Re: beginner equipment - 10'6" o'brien?

I'm gonna recommend against it, but for a different reason...

Second board I ever owned was an O'Brien Elite (is this the same as we're talking about?).

I actually found it very easy to sail (once I recovered from the strain of carrying it from the car to the water ;^) ), but
this turned out to be a problem! I learned a whole lot of bad habits that proved very hard to break when I transitioned to a
"real" board (a Bic Rock). On the Elite I could put my feet almost anywhere and not have a problem - not the case with other
boards. And if you did something wrong with foot pressure or sail position, you had about 15 minutes to figure out there was
a problem while the board reacted - again not the case with most other boards.

Just my 2 cents of course...

Eric Law

"Derek" <dkosnak@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:1128456553.261813.203300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Got a question for all of you who have tried to teach someone to
> windsurf. I'm just getting back into the sport after taking some time
> off and bought a 120L Hifly Free. Its a great board for my current
> abilities, but is probably too small to teach my wife on. I'm planning
> on teaching her in the spring and have heard the new equipment is just
> dynamite and so much easier to learn on. So, here's the thing: I have
> an opportunity to pick up an older style 10'6" O'brien. I've tried
> looking up some info on it, but haven't seen anything online - but I'm
> guessing its one of the older, long, skinny (unstable) beginner type
> boards. From your experience, would this be a good start? Or, is the
> new equipment that much better that I shouldn't waste my time and her
> patience on an older board?
> Of course, cost is an extremely important consideration here. I'm
> thinking she could start on the obrien and make the transition to my
> hifly once she has the fundamentals down. Anyways, I appreciate any
> suggestions. Thanks.
> - Derek