingly fun.
For some reason I never continued back home (live my a lake), but now I feel like it's time to buy my own board.
However, its hard to compare new and old stuff, not knowing the technical terms and so on.
So I would think that Im interested in the following Starboard boards:
GO 131
Ultrasonic 147
Futura 131
AtomiQ 110
Carve 131

I'm also offered a Fanatic Bee 144 for roughly €100, which is about 10 times cheaper than buying some of the above boards in new condition.

What are your thoughts?

I really want a board to develop on, but it should be useful and fun in this lake where I live.

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Old 6th August 2014, 05:39 PM   #2
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Hi gyus!
I went to a ws cource with UCPA 10 years ago, and thought it was amazingly fun.
For some reason I never continued back home (live my a lake), but now I feel like it's time to buy my own board.
However, its hard to compare new and old stuff, not knowing the technical terms and so on.
So I would think that Im interested in the following Starboard boards:
GO 131
Ultrasonic 147
Futura 131
AtomiQ 110
Carve 131

I'm also offered a Fanatic Bee 144 for roughly €100, which is about 10 times cheaper than buying some of the above boards in new condition.

What are your thoughts?

I really want a board to develop on, but it should be useful and fun in this lake where I live.

/Evert
you have to provide more info; like weight/height/age/phys. level, avg. conditions at location you're planning to use gear... I would recomend after 10 year getting refresher course,this way you can enjoy more advance gear and not break it on the first try;
Go-would be most easy in the begining
Ultrasonic - will plane early once you get your level up
Futura/Carve - similar, somewhere between GO and Utrasonic
Atomic110- too small for first board unless your weight is 45kg
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Old 7th August 2014, 12:16 AM   #3
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Evert,
Yes, a lot more information is needed here to give you any sort of meaningful/logical advice.
Did you ride short boards, without center/dagger boards when you took the UCPA course?
Only the GO Windsurfer model has a retractable centerboard.
Perhaps a Rio (with a centerboard) might be better.
We would need to know your average wind speed (very important as if you don't get at least 12-15 knots of wind, you won't have much fun on some of the boards on your short list.
Your weight is important as well... heavier sailors need more volume and larger sails to get any kind of performance in < 15 knots of wind speed.
Since you will be sailing on a fresh water lake, which usually means light and fluky winds,
you will need a larger board and sail than if you were sailing on coastal ocean waters.
So, more information and we can recommend boards and rig sizes that will work well on your local lake.
Also, what sail sizes were you using when you took the UCPA Course?
I'm intrigued as to what "UPCA" is the acronym for also.
Hope this helps,
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Old 7th August 2014, 06:34 PM   #4
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Sorry, I should have thought of that!
I'm 65-70kg, pretty active and in good shape, i do cycling, orienteering and skiing.
I will mostly use the not so big lake were I live, so I guess the winds are not that great.
Will need a sail that will fit to that.
Maybe I'll take the board with me to the sea some times, so perhaps I need two setups of sails?
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Old 7th August 2014, 11:36 PM   #5
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Do you have an airport nearby that reports the average wind speed near your lake?
Do the weather forecasters in your area forecast the wind strength?
The amount of wind, and whether or not it's steady are huge factors in selecting WS kit.
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Old 8th August 2014, 07:35 AM   #6
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UCPA: Union nationale des Centres sportifs de Plein Air (National Association of Outdoor Sports Centres), its a French organisation, though I live in Sweden.
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Old 8th August 2014, 11:51 PM   #7
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I´m from the south of sweden, which lake in sweden?
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I´m from the south of sweden, which lake in sweden?
Möckeln, Karlskoga
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