Monday, 14 January 2013

WindSurfing Gear

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Ride the Waves on a Bodyboard

Bodyboards are easy to use and fun for people of all ages. It doesn’t take much experience—just hold onto the sides and start riding the waves.

Some well-known choices include BZ bodyboards, Morey bodyboards, Wave Rebel bodyboards, O'Neill bodyboards, and Gordon & Smith bodyboards.

Use the following guidelines to choose the right bodyboard for you.

Bodyboard size: The top of the bodyboard should come up to about navel height.

Bodyboard shape: Flat bodyboards are better for gentler waters. If you are riding prone as opposed to on one knee, you would be better served with a bodyboard with a larger nose.

Bodyboard rail: You can opt for a 50/50 rail for speed, or choose a 60/40 rail for more control.The numbers describe the angle of the rail.

Set Sail With Windsurfing Gear

Windsurfing combines sailing with riding waves on a board. On the average windsurfing board, the sail is attached to a mast. The boom is the handle you hold to steer the sail. A harness transfers power through your body, relieving arm strain. The universal joint is the piece that attaches the sail to the board.
Choose a windsurfing board

Beginners learning on their own should opt for a board that is at least 11’ long. The centerboard should retract. Kids need a shorter board. You also need to choose the right flotation level for your weight, to make it easier for you to stay upright.

Some popular windsurfing board choices include Gaastra windsurfing boards, Naish windsurfing boards, NeilPryde windsurfing boards, and DaKine windsurfing boards.
Select the right windsurfing sail

The size of the windsurfing sail is based on your weight and the wind strength. A small sail would be most appropriate for your first few times sailing.

Catch Some Air With Kiteboarding Gear

Kiteboarding, one of the latest water sports to gain in popularity, involves using a kite to propel yourself over the waves while riding a board.

Some popular kiteboard brands include Naish, Slingshot, Cabrinha, DaKine, and Wipika. The following is a list of the equipment you’ll need to enjoy the sport of kiteboarding.

Traction kite: There is a wide variety of traction kites, with either two lines or four. Some kites have inflatable bladders and float so they can be re-launched from the water; however, this detracts from their aerodynamic efficiency. Experienced kiteboarders will find they get better performance from ram-air kites.

Kiteboard control bar or boom: The kiteboard control bar or boom refers to the handles by which you keep hold of the kite. This system is used for both 2- and 4-line kites. Kites with 4 lines are generally more maneuverable, and don’t tend to tangle as you might suspect. If you have experience windsurfing or wakeboarding, you’ll probably use a boom.

Kiteboard harness: The kiteboard harness distributes the pull through your whole body rather than just your arms.

Kite surfing flying lines: Kite surfing flying lines are almost always made of Spectra Fiber—a strong thin material. The length of flying line for traction kites is usually 120 feet, however, all kites have a recommended length; make sure that the length of the lines is equal.

Kite surfboard: Be sure to find a kite surfboard designed for kiteboarding. Large kiteboards are for coasting in gentle wind, while small boards are for quick maneuvers and tricks. Size varies according to your skill, weight, and conditions. You should be attached to your board with a long, standard leash.

Get Essential Surfing Apparel & Accessories

While the wetsuit is the most common surfing sport accessory, you might take into consideration some other items for increasing your comfort and enjoyment while surfing.

Some popular choices for wetsuits, apparel, and other surfing accessories include Quiksilver, O'Neill, Billabong, Jetpilot, Rip Curl, Body Glove, Roxy, and Hurley.

No matter what your watersport, you’ll need a wetsuit to keep you warm and help you float. Look for a suit designed specifically for your sport.

Choose a wetsuit thickness that’s appropriate for the water temperature. A 3/2 wetsuit is 3mm thick in the chest and 2mm in the arms and legs. A 4/3 wetsuit is recommended for those who are likely to get cold.

There are a few different styles to choose from when purchasing a wetsuit.

Shorty wetsuit: A shorty wetsuit has short sleeves and short legs. It’s made of 2 mm neoprene and is most comfortable when the water is warmer than 70°F.

Three-quarter-length/springsuit: Three-quarter-length/springsuits are made of 3/2mm neoprene and are recommended for water temperatures of 65-75°F. It either has short arms or short legs.

Full wet suit: If the water temperature is below 65°F, full wet suits are in order. These suits come in 4/3 and 5/3. For temperatures under 60°F, you’ll want a 5/3 suit. The thicker a wetsuit, the less flexible it is.
Surfboard covers

A surfboard cover or bag will help keep your surfboard in good shape. It’s a good investment if your board is new or in good condition when you buy it. Covers that offer more protection are usually higher priced.
Personal flotation devices

A personal flotation device (PFD) is required in some states. It can be beneficial because it keeps you warmer, protects your body, and makes it easier for you to float upright.
Booties and gloves

Whether you wear surfing booties or not is a matter of personal preference. However, footwear is a good way to protect your feet from abrasions and scrapes. Gloves will also protect your hands, while providing additional traction for grabbing your board or sail. In colder waters, both will help you stay warm.
Sun protection

A good sunscreen, especially a waterproof one like Bull Frog, is recommended, since harmful UV rays are reflected off the water on both sunny and overcast days.

Find Surfing Equipment on eBay

Once you know what type of surfboard you want, go to the Sporting Goods portal, click Surfing, Wind Surfing, and start searching for item listings on eBay.

Categories: The Categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Accessories, Apparel, Body boards, Kitesurfing, Magazines, Surfboards, and more. As you dig deeper into the site you'll also be able to narrow down your choice by brand.

Keyword search: Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find kiteboards, type "kiteboard" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Tips page for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, shop eBay Stores, tell the eBay Community what you want by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a match becomes available.

Buy Surfboards, Bodyboards & Windsurfing Gear With Confidence

Before making your purchase, make sure you know exactly what you're buying, research your seller, and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.
Know your purchase

Carefully read the details in item listings.

Figure delivery costs into your final price. If you spend a lot of money, make sure the seller will insure the item when it ships.

If you want more information, ask by clicking the "Ask seller a question" link under the seller's profile.

Always make sure to complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy It Now, or Best Offer). Transactions conducted outside of eBay are not covered by eBay protection programs.

Never pay for your eBay item using instant cash wire transfer services through Western Union or MoneyGram. These payment methods are unsafe when paying someone you do not know.
Know your seller

Research your seller so you feel positive and secure about every transaction.

What is the seller's Feedback rating? How many transactions have they completed? What percentage of positive responses do they have?

What do buyers say in their Feedback? Did the seller receive praise?

Most top eBay sellers operate like retail stores and have return policies. Do they offer a money-back guarantee? What are the terms and conditions?

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