The windsurfing boom is a core piece of equipment. Attached to the mast, it is gripped for control of the sail. The windsurfing boom is also useful for performing a waterstart when the sail falls over in the water.
The part of the boom which is attached to the mast is called the inhaul and the part attached to the sail is called the outhaul.
Windsurfing booms are made of one of two main types: aluminum and carbon fiber.
Carbon over Aluminum
Arguably, you should always buy carbon windsurfing booms since they are superior. This is because windsurfing booms made with carbon fibers have the following advantages:
- Less likely to bend due to its stronger construction.
- Much lighter than aluminum booms.
- More responsive to your control.
- Easier to transport due to its lighter weight.
Carbon windsurfing booms are more expensive, but look at it this way: these booms will last you much longer so the initial high cost would be worth it in the long run.
What are the best windsurfing booms?
Windsurfing booms are often sold used online and they are a good piece of equipment you can find at a discounted rate. My two suggestions would be the Maui Sails carbon booms or Chinook booms, like the RDG Carbon Boom or the Pro 1 Carbon Boom. The Aeron V-Grip is a good option if you are looking for something cheaper.
Adjusting Your Boom Height
Adjusting the height of your windsurfing boom gives you more power and control on the water. However, it might be difficult to know how to adjust this variable. Essentially, one should remember these basic rules:
- The boom needs to be adjusted relative to the board.
- The boom should be located between your mouth and the lower part of your chest when standing.
- A boom which is lower in height gives you more control, whereas a higher boom gives more power. For example, when the winds are weak, you want more power so raise the boom. When winds are strong, lower the boom and elongate your harness.
- The basic rule is: If you need time to recover and regain your footing, lower the boom; if you want to make more use of the lighter winds, raise your boom.
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