myiW Current Conditions and Forecasts Community Forums Buy and Sell Services
 
Hi guest · myAccount · Log in
 SearchSearch   ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   RegisterRegister 
WindSUP Sails
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... , 12, 13, 14  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    iWindsurf Community Forum Index -> Windsurfing Discussion
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
grantmac017



Joined: 04 Aug 2016
Posts: 339

PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ANYONE can "handle" a 66-70cm wide longboard, people used to learn on them afterall.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
joethewindsufa



Joined: 10 Oct 2010
Posts: 916
Location: Montréal

PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

newer beginner boards are MUCH wider - BIC Nova, Fanatic Viper , etc
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
Posts: 8557

PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe that folks these days are brainwashed into thinking that boards need to be very wide to be viable for learning windsurfers.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. I'm with grantmac017. I taught myself to windsurf on one of those impossible longboards from the mid-80s, and the effort wasn't even close to being tough to pull off.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
coachg



Joined: 10 Sep 2000
Posts: 2498

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, yes, yes. And you can still use a horse & buggy for transportation today. Rolling Eyes

Coachg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
GURGLETROUSERS



Joined: 30 Dec 2009
Posts: 2173

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but a horse and buggy is FAR inferior for sensible transportation than a car, which suggests that you are claiming that the narrower old longboards, equally, are far inferior for learning on than the modern 'easy' short and wide.

I would suggest that those of us who learnt to windsurf, off our own initiative and without instruction, on those same 'difficult'old long narrow boards, honed our skills, and got far more satisfaction out of our progress than if we had meekly followed the modern route of 'ease' and instruction.

It all boils down to how people wish to tackle the obstacles thrown up by life! (We call it character building!)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
Posts: 8557

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess the question can be asked whether newer wider boards makes for better windsurfers. Frankly, I don't think so, and it can be argued that real progress is hampered by playing down the value of balance in learning the sport.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
techno900



Joined: 28 Mar 2001
Posts: 2864

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The issue is beginners staying with the sport. Will the average beginner on a narrow long board stick with it, or give up because of the difficulty. I think the wider boards give the average beginner more early on success and may likely keep them progressing in the sport.

I have talked to dozens of folks that "gave it a try" back in the old days and had little success and never did it again.

Do we only want committed "gung ho" windsurfers, or do we want the numbers to grow?

I was self taught in 1984 on a borrowed original windsurfer and a Hi Fly 500 (my first board), then my second board, a Mistral Superlight in 1985.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
joethewindsufa



Joined: 10 Oct 2010
Posts: 916
Location: Montréal

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

^+1
why did kitesurfing get so popular so quickly ??
easier and transportable
let's make learning easier and move towards transportable
(or have more decent rent centres - i would rent foil setup)
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
grantmac017



Joined: 04 Aug 2016
Posts: 339

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But the poster isn't a beginner, he's been doing this a couple of years and wants some sub-planing performance.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
coachg



Joined: 10 Sep 2000
Posts: 2498

PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My point was you two have become those old grandparents lecturing their grandchildren. "When I was young we walked three miles in the snow to get to school". Classic nostalgia Laughing

Coachg
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    iWindsurf Community Forum Index -> Windsurfing Discussion All times are GMT - 5 Hours
Goto page Previous  1, 2, 3 ... , 12, 13, 14  Next
Page 13 of 14

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You can attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum

myiW | Weather | Community | Membership | Support | Log in
like us on facebook
© Copyright 1999-2007 WeatherFlow, Inc Contact Us Ad Marketplace

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group