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Created by Jerrysurfer 1 month ago, 19 Apr 2019
Jerrysurfer
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19 Apr 2019 6:51AM
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Hi,
My name is Jerin. I live in Adelaide. I have been searching for windsurfing for a long time. I know the school kids as a part of their curriculum but never an adult. Are you able to please refer me to school in Adelaide or an instructor that run windsurfing for adults, please?

Thank you

Stuthepirate
SA, 3474 posts
19 Apr 2019 10:15PM
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If i had equipment to lend you i'd give you a few lessons.
Might be able to sort something out next Summer (October)

jn1
SA, 1745 posts
22 Apr 2019 5:14PM
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I gave Jerry his first lesson today at Tiranna Way in West Lakes. Considering he was on my 109L slalom board, he did very well. He got to the stage of uphauling the sail and sheeting in. He discovered the problem of the board rounding up wind. So, now he needs to learn how to bear away (as Dave Lane would say - "Bow and Arrow") to make the sail go forward. That will be another lesson.

So, Jerry is now on the hunt for gear. I gave him some bits and pieces. I'm going to loan him a mast. If anyone has an old 4.7 - 5.3 sail and old boom you could sell him, that would be good. He is also after an old 110-120 board, Wave or freeride.


Sambo #
SA, 142 posts
23 Apr 2019 12:57PM
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dont get a wave board to learn on thats doing it the hard way. definatlely go freeride. wave board will just frustrate you and make you think sailing is harder than it is. you'll also learn better and faster. you'll be impeding the learning process on a wave board don't do it.

jn1
SA, 1745 posts
23 Apr 2019 5:49PM
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Joe has given Jerry a cheap 4.7 wave sail to buy, so all he needs now is a board and a boom... and then he's golden.

You're right Sambo, but he is doing Windsurfing on the cheap and cheap freeride boards in SA are a rare find. What you're talking about is a few months down the track when he becomes an intermediate sailor. Right now, he needs any type of float to learn his light wind basics.




Stuthepirate
SA, 3474 posts
23 Apr 2019 7:44PM
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I have a 118L JP SuperSport Gold edition for sale ($250)
It's in WA but i can bring it back to SA next week
Cheap, a bit damaged but will do the trick. Let me know
might even have an old Aeron MXT boom i can throw in too

jn1
SA, 1745 posts
24 Apr 2019 7:52PM
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No worries Stew. That's awesome. I'll let him know.

albymongrel
NSW, 179 posts
25 Apr 2019 7:28AM
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Jerrysurfer said..


Hi,
My name is Jerin. I live in Adelaide. I have been searching for windsurfing for a long time. I know the school kids as a part of their curriculum but never an adult. Are you able to please refer me to school in Adelaide or an instructor that run windsurfing for adults, please?


Thank you



Hey Jerin,

Looks like these guys are trying to torture you on this small stuff.

PLEASE ALLOW ME TO OFFER SOME ADVICE FROM A WINDSURFER SINCE 1979 and previous instructor.

I have seen hundreds of budding windsurfers give up - usually because their mates encouraged them into small boards too quickly and it was too damn hard!

If you haven't windsurfer before, you need a much bigger board (if you are an adult).
Even if you weighed under 50 kilos, I would still say a 109 litre board was waaaayyyyyy too small for your first lessons!

if you live anywhere near Brighton Seacliff Sailing Club, go see the guys there who sail the Windsurfer LT. Check out their windsurfer Facebook page: SA WINDSURFER CLASS

THEY ARE HOLDING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SA IN JANUARY 2010, no reason why you cant compete in this event, plenty of sailors entered our NSW NATIONALS (107 Competitors) THIS JANUARY WITH LIMITED EXPERIENCE.

THE WINDSURFER LT IS NOTHING LIKE WHAT YOU HAD YOUR FIRST LESSON ON!

You will get more time on the water with one of these boards, anything from under 5knots to 12 knots for your first half dozen lessons or practices and gradually try some stronger wind days. Won't be long before you can handle 15 to 20 knots on one of these, then go try something smaller.

The smaller boards under 130 litres are not designed to be any fun in anything less than 12 to 20 knots and require experience skill and expensive rigs to perform well with sailors above 80kg.

The Windsurfer LT is 12' long, has a centreboard and Australian champions are happy using a 5.7m sail on it as it has plenty of power!

A learner, depending on your size and weight (if under 70kg may use a 4,5m sail for the first few lessons on something like this) otherwise the standard 5.7 Windsurfer Branded sail in a light breeze is fine!

a longboard like the Windsurfer is a great board to keep once you learn the sport. It is great for fun, for exploring and racing. By all means, go for a smaller board once you learn the basics on a windsurfer or similar board 200 litres or more and gradually work yourself down in size. You will want to keep your windsurfer to chill out on light wind days, teach others and perhaps even race it one day!

