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WTB: beginner gear
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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…Continue

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Alex H replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Wow, you weren't kidding about the drive! I think I'll keep looking for places a bit closer to home =]"
Thursday
Jim O'Donnell replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"If you don't mind a REALLY long drive, come out to Hood River, OR, for a swap meet next summer. You will find used gear galore for really good prices. You could probably save enough $ to pay for your gas for the trip. Plus you will get a chance…"
Dec 6
Pam Levy replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Stay in touch Alex and let me know if you find equipment. I always have something in GR that I could come sail with you and give you a few pointers. Windsurfing with others is always fun!  Pam"
Nov 25
Alex H replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Thanks, Bob! I just emailed you about some used equipment I'm wondering about buying. Alex a.sparks.hull@gmail.com"
Nov 23
Bob Schoen replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"I am a little familiar with the Viper and Techno. I believe the older Viper is the same board as my nTrance you see on my video.  I have also had a F2 Phoenix 320 (188L) that is 70 wide that I really like for myself and use with folks that are…"
Nov 23
Alex H replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Bob, your lessons sound like a perfect fit for me--I could definitely use it! Your DIY training board looks awesome! I'll start looking more in the 150-170L and 70-80cm wide range, thanks for the advice. My current board is an ancient 66cm wide…"
Nov 23
Bob Schoen replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"At 160#, you could stay in the lower end of that range. I would really recommend finding one with a centerboard regardless of volume.  I know BIC had a 150L with centerboard which would be a lower limit. You could get away with a shorter board…"
Nov 22
Alex H replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Bob, I'll plan on checking out the swap meet next spring, that sounds great! My wife's family is in that area so it would be an easy trip. I'm 160lb, still pretty inexperienced and will mostly be sailing an inland lake without…"
Nov 22
Bob Schoen replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"I confess I don't know the west side windsurfing scene - especially regarding the number of sailors and quantity of used equipment. We do have a good sized group of sailors in the Detroit Metro/Windsor/Toledo area. I've hosted a spring…"
Nov 22
Brian replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Alex, Shipping on a board is upwards of $100.   Shipping on sails can be $30-$60. Brian"
Nov 21
Alex H replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Pam, thank you for your kind response! I think I'll try to talk my wife into a trip to Elk Lake next spring once it warms up =] I'm hoping to find a used setup for around $1,000, but from what I'm seeing so far I'll probably end…"
Nov 21
Pam Levy replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Hi Alex,  If interested in concentrated learning, check out ABKboardsports.com. They run camps around the country and teach beginners as well as advanced. I learned to windsurf in Hatteras at an ABK camp after trying to teach myself for several…"
Nov 16
Alex H replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Thanks, Pam! I live in GR & sail on Baptist Lake, in the Sand Lake area. It's a pretty small lake, so I'm hoping to get out to some more interesting spots once I get better."
Nov 16
Pam Levy replied to Alex H's discussion WTB: beginner gear
"Hi Alex,  I’m also from GR and would be happy to help you get on the proper equipment in whatever way I can. Where do you windsurf?  Pam"
Nov 16
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WTB: beginner gear

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…See More
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