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    Quote Originally Posted by BoredAtWork925 View Post
    As others have said, equipment is available for all abilities and weights and as such your progression in the first few months will be rapid, both in terms of ability but also the board and sail you'll use. This progression means it's more cost effective to hire stuff and not buy anything until you're settled, and this also means you can move up when you're ready, rather than hanging around on beginners' kit for too long whilst you wait to sell and buy.

    One related word of warning: you will meet plenty of people who forget what it's like to be a beginner and recommend intermediate/advanced kit at a totally unsuitable stage. I'm a beginner/intermediate and I get this all the time - getting told my sail's too small for the wind or my board's too big. If you learn through an individual at the club rather than a proper beginner's course, then make sure the board you're using is nice and wide and that the sail is small and light; most people with this sort of equipment are up and sailing properly within minutes, if not seconds, and windsurfing shouldn't be the struggle it used to be in the early days of the sport.
    This is good advice.
    Windsurfing kit can be a nightmare to assemble as there is so much conflicting advice and what is great for one sailor can be unusable for another, compatibility is also an issue. Some things do not fit with other things and you need a long term plan so all the gear you eventually own forms a coherent package that all fits together.

    All these are reasons to just let the hire centre provide the kit until you have a clear picture of what to get.

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    100 kgs ain't fat, that's perfectly proportioned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BottomTurnBob View Post
    This is good advice.
    Windsurfing kit can be a nightmare to assemble as there is so much conflicting advice and what is great for one sailor can be unusable for another, compatibility is also an issue. Some things do not fit with other things and you need a long term plan so all the gear you eventually own forms a coherent package that all fits together.

    All these are reasons to just let the hire centre provide the kit until you have a clear picture of what to get.
    Thanks.

    Personally what I did after my first few beginner lessons was hire and I progressed through hire boards that were 200L, 180L, 155L and finally 145L and sails that were 3.0m, 3.5m, 4.0m and finally 4.5m. Some of those steps took only a week or two (so you wouldn't want to own equipment for that short a period!!). Because I was hiring I could choose on the day to try a smaller board or a bigger sail depending on conditions and I could chop and change as I learnt. You also maintain a good relationship with the school and can take lessons as and when you need them (or pick up free tips!). Often you'll want to take a step backwards to learn a new skill, so the ability to pick and choose equipment on the day is great. Most centres do good value hire cards that enable you to do all of this, and I progressed as described above for the first year (going once a week). At the end of the season, the hire centre sold off their kit and because there are always many more beginners than intermediates, the intermediate board and sail I liked at that stage hadn't had much use at all, so I got a good deal buying them secondhand, along with an even more lightly used 5.9m sail for the future. What's more, I'd thoroughly tested out the stuff I bought so I knew I liked it and wasn't wasting my money. I still own that stuff now 3 years later and it gets used twice a week.

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    That's great, thanks for all the advice, guys. I'll hold off buying anything for now then, get some training done and go from there.
    I've also convinced my girlfriend to give it a go too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadStu View Post
    That's great, thanks for all the advice, guys. I'll hold off buying anything for now then, get some training done and go from there.
    I've also convinced my girlfriend to give it a go too!
    Great if you can learn together and keep at roughly the same level as you progress, that way you'll be able to sail at the same spots without one or other of you becoming frustrated!

    It's a challenge - but an inspiration - sailing with a much better windsurfing other half, and can mean the person needing to learn the most can end up struggling in unsuitable conditions and not progressing as fast, or in as sensible an order, as they otherwise might. That's my excuse for being pretty good at surviving in waves, but still rather crap at turning around in them

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    Hello there
    sounds great
    training and homework are the best tips I could give you
    swim as much as you can, stair climbing, jogging etc.,
    I have been windsurfing for about 6 weeks now, just started at age 52, and it's very physical, plus you will probably have a wetsuit to slow everything down as well
    take a look at what other beginners are doing, where they are learning, what equipment they have. And like the other poster said, yes some people have truly forgotten what it's like to start out, get a small sail it will be much easier (use a board nose guard and or boom protecor)

    I found watching Beginner to Weener everyday was a massive help after that Guy Cribb is a good next step - if you can get plenty of time on the water you should be carve gybing pretty soon

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