>How good do you need to be to benifit from a new board?
In my humble opinion, most of the advances in the last 3 or 4 years have
not been in any particular aspect of "performance" (except perhaps the new
lite air planing specific boards) but more in terms of boards that are more
user friendly, and easier to learn more advanced moves on, and perhaps
Sure you can sail 4 year old gear, and learn, even some of the most
advanced moves, but a board that performs better all around and keeps you
on the water (ie the freeride type boards) will shorten your learning curve
I can go out and plane on almost any 90-110 board , in 15 knots, with a
But the newer Freeride designs, (F2 Xanthos/F2 Ride/ and a bunch of others
I haven't sailed) have so much more range, I would need fewer boards, and
could sail a board I'm familiar with in a much greater range of conditions.
This makes for rapid progress on the learning curve.
Add the newer, extended range sails, and I actually need alot less kit to
cover a far wider range of conditions.
> If you listen to the fanzines and the dudes at the beach
>you can't LIVE with a 4 year old board! Are my A-rock and my Mistral Edge
>holding me back, or is more time on the water and riging right more important
>then a new stick.
Holding you back, probably not. Allowing you to get on the fast track to
greater WS success, probably so. And, if you are using the newer sails,
with the big range, you perhaps are not going to be able to use all the
range as the older design boards just won't handle that range of
conditions. Now I'd suppose, that if you had a modern wide range sail, you
could have 2 or 3 boards t support this range, but one modern freeride
board will cover the same territory, better.
> Sure new stuff is great but is someone
>at my level going to benifit a $1000 worth from a new board?
Probably! Only you can be the ultimate judge of this, and it all depends on
how and where you place the values. It's completely a "choices" thing.
sailquik (Roger Jackson) US 3704 |Ph#in MD 301-872-9459
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US Sail Lvl 1 WS Instructor