Buying a Windsurfing Board? - How to Choose
Understanding the different windsurfing board shapes, sizes and features can be overwhelming. This is especially true for beginner to intermediate sailors who are new to the sport or those who've never purchased their own windsurf board before. Our experts can address specific windsurf board related customer questions of all levels and can guide you through the windsurf board purchase process.
Windsurfing Board Terminology:
Volume – This is the amount of floatation (buoyancy and weight carrying ability) the board contains. This is especially important for low wind conditions where higher volume will support more weight when learning windsurfing and low speeds are involved. Volume is measured in liters. 1 liter = about 1.8-2.0 lbs of positive floatation (fresh water vs. salt water).
Fin / Skeg – The rear most fin on bottom of the windsurf board. This generates lift and assists in directional control of the board. The larger the fin the more lift it generates (ideal for bigger sails and lighter winds), the smaller the fin is the less lift it creates and more maneuver and smaller sail oriented it is (ideal for learning and or stronger wind use).
Dagger Board System – This is a retractable fin that is located in the mid-section a windsurfing board. It is usually 50 -78 cm (18 – 30") in length and features a range of motion of 0 to 90 degree rake angles that can be adjusted up or down while sailing. Down (90 degree) position will maximize stability, lift, up-wind pointing performance and minimize side slippage (down wind drift). The Up position (fully retracted into bottom of board) will assist you in achieving faster speeds and planing qualities when the wind conditions exceed 10 mph.
Mast Box – This is the area that your rig connects to your board. Modern boards have a mast box that is a slotted channel in deck of board. It is designed to allow a t-nut on the end of a base (see base description below) to insert into the channel and then allow the base to be twisted on to secure it into the mast box.
Fin Box System – This is the type of connection for the fin base into the board. US box = slotted groove. Power box = double hump base with center screw location. Tuttle box = rectangular base with two screw locations. DT box = deeper / larger area Tuttle base with two screw locations.
Foot Straps – These are attachments to insert your feet into when windsurfing in strong winds while the board is planing. Most models of board we sell include a set of foot straps.
Beginner Windsurf Boards:
Modern Beginner Windsurf boards are ideal for learning to windsurf and allow for rapid progression to intermediate skill levels and beyond. Each model offers a high degree of stability proportionate to its size. Modern recreational boards achieve this through board width of 30" or more and a dagger board system. The dagger board system allows riders to control the center fin lift while under sail based on the riders' needs and desires. Down position will maximize stability, and minimize side slippage. Up position will aid you in achieving faster speeds and planing qualities when wind conditions exceed 10 mph. The recreational boards we offer are designed for use in a wide range of wind conditions and many feature a durable plastic skin construction.
General Beginner Windsurf Board - Keys to Success
- Ideal Recreational Board Sizing: 160 – 266 liters (most common adult beginner board size is between 180 - 235 liters)
- Wind condition range: 5-20 mph (The stronger the wind, the smaller the windsurf sail size needed)
- Windsurf Sail size range: 4.0 – 7.5 meters (The larger the adult, typically the larger the sail size needed)