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    Senior Member Harryo's Avatar
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    Is it windy enough?

    If it is windy enough to waterstart, is it windy enough to plane?

    Not always in my experience.

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    I find I can relatively easily waterstart (without resorting to a lightwind waterstart) a few knots below planing winds. This is often the threshold I will go out in (especially in waves). If I can waterstart ok then I am fine to go out on wave kit.

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    Senior Member peter b's Avatar
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    Same here
    Here to share the love.

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    It doesn't mean I'll plane, at the beginning it did, but not anymore...how ever it means I will at least be able to float back on wave gear.

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    My decision to go out is based on whether there is enough wind to plane. Whether I can waterstart, or indeed whether that is the best option, depends on the size of sail. If it is windy enough to plane on 7m or less then yes. Anything bigger and it is often quicker to uphaul even if the board is submerged by doing so.

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    Big slalom and certainly formula, I can plane in lighter winds that I can easily water start. On wave gear I can often water start before I can easily plane.
    Last edited by surferX; 22nd August 2013 at 06:40 PM.

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    my waterstarting threshold is far lower than my planing threshold. However if it's sub planing then I'll probably be on a board that is easier to uphaul in some circumstances anyway.
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