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Old 27th April 2009, 03:33 AM   #1
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Hello. I'm wondering what board should I buy. I weigh 220 pounds and I was thinking about getting Starboard Go 170. What do you think? I have basically no experience.
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Old 28th April 2009, 06:15 AM   #2
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have you @ least tried to windsurf ?
it is NOT for the faint of heart
i am also 100 kg and started on older longboards - which did not cost a lot
if you buy a GO 170 even used + sail etc - it's gonna cost
suggest you "beg, borrow or steal" a board in the 170 + liter range
many people also suggest lessons if you can
i usually bring people to the lake to see if they even have natural balance
one fellow really wanted to windsurf, butt he had NO balance
i suggested he not buy, but come n try my stuff ANY time
once again - beg , borrow or rent !!!! first
i encourage windsurfing, but still find it expensive - for me in any case
must have an idea before investing - in ANY case
good luck and as they say ALOHA :-)
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Old 28th April 2009, 12:21 PM   #3
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Hi Beginner,
I agree with much of what Joe W has suggested.
Big boys need very large beginner toys.
If you are young and athletic and live in a place with about
15 knots of wind most of the time, and GO 170 and a 6.5 m2 rig might
be a good place to start, but if you have less wind, or give up on things
easily, I think a full sized Start or Rio (LARGE) would be a better place to
start and increase your chances of success.
And, as Joe suggests, going to a windsurfing center and getting some lessons,
on their equipment, could give you a much better feel for what you are getting
yourself into here at a significantly lower cost.
If you like it, you can use the schools equipment until you have mastered the basics
amd then try some different boards until you find out what suits your size and your local conditions.
The GO could be OK, but it does not have a centerfin or center board so staying upwind while learning the basics could be more difficult.
Hope this helps,
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Old 8th May 2009, 06:17 AM   #4
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What I wish I had done:

(1) Go to a windsurfing event and get a couple hours of lessons $50-100
(2) Buy a light wind board and a medium wind sail+fin e.g. Futura 155 or FE with stock fin and Retro 8.5
(3) sail sail sail

What I did:

(1) Bought a heavy (40+lbs) 200L wide daggerboard equiped complete kit with a Cheap 4.7m North sail.
(2) could stand up in a lot of wind but almost never could plane for the whole first summer.
(3) bought some older but better boards and sails (Kerma with 6.0 cambered old school race sail)
(4) did many helicopter imitations on my way to the water until I learned to keep the mast in the center plane of the board.
(6) Bought a big Go board and a Retro 8.5 then a V-8 10.0m sail
(7) went to a couple demo days and learned that boards with sharp edged wide sterns plane quicker than the GO and that the big fins really help early planing..
(8) realized that If I had taken a couple lessons and bought a Formula Experience board and a Retro 8.5 that I would have had much more time up on plane and much more fun in my first 2 years. I also wouldnt have four boards that never get used and cant hardly even be given away.

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