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by morrison » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:06 am

I would like some opinions from windsurfers on harnesses.
The woman is sailing well now and is ready to learn the harness. I would prefer a chest but they dont seem to be available anymore?
Can a waist be fitted for sailing loose as opposed to kiting?
I use a seat for everthing, the waist would ride up kiting and I used to use a chest when wave sailing( been awhile since i've sailed in proper waves), but feel the seat might be tricky to learn with?
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by grantmac » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:16 am

What do you mean by "sailing loose"? Also what kind of windsurfing do you see her doing?
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by morrison » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:06 am

my experience with a waist kiting is that to keep it in place was restrictive. never used one for sailing.
Who knows how far she'll go but so far she is progressing very quickly, I believe is "hooked" and is surprising herself.
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by LeopardSkin » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:28 am

Some guys wear oversized waist harnesses loosely for windsurfing . Riding up nbd. Just push it back down occasionally.
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by grantmac » Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:33 am

I use either depending on what gear I'm on. Generally bigger sails I'll go with a seat. For this I use a Dakine XT which has a relatively high hook and good back support.

Waist needs very good stance or they ride up. Also for me a lower boom with longer lines. They can be easier to hook and unhook depending on line length and boom height.
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by C36 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:40 am

waist > seat (learning to use a harness, mobility, using with freeride or wave gear)
seat > waist (leverage, lock-in position, using with race gear)
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by mjamero » Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:55 am

If you decide to go with a waist harness I have a women's for sale.

https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/rch/spo/6617923036.html
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