Windsurfing & Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Michigan
I started learning to windsurf this year with gear that I'd guess is from the early 80's that I got from my uncle. I'm getting the hang of it, but the tie-on mast is a pain & I keep reading how much better more modern equipment is.
The problem is that I have no idea where to find any around West Michigan. Most of what I'm seeing on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace is too old or too advanced for me.
Does anyone have advice on where to look for used beginner equipment? I live in Grand Rapids and don't mind a long drive.
I also would love to try out Muskegon. I am not experienced with waves and shore break and definately feel safer and have more fun with other windsurfers around. I enjoy light wind freestyle, attempting to do planing jibes very unsuccessfully and have just started windfoiling last fall. I bought a used Slingshot 125 and foil if anyone is interested in giving it a try on flat water. It’s a blast! I enjoy sharing whatever knowledge I have which sometimes exceeds my abilities as I do ABK camps each year in Hatteras. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
It's good to see so many friendly windsurfers around the area. I'm excited to get out with you all in the spring!
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow this thread blew up!! I'll put together the west shore mailingb list. I just like to get everyone's permission before sending it out :) even if their email is already posted, it's a respect thing of sorts of mine. Testing uploading a picture, this is the spot last weekend I think, nice ripples on the water if you can seeIMG_81081.jpg
Randy, I come to Michigan every summer for vacation with the family and stay in Glenn (between S. Haven and Saugatuck). Usually stay 7-10 days. We bought a cottage there a few years ago and I have gear. 135L Bic Techno and a 105L Mistral Screamer. Four sails from 4.2 to 6.8 IIRC.
Last summer I had a great session on the big Lake on the Techno with the 6.8m sail. But I was all alone. Sailing out about a mile or so, it sure would be nice to have some other sailors around. I would drive up to Muskegon in a heartbeat if I could sail with a group. I am really interested in seeing how to get out and sail in the waves, but I am up for anything.
Shaun, please add me to the email distribution list.
Sign me up as well. I start a new job in downtown Grand Rapids in April, relocating from Lansing.
For all of those of you that are interested in the email list, I sent you all a friend request and message asking for your emails as non-members on the internet can still see the message boards here. I'll send it out today to those that have provided me with them and add the others as they come to me.
Alex, if your still looking for a good beginner board and rig, Text me: 586-202-3654
I have an 12'6" Exocet windsup. that is excellent for beginner to advanced. and ideal for inconsistent wind. It's a breeze to tack, and I learned my first planing jibes on it. It can sup surf and flat water sup, but it leans more toward windsurfing with it's step tail and dagger board. Also has footstrap inserts. I sail it in 5 to 30MPH winds. 9m-6m conditions. its very stabile with plenty of width. It's fun to glide, sub-plane and high speed plane. Comes with two fins and the dagger. Its ridiculous fun in the waves and light wind with a small sail on Lake Michigan. asking $650. I also have a 9m and full rig that compliments the board for sale. It would be pretty big for your weight, so light wind (10mph) planing is well within your reach with this board and sail. a smaller sail would be required for anything over 12mph winds. $1000 all together and it will include everything you need to sail. Carbon Ezzy mast, Aeron aluminum boom, and I'll throw in mast extension and base. Good luck, and happy sailing!