You can pick up an old windsurfer complete for virtually free or less than $200.

New windsurfer LT COMPLETE IS $2500

seriously, learning on a 109 to 130 litre board is not going to be fun unless you are bloody awesome!

170 litre Freeride like a starboard go would be the minimum I would consider and really, without a centreboard for your first few months, it will be unnecessarily difficult!

www.windsurferclassaus.com
check out contacts and state reps, talk to Tim Lelliott

Al Haynes
NSW Windsurfer Class Rep
0438336495
windsurferclassnsw@gmail.com







Hey it even floats with two on board - 229 litres volume!




Stuthepirate
SA, 3474 posts
25 Apr 2019 7:26AM
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Shhhhh.
I'm trying to sell my gear so I can buy a 2600 dollar LT.

seriously. What does it take to please you LT culties ????

jn1
SA, 1745 posts
25 Apr 2019 12:18PM
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THEY ARE HOLDING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SA IN JANUARY 2010, no reason why you cant compete in this event, plenty of sailors entered our NSW NATIONALS (107 Competitors) THIS JANUARY WITH LIMITED EXPERIENCE.


They are holding championships in January 2010 ?. Wow, can't wait

albymongrel
NSW, 179 posts
27 Apr 2019 12:01AM
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albymongrel said..

THEY ARE HOLDING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SA IN JANUARY 2010, no reason why you cant compete in this event, plenty of sailors entered our NSW NATIONALS (107 Competitors) THIS JANUARY WITH LIMITED EXPERIENCE.



They are holding championships in January 2010 ?. Wow, can't wait


Hahaha some would think we' re living in the past with that date! How about 2020?

World championships in Perth a year later.

Seriously, expecting a great crowd. A hell of a lot of old Wally sailors came out of the woodwork for the last Nationals. Also plenty of sailors from Raceboards and other disciplines saw the light and realised we have a hell of a good time regardless of how much wind there is and the cash we save on our gear can be spent on other necessities such as a few ales after a hard days sailing.

join us next summer or better still this winter!

albymongrel
NSW, 179 posts
27 Apr 2019 12:04AM
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jn1 said..

albymongrel said..

THEY ARE HOLDING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SA IN JANUARY 2010, no reason why you cant compete in this event, plenty of sailors entered our NSW NATIONALS (107 Competitors) THIS JANUARY WITH LIMITED EXPERIENCE.



They are holding championships in January 2010 ?. Wow, can't wait


Hahaha some would think we' re living in the past with that date! How about 2020?

World championships in Perth a year later.

Seriously, expecting a great crowd. A hell of a lot of old Wally sailors came out of the woodwork for the last Nationals. Also plenty of sailors from Raceboards and other disciplines saw the light and realised we have a hell of a good time regardless of how much wind there is and the cash we save on our gear can be spent on other necessities such as a few ales after a hard days sailing.

join us next summer or better still this winter!

Sambo #
SA, 142 posts
27 Apr 2019 7:12PM
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Some solid advice above. Something to mabey keep in mind though.... Depending on how much you sail you might outgrow a centrboard pretty quick .If you can't sail these boards without one that might be a problem as you progress. Also these boards looks massive and long. I'm not knocking them but personally i diddn't need a centreboard when i was learning and neither did my brother or cousin. We all progressed pretty quick sailing down at boggy lake 2 days a week in pretty good wind most days. I weighed 62kgs back then and was on a bic "lilly pad" (big floaty board without centreboard), no more that 200 litres, that i borrowed from my cousin who outgrew it pretty quick and got a smaller board within months. My brother nearly bought one and was glad he diddn't. Looking back on these days i could have learned on something i could have progressed on more opposed to outgrowing pretty quick like my cousin and then having to buy another board. If your kind of good at sport, co'ordinated etc, kind of gutsy without being stupid, i would personally steer away from a board in the 200 litres plus range for reasons mentioned above. If money's no object then it doesn't matter. Start on a massive lillypad then go straight to smaller better performance board. This is only my opinion based on my, and my brother and cousins experience learning. Mabey food for thought.

Also have a look at these Bic boards... The "Techno" and the "Beach"
They might be more affordable than other brands like
Fanatic, Starboard, etc. world.bicsport.com/windsurf.html

Bored again,
Sam.

