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14th June 2016, 07:27 AM #1
Begginer to Freestyle - Board to Choose
i want your input regarding an issue.
We are used with my girlfriend to do Freeride (by now) windsurfing together.
She wants to start experiments with freestyle. Her level is good in terms of freeride (planning, harness, waterstart, jibes) but no knowledge about freestyle at all.
How she can move on? She considers to change her freeride board (JP All Ride 105) with a used freestyle board => JP Freestyle 105.
Do you think she is in the right track?
In case she wants to use this board in freeride mode is this possible, or these boards are strictly for freestyle use?
About the JP Freestyle is an early planning board? What about small chop is this board reacts well or isn't for?
14th June 2016, 05:27 PM #2
I'm certainly no freestyler, but have done the switch between 105 Simmer Freewave board and 105 RRD Twintip Freestyle board in relatively flat water and found the following:
- low, relatively flat, short nose can stick into chop and small waves, but if you're aware of it, relatively easy to adapt your stance to keep the nose up
- very skaty in comparison to a freewave board - for obvious reasons - so need to be much more specific with your weight distribution and foot steering, but again totally doable
- changing to a slightly larger fin can make the freestyle board a bit more directional and easier to blast about on
- great early planer compared to the same sized freewave board, so good for get up and go!
My boyfriend sails his in light wind on flat water and in waves without any trouble if I nick his freewave board
14th June 2016, 05:41 PM #3
- Join Date
- Jul 2008
My partner has a 90l JP freestyle and loves it, just for blasting about/gybing etc. 105 is big for a freestyle board.
They aren't great in strong winds and chop, but plane early and are easy to sail in moderate winds. They are easy to just blast about with.
I think everyone should have a freestyle board, your sailing will improve massively.
14th June 2016, 06:15 PM #4
14th June 2016, 06:28 PM #5
Are you looking for a board for her or for you ?
I'd follow Tim's advice... don't get something so big that she can't make it work for her own progress into Freestyle. If she's relatively light she'll be able to uphaul something much smaller than 105 with a bit of practice, if not already
14th June 2016, 06:42 PM #6
14th June 2016, 07:14 PM #7