Review: Severne 2021 Foil Glide 2

This sail is meant for a small sail in a lighter wind and it is the junior IQ foil sail. It is not a race sail, however it is a foil sail meant to get you moving. This sail has five batons and three cambers which enables more low-end grunt. It can also have a short boom and fits a 204 boom. The 160 to 210 Severne Enigma boom works great as well as the 170-220 boom. This sail can work in light winds even as light as 6 or 7 knots.

Below you can look at our selection of Severne Foil Glides as well as Severne Enigma booms.

Severne Foil Glide 2 (2021)
Severne Enigma Carbon Boom (2021)

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How To: Attach My Uphaul to My Boom

It sounds as easy as it is! Watch Britt as he goes into detail about how to properly attach an uphaul to a boom. He even goes through how to attach an uphaul without a line already attached.

Just a simple loop or a couple knots and you will be on your merry way! Do not forget to have fun out on the water too!

Below you can shop our selection shop uphauls and watch the video.

Bungie Uphaul
Easy Uphaul
DaKine Power Uphaul
Starboard Uphaul Line
Ion Uphaul Tec
Bungie Uphaul – Extra Long

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How To: Rig a Kona Spark Rig

Whether it is your first time rigging your sail or if you need help on a certain step be sure to watch the video below as Britt takes you step by step on how to rig a Kona Spark Rig with ease. With only a short few steps we will have you out on the water in no time. This video can also help you with your own rig, it does not have to be a Kona Spark Rig! Do not forget to wipe off the sand on any two-piece mast so it does not stick together and become a single-piece mast.

Take care of your equipment and it will last you as long as you want to enjoy the stoke.

Take a look at our Kona Spark Rig and Package Deal below!

Kona Spark Rig
Windsurfer LT School w/ Spark Rig Package

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Review: 2021 Quatro Wing Drifter Wing Board

Thinking about getting the 2021 Quatro Wing Drifter Pro Foil Board V1.2? We have tested it out so you don’t have to! Overall, we have found that the different foot strap feature is excellent for riding both regular or switch stance. On the original Quatro Wing Drifter Pro Foil Board 2021 there is only one foot-strap for your dominant side, whereas the V1.2 updated version has the versatility of two straps for either side. Let us know if you are interested and we can further help you with any questions and we can also ensure you get the correct size based on your weight.

No matter which board you choose you are still getting a highly maneuverable board that will keep you stoked on the water!

Quatro Wing Drifter Pro Foil Board 2021

Quatro Wing Drifter Pro Foil Board V1.2

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How To: Pump Your Sail Properly

Trying to learn how to properly pump your sail? Well, you are in the right place. Britt will take you through the steps of how to pump your sail and get going in less wind. Having the right gear and skills is necessary to pump, and if you are foiling the wing size matters too. Another tip to keep in mind is that pumping is not to be done with only your arm muscles, but your whole upper-body.

Lastly, don’t forget to have fun!

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Your Guide to Buying a Wetsuit

With the weather and the water getting cooler, it is time to consider how a wetsuit can extend your fun-in-the-water season!  Wetsuit technology has come a long way in the last decade or so, including designs that are specifically suited to windsurfing.

Gone are the days when the thought of wrestling into your wetsuit was enough to make you think of booking a trip south (although we always endorse that idea too!). Here is a rundown of the improvements and features to help guide your wetsuit decision.

How does a wetsuit work?

A wetsuit keeps you warm with a thick neoprene fabric, which is a synthetic rubber. This fabric provides a layer traps the water between your skin and the wetsuit, allowing your body heat to increase. The less often that warm water gets exchanged for cold water, the warmer you will stay. That is why you want your wetsuit to fit snugly—excess space means it holds more water that won’t get as warm.

The suit construction can also make a difference. Thicker neoprene is warmer, but can limit mobility. A wetsuit that has taped seams will be warmer than one that only has stitching since water can pass through each needle hole. Suits that have a gusset inside the zipper are also warmer as they prevent cold water from flushing in.