Sambo #
SA, 142 posts
28 Apr 2019 1:49PM
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Also don't buy wave sails for learning and or freeriding. They'll be too much work and a floaty freeride board will go alot better, and you'll enjoy your sailing alot more and progress alot faster using freeride sails.

I'm not reccommending the brand in the following link, but here is some info on sails you will find helpful.
point-7.com/blog/freeride-sails-freeride-mean/

FishMints
SA, 88 posts
2 May 2019 2:41PM
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Jerrysurfer said..




Hi,
My name is Jerin. I live in Adelaide. I have been searching for windsurfing for a long time. I know the school kids as a part of their curriculum but never an adult. Are you able to please refer me to school in Adelaide or an instructor that run windsurfing for adults, please?



Thank you




Hi Jerin, its a tough time of year to learn - but well done to you and J for getting out and into it.
I would avoid West Lakes now that the rains have started - the lake gets A LOT of storm water through it during winter. Signs advise no swimming for at least 3 days after rain, but I would stay out of it for longer than that.
I have a board that's great for learning on (Bic Techno 293 OD), if you're still interested when its summer again later this year - you're welcome to have a shot on it - just send me a PM. Cheers and good luck.

Jerrysurfer
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4 May 2019 6:39PM
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Jerrysurfer said..






Hi,
My name is Jerin. I live in Adelaide. I have been searching for windsurfing for a long time. I know the school kids as a part of their curriculum but never an adult. Are you able to please refer me to school in Adelaide or an instructor that run windsurfing for adults, please?




Thank you





Hi Jerin, its a tough time of year to learn - but well done to you and J for getting out and into it.
I would avoid West Lakes now that the rains have started - the lake gets A LOT of storm water through it during winter. Signs advise no swimming for at least 3 days after rain, but I would stay out of it for longer than that.
I have a board that's great for learning on (Bic Techno 293 OD), if you're still interested when its summer again later this year - you're welcome to have a shot on it - just send me a PM. Cheers and good luck.


Hi FishMints,

I have noticed the board last signboard, because of this week's rain I have to postpone it. do you know any other where I can practice safely?

Cheers JerrySurfer

Jerrysurfer
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4 May 2019 7:53PM
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I gave Jerry his first lesson today at Tiranna Way in West Lakes. Considering he was on my 109L slalom board, he did very well. He got to the stage of uphauling the sail and sheeting in. He discovered the problem of the board rounding up wind. So, now he needs to learn how to bear away (as Dave Lane would say - "Bow and Arrow") to make the sail go forward. That will be another lesson.

So, Jerry is now on the hunt for gear. I gave him some bits and pieces. I'm going to loan him a mast. If anyone has an old 4.7 - 5.3 sail and old boom you could sell him, that would be good. He is also after an old 110-120 board, Wave or freeride.



Hi Jn1 and everybody,

Due to the chat being slow when posted, I have been away from the form for a while. A huge thanks Jn1 for teaching me how to windsurf. I had a great day. The notes and videos are really helpful. Now I have a basic understanding of windsurfing. I was planning to 2nd session this weekend but it was messed up by the weather. The board I was looking for last week is gone. It was so close to my house and the price could be below 100, but unfortunately, someone has bought it before me.

I am really looking forward to buying a big board to windsurf and SUP, but financially I am not able to afford right now. But slowly, I am looking to buy all of it.

I will try to contact Seacliff Sailing club or Windsurfer SA LT for a bigger board. So I can learn a bit faster.

I am to forward to do another windsurfing session end of this week or next week. I am mostly free on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. I will give you a call and see you soon

Jerrysurfer
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4 May 2019 7:57PM
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Stuthepirate said..
If i had equipment to lend you i'd give you a few lessons.
Might be able to sort something out next Summer (October)


Thanks, I really appreciate it

Jerrysurfer
6 posts
4 May 2019 8:00PM
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Jerrysurfer said..




Hi,
My name is Jerin. I live in Adelaide. I have been searching for windsurfing for a long time. I know the school kids as a part of their curriculum but never an adult. Are you able to please refer me to school in Adelaide or an instructor that run windsurfing for adults, please?



Thank you




Hey Jerin,

Looks like these guys are trying to torture you on this small stuff.

PLEASE ALLOW ME TO OFFER SOME ADVICE FROM A WINDSURFER SINCE 1979 and previous instructor.

I have seen hundreds of budding windsurfers give up - usually because their mates encouraged them into small boards too quickly and it was too damn hard!

