WINDSURF BOARDS HAVE A CLEAR CLASSIFICATION.
At the dawn of the advent and development of windsurfing in the 1970-80s, boards are divided only into two kinds: longboards and shortboards. Longboards had a length of more than 3 meters. As a rule, they were used for course racing (a linear motion on tacks from one waypoint to another) and could sail in light breeze. The centerboard in the middle of the board allowed them go to windward at an acute angle to the wind. However, they were not so manoeuvrable and light like shortboards that were intended for high-speed gliding in a strong breeze, had a length of less than 3 meters, and there was no centreboard on these boards at all.
Later, windsurfing boards were divided by purpose and windsurfer’s preferences. This fact is based on the development of skills and new techniques of windsurfing. It was a new trend: from a simple movement over a relatively true surface of the water through the waves with various acrobatic tricks. Athletes started trying, experimenting, showing their achievements in public, and, as a result, there were basic directions in a modern windsurfing and the classification of boards:
1. Training boards (Beginners – RBG) are, as a rule, broad, stable, strong with soft coating that protect the student from scratches and bruises while falling. Despite its non-highly maneuverable, they perfectly suit to learn the first steps of windsurfing.
2. Freeride boards (Freeride -FR) are designed for a soft and comfortable windsurfing style, gliding over the calm sea or small waves.
3. Freestyle boards (Freestyle-FS) are light, flexible, compact for splitting tricks including jumping, flips and turns in different directions. The rider, like an acrobat, is on the jump, changing the position of the board and the body in space.
4. Wave Boards (Wave-W) are small and strong boards that allow doing high jumps on big waves, and withstanding endless landing on water.
5. Racing Boards (Racing-R) are big long boards, longboards with centerboard. The main purpose of them is speed, windsurf racing and competition. Anyone who has ever experienced the feeling of rush, "advancing the wind" and cutting through the waves, he can call himself as a real racer.
6. Slalom boards (Slalom-S) have an excellent maneuverability, abrupt changes in direction and speed with deceleration and acceleration that are essential features of slalom boards.
7. Formula (Formula-FM) is a separate class of windsurfing boards, regulated by the International Yachting Federation. The boards have a maximum length of the skeg - no more than 70 cm and the width of the body - no more than 101 cm. They can carry the sails up to 12.5 square meters. They are easy gliding even in light breeze.
Each lover or professional knows what windsurf boards suit him more and how to choose the right size of boards depending on the level of windsurfing. The higher skills are, the smaller board should be. It is a general principle of choice adjusted for windsurfing, except fans of longboards and formulas. But, it is too early to draw the line in the development of windsurfing. Perhaps, the beginning of a new discipline in windsurfing will be sailing over long distances. Meanwhile, some enthusiasts are engaged in it. In 2013, the Dane Ron Kaverlan (Ron Keverlaan) crossed the North Sea within 8 hours, 23 minutes and overcame 196 kilometers that was a record of sailing over long distances.