Built for active sports

Wetsuits were once the same for everyone, no matter what sport you were participating in. The wetsuit you need if you are windsurfing is much different than a dive suit or even a surfing suit. When you are active in the water, you want a suit that is warm without being so thick and bulky that it is hard to move so as not to tire out your arms. Wetsuits that help block the wind from your torso can add significant warmth without adding bulk, which is great for wind sports.

Windsurfing-specific suits are usually cut a bit bigger through the biceps and forearms so you can hold on to the boom longer. Some wetsuits, like the Ion Strike and the Severne Impact, even have extra padding in key areas to protect you from crashes, bumps, and bruises.

Ion Strike

Severne Impact

How thick should your wetsuit be?

Generally speaking, thicker wetsuits are warmer, but less flexible. Suits that are designed to take the chill off in warm conditions are 2mm thick, while a wetsuit that you would use in cold temperatures might be 4mm or 5mm thick. You will want to consider both the temperature of the water that you will be in, as well as the likely air temperature, and of course your own tolerance for being cold or hot. A 2mm shorty (short-sleeves and short-legs) is most useful in water temperatures from about 66-80 degrees.

Ion Strike Element Shorty SS 2/2mm (2020)

If you have a long-legged, short-sleeved suit that is 3mm or 4mm thick, you will likely stay warm in water temperatures in the upper 50s. For water that is colder than that (or colder air temperatures, or cloudy days) you will want a long-legged, long-sleeved suit that is 4mm or 5mm thick.

3mm
4mm

Smooth skin or nylon coated?

Smooth skin wetsuits are made with bare rubber neoprene that is more wind and water resistant and will absorb heat from the sun to help keep you warm. However, the smooth rubber finish is not very durable and can be torn by your fingernails when you are pulling it on. More commonly, you will find wetsuits that have a nylon coating on the neoprene so that it is more durable. It used to be that windsurfers wanted to make sure they had a smooth skin suit for extra warmth in the wind.

Today, with the improved stretchiness of modern wetsuits, you can stay just as warm with a non-smooth skin suit that is a bit thicker than your old smooth skin suit and be just as comfortable.

Back zip, front zip, or zipless?

Traditionally, scuba diving wetsuits zip up the front and surfing or windsurfing wetsuits zip up the back (you don’t want to be laying on a zipper on your surfboard, or have a zipper being pushed against your stomach by your windsurfing harness!). Newer wetsuits have a variety of zipper placement options. A full length back zip suit is the easiest to get in and out of, but you do get cold water coming in through the zipper. Higher quality suits will have a gusset inside the zipper to keep the cold water away from your skin.

Front zip windsurfing or surfing wetsuits have a short zipper that runs horizontally across the upper chest. This keeps the zipper out of the way and adds flexibility and comfort across the back of your shoulders as well as keeping more water out. However, a front zip suit is more difficult to get on and off – especially as the neoprene gets thicker. If you have injured your shoulders or have restricted shoulder mobility you may find it quite difficult to manage with a front zip suit.

There are even some super stretchy wetsuits (usually in the thinner neoprene construction) that don’t have a zipper at all!  These suits feel great on because there is no restriction to your movement or chaffing from a zipper. But you can feel a little bit like a contortionist when you are putting them on.
Have any questions? Let us know and we’ll help you find the best wetsuit for your needs.

Back Zip
Front Zip
Zipless

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What Kind of Windsurfing Board Should You Use?

Knowing the right windsurfing board size and style can make all the difference. A size too big or small will give you balance and control issues. One style of board may not be best suited to the kind of windsurfing you want to do. We’ve laid out a few tips, and our favorite recommendations, to make sure you get the best board for you.

What size windsurfing board should I get?

The size of board that you want will depend on your size, your skill level, the conditions you are using it in, and what type of windsurfing you want to do.  In general, bigger people want bigger boards and smaller people want smaller boards. However, everyone wants a larger board in light wind, and as your skills improve you will want a smaller board for most kinds of windsurfing.

