Forums > Windsurfing Wave sailing

Matching board to skill level

Reply
Created by philn A week ago, 10 Nov 2019
philn
269 posts
10 Nov 2019 1:41AM
Thumbs Up

How much does your enjoyment of a board depend on your skill level?

I recently sailed a board again that I previously sailed 3 years ago. Back then I hated it and found it difficult to get nice turns on, even in good conditions. This time I sailed it in ****ty cross onshore conditions but I was getting really good turns out of it (it was marketed as a dtl board).

LeeD
894 posts
10 Nov 2019 1:59AM
Thumbs Up

Skill makes everything work.
Lack of skill needs equipment makeup.
I once watched a out of shape former pro wavesailor, at 185 lbs., struggle into a way too tight medium wetsuit, grab his too small 72 liter x 52cm wide waveboard, huff to the beach with a 5 meter sail in 10-22 gusty holey dying breeze.....and hit a forward, a back, and a 15' tabletop heading out on his first run....with stretching and a 300 yard carry to the surf.

LeeD
894 posts
10 Nov 2019 4:38AM
Thumbs Up

Me, 1997, after spending the entire previous year river kayaking...
Humped the 70 liter wave board down the cliff to PaloMarin, rigged the 5.0 in 24 mph gusts and 5' long period S swell, head out and proceed to get caught in every wind lull, not make it out in 3 tries, finally get a lull and find myself falling in on the outside jibe to find my inhaul rope had snapped, spend 20 minutes jury rigging using my outhaul and switching in for out, find another lull trying to waterstart and drift down to way kelpy Boneyards with less breeze for a 45 minute kelpbulb crawl with the rig to a boulder infested shoreline dinging my board, and cutting my hands.
The crew enjoyed my water time, but did help me carry my rig up the cliff to the car.
Entertainment comes at a price.

forceten
823 posts
Tuesday , 11 Nov 2019 11:23PM
Thumbs Up

Select to expand quote
philn said..
How much does your enjoyment of a board depend on your skill level?

I recently sailed a board again that I previously sailed 3 years ago. Back then I hated it and found it difficult to get nice turns on, even in good conditions. This time I sailed it in ****ty cross onshore conditions but I was getting really good turns out of it (it was marketed as a dtl board).


3 years experience is a lot. conditions can vary the result, many factors .

LeeD
894 posts
Tuesday , 12 Nov 2019 1:42AM
Thumbs Up

In 2008, I bought a '07 JP Pro Slalom 84.
At 150 lbs., I could sail it very well with a 5.7 in winds around 17-28.
The problem was, in the lighter wind range, I had faster boards.
In the higher wind range, I had equal speed boards that turned better and jumped easier.
I still have that board, ridden once a year to remind me what a bad purchase this was.

forceten
823 posts
Wednesday , 12 Nov 2019 11:43PM
Thumbs Up

Select to expand quote
LeeD said..
In 2008, I bought a '07 JP Pro Slalom 84.
At 150 lbs., I could sail it very well with a 5.7 in winds around 17-28.
The problem was, in the lighter wind range, I had faster boards.
In the higher wind range, I had equal speed boards that turned better and jumped easier.
I still have that board, ridden once a year to remind me what a bad purchase this was.


Reminds me of a 3Stooges line, Why hit yourself in the head with a hammer, Because it feels so good when I stop.

LeeD
894 posts
Friday , 15 Nov 2019 3:19AM
Thumbs Up

Board I still struggle with is the 2010 Starboard Quad 76.
Seems too wide for West Coast USA waves, hard to rail to rail....bottom turn OTL combos, and sometimes spins out heading for jumps.
But I do like it in tiny slow waves.
My other wave boards are all 52-54 cm widths.
Surf here is mostly head high to big, so the wide width and tail is harder to bank and drive.
Good as one board of a wave quiver.



Subscribe
Reply

Forums > Windsurfing Wave sailing


"Matching board to skill level" started by philn