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Customising board for learner

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Created by photosbykarlo 9 months ago, 12 Jan 2018
photosbykarlo
204 posts
12 Jan 2018 1:02PM
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Hi

My little one has shown a keen interest in windsurfing, so we picked up a kids rig and he has been on my 106l with success going downwind, I just wished he would stop before getting to the kiters, the walk back is getting longer. Having found out that boards for kids are not easy to come by, he really needs a board with a centre board to get upwind.

Anyway I have this old Santosha wave board and thought just maybe I can have a fin box added and use on old race fin as the centreboard. Took it out the other day and he managed to get going on it, but was a bit wobbly on it, it's only 54cm wide where the 106l is 65cm wide.

Would it be worth the effort of putting in the fin box or looking for a wider board and doing the same thing. I guess the mast track would create a weak spot in the board. Not sure of the ins and out of where to place the centre board.

By the way I also had a go on the Santosha and she went surprisingly fast.

Alternatively if anyone has any old board with a dagger board let us know.

Cheers

robbo1111
NSW, 487 posts
12 Jan 2018 4:32PM
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Hi mate, when my daughter learnt to windsurf on my SUP I bought a suction cup from Bunnings. It was quiet large with 2 handles that when pulled into the vertical position provided suction. On one of the handles I attached an old fin and a long piece of rope from the handle to the mast base in the event that she ran aground and knocked the suction cup off. It worked a treat and I've since passed it on to another learner.

BSN101
WA, 1322 posts
12 Jan 2018 5:07PM
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Join in with the Metro Kids Windsurfing. they supply the kit! how easy is that.

My girls have a great time with the Dunsborough group. Run by WWA.

photosbykarlo
204 posts
13 Jan 2018 6:12AM
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robbo1111 that's not a bad idea, you wouldn't have a pic of it.

BSN101 that's where he tried it a fews weeks ago, the next one is on the 28th. He could wait that long.

BSN101
WA, 1322 posts
13 Jan 2018 10:53AM
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photosbykarlo said..
robbo1111 that's not a bad idea, you wouldn't have a pic of it.

BSN101 that's where he tried it a fews weeks ago, the next one is on the 28th. He could wait that long.


Thats a bummer, they are on each weekend down here, except this week as they went to LOC! lucky kids.

robbo1111
NSW, 487 posts
13 Jan 2018 1:27PM
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photosbykarlo said..
robbo1111 that's not a bad idea, you wouldn't have a pic of it.

BSN101 that's where he tried it a fews weeks ago, the next one is on the 28th. He could wait that long.


Unfortunately no photo, but if you go into the Bunnings website and search for suction cup, the Trojan 118mmm is the one, costs all of $11

WindsurfingWA
WA, 579 posts
13 Jan 2018 7:48PM
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BSN101 said..

photosbykarlo said..
robbo1111 that's not a bad idea, you wouldn't have a pic of it.

BSN101 that's where he tried it a fews weeks ago, the next one is on the 28th. He could wait that long.



Thats a bummer, they are on each weekend down here, except this week as they went to LOC! lucky kids.


Perth kids are in Lano too. Kids sailing tomorrow in Lano if anyone is up here for the race.

silvec01
WA, 600 posts
13 Jan 2018 9:38PM
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Karlo, Your son will be planning around the bay in no time whatsoever. Be patient

photosbykarlo
204 posts
14 Jan 2018 7:48AM
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Yeah I know, it's the long downwind runs he does and the walk back, with him jump on and off the board, trying to hang ten, the body drags off the back that's killing my legs

jamesf
NSW, 860 posts
15 Jan 2018 8:47AM
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Heres a few different versions of the suction cup centreboard. Adds a lot of drag but helps point upwind.

Akim who has taught a stack of kids over here told me the best way to get kids hooked was to get them planing, and to not stress about pointing upwind. Good advice.







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