Windsurf boards have gone through a tremendous development over the past few decades. The boards are expensive and it is not easy to find the right one for your individual needs.
- 1 These are the top 3 windsurf boards in 2021
- 2 1st place: BIC Beach
- 3 2nd place: F2 Ride
- 4 3rd place: BIC Techno Foil
- 5 Conclusion
- 6 Buying a windsurf board: how to make the right decision
- 7 The right windsurf board size and width
- 8 The rail: the edge of the windsurf board
- 9 The lower ship: The underside of the windsurf board
- 10 Type and material of windsurf boards
- 11 The material weight:
- 12 The vent screw: the board needs to breathe
- 13 The foot straps: the connecting link
- 14 The right board type: beginners, freestyle or wave
- 14.1 1Beginner windsurf boards
- 14.2 What to consider when buying a windsurf board:
- 14.3 Important for all beginners:
- 14.4 Is a used windsurf board good for beginners?
- 14.5 Formula race boards
- 14.6 3rdFreeride boards
- 14.7 4thBump & Jump / Wave Slalom / Freestyle Wave Boards
- 14.8 5Wave boards
- 14.9 6thFreestyle boards
Beware of used boards:
Avoid buying used windsurf boards. Decades-old models are usually very worn and have poor volume distribution. With such a surfboard, the first attempts at surfing can quickly lead to frustration.
How to avoid bad purchases:
In over 21 hours of research, BeyondSurfing has examined the most popular windsurf boards in 2021 and compared them with each other. Find out what is important when choosing a windsurf board and which model suits you best.
These are the top 3 windsurf boards in 2021
1st place: BIC Beach
- Pretty tough
- Ideal for beginners
- Available in 160L and 225L
- EVA deck pad
- Not suitable for advanced and professionals
This windsurf board is perfect as a beginner windsurf board. BIC models are very popular with surf schools.
Very simple: The boards are made of polyethylene, very robust and durable. The board is available in the 160 liter version (255 x 82 centimeters wide and 14.5 kilograms) and 225 liter version (297 x 92 centimeters wide and 18.5 kilograms). This windsurf board is best suited for beginners and children. It is equipped with a non-slip EVA deck pad, foot straps, fins and a deep tuttle fin box. Those who prefer high performance and a fast driving style will choose another model .
Very robust entry-level board for a good price.
2nd place: F2 Ride
- Demanding beginner / climber board
- 160 liters
- Freeride board
- Good value for money
- Epoxy sandwich construction
- Double concave
- Light rocker
- Medium price segment
This board is suitable for beginners and intermediates who are looking for a windsurf board with a lot of volume and a certain level of performance.Due to the epoxy sandwich construction, the board is robust and yet light. With a volume of 160 liters and a size of 255 x 80 centimeters, it weighs only 9.7 kilograms. The volume of the board is evenly distributed from the tail to the nose and makes it easier for beginners to balance the windsurf board. The board glides easily and moves quickly across the water. Underneath the supplied footstraps there are grip pads that ensure a secure footing.
Freeride board for beginners and intermediates with a great price-performance ratio.
3rd place: BIC Techno Foil
- Freeride and foil windsurf board
- 130 liters
- Good value for money
- For advanced
- Good for light winds
- Easy planing
- Foil not included
- Not suitable for beginners
A windsurf board that works well in light winds and can be surfed as a foil board at the same time. 81.5 cm wide ensure that you can easily step on the board and control it well. Due to its low weight of 9.5 kg, the windsurf board glides easily and makes the most of winds of 15 to 25 knots.
Who is the BIC Techno Foil suitable for?
As the first foilboard and light wind funboard for advanced skiers, it is the ideal choice. It has too little volume for a beginner board. With a price of 1349 € it is in the middle price segment. If the windsurf board is to be used with foil, it must be purchased separately. This more than doubles the price of the board.
Light wind funboard and foil board for advanced riders.
Buying a windsurf board:
how to make the right decision
Windsurf boards are very popular. Finding the right board for individual needs and abilities is not very easy. BeyondSurfings buying guide gives you the necessary knowledge about performance and accessories. You are guaranteed to make the right decision when buying a windsurf board.
What to consider when buying a windsurf board
When looking for the best windsurf board, there are a few features and characteristics to consider:
- Lower ship
- Construction and material
- Vent screw
- Foot straps
- Board type
The right windsurf board size and width
The right windsurf board size depends on several factors:
- Depending on the volume of the board
- The size, weight and ability of the surfer are decisive
When determining the right windsurf board size, the height, weight and ability of the surfer are decisive.
The right width depends mainly on your personal preference as well as your windsurfing skills:
- Wide windsurf boards: Lying (even with the same volume) more stable in the water.
