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Created by Bluefusionman A week ago, 14 Jul 2019
Bluefusionman
NSW, 14 posts
14 Jul 2019 6:51PM
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Hi,
Looking for advice for volume/ size of 2nd board.
It's my second season windsurfing, I am planing in harness, straps etc. Starting to gybe. Can beach start in chest deep water but haven't mastered the waterstart as yet.
I have one board which is 130 litre. Looking to get a second board for when the wind is strong. I would prefer to keep to quiver to two boards, keeping the 130ltr.
Considering all the above looking for board size recommendations please for freeride board.
I weigh 75kg and have 3 sails from 5.5 to 7.

Imax1
VIC, 2062 posts
14 Jul 2019 7:05PM
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Wobbly jibe your board first . A step start is thee quarters of a water start , only takes more time and energy . The theory is exactly the same . It's not so bad .
I just hum the Jaws theme to myself and its amazing how quickly I'm in the beach start ready to go position .
Looks like you need around 100 litres . It will feel way sportier and funkier and just still uphauable if the weather turns off .
The type of board depends on the conditions you ride in .
Longer and thinner if it's rough , shorter and wider if it's flat.

Mark _australia
WA, 19261 posts
14 Jul 2019 5:10PM
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Yeah I think around 100-110L freeride, freemove or FSW

By don't sell yourself short - beach start in chest deep is a water start!!!!! You're going great

peterowensbabs
NSW, 167 posts
14 Jul 2019 9:27PM
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Yep 100L - still forgiving but also good fun. Big enough to wobble your way home if the wind deserts you (maybe well downwind and the walk of shame back up the shore, but home nonetheless), and small enough to get up and go puts that grin on your face!

Imax1
VIC, 2062 posts
14 Jul 2019 9:50PM
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peterowensbabs said..
Yep 100L - still forgiving but also good fun. Big enough to wobble your way home if the wind deserts you (maybe well downwind and the walk of shame back up the shore, but home nonetheless), and small enough to get up and go puts that grin on your face!


Your onto it .
word of warning ,
Do , what ever not , think an easier kiting option , is an option .
When telling your grandchildren stories , 70 years old ,in your old chair , please tell windsurfing stories, not that ego driven , colour matched vomit in the sky thing.

forceten
731 posts
14 Jul 2019 11:26PM
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5.5 m sail you could go much smaller, than others have suggested, 95, with a range IMO to 115 max.

the small board will offer better control when windy, it will be a steeper learning curve initially, but offer better rewards later on.

you probably will go smaller than the 5.5m

powersloshin
NSW, 1019 posts
Monday , 15 Jul 2019 8:26AM
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100 Lts is the size I have used most ever. It's very versatile works from 15 to 30 knots. It will take you a bit of effort to step down from 130 but a lot more fun. Anything smaller you will not use it very often.

Bluefusionman
NSW, 14 posts
Monday , 15 Jul 2019 5:32PM
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Thanks for all the replies and encouragement, it's much appreciated.

I was thinking 105 so that sounds about right from the general consensus of all replies.

Yep will need to get a smaller sail at some point to, but that also means a new mast and boom so a bit out of reach at the moment. Also want a bigger 8.0 sail. Have to pace the purchases or my wife will have a fit lol

What would you guys think would be the maximum wind I should be riding the 130ltr in? I have had it in 25 knots and didn't feel out of control but then again I have never ridden anything else except for a big 200 ltr beginners board

forceten
731 posts
Tuesday , 16 Jul 2019 8:49AM
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Blue fusion man, I think 25 would be at the limit for that board, unless it's very flat.or you eat more cake.

Bluefusionman
NSW, 14 posts
Tuesday , 16 Jul 2019 11:50AM
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Haha thanks forceten, doesn't seem to matter what I eat I can't put on more then a few kilos

MarkSSC
QLD, 344 posts
Thursday , 18 Jul 2019 10:37PM
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PS...You will probably find it easier to waterstart the smaller board, depending on the type of board you get.

forceten
731 posts
Thursday , 18 Jul 2019 10:33PM
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MarkSSC said..
PS...You will probably find it easier to waterstart the smaller board, depending on the type of board you get.


Any smaller board will be easier to waterstart. Good suggestion.

forceten
731 posts
Thursday , 18 Jul 2019 10:34PM
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Bluefusionman said..
Haha thanks forceten, doesn't seem to matter what I eat I can't put on more then a few kilos


Lucky you .

gbm91
VIC, 22 posts
6 hours ago , 22 Jul 2019 11:07PM
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I completely agree with everyone else who has posted.

When I was at your level a few years back I had (I'm 80kg):

- 150L board
- Then bought a 113L board (Starboard Kode freestyle wave).
- Eventually got a 94L (freestyle wave) as the sea conditions at my local spot required a smaller board (very messy chop) in stronger winds.

So for you 100L-110L would be great in my opinion.
My biggest recommendation is to not buy anything too ancient or racy! I bought an F2 Ride 277 prior to my Kode and it held me back. The modern shape boards will be great.

Another thing which helped was to sort out my sail quiver: getting more sails which fit on the same mast and boom. Having the correct mast for the sail etc.

I bought Neil Prydes from around 2003-2010 which were very cheap with good masts. I still havemostof them today!

Remember thatyour best sail should be the one you use the most often!




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