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by Tomas
Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lightweight sailors
Replies: 28
Views: 1077

Re: Lightweight sailors

I think the optimal board size for a given weight depends a lot on what you want to. I've just been out on a 10 litres plus quad with a 3.4 in two meter waves and the board never felt too big. The surplus volume saves energy going out through breaking waves. There's still some stop and go but it cou...
by Tomas
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: How Was It For You
Topic: My first real dtl
Replies: 0
Views: 91

My first real dtl

I don’t often get to sail sideshore and when I do it’s often too wild or crowded for me to go down the line with any style. But good things come to those who wait. And prepare. I was moderately powered with a 4.2 on my dyno 95 when some shoulder high but very well shaped lines rolled in. The favoura...
by Tomas
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Learning to go DTL in cross onshore
Replies: 16
Views: 855

Re: Learning to go DTL in cross onshore

This is what I think I have learned from experimentation and watching top sailors in Pozo over several years. Understanding what to do is of course only part of it. I am still not exactly a stand out at Pozo... But on more normal beaches and preferably on starboard tack I now sail ok. For my 60 year...
by Tomas
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's wrong with windsurfing?
Replies: 64
Views: 3520

Re: What's wrong with windsurfing?

Apart from the expenses, the lack of good conditions, the need for a good car, the logistics, the weight and bulk of gear, and the technical nature of the sport, it is a problem that people who believe themselves to be good do not bother to sail in light conditions where people can get an idea what ...
by Tomas
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: The current standard of sails
Replies: 61
Views: 2036

Re: The current standard of sails

The Gorilla masts are very hard top (or soft base) and what you often see with brands offering loads of different masts there can be quite a difference in bendcurves even if they are for the same sails. Check here for bendcurves: http://www.peterman.dk/masts-all-imcs01.htm The most important nr is ...
by Tomas
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: The current standard of sails
Replies: 61
Views: 2036

Re: The current standard of sails

While I’m very exited about recent board developments I still hang on to my five batten sails having found the few four battens I’ve tried particularly baggy and vague. Apart from the weight issue I also feel that even fifteen year old sails can work surprisingly well. As an example my 2017 blade 3....
by Tomas
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: How Was It For You
Topic: Forty knots
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Forty knots

Being totally overpowered is not exactly helpful if you want to complete a top turn but it sure gives you speed. I also had a big off the lip that I never asked for and crashed well behind the wave but no picture. :)
by Tomas
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Fin size help please
Replies: 41
Views: 1174

Re: Fin size help please

Heavier guys also need bigger boards. For top speed we all know that being heavier is an advantage. But, on all other aspects of windsurfing, light must be right? Maybe we should start a new thread on weights and sailing? I guess lots of heavier sailors are on to small boards and lots of lighter sa...
by Tomas
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Fin size help please
Replies: 41
Views: 1174

Re: Fin size help please

I'd suggest that if you had a single fin and a 5.9 then fin size of between 28-32 would be about right. You have a 19 + sides in so somewhere between and you are looking at 22-26. 26 + sides is a lot of fin area but if you are looking to max out the range then that is about right. As others have sa...
by Tomas
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Fin size help please
Replies: 41
Views: 1174

Re: Fin size help please

I had an eye opening experience recently. I had rigged two boards, the dyno with 22 + 2x12 and an old xcite ride 120 with a 41 freerace fin. And I had rigged two sails, a 5.5 and a 6.2. While sailing on the dyno with the 5.5 the wind dropped significantly so I changed up to 6.2 but the board didn’t ...