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What is a good beginner board these days?

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Created by Bails 2 months ago, 4 Feb 2019
Bails
WA, 137 posts
4 Feb 2019 12:10PM
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Hi folks, asking for a friend who wants to get back into windsurfing after a decade and buy a secondhand board. He used to be able to waterstart erratically and harness in but couldn't gybe.

The technology has changed so much since I learnt (on a centreboard rig) so I have no idea what to recommend. I remember sailing once on one of those ridiculous widearse Starboard things and thinking how totally unmanoevrable they were

Recommendations appreciated

Subsonic
WA, 1554 posts
4 Feb 2019 12:45PM
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Anything freeride 70+ wide (if thats how far along he was, i wouldn't bother with an aircraft carrier type beginner board)

width and volume also a bit dependant on his weight/ height. Theres so much available out there, something like a starboard carve or severne fox...

Chris 249
NSW, 1728 posts
4 Feb 2019 4:18PM
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A huge amount depends on where they are, what they like, when they can do it etc. If you work 8-6, live in inner or western Sydney and love racing you will buy a very different board from someone who lives on the beach in Perth and is a full-time beach bum who wants to go looping.

Bails
WA, 137 posts
4 Feb 2019 2:51PM
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Primarily river sailing in Perth - something that will plane in the more moderate seabreezes

MarkSSC
QLD, 341 posts
4 Feb 2019 9:57PM
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My 146 XCite Ride would suit an intermediate. The footstraps have multiple positions according to ability and the board is fast.

Paddles B'mere
QLD, 2330 posts
6 Feb 2019 9:03AM
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Given how you have described your friend's ability, tell them to go with the 80cm+ wide "aircraft carrier" with a big fin. They'll always be able to sell it at a minimal loss because there's always people looking for this style of beginner/intermediate board.

Imax1
VIC, 1777 posts
6 Feb 2019 10:26AM
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+1 to the two above.

Orange Whip
QLD, 551 posts
6 Feb 2019 6:17PM
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Bails said..
Hi folks, asking for a friend who wants to get back into windsurfing after a decade and buy a secondhand board. He used to be able to waterstart erratically and harness in but couldn't gybe.

The technology has changed so much since I learnt (on a centreboard rig) so I have no idea what to recommend. I remember sailing once on one of those ridiculous widearse Starboard things and thinking how totally unmanoevrable they were

Recommendations appreciated


That's strange, when I got back into windsurfing a few years back I bought one of those ridiculous widearse Starboard things and after a short time I could plane, tack, gybe, go upwind, go down wind and even water start it. And it actually went pretty fast, I thought. If your 'friend' wants to progress quickly once getting back into it, it's not a bad place to start and a good stepping stone to the smaller modern wider thinner boards. If he'd prefer to relive the good old days then you can still buy a long skinny board from the 80's with a centreboard. I've still got my ridiculous widearse Starboard thing in the garage and still have a lot of fun sailing it on light wind days.

windsufering
VIC, 679 posts
6 Feb 2019 7:34PM
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Has Anyone learnt to windsurf on those ridiculous wide starboard things

Imax1
VIC, 1777 posts
6 Feb 2019 7:49PM
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windsufering said..
Has Anyone learnt to windsurf on those ridiculous wide starboard things


Yes two of my mates I got into sailing .
I think they are good for teaching . The only negative is in very light wind they drift sideways and it's harder for a learner to stay upwind. I now have a foam covered Formula board for teaching . It's 1 metre wide and slow but with its sharp rails points high upwind even in 3 kts . And spins on a dime tacking and jibing. In my opinion it's the best board for teaching the very basics .

olskool
QLD, 1185 posts
6 Feb 2019 6:53PM
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LONG LIVE THE RACEBOARD!!

windsufering
VIC, 679 posts
6 Feb 2019 8:14PM
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Imax1 said..

windsufering said..
Has Anyone learnt to windsurf on those ridiculous wide starboard things



Yes two of my mates I got into sailing .
I think they are good for teaching . The only negative is in very light wind they drift sideways and it's harder for a learner to stay upwind. I now have a foam covered Formula board for teaching . It's 1 metre wide and slow but with its sharp rails points high upwind even in 3 kts . And spins on a dime tacking and jibing. In my opinion it's the best board for teaching the very basics .


How much did you friends weigh

Imax1
VIC, 1777 posts
6 Feb 2019 8:17PM
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windsufering said..

