- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR BODYBOARDING EQUIPMENT?
- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR KITESURFING EQUIPMENT?
- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SURFING EQUIPMENT?
- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SWIMWEAR?
- HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WINDSURFING EQUIPMENT?
How to choose your windsurfing board?
To compose a windsurf, you need to choose different elements: mast, sail, wishbone, float and harness.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SAIL AND YOUR FLOAT?
Three factors have to be taken into consideration if you are buying your windsurfing equipment. They are all connected and relevant to the choices are will make.
- Your level;
- Your size;
- Your objectives (windsurf, funboard...).
The sail is the engine of the windsurf board. Depending on the weather conditions, it has to be adapted or adjusted. Except for these weather conditions, your size and weight is to take into consideration as well, to have the best equipment possible.
You need to choose your sail and your float, you need to think about several things:
- Your level;
- Your weight;
- The wind.
Your level of practice and your habits
SPARE TIME or INTRODUCTION
By light or medium wind weather. If you want to begin your practice of windsurfing or if you quit practicing for a while, if you want to practice with kids. You practice on lakes or calm sea and by wind force inferior at 2.
Then you will need a large float and an adapted sail for these characteristics.
If you love to glide and the speed and if you are navigating with the footstraps on. You can practice windsurf on agitated sea with small waves and under wind force 5 weather.
So you can choose a freeride board which will give you a great improvement margin.
You can control the waves, you can jump along with your board or surf on a wave.
You will need manageable, reinforced floats and sails with a smaller wave or freestyle board to be more precise in your movements.
Characteristics to take into consideration before making your choice
- Board: A larger board will be easier to use at first. It has more buoyancy and you will be more stable during your first sessions.
- Sail: A smaller sail will be easier to use at first. However, several other factors are to take into consideration before choose a small sail, you have to think about the force of the wind and your weight as well.
- Board: A shorter board will be easier to guide and will help you to do more efficient jumps and figures.
- Sail: For the sail too, a shorter one will help you to guide the windsurf easier, but for heavier or taller people, you will need a larger sail anyway. Don't forget to think about the weather as well, always.
- Board: The making process of the boards made them lighter, so you can use a lighter equipment (board + float).
- Sail: The weight of a sail is made by the battens that compose it. For beginners, 4 ou 5 battens sails are advised because they are lighter.
- Board: The board's solidity will depend on the materials used to make it.
- Sail: The framed fabrics of the sails give more resistance. Wider sails with more battens are more efficients.
- Sail: Wider sails with more battens are more efficients.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR MAST AND YOUR WISHBONE?
There are two families of masts:
Classic sized masts, made of 30% or 45% carbon, are usually used with larger sails to have a better dynamic on higher sails and masts.
Reduced diameter masts, made of 75% carbon, are more adapted to recent sails and especially to smaller sails or what we call wave sails, more resistant in demanding circumstances. These masts can be used with extensions. The more carbon there is in a mast, the lighter it will be and more performant.
Warning: Most of the masts are made of 2 parts, it is essential to check if the 2 parts are well positioned once the sail is rig to not risk and break the mast during practice.
It is essential to choose the mast and the wishbone regarding the size of the sail.
You will find all the information to choose all your equipment depending on the size of your sail.
(A mast of 17 will be more flexible and a mast of 35 will be more solid.)
Choosing your harness is essential to have a comfortable experience on a windsurf.
There are two kinds of harness made for windsurf:
With straps passing under the thighs, the seat harness allows you to practice in a seated position. This type of harness is usually used for long races, slaloms or freeride with larger sails.
The name speaks for itself, the waist harness is worn as a belt. The different models are more or less rigid. The waist harness without straps comes with a higher hook to be able to free yourself of the restraint easier. This type of harness is advised for weaker sails, softer sessions.
The harness is the central element of windsurf sessions. To be able to sail for hours, you have to choose a strong harness that offers great support.
The choice of your harness will depend on your habits:
Freeride: you are practicing with weak weather conditions, wind force under 5, with larger boards, you can use a waist harness, you will be able to detach it easier to make more movements thanks to its higher hook.
Race slalom: you are using long boards and large sails, you will need a seat harness to have more support and comfort.
Waves and freestyle: with regular changes of your position, the waist harness will suit your need in the best way.
If you have back medical problems, you will be more comfortable with a seat harness which has more back support than a waist harness.
Whichever harness you will choose, you have to get one that fits you.