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Old 8th June 2011, 06:42 PM   #1
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Thumbs up new board - beginner

hey guys ive been researching for a few days on what kind of board set up to get and its getting me no where so thanks in advance for any info.

pretty much starting from scratch, im around 6 foot tall, weighing in at around 80-85kg
im a very quick learner with this kinda stuff so id prefer not to purchase a beginner only board.
i did the find a board thing on this site and its come up with the rio sports S... i just took a punt at how much volume i need, i really have no idea.

thanks again, adam
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Old 8th June 2011, 07:22 PM   #2
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I see that there's also a proper Start Windsurfing Forum on the menu, where I suppose the ws teachers can answer you at the best; anyway waiting for them to come here, I have to say that many years ago I've started with a not so far volume board compared to Rio S, and this happened when I was 85 kg. It was and old but tough Bic Calypso, 320x 75 cm, 175 litres. Yes not easy like a debut on a superwide Start, I can imagine, but not so difficult if you have good balance and some patience, especially with some more fall in the water on the first days.
The better would be having before all some lessons in a windsurf center with a Start, if you can reach it around where you live
Compared to Calypso Rio obviously is also really planing board, has more volume in the middle of board, and is much lighter than the plastic Calypso (15,5 kg). And after learning I'd keep it for lightwind subplaning cruising, where daggerboard is a must, or lightwind planing with big sails.
But wait for the suggestions of some of the instructors that use to write on this forum, I'm only a common rider.
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Old 8th June 2011, 08:13 PM   #3
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thanks a bunch for the reply! i probably should at least become a member so i can post in the other sections sorry.
im 22 and have fine balance and just really keen to get going, your calypso's volume of 175 seems about right but i see what u mean by the difference from the superwide Rio S, from your experience starting with a harder board rather than a wide one like the rio do u recommend i do that also? roughly how long until you upgraded your board because of your skill level increase??
thanks again nakaniko,
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Old 8th June 2011, 09:17 PM   #4
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Hi Unreg,
Perhaps what Nakaniko is suggesting is that you find a windsurfing school and take a few lessons.
Windsurfing appears to be like other sports..... easy to pick up the basics, but it is perhaps the most
"non-intuitive" sport there is.
A few lessons, at a good WS school, on a wide board will be money well spent.
They will teach you the basics, and with your ability to pick things up quickly and your good balance, you will be on your way to more advanced skills and boards very quickly.
If you try to teach yourself, you may become so frustrated with WS that you ultimately get discouraged and give up.
A school will get you through the basics, and you can try different boards to discover which board suits you best, what size rig to buy etc.
It's actually significantly less expensive and definitely the "fast track" method to windsurifng enjoyment.
You will avoid getting the wrong board for your weight, the wrong board and rig for the conditions you will sail in most often.
Just telling you to buy a specific board, does not take all the variables into consideration.
Hope this helps,
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Old 8th June 2011, 11:19 PM   #5
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hi unreg,
i think you should do something similar to what i did:
you should take lessons at first, as people have already said, then once you learn to plane the best choice would be a 135-145 litre board. let me expand on this last one: i did the mistake of buying a very thin 130 lt board which, although in the near future will certainly pay me back, it is hard at first to get going properly, so i would advise you to buy a 135 litre board with a width not below 70cm. this will make everything so much easier and fun.
what i rented that was very similar to this was a RRD fireride 135, 248cm x 72cm, and it was perfect. i have never tried the equivalent of this for starboard which is the Atom, but i am assuming that it is also fantastic.
what i advise you to do then is to rent and take lessons, then when you start beachstarting and becoming good you buy a nice comfy freeride.
when you decide to buy your board, do not be stupid like some people i know: do NOT try to look cool by purchasing a thin board, it will only annoy you and decrease your enjoyment
Nicoḷ Piccolomini
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Old 9th June 2011, 02:09 PM   #6
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Yes, as Roger (the forum instructor) told you it's much better to find the nearest windsurf centre. Pheraphs after some lesson with the proper wide board if you are "born to be a windsurfer" you can directly consider even a more advanced board, it depends from how quick to learn you are, and from the final suggestion of the teacher. And this way you save a lot of money, time, and frustration.
Mine would have been the suggestion for the unlucky situation you are really far from a windsurf school, in that case I wouldn't give up but I'd try this fantastic sport the same, pheraphs at least with the suggestion of a skilled windsurfer friend. That was what unfortunately happened to me; just to understand, coming from sailboats the first times I only rigged the sail over the mast without any kind of download, not bending the mast at all....
But keep with clear in mind that you could have for sure a longer time for learning, and even some mistakes to correct.
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