If you haven't windsurfer before, you need a much bigger board (if you are an adult).
Even if you weighed under 50 kilos, I would still say a 109 litre board was waaaayyyyyy too small for your first lessons!

if you live anywhere near Brighton Seacliff Sailing Club, go see the guys there who sail the Windsurfer LT. Check out their windsurfer Facebook page: SA WINDSURFER CLASS

THEY ARE HOLDING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SA IN JANUARY 2010, no reason why you cant compete in this event, plenty of sailors entered our NSW NATIONALS (107 Competitors) THIS JANUARY WITH LIMITED EXPERIENCE.

THE WINDSURFER LT IS NOTHING LIKE WHAT YOU HAD YOUR FIRST LESSON ON!

You will get more time on the water with one of these boards, anything from under 5knots to 12 knots for your first half dozen lessons or practices and gradually try some stronger wind days. Won't be long before you can handle 15 to 20 knots on one of these, then go try something smaller.

The smaller boards under 130 litres are not designed to be any fun in anything less than 12 to 20 knots and require experience skill and expensive rigs to perform well with sailors above 80kg.

The Windsurfer LT is 12' long, has a centreboard and Australian champions are happy using a 5.7m sail on it as it has plenty of power!

A learner, depending on your size and weight (if under 70kg may use a 4,5m sail for the first few lessons on something like this) otherwise the standard 5.7 Windsurfer Branded sail in a light breeze is fine!

a longboard like the Windsurfer is a great board to keep once you learn the sport. It is great for fun, for exploring and racing. By all means, go for a smaller board once you learn the basics on a windsurfer or similar board 200 litres or more and gradually work yourself down in size. You will want to keep your windsurfer to chill out on light wind days, teach others and perhaps even race it one day!

You can pick up an old windsurfer complete for virtually free or less than $200.

New windsurfer LT COMPLETE IS $2500

seriously, learning on a 109 to 130 litre board is not going to be fun unless you are bloody awesome!

170 litre Freeride like a starboard go would be the minimum I would consider and really, without a centreboard for your first few months, it will be unnecessarily difficult!

www.windsurferclassaus.com
check out contacts and state reps, talk to Tim Lelliott

Al Haynes
NSW Windsurfer Class Rep
0438336495
windsurferclassnsw@gmail.com







Hey it even floats with two on board - 229 litres volume!








Thank so much for the info. I have tried to contact Windsurfer SA through Insta, but not reply. But I will give it a go with the number you gave me.

jn1
SA, 1745 posts
5 May 2019 10:55AM
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Let me know when a time suits Jerry and we'll see if the wind is suitable on that day. With West lakes, if the water is clean, then it's okay to sail. We'll play it by ear.

I've got your sail, RDM mast and extension. I'll give you them next time I see you. You have the base, so all you need now is a small boom, a floaty board and a buoyancy vest (50 or a 50S). Did you get in contact with Dr Duck about board advice and albymongrel about lessons with BSSC ?

Cheers J

FishMints
SA, 88 posts
6 May 2019 12:22AM
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Hi Jerry - jn1 will look after you. The lake is close and water stays flat/safe, its probably the closest and best place for your first lessons.

Once you are confident and can turn around, and the wind is light between 5-12 knots - then you could try at either Seacliff in front of the yacht club, or at Semaphore beach (2nd or 3rd carpark from Bower Road - between the rock wall and the jetty).

The other place good for learning is Goolwa - but its an hours drive from Adelaide.

I might have a cheap boom for you.

The only other thing you should be aware of in West Lakes are Blue Ringed Octopus - apparently its their mating season at the moment and there is heaps around. Having said that - I've never actually seen one in the water there - just photos and videos.

Jerrysurfer
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8 May 2019 6:55PM
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Hi Jerry - jn1 will look after you. The lake is close and water stays flat/safe, its probably the closest and best place for your first lessons.

Once you are confident and can turn around, and the wind is light between 5-12 knots - then you could try at either Seacliff in front of the yacht club, or at Semaphore beach (2nd or 3rd carpark from Bower Road - between the rock wall and the jetty).

The other place good for learning is Goolwa - but its an hours drive from Adelaide.

I might have a cheap boom for you.

The only other thing you should be aware of in West Lakes are Blue Ringed Octopus - apparently its their mating season at the moment and there is heaps around. Having said that - I've never actually seen one in the water there - just photos and videos.


Hi FishMints,
I had my first lesson with Jn1 at Westlakes,I am planning to cover a few more basic before I move on (especially one like starting from the shore). Once I get comfortable I am planning to try the rest at Semaphore beach(closer for Jn1).

Having said that, I never thought there are Blue Ringed Octopuses on lakes. Is there any way to track them or stay away from them(like knowing where they like to bread)? I practising at Tiranna Way at Westlakes



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