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Posted by on Jan 31, 2010 in Equipment | 19 comments

Windsurfing Boards & Windsurfing Sails – What Size?

Following up on my last post giving a buyers guide to choosing windsurfing equipment I came across a very useful tool for figuring out what windsurfing board, windsurfing sail & fin size you should have.

Whether you are just moving on from the learn to windsurf stages and trying to decide what your first windsurfing board should be or you are a seasoned pro trying to fill a gap in your windsurfing sails quiver, this interactive spreadsheet guide to choosing the right windsurfing boards, fins & windsurfing sails is really useful.

Windsurfing Boards
Fire up the spreadsheet in Excel, choose the ‘Board Size’ tab & enter your weight in KG or lbs.
The program tells you:

  • Minimum size beginners board you should be using
  • Ideal first short board
  • Smallest size windsurf board that can be uphauled
  • Windsurfing Boards size Guide

    Know what size windsurfing boards you should have

    Windsurfing Sails
    Move across to the Windsurfing Sail Size tab, enter your wegith in KG or lbs.
    The program displays:

  • Two lists showing different wind strengths & what size sail you should be using
  • A separate list showing wind strength & sail size for a beginner
  • A graph showing ideal sail size v’s wind speed
  • Windsurfing sails size guide

    Finding exactly the right size sail for a given wind strength

    Windsurfing Fins
    Move to the last ‘Fin Size’ tab, enter your weight in KG or lbs & sail size in sq metres.
    The program calculates the recommended fin size for you:

  • Fin size for – underpowered, ideal wind & over powered conditions
  • Adjusted sizes for – freeride, slalom, wave, formula & even sailing where there is weed!
  • Windsurfing fins size guide

    Know the right size windsurfing fin for any sail size

    Having checked through a few examples myself the calculations are pretty accurate to the real world. All credit to James Douglass who developed this number crunching monster. If you want your own copy of this great guide click the following link Ultimate Windsurfing Equipment Size Calculator

    With all that data at your finger tips you should never be stuck trying to figure out what windsurfing kit you should be buying or sailing on!

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