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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

natbprice wrote:
I guess experienced people uphaul on much smaller boards so it should theoretically be possible for me to do it because the board has enough volume to float me.

You are right, theoretically. On first glance, the board seems to have plenty of volume for you. But if you take the weight of the board and the rig into account, you only have about 35 l extra volume. Many windsurfers with a couple of years of experience would be able to uphaul such a board on flat water. But if you add waves or chop, many would regard it as challenging, especially on a old board like the Astro Rock that is about 15 cm narrower than a modern board. The narrow width makes it a lot tippier.

But let's assume that you figure out how to uphaul it. Congrats... but you have just mastered the easiest step. It takes about an hour or two of instruction to teach a beginner how to go out, turn, and come back to where he started. Teaching uphauling takes less than 5 minutes of this time. All that, of course, is on beginner equipment in excellent teaching conditions. Without a dagger board, getting back to where you started is much harder, and you'll fall a lot more. With a 125 l board instead of a 180-260 l board, you will fall a lot more.

Windsurfing looks a lot easier than it is (at least for 98% of all who try it). Your sailing background may help a bit, but not an awful lot. You'll get to the point where you can have fun a lot faster with a board that has a daggerboard and 180 l or more volume. Rent one for a few hours if you can, or buy a cheap old one. Or better yet, take a lesson. Don't worry, there will still be a lot left to learn once you have learned the basics!
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