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Old 6th April 2015, 09:04 AM   #1
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My son who is 7 years, 22 kg, wants to start windsurfing.

I'm an experienced (wave) windsurfer and surfer.

Is it a good idea to buy the superwave 8'10 for us. My son for learning on a lake, me for superlight wave sailing and sup in the waves.
If it is not ok, is there another board matching this?

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Old 7th April 2015, 11:48 AM   #2
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The SUPer wave 8'10" doesn't have a centerboard nor a centerfin*. It will be a problem for your son when he will learn windsurfing in light wind : he will drift sideways, unable to make any grounds upwind and will end up far away downwind from your starting point. Learning the fundamentals of turning or tacking upwind will be difficult for a complete novice.

Best advice for your son is to rent or borrow a board that has a centerboard or a centerfin for the first 3 days. They learn very quickly, no worries. Once he knows how to turn upwind, downwind, tack or jibe, then he can try again on a smaller board without a centerboard/centerfin.

Last but not least, get your son a wetsuit (kids get cold fast), a life jacket and a kid rig. Don't give him your smallest wave 3.0 rig : its way too heavy to uphaul, the boom is set way too high and boom diameter is too large for his small hands.

Cheers !


* specs : http://www.star-board.com/2012/produ...x.php?id=super
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Old 11th April 2015, 06:12 PM   #3
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thank you!
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