For most adult size people who are first learning, you will want a board that has at least 180 liters of volume and a daggerboard.  The volume of the board (measured in liters) can give you a rough idea of how stable a board will be when you are standing on it. More liters of volume indicate a larger board that will be easier to balance on.  However, the width of the board (usually measured in cm) is also a factor.

A board that is 200 liters in volume seems like it would be super stable – but if it is only 70cm wide it will be less stable than a board that is the same liters but is 90cm wide. Because there are so many variables involved, it is best to chat with us about your specific situation so we can give you more exact advice.

How do I properly maintain my windsurfing board?

There isn’t much you need to do to your board to keep it up.  You will want to store it out of direct sunlight since the finish is prone to breaking down with extended UV exposure. A bag is helpful if your board will be on the top of your car most of the time, or stored outside. If your board gets damaged, it is best to fix any cracks or dings before it goes in the water again. Although it isn’t fatal – it is best to keep the inside of the board dry.  If your board has an adjustable mast track an occasional rinse with fresh water will keep it from getting jammed up with sand and/or salt.

How do I know when I need a new windsurfing board?

There are several reasons why you would need a new board:  If your board is damaged beyond repair (or if the cost of the repair is greater than the value of the board), is a much older design, or if the board you have isn’t the right kind of board for the windsurfing you want to do.  If your board is more than 10 years old, and has any major repairs needed – you will be better off replacing it.  If your board was built in the 1970s, 80s, or 90s – you will find that a new board performs significantly better and easier to learn and progress on.

If you have a large beginner board, and are now trying to windsurf on higher wind days and learn to use a harness and the footstraps, it may be time for a smaller board.  Or if you are looking to work on skills in a specific discipline of windsurfing (freestyle, foiling, or wave sailing for example) you will want a board that is specific to those skills.

Important things to do/know before buying a windsurfing board

If you have the opportunity, take a lesson before you purchase your first windsurfing board.  This will give you the chance to learn the basics of windsurfing on a board that is larger and a sail that is smaller than what you will want to own. It is important to buy a board that is suitable for your size, your ability, and the conditions that you will be using it in. Don’t try to buy a board that you will “grow into”, most often this just leads to frustration and makes learning to windsurf more difficult. Trying boards before you buy can be helpful, but it is important to remember that it is difficult to compare different boards if you try them in different conditions, or in conditions that are not the same as you will be using it in at home. Ask questions and let your windsurfing shop give you advice.  We really want people to have the board that will be best for them, and we have a lot of experience helping people get the right board.

Schedule a lesson, rent a board, or just come on down to our shop and let us help you find the perfect board.

Types of windsurfing boards

Longboard:
Longboards are longer boards that have enough buoyancy to stand on while not moving and have a centerboard (or daggerboard) that adds performance in light wind. Beginner windsurfing boards fall into this category, but so do some varieties of high-performance race boards for light wind.  A longboard that is fairly wide (over 75cm wide) will be better for a beginner, while a narrower longboard is often aimed at more advanced windsurfers who are wanting to optimize performance in light wind.

Our recommendation:
Windsurfer LT for all around light wind sailing and novice windsurfers. If you’re in the market for a can-do-everything board look no further, the Windsurfer LT is the board to have no matter the conditions on the water.  

Or for more advanced windsurfers who want to maximize light wind performance we recommend the super lightweight, carbon-constructed, Kona CarbOne.

Shortboard:
Shortboards are used in higher wind. They are not as buoyant as longboards and require you to be moving to ride them.  The main thing that differentiates a shortboard from a longboard is that short boards do not have a daggerboard. There are several categories of boards that fall under the “Short Board” heading.

Waveboard:
Wave Boards are often quite small boards that are used while surfing and jumping waves. The board shape is optimized for turning, carving on a wave, and control when jumping.  True wave boards are not at all optimized for speed, so if you are looking for a board that will be good for all around windsurfing in rough water, you probably want a “bump and jump” style of board – not a waveboard.

Our recommendation:
The Severne Nano. Inspired by new-school surfboards, the Nano is a fresh wavesailing sensation.

