try bigger board..cabrinha has many also!!!!
Rio de Janeiro, Br
--- Simone Freire <sfreire_@...
> Hello, Jonathan.
> I'm about your weight, 84 kg, but not tall, however
> had the same problem as yours, and now have three
> boards... :-)
> Well, now I've been using a Best board (Drive), it
> 131 x 39 cm , and I'm able to go upwind with a 15
> when the wind is blowing at 14 knots at least. I'm
> quite satisfied, but still keep my old 165 cm mutant
> for those light wind days.
> As you have a wide stance, maybe all you need is to
> adjust the distance between the pads, to the largest
> distance possible. In
> fact, I've glued my Best pads to the board. There
> sand being
> deposited between the pads and the board, and this
> wearing faster the bottom side of the pads.
> Although short in length, the Drive is wide enough
> keep me going upwind even in light winds. So, my
> opinion is, what is more important is the board
> breadth, not the length. A good dimension for you,
> a beginner, may be something between a length of 135
> to 142 cm, and at least a breadth of 40 cm.
> And go for a twin board. I also have a North mutant,
> but I got
> scoliosis from riding toeside to the left all the
> time! :-)
> Andre Soares
> --- pjminor_uk <jonathan@...> wrote:
> > I'd be very grateful for some advice about boards
> > suitable for learning on. Despite looking
> > all round the web, most of the descriptions of
> > boards seem to be filled with marketing
> > hype, and I just can't work out what I should be
> > looking for.
> > 1) I'm 85Kg, very tall (wide stance), with 15
> > windsurfing experience on wave.
> > 2) I have some limited kiting experience on an old
> > wipika 15m, with a 6 foot 8 directional.
> > I've also had a few lessons.
> > 3) I've just purchased a 2nd hand Slingshot Fuel
> > for learning. (It may not be the best
> > option but I'm constrained on funds.)
> > 4) I will sail on the UK coast on rocky/stony
> > beaches, so durability is important. No real
> > waves but plenty of chop.
> > 5) I just want a board for learning, zoooming
> > on, learning to go upwind and
> > progressing. Nothing fancy at this stage.
> > So what should I be looking for in a board and the
> > dimensions baffle me since beginners
> > boards seem to come in a range of sizes?
> > If I was to buy new, I would get an Airush Square
> > but not sure what boards I should be
> > going for if I try to get one second hand. SHould
> > just go for anything with similar
> > dimensions thats not too old? I'd prefer to get
> > something good rather than a cheap thing
> > which a shop just wants to get off its shelves.
> > Many thanks for any help you might be able to
> > Jonathan M
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