You NEED all of the latest windsurfing equipment – FALSE!
We all love new windsurfing equipment and yes, if we could have a full brand new quiver of the latest gear every year we absolutely would. BUT back in the real world this isn’t always possible.
Luckily for us there is a thriving second hand windsurfing equipment market, where you can pick up anything you need for a very cheap price.
The key to buying equipment ‘new’ for you is deciding what the priority is and why you need certain equipment, this will then help you assess what it is worth splashing the cash on to buy brand new and what you can buy second hand.
Everyone’s equipment needs will be different, from buying your first board to debating whether to go for a brand new 3 batten wave sail, it is impossible for us to provide a blanket rule on who should buy what and why. (Although there will be a second hand buyers guide coming to Boards very soon, watch this space!)
Our advice? Talk!
The Boards forum, equipment section here, is a great place to chat about equipment old and new and get advice from others in a similar position to you. You can also buy second hand equipment on Boards too, just check out the classifieds section here.
Another great idea is to speak to your local windsurfing shop. Boardwise for example have a massive second hand section on their website, as well as selling all the newest ranges from many windsurfing brands. They (like many shops) will be able to give you great advice on what to buy and why if you explain exactly where you’re at with your windsurfing.