Iâ€™m windsurfing for fun for half a year now. Currently I have a 7.4 entry / learning sail that was good for my first steps after I attended a windsurfing camp in Sardinia. Now Iâ€™m looking for a new sail to start building up my sails collection.
As a newbie I faced a problem deciding for a sail manufacturer and sail type. Let me first explain what my ambitions are for next few months:
Iâ€™m 180 cm / 80 kg. Currently Iâ€™m riding a 150 l Exocet board. Iâ€™m up to improve my planing, jibes, some heli tacks and similar. Iâ€™ll sail on flat water or small waves (max up to 0.5m) on Slovenia seaside and spots here around (Preluka, Zusterna, Izola, Piran, Krk ...).
And now to the dilemmas / questions I have:
- What type of sail is good for me? Iâ€™m just confused by all terms like freestyle, freeride, wave, slalom, etc. Iâ€™m about to buy a sail between 6 and 6.5 m^2, so no cams, etc.
- Does a purchase of the original mast produced by the sail manufacturer pay out? Well, Iâ€™m asking if it makes sense to get the mast from the same manufacturer making the sails as I could get an alternative one of same carbon type, etc. for half the price.
- I know every windsurfer chose a preferred sails (equipment) maker. So this is a hardest one - any suggestion which manufacturer should I chose or at least a list of â€˜suggested onesâ€™? Iâ€™m currently considering Ezzy, Excoset and some others.