The future WINDSURFER class board was revealed at the 41st Australian Windsurfer Class Championships. Two prototype boards were available for sailors to test. Note that the these are not the production boards.
The most important points in the announcement were :
- Production of the original (plastic) windsurfer ceased last year
- The new WINDSURFER is constructed like a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board, ie styrofoam type core with epoxy deck
- The board is wider. It can be used as a SUP board and there is a proposed insert to cover the centreboard cavity when used in SUP mode
- The board is SIGNIFICANTLY lighter
- The centre board is fully retractable
- The deck has soft foam grip (like surfboard Gorilla Grip)
- The forward half of the board is double concave and it flattens out on the aft half.
- The design spec was to create a board that handles like the Windsurfer and can be used as an SUP. Another interesting intention is that the board will become a common “white” board to be branded differently in other countries, ie decked out with different graphics and rigs.
- The idea for a new board was conceived a year ago and top sailors have tested several concept boards which iterated towards the prototype boards
- The proposed name for the board is “WINDSURFER LT” , LT for light
- The centre board pivot point construction is not finalised and may differ from the prototypes
- The current Windsurfer rig will remain. A two piece mast will also be available
- The target price for early adopters/association members will be in the order of $700