After many discussions with a number of windsurfers from all walks of life, we came to the conclusion that some kit updating needs to be considered. Whilst many pros, up-and-coming youngsters and semi-pros adopt the classic sponsorship routes, there are still many passionate windsurfers who adopt the classic annual route of turning over their windsurfing kit in exchange for the latest gems, and for good reason.
its always better to try something compared to just listening to what someone thinks is better for you – Marcilio Browne
There are many reasons why one would do this, the most obvious of which is to be on the the latest developed shapes and outlines to enable you to get the maximum from your session. Amongst other reasons is the ability to sell your relatively unused equipment for competitive prices and thus re-invest in the latest toys. The question we asked ourselves, and in turn some of the finest in windsurfing, was what has really changed over the last 5 to 10 years and is it really that essential to move onto the latest gear?
We spoke with the Francisco Goya and Marcilio Browne to focus on what has really changed with windsurf rigs, sail outlines and materials in recent years. We also asked them why it is so important to update your kit. Next week we will focus on boards, for now, why is new kit really worth its weight in gold?
Francisco Goya (FG) and Marcilio Browne (MB)
BS: What are the really really recent developments to windsurf rigs compared to 10 years ago?
FG – Our masts have gotten a lot more consistent on the bends, almost to the mm difference, plus the added durability all while still keeping the weights and bending percentages like an SDM mast. Booms bend has improved the most, once you ride on a good bend it is hard to go back. Sails have benefited from all these components plus from their own development, starting from the introduction of ultra light xplyscrims, which brought us to the need of Carbon Stretch Controls and then the 4 Batten revolution. Basically we are just on the tip of the iceberg for sails in the next 5 to 10 years.
MB – In general I think the rigs got lighter and stronger, more than anything they have a much bigger range now. I feel like its possible to have less sails (rigs) and also to be fully covered for most conditions.
when you are trying new things you keep open minded and not stuck on one theory of what works
BS: What would someone notice if they were to jump on the latest gear available to them today?
FG – Hahaha, I would not try it all at once, people might be changing their priorities.
MB – I think they would notice that its possible to use boards with a lot more volume and still being able to turn them, the current boards are very fast and way easier to ride compared to 10 years ago. Also the difference in weight, especially on the rig makes it so much easier for the tricks and more comfortable in general free sailing.
BS – Why is it so important to try out as many different rigs as possible, before deciding what to go with?
FG – Because it is fun!
MB – Because depending on your size/style different things might suit you better. Choosing gear is something very personal and its always better to try something compared to just listening to what someone thinks is better for you. Also when you are trying new things you keep open minded and not stuck on one theory of what works.
BS – Why is now such a good time to update from your old rig?
FG – Because if you are not having fun windsurfing most likely you are doing something wrong, this could well be related to the kit you are sailing.
MB – Because the gear now is better than ever and really could take your sailing to a new level.