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Looking to start again

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Created by windywishing 1 month ago, 15 Jan 2019
windywishing
SA, 5 posts
15 Jan 2019 12:54PM
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Hey all I'm looking to buy a kit and get back into windsurfing. Are there no windsurfing shops in Adelaide anymore and if not do you have any recommendations where I can find information on board sizes. I used to sail my dads Bombora but I'm not sure what size it was, I have been thinking about getting a 130 litre board but am unsure if that is a good size for me. I'm 44 168cm and 85kgs

jn1
SA, 1695 posts
15 Jan 2019 7:42PM
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I reckon a 130 would be a good start, but the 85kg sailors would probably have more to say. If you want a good start to learning how to sail in light winds (the door way to light wind freestyling: tacking, helitacks, ducktacks and just sailing when not planing), then a bigger board would be the go to learn that. The tack is a very handy turn and not many sailors know how to do it and it's very difficult to learn on a small board. At 37 at 68kg, I started on a 160 and learnt all of that first. One thing I have noticed with most beginners, if they start on a small board, they never learn the slow stuff and so they can only use and be happy with one sailing mode - planing. If they are not planing, they are standing on the beach waiting. This is a real shame. I think being on the water and using any state of wind trumps standing around waiting.

Bondage
SA, 575 posts
15 Jan 2019 8:54PM
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Hi Windywishing,

There are no retail shops in SA anymore but there are a couple of people who are based in Adelaide that you can talk to about new gear.

Ty Andrews from Ocean Surf Co - www.facebook.com/oceansurf.co/
PH: 0418826459

Jack Fletcher from Fletcher Boardsports - www.facebook.com/fletcherboardsports/
PH: 0418807141

Both are great guys who will be very helpful.

In regards to board size, it will depend on your past sailing experience, ie can you beach start and waterstart, where do you plan to sail, what do you want to achieve?

Cheers
Bondy

windywishing
SA, 5 posts
16 Jan 2019 7:28AM
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Hey thanks for responding, I am reasonably good at tacking gybing beach starts. I still need to learn water starts. Living in Port Adelaide I will do most of my sailing at Semaphore or somewhere nearby to that. The Bombora was a semi sinker so it was pretty good in low wind as well as higher winds. I don't really want a 200 litre board or equivalent cause I think I will "grow" out of it very quickly.

Thanks for the links I will check them out.

jn1
SA, 1695 posts
16 Jan 2019 6:09PM
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Ok, looks like you've got all that out the way. Could probably go a bit smaller than 130 ?

ShaneOC
SA, 11 posts
19 Jan 2019 6:25PM
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Hi windywishing.
Binks Marine have a range of boards/sails/booms/masts to get you going again .
Also mast bases/mast extensions/harness lines/harnesses.
They have been quite active in the retail space for the last 12 months
www.binksonline.com.au

Give 'em call!

Sandy
0414772574

windywishing
SA, 5 posts
Thursday , 14 Feb 2019 8:29PM
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jn1 said..
Ok, looks like you've got all that out the way. Could probably go a bit smaller than 130 ?


Do you have any suggestions as to a good size for me, cause I'm not really sure

jn1
SA, 1695 posts
Thursday , 14 Feb 2019 9:05PM
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110-120 freeride would be a good intermediate size board range. When you become advanced, this board will become your light wind board.
If unsure have a go on my 109L JP Supersport

windywishing
SA, 5 posts
Today , 16 Feb 2019 4:45AM
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Ok I would appreciate that thanks

jn1
SA, 1695 posts
7 hours ago , 16 Feb 2019 10:43AM
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No worries. Give me a ring and we'll work out a good day. 0466 104586. Wind isn't very good this weekend.



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