- Narrow windsurf boards: Tilt easily, are less stable in the water and rather not suitable for beginners.
The right windsurf board shape
The different parts of the board can be combined with each other in many ways and have an influence on the handling and the board.
A windsurf board consists of the following elements:
- Lower ship
The deck: The top of the windsurf board
- Has an impact on the total volume of the windsurf board
- Point of view of the surfer
- Should feel good
The upper side of the windsurf board is called the deck. The shape of the deck affects the total volume of the surfboard and its distribution from nose to tail. The deck of a windsurf board is thicker at the back (at the tail) than at the front.
In order to balance the body weight of the surfer, the board needs more volume at the back so as not to sink under water. The deck also affects how well the board balances before and during planing. The quality of the deck plays a big role, it should feel good on the feet and be made of high quality material.
The rail: the edge of the windsurf board
- Influence on the maneuverability of the board
- Differentiation between hard and soft rails
The rail is the outer edge of the surfboards that forms the transition between the tail and the lower part of the ship. The shape of the rail has a great influence on the maneuverability of the windsurf board as well as on the speed when driving straight ahead. A distinction is made between hard and soft rails. It is about the shape of the rail at the transition to the lower ship. If the rail is rounded, it is referred to as a soft rail, whereas if it is not rounded off, it is referred to as a hard rail.
- Good for freestyle
Soft Rail is characterized by its rounded shape at the transition to the lower aisle. With soft rails, the windsurf board has more stability and buoyancy in the water. The board can be spun with it, so boards with soft rails are particularly suitable for freestyle windsurfing.
- Cutting through the water
- Provide support for turns
- Good for slalom
Hard rails are characterized by the slightly rounded transition to the lower ship. Due to their angular shape, they literally cut through the water. That makes windsurf boards with hard rails very manoeuvrable. They give a good grip on turns and can be turned faster. They are often found on slalom windsurf boards as they are perfect for tight turns.
The tail: the back
The shape of the tail affects the handling at high speed and the maneuverability of the windsurf board.
The lower ship: The underside of the windsurf board
The lower part of the board is the part of the board that has direct contact with the surface of the water. Its shape influences the speed and handling of the windsurf board.
A combination of the following forms is often found on windsurf boards:
- Double concave
- Windsurf board reacts quickly
- Often used by advanced and professional windsurf boards
- Buoyancy and stability at high speeds
The flat channels on the underside of some windsurf boards are called channels. The water flows through the channels under the board in a controlled manner. The board reacts quickly and has more buoyancy and stability at high speeds. The channels provide a good hold during turns.
Channels for beginners?
Channels are most often used by advanced and professional windsurfing boards.
- V-shaped cross-section
If you look at the cross-section of a windsurf board with a V-shape, it quickly becomes clear where the name comes from. The center line of the lower ship is lower than the left and right sides of it. V-shaped boards are easy to control, especially at high speeds. They are very manoeuvrable and thanks to their shape the board tilts slightly in one direction, making rail to rail transfers easier.
- The lower ship is arched upwards
Here the lower ship is arched upwards, so that the water can flow under the board in a controlled manner. This ensures more buoyancy, stability and thus better control over the windsurf board.
- Mixture of V-shape and concave
- Quiet driving behavior
- Larger sliding surface
The double concave is reminiscent of a mixture of V-shape and concave. The two sides of the V-shape each have a concave. This gives the windsurf board a smooth ride on the water. The larger sliding surface makes planing easier.
- Cutouts at the tail
Cut outs are cutouts at the tail of the windsurf board. So the deck / tail remains wide on the top, while it is narrower on the lower part. This allows the board to plan well and has less water resistance while planing. With cut outs, the windsurf board is stable, can reach high speeds and is still easy to maneuver. The board with cut outs does not sink into the water as easily.
The rocker: the curve of the windsurf board
The bend of the windsurf board from nose to tail is called rocker. One speaks of a strong rocker when the board is strongly bent. A weak rocker means that the board is only slightly bent. The strength of the rocker has an impact on the turning and driving behavior of the windsurf board.
Windsurf boards with strong rocker:
On windsurf boards with a strong rocker, the board is deeper in the water at the rear of the tail than at the front of the nose. This makes the board easy to control and easier to turn. Due to the strong rocker, the windsurf board glides more easily in light winds because the wind lifts the board. In strong winds it can happen that the board is lifted too much by the rocker.
Windsurf boards with weak rocker:
If a windsurf board has little rocker, it moves faster through the water. The low curvature ensures that the windsurf board lies flat in the water and therefore has less resistance.
Type and material of windsurf boards
Polypropylene, epoxy, carbon and fiberglass can be used in a windsurf board. But what is the difference and what are the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials?
The material weight:
The materials used differ in their weight and thus also influence the weight of the windsurf board. Most surfers prefer light boards because they plan on planing faster and provide a better riding experience.
