Surfing & Windsurfing/Expert Profile


Ask A Question

Expertise

Windsurfing expert. 25+ years windsurfing experience. I can give advice about learning to windsurf, the best places to learn and the best equipment to learn on. I can also offer advice on what equipment to purchase based on your skill level, weight and sailing location. Ask me before you buy. The boards made in the last 5 or 6 years are so much easier to sail and learn on. An advance word of advice: stay away from buying old boards unless you know exactly what you are buying and know that all parts are there. I get so many questions about how to set up old boards that usually end up being broken or missing parts and it is impossible to buy parts for these old boards. Remember, it is impossible to find parts for old boards. Try not to buy a board that is more than 5 or 6 years old. As boards age they begin to absorb water. Once that occurs the board is toast and it happens with a lot of boards over 10 years old. When you ask questions, please let me know what part of the world you are from so I can tailor the advice to your location. DO NOT ASK ME WHERE TO GET PARTS DO NOT ASK ME WHERE TO GET PARTS

Experience in the area

I have been windsurfing for over 25 years.

Education/Credentials

School of hard waves :-)

What do you like about this subject?

The most exhilarating experienc; being swept along by the wind. When you get to the level of experience where you can get your board to plane, it feels kind of like slipping on a bar of soap except you don't fall, you just keep on going, faster and faster.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There is no limit to what one can learn. Every session is a progression forward.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

One of the best forms of exercise. Windsurfing in challenging conditions gives you a much better and prolonged workout than running, aerobics or any other type of exercise and it is much more fun!! It works just about every muscle in your body. Also helps older people maintain their sense of balance.

Average Ratings

Recent Reviews from Users

Read More Comments

    K = Knowledgeability    C = Clarity of Response    P = Politeness
UserDateKCPComments
Bill07/24/15101010The information was helpful. Thank you for .....
Paul08/01/12101010Okay, thanks, good answer, so I'm looking .....
Paul08/01/121010Great! That was a fast response, thanks .....
Alix Bartsch07/29/12101010Very prompt and helpful!
scott 07/07/12101010Thanks Patrick for your response. I appreciate .....

Recent Answers from Patrick Dean

2015-07-24 Mistral Tarifa - Need Parts:

Wow,  I had a Tarifa many many years ago.  Unfortunately parts are extremely scarce.  They come up once in a blue moon on ebay but not available anywhere at all now.  I used to tape the bottom of the board

2015-07-04 updating old mast bases:

Newer equipment is so much easier to sail and progress on.  I strongly recommend getting a lesson or 2 from a local shop or windsurfer on new or near new equipment.  Sailing on older boards (more than

2012-09-08 wayler mast foot:

Send me the photos, I can't remember what the original setup looked like.  I know I did a conversion for it myself many years ago.  You may want to try to detach the bottom expansion mechanism from the

2012-09-07 wayler mast foot:

Wow a Wayler.  That was my first board back in 1982!  I can't believe they are still out there.  You can adapt a chinook base cup kit but the part the gets inserted into the board is the part that cannot

2012-08-01 Beginner board/ Obrien Elite:

It is tough to find the right stuff at a fair price.  I am always on the look out for good used equipment as I cannot afford new stuff.  I just keep looking.  You should be looking for a board in the 150

 

Ask A Question

Surfing & Windsurfing

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.