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Not So-New-Anymore Guy
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Hey I haven't drowned yet.  So far so good.I went out yesterday in winds (gusts) up near 15mph.  Holy cow!  A whole new experience and a lot learned.  I lost count of the times I was balancing on the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by dave simon Oct 4, 2013.

New Guy/ Old School Board
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I survived Lake Michigan Windsurfing!My 3rd and 4th times ever windsurfing, I'm proud to say, were in Lake Michigan in gorgeously clear water and my favorite beach waiting to catch me after my…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brent Meinburg Sep 9, 2013.

The New Guy
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So, I bought a Sailboard 365A at a yard sale 2 weeks ago...then I joined this website.  I'm totally a rookie at windsurfing and barely "wet" in regard to sailing.  My two times out so far has been…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brent Meinburg Aug 28, 2013.

 

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dave simon replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion Not So-New-Anymore Guy
"Hi Brent, Brian mentioned mast base pressure (MBP) - it is really important for getting into the footstraps and having real control of the board.   If you are not yet in the harness and footstraps - and it sounds like you aren't - then…"
Oct 4, 2013
Brian replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion Not So-New-Anymore Guy
"Brent, We all get butterflies!  It's a great sport!!! RE the board size, 365 could be the length of the board, but that doesn't mean much.  Generally, a 195 beginner should be on a wide board with a lot of volume.  The sail…"
Oct 2, 2013
Brent Meinburg replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion Not So-New-Anymore Guy
"I got out again today for about an hour.  The wind was even stronger than last time.  Still gusting but seemed a little more constant.  I did much better even with the faster winds.  I had fewer "dismounts" also. …"
Oct 1, 2013
Brian replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion Not So-New-Anymore Guy
"Yeah, Scott made some good points here.  I am assuming that Brent was referring to the board rounding up into the wind.  Everyone has experienced that as they learn to sail in higher winds or move down to a small board.  I think it…"
Sep 30, 2013
Sam Hansen replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion Not So-New-Anymore Guy
"This is my first year and learning similar things. Right now, I am just starting to get on plane. I do remember the frustration of turning upwind without trying. I would check your fin size relative to your weight and sail like Scott suggests, but…"
Sep 30, 2013
Scott replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion Not So-New-Anymore Guy
"When you're first learning, when the wind picks up it is hard to get the nose to point anywhere but upwind. While I remember this clearly, I'm not sure that I can put a good explanation behind it.  One part of it is clearly that…"
Sep 29, 2013
Brent Meinburg posted a discussion

Not So-New-Anymore Guy

Hey I haven't drowned yet.  So far so good.I went out yesterday in winds (gusts) up near 15mph.  Holy cow!  A whole new experience and a lot learned.  I lost count of the times I was balancing on the board because the wind died and next a gust would come up and whip me around and into the water.  My body is feeling that today.  It wasn't all wrestling with the wind though.  I got quite a few good fast sails and my feel and control for the board improved.  I basically tired out and by the end of…See More
Sep 29, 2013
Brent Meinburg replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion New Guy/ Old School Board
"Hey back at you, Randy Just north of you about 20 miles is Claybanks Township Park.  I've been going there all my life and my parents started going in the mid 60's.  It's a bit of work getting the gear down to the beach but…"
Sep 9, 2013
Randy Bass replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion New Guy/ Old School Board
"Hey Brent, Where is your favorite beach with the crystal clear water?  If it is near me, maybe I can help you get hooked even more.  It is the best sport in the world.  I live in Whitehall, MI. Randy Bass"
Sep 7, 2013
Chris Ferrara replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion New Guy/ Old School Board
"I was there one year ago Brent! It almost seems impossible at first but every time you go out you learn something and build apon your new skills! After roughly a year of windsurfing I am planing in the footstraps fully powered in open water!…"
Sep 4, 2013
Brian replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion New Guy/ Old School Board
"Brent, Everyone has been there.  Congratulations on sticking it out! Email me about your problems uploading pictures.  Brian"
Sep 4, 2013
Tom Janicki replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion New Guy/ Old School Board
"Congratulations!"
Sep 4, 2013
Brent Meinburg posted a discussion

New Guy/ Old School Board

I survived Lake Michigan Windsurfing!My 3rd and 4th times ever windsurfing, I'm proud to say, were in Lake Michigan in gorgeously clear water and my favorite beach waiting to catch me after my efforts took all the energy I had.  I'll admit the first attempts were brutal!  A well intending fella tried to give me pointers, but his words just weren't translating to the board. I think he got frustrated with me and so he left the beach.  I, however, didn't quit.  I proceeded to get up on the board,…See More
Sep 3, 2013
Brent Meinburg replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion The New Guy
"Chris, This is what is printed on the sail and board.... 490 cm mast 240 cm boom 365 cm board I'm not sure about the volume part.. I suspect that higher winds/speed would be a little easier.  Much like riding a bike where balance comes…"
Aug 28, 2013
Chris Righi replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion The New Guy
"Brent. I am actually going to try to get to BL today after work! From about 4:15-whenever the wind dies I should be out there... Remind me of the specs of your board again? Volume in liters/Length/Width... I know this may seem intimidating (as it…"
Aug 28, 2013
Brent Meinburg replied to Brent Meinburg's discussion The New Guy
"Chris, I've only been out twice so far.  Once at Big Fish Lake and once at Davison Lake both south of Hadley.  Davison Lake is a no wake lake, long and narrow, and there are a few houses along one side.  Perfect to learn on…"
Aug 27, 2013

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