Windsurfing again? Are you a returner and don't know where to start?
Then we have made a handy guide for you in which we explain in detail what has changed and what you should pay attention to. In this story, we assume that you could go back and forth in the past, you could start beach and water and you can jibe. At least that you know how to use it.
Are you a real beginner then you can certainly get tips from this story. We are also the shop for the novice wind or kite surfer, so if you have any questions after this, we are ready for you.
We'll start with your physical… when you were in your twenties and with your long hair flaming over the water, you were probably a bit lighter than now… Over time, a number of things have really changed in windsurfing. Where you used to be the bomb with a board of 265cm with 90 liters, the boards are now wider, shorter and have more volume to be able to sail in the higher wind range ... Due to the width of the board, the volume distribution is also very different .
An average freeride board has a length of 242 cm, is 77 cm wide and has a volume of 122 liters… and now it comes. Can a sail handle up to 9.4 meters ... What do you say ... yes up to 9.4 square meters ... In earlier times, a 242 cm long board was a super sink that you feed with a 4.5 m sail ...
As you can see, a lot has really changed. What has not changed is the fun of skimming over the water… that has remained and actually only got more fun.
Knot in your Beaufort
Oh, by the way, we are no longer talking about Beaufort, but about buttons.
Quickly the conversion:
3 Beaufort - 7-10 knots
4 Beaufort - 11-16 knots
5 Beaufort - 17-21 knots
6 Beaufort - 22-27 knots
7 Beaufort - first calmly make some meters before “re-entering” with these conditions
Type of windsurf boards:
Overall, we have 2 types of boards for the returners. Freeride or Freerace. As a returner you do not want too much hassle and plan quickly again. Once you get the vibe again, a switch to better, faster and higher is made quickly. We supply windsurf boards from Fanatic, Tabou and JP Australia
Freeride windsurf boards
A freeride board is characterized by easy handling, stability and early planing. Planing without actively pumping. One of the advantages of a Freerideboard is that it keeps you having fun even in troubled water, instead of flying completely out of control over the water. Nice thin rail of the board and the position of the foot straps more inwards ensures greater control. Of course there are quite big differences within this group, we are there to explain this!
A Freeraceboard goes a bit further than a freerideboard. In the shape and handling there is more performance and these boards sail sportier. Often a somewhat more active sailing style is required when planing. The speed to be achieved is a bit higher than that of a freerider, but the board also requires more skills to get this speed out. We only advise a freeracer if you used to be a lot further than the average windsurfer.
Volume windsurf board
The volume is about the absolute load capacity. That is a handle for the returner because you do not want to sink in the end. Experienced windsurfers pay much more attention to the width of the board. The width of a windsurf board says a lot about the deployment range and the planing ability. Nowadays there are several flat wide boards available that you have to use with much less liters. Take a look at the sailing range that a brand indicates for the board in question.
We assume that you want to plan from 4Bft. Earlier is sometimes possible but not really real.
What do we advise approximately:
|70 - 80kg||125 / 135ltr||75||6.5 / 7.5|
|80 - 90kg||125 / 135ltr||80||7.2 / 8.0|
|90 - 100kg||135 / 145ltr||80||7.5 / 8.5|
|100 / + kg||135 / 145ltr||80/85||7.5 / 8.5|
This scheme is intended as a starting point. There are many variables that affect such as:
- Waterway (inland water has gusty wind)
- Own ability
- Type of board
- Shape board
- Board weight
Why such a large windsurf sail:
Just because it's possible! You just want to be able to plan with few buttons. The wider boards ensure that they jump quickly, but you need a good size sail for that, otherwise it will not work. The good news is that the sails have a much wider operating range than before! They can be overpowered much better and then remain very controllable! Have you seen the trapeze lines? Are very close together! This is only possible if the pressure point remains stable.
Incidentally, good rigging is very different… we would like to do it with you!
Which windsurfing sails should I have.
As a returner it is useful not to make it too difficult for yourself, so Freeride sails are our advice. Preferably camberless. These sails provide enough power to get and keep you in plane quickly. Examples of these sails are the Gaastra Hybrids and the Duotone E-Pace . If you want a little more power and performance, you can also look at 2 camber sails, for example the Gaastra Cosmic or the Duotone S_Pace
Which windsurf mast should I use?
We introduce the RDM mast… Excuse you now say RDM…
Yes RDM stands for Reduced Diameter Mast. These masts are thinner in diameter and are used in sails with a Luff length (Luff is mast trunk length) from 370 to 430cm. Mainly wave or freeride sailing up to 6.5 meters. Above that is SDM (standard diameter mast). These are the masts you are used to from the past. It is always best to use the mast from the sail brand. Then you are assured of the performance as intended and conceived.
I see a lot of carbon numbers in a mast, which one should I have with what length?
As a returner with a freeride sail, a 50% Carbon mast is more than enough. Do you want more performance than you of course also go to 70% or 90% carbon. Note carbon content has no effect on the bending curve.
The recommended fin is included with every board you buy. So you basically don't have to look at that. Later when you are back on point you can start looking at a second fin. Most fins are suitable for the sailing range of the board, so you don't have to worry too much about this.
There is a choice between a hip or a seat harness. You choose a seated harness if you want to hang out more and can therefore handle a larger sail. Slalom and speed surfers mainly use a seat harness. As a returner, a waist harness is completely fine. You have more freedom of movement and hook in and out easier. Fit is the most important thing, so fitting in the store is preferred. Our trapeze brands are ION and Brunotti
Most windsurfers sail with 28 ”or 71cm. Seems very long, but this works great for most windsurfers. You can sail the lines in the old-fashioned v or completely close together ... if properly adjusted you can sail without hands and the sail remains upright ... (for the daredevils ;-)
And now? Now we are going to get started with the decoration. We have complete windsurf sets on offer.