I have been out of windsurfing for over ten years. I tried a new Hypertech
board last year and really had forgotten how much I enjoyed the sport. So,
it is time to start getting into it again...In the mid to late 1980's, I
used to race Mistral long boards (Equipe and Ultralights). The Hypertech I
tried last year was clearly a much shorter board, but it had a lot of
flotation, probably around 175 liters.
I am roughly 180 lbs (82kg), live in San Diego, so the wind is not so great,
really like to speed sail (Mission Bay, etc.) and need advice...I have tried
waterstarting and just am not quite there yet. I can jibe, but not a
serious "power-jiber" by any stretch of the imagination. I certainly want
to learn waterstarts and powerjibing but also want a fast board that is
flexible for my skills now and in the future. It is possible that I will
buy two boards, one possibly being an old-fashioned race board (Mistral Pan
Am, which I think is the 2000 model year replacement for the Equipe). and
another of the new short-wide race boards, although I am open to suggestions
on all boards. I have thought about the RRD boards, specifically the
"Monster" which I have just heard about (with this, I am not sure I would
need a long board, but maybe another shorter board for higher winds
instead), or the Avant Race 280...Others that come to mind would be Drops
(FL-11, FL-12 (not available yet), J One XL), Mistral (RTX-CR, Vision
150-170), Starboard (Formula), AHD, Maui North Shore, F2 (Thommen 295, 305,
Course Race) etc. Advice please...
Also, sails, masts (If I buy Sailworks, are the Sailworks masts really the
best complement, the XR-460 & 490, or are other Carbon Fiber masts better?),
booms, etc...advice appreciated (Sailworks seem to be pretty popular down
here and I was thinking about the XT-2 for larger sails in my quiver and the
Retro for the higher winds, if we ever get them in San Diego!).
Thanks to those that respond...