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by Pavel » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:31 pm

Hi guys,

I’m looking to buy a used Windsurfing board (around 100l volume) to use in Squamish and BB next season. I found a 95l 2008 Naish All Terrain for sale at the Gorge. The guy can sell it to me for $200 US, but I have to pick it up. Is it worth it? Does anyone have any experience with this board?
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by Michael » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:46 am

Hi Pavel, I'm no expert :D but what size board are you sailing on now? A good 100L board can last you a long time and you will get a lot of use out of it at Squamish and BBay. That board is a little old so maybe get a newer one. It will cost you a least $100 in gas to get down there, plus a few days travel. If you wait until spring you could go for the swap and get a few days sailing in.
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by BigD » Sat Feb 03, 2018 9:47 am

I had that exact board. I would suggest that of you can afford it, spend a little more and get a more modern, wider shape. It will be way more fun in gusty/holey conditions that we often get and will allow you to plane through the lulls instead of swimming.

I have an RRD 111 freestyle wave that works great. Not for sale though ; ) Check out Fanatic, RRD, Starboard freewave boards. Good luck!
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by Pavel » Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:58 am

Thank you for the feedback guys. I’ll listen to your advice and get something newer.

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by arg » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:23 am

Yes, good advice already suggested above.
But, what is your body mass? If you at the lighter end of the human male mass distribution, that older slightly narrower board could work well for you. If you are median body mass, or above, keep looking.
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by mjamero » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:39 am

Hey Pavel.

The Gorge is a long way to go to buy just one board. You will pay 100 bucks in gas. Then there is the cost of food, a possible overnight stay etc. It all adds up and suddenly your $200 board is more like 400 or 500. Not to mention the time to drive down and back.

With that said, if you are looking for a mini vacation and need several things Hood River is THE place to go for reasonably priced small gear. My wife and I went to the season-end swap meet last September for the first time. We picked up an AWESOME 2008 Starboard Pure Acid 86L for $200. Perfect for my wife. Picked up some smaller Sailworks sails for cheap a mast and other misc stuff. Also note that anything you buy from the shops in Oregon are tax tree!

Personally, I do not think there is anything wrong at all with a board as old as 2006, 07, 08. There is WAY more of a difference between 1998-2008 vs 2008-2018 boards. If it's in good condition, at a good price, and you like it, BUY IT! If you get it at a good price you can sail it, try it, see if you like it etc. If you like it, GREAT! You got a good board for cheap. If you don't like it then no big deal. Sell it and buy another board to try. If you buy a board for 200-300 bucks and don't like it you should easily be able to get your money back or perhaps a very small loss. Sometimes you can even resell at a slight profit!

Of course everyone wants the newest board but usually that means $$$($)!

A Starboard Kode or Kode FSW in the 100L range would be a great board for you. If you found one locally in the 2010-2012 range it would probably be a good balance between age and cost. I would expect a fair price would be around 400-600 for a Kode of that age in reasonable condition. I wouldn't pay anymore than that! That would cost roughly around the same total price as the board in the gorge with all the expenses to get it.

PS... 2 Years ago I bought a 2014 (then only 2 years old) Starboard Kode FSW 94L Carbon Fiber on the local Vancouver Craigslist. My ideal small board. It is mint. The original owner only sailed it twice! It included a second brand new fin. Price...$500 CAD!! :shock: Ezzylover is still mad at me for this one (only because he missed it) :D
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by Pavel » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:11 pm

I’m 5.8’ and around 160lbs. So I think 95-100l should be good for my size.
Thanks Mark! Maybe one day I’ll buy it off you ;)
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by Simon » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:12 pm

Pavel wrote:I’m 5.8’ and around 160lbs. So I think 95-100l should be good for my size.

Hi Pavel, I have a Mistral Synchro ~90 litre that I don't need, that I acquired in a swap with Francis a couple of years ago. PM me if you are interested.
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by grantmac » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:26 pm

Boards like that will be under $100 at the swap meet in May.
I'm looking for an 85-90L personally. One of my hardcore Gorge buddies is trying to convince me to grab a Realwind. Old school but very good natured.
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