Imax1 said..


windsufering said..
Has Anyone learnt to windsurf on those ridiculous wide starboard things




Yes two of my mates I got into sailing .
I think they are good for teaching . The only negative is in very light wind they drift sideways and it's harder for a learner to stay upwind. I now have a foam covered Formula board for teaching . It's 1 metre wide and slow but with its sharp rails points high upwind even in 3 kts . And spins on a dime tacking and jibing. In my opinion it's the best board for teaching the very basics .



How much did you friends weigh


Around 90 kg each

Bails
WA, 137 posts
7 Feb 2019 4:54PM
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OK, thanks everyone, now how do I search the Seabreeze database for "ridiculous widearse Starboard"?

jirvin4505
QLD, 1001 posts
7 Feb 2019 10:25PM
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Bails said..
OK, thanks everyone, now how do I search the Seabreeze database for "ridiculous widearse Starboard"?



Use the filter
boards
state wa
size large to small

www.seabreeze.com.au/Classifieds/Search/Windsurfing/Boards?search=EjQ0DoWvNYhi%2BfwfOseIGxyu9ZXy8gOH


www.seabreeze.com.au/Classifieds/Windsurfing-Boards/~lt780/Starboard-Go-171-litres.aspx?_page=1&search=EjQ0DoWvNYhi%2BfwfOseIGxyu9ZXy8gOH

Looks good at $800

clarence
TAS, 844 posts
9 Feb 2019 11:52AM
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windsufering said..
Has Anyone learnt to windsurf on those ridiculous wide starboard things


At Windsurfing Tasmania we have a whole bundle of Starboard Rios and Starts. Over the years collectively we have taught dozens, if not hundreds, of people how to windsurf on them.

It is extraodrinary how quickly a person can learn the basics on a Start or Rio compared to a 1980s board.

Maybe not the best boards to learn carve gybing or going super fast, but an excellent platform to get people in the door.

Clarence

windsufering
VIC, 679 posts
9 Feb 2019 12:27PM
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clarence said..

windsufering said..
Has Anyone learnt to windsurf on those ridiculous wide starboard things



At Windsurfing Tasmania we have a whole bundle of Starboard Rios and Starts. Over the years collectively we have taught dozens, if not hundreds, of people how to windsurf on them.

It is extraodrinary how quickly a person can learn the basics on a Start or Rio compared to a 1980s board.

Maybe not the best boards to learn carve gybing or going super fast, but an excellent platform to get people in the door.

Clarence


That's Fantastic , windsurfing must be healthy with large fleets in Tasmania .

Orange Whip
QLD, 551 posts
9 Feb 2019 6:08PM
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I don't believe you need to go as big as a SB Start or a Rio. A large Starboard GO is quite suitable for a learner and has the added advantage of being able to be used as a light wind Freeride board once the learner progresses.

albymongrel
NSW, 174 posts
10 Feb 2019 10:35PM
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Orange Whip said..
I don't believe you need to go as big as a SB Start or a Rio. A large Starboard GO is quite suitable for a learner and has the added advantage of being able to be used as a light wind Freeride board once the learner progresses.


I have owned a starboard go 2005 model since new. I've sailed for 40 years and for someone my size (110kg) I'd highly recommend it as a great board to use with 7m to 8.5m sail in 13 to 20 knots. Mainly ride a Windsurfer now but have had many years of fun on the go 170. Great to sail when a lot of others sitting on the shore waiting for wind. Not just for learners- good for a wide range of wind for a bigger sailer. I'd still recommend a Centreboard longboard like the Windsurfer for learning. Once you get going, the glide is good and you can always work your way back to where you started once the basics are learnt. A short wide board is a little difficult to get up to full on planing for a beginner and lose a lot of ground downwind in the process of learning and making errors. Slogging along is what you get when learning on a short wide board initially which means they never experience real glide and speed in early stages and get bored with it.

albymongrel
NSW, 174 posts
15 Mar 2019 5:56PM
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Here's a cheap board to start with! If you are under 80kg you should have no problems whatsoever!
Windsurfer Original 12'
You can get these for between $0.00 and $200! Black fin

NOTE WINDSURFER ONE DESIGN - similar to above but with retracting centreboard and red fin. 12'
$20 to $500

Windsurfer LT blue non slip deck
more volume
wider
lighter
12' long
Board only- new $1250
complete around $2500
Much less if you pick up a cheap second hand rig and add to board.



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