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Waterstarting Problems
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Hi, last weekend I spent Friday and Sunday helplessly getting catapulted in a vain attempt to water start.  The wind was great and there was plenty of power in my 6.5 sail, but I found that my board…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gereon Methner May 30, 2012.

What's the next used board I should buy?
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Hi!  I'm new to the sport and have a couple questions.  I'm around 190lbs and currently have a Bic Veloce 328 187L board.  I'm looking to get to something a bit smaller and more maneuverable, but am…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gereon Methner Dec 5, 2011.

 

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Gereon Methner replied to Gereon Methner's discussion Waterstarting Problems
"Thanks for all the great advice!"
May 30, 2012
Don Ferguson replied to Gereon Methner's discussion Waterstarting Problems
"Bravo!! nailed it!!!  well done!!"
May 29, 2012
Don Ferguson replied to Gereon Methner's discussion Waterstarting Problems
"PS Sounds funny tho to hear you say north as we are from Canada and south of you!!"
May 29, 2012
Don Ferguson replied to Gereon Methner's discussion Waterstarting Problems
"Interrestingly, in really high wind conditions I find it much easier to lay down and waterstart poition to get going than to step onto the board. Try starting shallow and work your way into deeper water."
May 29, 2012
Scott replied to Gereon Methner's discussion Waterstarting Problems
"I remember spending an entire day in Aruba working on waterstarts. That was in warm water, where I could stand to rearrange the gear. Maybe I'm just slow, but it takes a lot of practice. It really does make fully-powered windsurfing so much…"
May 29, 2012
Brian replied to Gereon Methner's discussion Waterstarting Problems
"Gereon, I guess it's your job to 'spread the faith' up there in the wilderness - thanks for that!  There are a ton of youtube videos (Don posted one) that point out all the common mistakes, but it's really hard to…"
May 29, 2012
Don Ferguson replied to Gereon Methner's discussion Waterstarting Problems
"Funny I just clicked on this!! Another tip is to keep the nose of your board further down wind than you might think as it wil round up a bit on you as you mount it!! Try http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwHRTJ4BwF8&feature=youtube_gdata_player"
May 29, 2012
Gereon Methner replied to Gereon Methner's discussion Waterstarting Problems
"Hi Brian, Yeah, I'm certainly doing plenty wrong I'm sure!  I'll try to get it on video one of these times to be able to see my mistakes.  I think I am, in fact, pushing away with my feet (causing the board to flip up as the…"
May 29, 2012
Brian replied to Gereon Methner's discussion Waterstarting Problems
"Gereon, It's really hard to diagnose without seeing it, but I'm sure there's lots of people here who could help.  Where do you sail - are there other sailors there who you could ask? I didn't really understand what you meant…"
May 29, 2012
Gereon Methner replied to Michele Carriere's discussion Windsurfing package for sale
"I would be interested in the Thule Rack if it's still for sale!"
May 29, 2012
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Waterstarting Problems

Hi, last weekend I spent Friday and Sunday helplessly getting catapulted in a vain attempt to water start.  The wind was great and there was plenty of power in my 6.5 sail, but I found that my board spun into the wind most of the time when I started trying to get up.  The few times I got moving forward and 25% up, the board spun up on the inside rail and I just got dragged through the water.  Any advice from the experts?  I've watched all the VHS waterstart videos I can handle and it just seems…See More
May 29, 2012
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Feb 25, 2012
Gereon Methner replied to Gereon Methner's discussion What's the next used board I should buy?
"Hi Mark, I just "friended" you on this and would be happy to contact you.  If you would, send me a message with contact info! Thanks, G"
Dec 5, 2011
Mark Beauman replied to Gereon Methner's discussion What's the next used board I should buy?
"Gereon - I have three boards that would fit your needs.  All are in mint / new condition.  You won't be disappointed.  Drop me a line. Mark Beauman"
Dec 4, 2011
Gereon Methner replied to Gereon Methner's discussion What's the next used board I should buy?
"Hi Tim, Yeah, waterstarts are definitely the next step.  So far, I'm entirely self-taught (other than watching a few videos).  I'm in the footstraps and harness, so I guess I can't wait any longer to really go for the…"
Dec 4, 2011
Tim Westlake replied to Gereon Methner's discussion What's the next used board I should buy?
"Get your water starts down.   Then...you can sail just about anything. Even if you don't get a shortboard, knowing how to do water starts will greatly increase your sailing time. My first board was a F2 Comet which was about 185…"
Dec 4, 2011

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Got my first board a few years ago and tried from Mackinac Island...mostly just falling down and standing back up...
I just am getting into the sport.  I bought a Bic Veloce 328, and have been out a few times.  I'm looking forward to getting to know folks in the area who windsurf, and improving my skills!

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