WindsurfingHow to choose
26 Jul 2018

How To Choose Your Windsurfing Board

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Your choice of windsurfing board should be based on three criteria: the type of windsurfing you do, its compactness and your build.

 

1. THE TYPE OF WINDSURFING AND YOUR LEVEL

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If you’re a beginner , you’ll want to go sailing in a light to medium wind . You’re looking for stability, ease of use and the possibility to make long tacks by heading towards the wind with good quality gliding. All this points to a long, high-volume board with a centreboard.

If you’re a beginner and want to windsurf in moderate to strong winds or have some experience and want more of a challenge, you’ll be looking for good gliding potential and manoeuvrability – that last one’s because you’ll need to change direction and readjust at a brisk pace. All things considered, a shorter and lighter board fitted with a retractable centreboard and footstraps on the deck is best for you.

 

2. ITS COMPACTNESS

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INFLATABLE BOARDS

The advantage of inflatable boards is that they’re easy to transport as they can be inflated in just seven minutes (yours will come with a pump) and once in its cover, it will fit easily in the boot of your car.

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RIGID BOARDS

Rigid boards are hard-wearing but cumbersome . You’ll need roof rails on your car.

 

3. YOUR BUILD

When you’re perusing our range of boards, look out for the recommended weight level to guarantee stability and buoyancy .

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320 LITRES: between 80 and 100kg

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170 LITRES: between 50 and 80kg

 

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Cécile

Watersports Specialist

By removing the centreboard from these two boards, they can be turned into a stand up paddle in a matter of seconds.

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