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Sail boarding for youth's

Feb 23, 2017 by Alexg

Hello, I plan on moving to Shell Point soon (live close now). I was going to purchase a paddleboard for myself & my son (8 yrs. old). I've noticed a lot of sailboard activity at Shell Point. I have no experience with either (though I do kayak & canoe), but it looks like a blast. As a workout & for fun, if anybody out there has tried both, can tell me how/if sailboarding compares to paddle boarding? Is 8-9 way too young? He's a decent swimmer...with much better balance than myself. Thanks! Alex



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Date: 02/25/2017
From: alexb

to finish the sentence...
Windsurfing will become YOUR LIFE! :) At least until you find kiting but I won't go into that right now. LOL
Date: 02/25/2017
From: alexb

SUP will give you a better workout. You're propelling yourself with your own muscles. Windsurfing will give you a workout while you're learning and falling in, having to climb out and uphauling the sail over and over. Once you're better the wind takes over most of the hard work. That takes some time though. Don't get me wrong, it's not easy but you now have an engine.

Windsurfing is a BIGGER RUSH! SUP is boring, period. Unless you ride waves and we have no real waves close by. I don't know many people who didn't enjoy the first time they experienced the wind catching their sail and moving them across the water. They all had huge grins! It's an incredible feeling. Sadly most of them never experienced getting the board on a plane. That's when you get the ULTIMATE RUSH! Getting in the harness, getting in the straps and blasting across the water for the first time are some of my most memorable moments. I also remember the first time I took my SUP out, boooooring but it's better than sitting on the beach.

SUP will get you out and wet. Windsurfing will
Date: 02/25/2017
From: Alexg

Which seems to be the better workout, SUP or Sailboarding?
Date: 02/25/2017
From: Alexg

Thanks!
Date: 02/25/2017
From: Alexg

Thanks!
Date: 02/24/2017
From: DrJay

I have had a crossover board for a little over a year -- the Exocet Windsup 11'8 AST that I purchased from isthmussailboards.com to replace my 25 year old longboard. I am an intermediate 60 year old windsurfer in Alabama, where the wind only blows on local lakes when I am working. So the idea of a board to windsurf in light winds, yet be able to paddleboard when the wind is absent (which is most of the time), appealed to me. I am very pleased with this board. It paddles very nicely (more stable than when I tried to use my old longboard as a SUP). And when the wind is light but consistent, I change the fin, place the centerboard, and hook up a 7.5 or 9.0 sail, and it does quite well for windsurfing. It doesn't plane as quickly as my vintage racing longboard used to, but it is good enough for me. I have straps on the Exocet, which is a nice option if the wind kicks up or just to have something to grab when taking it in and out of the water. If the wind is consistently up for planing, I do have a wide shortboard that is fun. This week is typical -- I'm at the Gulf coast for a few days doing some work on my vacation rental house. Yesterday the Gulf was as smooth as glass, and I paddled about a mile and back. Tomorrow a cold front is coming through, and I expect to switch to windsurfing mode with the same board.
Date: 02/24/2017
From: Chris Voith

Another thread here: https://windsurfatlanta.org/content/hybrid-sup-board-vs-windsurf-board-22017
Date: 02/24/2017
From: Alexg

Thanks for the responses!
Date: 02/23/2017
From: alexb

There are WindSUP/crossover boards out there which will do both with one board but you'll sacrifice performance in each category. I started out with a WindSUP and quickly realized it wasn't the best windsurfer and it wasn't the most efficient paddle board. Surprisingly its design does great in waves and light wind for both sports.

SUP and windsurfing are completely different other than floating on top of a board. If the wind picks up, paddling into the wind is incredibly hard and you'll want a long skinny board with the best glide, flat rocker and a low displacement nose as not to act as a sail. While windsurfing, you'll just keep waiting for the wind to pick up and you'll want a shorter board that's more playful, has straps, a bit wider and is quick to plane.

Playing around with both will get your water legs balanced out but neither one will help with the techniques of the other much.

Try the windsurfing lessons and see if you like it. Rent a SUP and see if you like it. I used to bring my SUP with my windsurf gear just so I can get some time on the water while waiting for wind or if the wind never picked up. Going to the beach and not getting wet sucks!

I think I've seen someone making a Wind SUP with foil attachment but I can tell you that foiling is incredibly hard. If you get addicted to chasing the light winds you might end up spending lots of money chasing the dragon. LOL
Date: 02/23/2017
From: bgraves

Alex, We have free lessons during the summer and 8 is not too young to learn. We have equipment sized for the different ages. Please check out our lessons link and sign your son and yourself up for lessons! First lesson is in June.



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