Jono 111 wrote:Not sure you're up to date the range of sails now....its stupendous compared to what it was.
And speak for yourself.....I grew up sailing in a place where it gusts over 30 kts 270 days per year. The 3.5 was in constant use. The 6.5 North Race sale on a custom 9'6" expoxy race board was not, trust me, slow.
But yes, even back then there were old tools turning up with vans full of sails, boards, booms etc. They were almost always the biggest kooks at the beach. And then the sport died....
Agree - it is AMAZING how much range the newer sails has.
Most windsurfers on medium/bigger boards only got 1 sail 80% of the time, and then one for the "gnarly" days - where I use more kites than they do, in the same windrange, as I want mine to be in the sweet spot, whereas new windsurf sails got a HUUUUGE sweetspot so to speak
Definitely not because of windrange I switched, thats for sure...
Switched because of more LIGHT WIND fun in the waves (and when no waves), and because of a lot more spots becoming usable for waveriding now, especially small waves and not fully sideshore (impossible in windsurfing) - so you suddenly could ride waves everywhere, and almost every day !
If it was sideshore and 4,7m2 waveconditions EVERY day, I would windsurf instead - it is better and more fun/rewarding IMO
PS: Sorry - a bit off topic...