Choosing the right windsurf boards for beginners can truly make or break your riding experience based on what your motivations are. Unlike a snowboard or wakeboard that can be adapted to pretty much any terrain without an enormous disadvantage, windsurf boards are usually built to meet one riding objective or the other.
Therefore, this list is based on riders who are quite entry-level, and primarily looking to ride in in-land waters, as opposed to focusing solely on getting to more advanced rough waters and tricks (that list will come later).
At the same time, we did not simply choose big pieces of foam you can buy from a shop for $200, we only considered high quality boards from reputable companies that the rider can grow their skills with.
- 1 What to look for in the Best Windsurf Boards for Beginners
- 2 Our Overall Pick: BIC Sport Techno One Design 293 One Design Windsurfing Board
- 3 Value Pick: JP-AUSTRALIA Windsurf Board Explorer
- 4 Speed Pick: Kona One 220L
What to look for in the Best Windsurf Boards for Beginners
Primary attributes we considered were the following:
Preferably looking for 70cm or more.
Looking for availability above 160L.
Looking for a retractable daggerboard for stability when non-planing, and versatility when planing.
Looking for a solid grip and comfortable.
We were looking at premium brands, although price was considered for the value that they have over lesser known brands as well as with each other. You can buy a windsurfing board for under $950 but it will only help you if you are a beginner.
If you spend more than $1200 you will get a quality windsurfing board that will last and serve you in any level. If you are not really in love with the sport, don’t spend more to get a professional board.
We understand that if someone is going to spend over $1000 on something, it better last long. Although most board damage occurs during transportation anyways.
Fin box, core material, easy carrying, etc.
After considering boards from about 10 different brands, we selected our top 5 choices. Each of these five boards are awesome for entry-level riding, won’t hold the rider back from advancing their skills, and all have their own advantages and disadvantages over each other.
Our Overall Pick: BIC Sport Techno One Design 293 One Design Windsurfing Board
The BIC Sport Techno One Design board is our overall number 1 spot and for good reason. Starting with the basics, it has a perfect 79cm width that gives the rider extra stability and the ability to add a larger sail for higher speeds. At the same time the board is slimmer than other models, so it doesn’t feel as if the wider board will sacrifice any responsiveness or controllability.
The Techno 293 OD is ideal for learning and leisure funboarding. The shape of the board is as all-around as it can get, so a beginner rider will be able to progress into planing, carving, etc. The daggerboard provides directional stability and makes sailing upwind a breeze.
It comes complete with Footstraps, Integrated 60 cm Daggerboard, and 46 FF Deep Tuttle fin.
Overall, if you’re an entry-level rider that wants a board that will take them all the way up to the advanced level, the BIC Sport Techno One Design Windsurfing board will not disappoint.
Value Pick: JP-AUSTRALIA Windsurf Board Explorer
Another great choice is the the JP-AUSTRALIA Windsurf Board Explorer , and for under $1250, comes at a great value. This windsurfing board has a solid width of 70cm and length of 270cm giving it some extra stability and speed in the water. It has ASA SANDWICH Technology with full EVA deck, giving a comfortable grip as well as a retractable dagger.
The carrying handles at the front, side and rear help to carry the board in and out of the water and are very useful for handling it in the water during the learning sessions.
The Explorers combine the stability a beginner needs with the sporty planing feel an advanced rider wants to enjoy.
This board is very adaptive to different riding styles as some of the most experienced riders will tell you that finding a board this stable is nearly impossible.
It definitely is much more of a family, casual riding board than the other two, with a few less features, but it will last the rider a long time and is sure to be worth the cost.
Fin: Freeride 38 (PB) + daggerboard
Footstraps: Ergoform x 4 positions: 2 + 1 in the center + 2 upwind straps on 3 position inserts
|Board weight||25.1 LBS|
Speed Pick: Kona One 220L
The Kona One is the big daddy of the group. Coming in at a volume of 220, a length of 350cm, and a width of 70cm, this board is respected just as much by advanced as beginners. Considered a race class board, which may sound intimidating, it is also perfect for beginners as it is extremely stable and maneuverable, giving it a fun and fast ride.
Additionally, as the others it comes daggersystem equipped as well as optimal foot comfort from the EVA soft foam deck. The only real downside for the beginner is the price as it is kind of expensive.
|Fin Box:||Power Box, 46cm|
|Dagger System:||Yes, Flush 65|
|Recommended Use:||Entry Level, Flat Water, Wave, All Around, Freeride|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||1 Year|
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Thanks for reading and good luck! Feel free to drop a question, or comment and let us know what you thought of our selections and yours.
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