Bump and Jump Board:
A high-wind short board that is designed to work well in rough water, is good at jumping (and landing), is faster than a wave board, but still has a performance emphasis on control and turning.

Slalom Board:
A board made to go fast!  A true slalom board is blisteringly fast in a straight line, but requires considerable skill and technique to turn around.  A true slalom board will work best with race sails. If you want to be the fastest guy on the water –but you aren’t a pro windsurfer and want to keep using your freeride sails– you will want a fast freeride board like the Fanatic Jag

Our recommendation:
For pro-windsurfer level performance we recommend the Starboard Isonic. Proven race winners, the Isonic is perfect for blasting across the start line of a PWA slalom race, or just being the fastest board on the water at your home sailing spot.

But if you are a normal person with a different job, your best bet for a board that is super-fast is the Fanatic Jag. The Jag is turning heads with the exhilarating speed of a race winning slalom board in a design that is less technical to sail.

Freestyle:
Freestyle boards are short boards that are used in flat water to perform tricks.

Our recommendation:
The Fanatic Skate. Crazy acceleration, top speeds and explosive pop happen in seconds, so every gust counts for you to pick the right spot and unleash your rotations

Freeride Board:
Shortboards that are not for any specific discipline (such as wave, slalom, or freestyle), they are pretty fast on flat water, reasonable to turn, decent in rough water….it’s like the SUV of windsurfing boards.

Our recommendation:
The Starboard Carve IQ. The CarveIQ is definitely your go-to windsurf board if you want a quick to plane, easy to control, playful freeride board.

Foil Board:
Foil Boards are made specifically for use with a hydrofoil. Because the board is lifted completely above the surface of the water when you are foiling, foil boards have quite a different shape and performance characteristics.

Our recommendation:
The Slingshot Wizard. The evolutionary Wizard can withstand high torque, forces of foiling and has low front-end swing weight, so you can get those cool tricks you’ve been dying to stick.

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7 Tips for Beginner Windsurfers

It can be exciting when you first start windsurfing, but it’s not easy! Don’t let the small details ruin your fun.  Fortunately, with a few simple pointers, you can start improving quickly and have more fun.

Here are some tips on improving your windsurfing so you can quickly move from beginner, all the way to advanced!

Relax and Breathe!

Squeezing the boom harder won’t make you go any faster and trying to grip the board with your toes won’t make the board feel more stable. Relax your hands, relax your arms, and you’ll have a much better time. Likewise, holding your breath won’t make anything easier. By relaxing and remembering to breathe, you won’t wear out as fast and you’ll be able to stay out on the water practicing your moves even longer. And as an added bonus, when you are relaxed your balance will improve.

Surf in Onshore Winds

Instead of practicing when the wind is blowing offshore, go out when and where it will be easier for you. When the winds are blowing towards the shore, it makes it easier to get back to your starting point.  That way you can focus on your technique instead of being concerned with making it back to your car.

Keep your feet under your hips

Many people try to improve their balance by widening their stance.  Don’t do this!  Keeping your feet under your hips will actually improve your balance on the water.  If your stance gets too wide your weight will be unevenly distributed over the board and it makes it difficult to steer as well.  

Keep your head up

Look ahead to where you want to go. This is such a simple tip, but it makes a huge difference! Whenever you catch yourself staring down at your feet or at your hands, turn your attention to the horizon ahead instead.

Use a Small Sail…

When you are first starting, go for a smaller sail. They are easier to control than bigger sails, and you’ll be able to finesse your moves without fear of going too fast or getting overwhelmed. Plus, they are easier to pull out of the water and to travel with.

…But Go For a Bigger Board

Small boards are harder to balance on, as a beginner you will need all the help you can get. Big boards are more forgiving and work better in light wind.  You will need to find the right board and sail combo for your size, what is big for you may be small for a bigger person.  Find the right balance between the two (come by our shop and we can help you out!).

Abandon Fear

Being afraid won’t get you anywhere! You might not even realize that fear of falling is keeping you from committing 100% to moves, and your body is automatically pulling back. Go all in when you windsurf and you will get better and better in no time.

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