The vent screw: the board needs to breathe
The vent screw is above or below the mast track and is an essential part of the windsurf board. Air pressure fluctuations within the board can be compensated for by opening the ventilation screw. Such fluctuations in internal pressure are caused by strong temperature fluctuations.
Either through heat, if the board is lying in the sun for a long time, or through cold, for example in the cold luggage compartment of the aircraft. Overpressure can damage the windsurf board, which is why the screw should be opened regularly, preferably after each use. The screw can easily be unscrewed with a coin or the like and reinserted without force.
For a good hold on the windsurf board and to be able to transfer movements as precisely as possible to the board, foot straps / straps are required. They form the link between the surfer and his windsurf board.
Foot strap types:
- Normal foot straps
- Adjustable foot straps (vario straps)
Normal foot straps
- Offer good support
- Only suitable for feet of the same size
Normal foot straps are usually attached to the board with two screws and ensure a good hold. They can only be used by people with feet of the same or similar size. They are not suitable for a family board.
- Offer good support
- Adjustable in size
- Suitable for feet of different sizes
Vario loops are well suited for family boards or windsurf boards that are used by several people. They are adjustable in size, which is why they are suitable for feet of different sizes.
The right board type: beginners, freestyle or wave
Windsurf boards come in many different types. Some are good for waves, some for tricks, and others are best for beginners. Here you can find out what to look out for and what types of windsurf board there are. There are many subspecies of windsurf boards. The most common types include:
1Beginner windsurf boards
- Lots of volume
- 50-100 L above body weight
- The wider, the less sensitive it is to tilting
A windsurf board must correspond to the ability. The choice can be difficult because the choice of shapes, sizes and volumes is very diverse.
What to consider when buying a windsurf board:
The windsurf board must have 50 to 100 liters more volume than your body weight. With a body weight of 80 kilos, that corresponds to a volume of 130 to 180 L. How much exactly depends on ability. Advanced users require less volume than beginners. The same applies to very wide boards, these tilt less easily than narrow boards and therefore require less volume.
Important for all beginners:
Many of the above characteristics also apply to Formula Race Boards. However, these are not suitable for beginners!
Is a used windsurf board good for beginners?
Since beginners’ boards are often exchanged for an advanced windsurf board after a season or two, buying a used windsurf board can be worthwhile.
Formula race boards
- Reach high speeds
- Not for beginners
- Big sails
- Fast and stable in low / medium winds
These windsurf boards are special: fast. Formula boards are extremely wide, have a lot of volume and can carry sails up to 13 meters in length. They are easy to control in low and medium winds. In strong winds, the board is turned around slightly when planing, which requires a lot of skill. Most surfers are better advised to use a freeride board in high winds.
- Often the next step after beginners windsurf boards
- Good for calm waters
- Easy to maneuver
If your beginner windsurf board is no longer enough for you, you often turn to a freeride board. They are well suited for calm water and carry sails between 5.5 and 7.5 meters, depending on the wind strength and weight of the surfer.
Volume in the tail area is particularly important to balance the weight of the surfer. Freeride boards are less wide than beginner windsurf boards and have less volume. They should be 20-50 liters more volume than the surfer’s body weight. At 75 kilos, this corresponds to a volume of 95 to 125 L. Freeride boards are easy to maneuver and, despite their low volume, slide easily. Even in troubled water, they behave relatively smoothly.
4thBump & Jump / Wave Slalom / Freestyle Wave Boards
- Combine properties of freeride and wave boards
- Good for speed and small jumps
- Requires a high level of skill in the case of low volumes
These board types combine the properties of wave and freeride boards. They are therefore also suitable for smaller jumps over waves. In terms of volume, these windsurf boards must be 20 liters more than the surfer’s body weight. As an all-round size, 100L volumes are suitable. The sails are usually 4.5-6.5 meters long.
Windsurf boards from this category, if they are of low volume, require a certain level of skill. Then the board sinks into the water when the sail is set up and good timing and balance is required to guide the boat.
- For windsurfing in and over surf waves
- Small and easy to maneuver boards
- Low volume
Wave boards are small windsurf boards that are suitable for surfing in surf waves. The small and easily maneuverable boards get their speed mainly from the power of the waves, but also from the wind. The board should have as much volume as the surfer weighs. If the board is used even less, especially in large waves.
- For maneuvers
- Volume evenly distributed
- Do not reach high speeds
These windsurf boards are easy to turn and suitable for various maneuvers on the water. Compared to other board types, they are relatively slow, but they are very easy to control. What is striking is the even distribution of the volume over the entire board. Viewed from the side, these boards are usually of the same thickness throughout. They slide easily and despite their length offer sufficient stability.