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Board Selection Help???

Dec 9, 2011 by Buzzard

i used to windsurf years ago and now thinking about geting back into it. my last board was a Mistral one design. i have been looking, but there are sooo many choices. i really like the look of the short wide formula boards, but not sure if that is good for me and this area. i was wondering if anyone could tell me what the most typical style board being used in this area for course racing. i am in Panama City and would like a board that will work in just about all conditions but geared more towards racing.


Date: 12/09/2011
From: Buzzard

hey Mark it is morgan from StABYC. ever since i saw your windsurfer, i have been thinking about selling the laser and going back to windsurfing. Thank for the info and the links. as i will be looking for a used board, i appriciate the recommendations of the vintage boards. i may even try to get my old IMCO back. however, i will probably still be on the hunt for a board that will get my 215 lbs fat butt around a course as fast as possible.
Date: 12/09/2011
From: Bill Olson

I agree with Mark on the longboard. Most of the old school longboards can be hard to find in good condition and with all the parts. The Kona One is a good general board, if not the fastest. A long board will give you more glide in the lighter summer winds. I am well over 155lbs and use an IMCO for racing, but I am usualy at the back of the pack
Date: 12/09/2011
From: AndrewReich

i have a nice formula board that works well in all but the lightest conditions. see previous post in the buy/sell tab. it does best with larger sails. areichh2o@gmail.com
Date: 12/09/2011
From: Markd

If you want to get the most sailing, a long board is still the way to go. Formula needs a bit more wind for a good experience. IF you weigh < 155 an IMCO is still a good choice and will do fine in the summer with a 9.5 sail for most conditions and a 7.5 if its windy. If you are heavier, try to find a higher vol. longboard like an Equipe II or late (1990s) version F2 lightning or Fanatic MegaCat. I sail in PC at St. And. Bay YC occasionally. it would be good to get more folks sailing in PC. A couple good web sites: http://www.lbwindsurfing.com/ http://www.raceboard.org/ http://windsurfraceboard.blogspot.com/ Go long or go wrong, Mark

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