jmojo wrote at 2015-02-07 00:39:36
I recently bought an Exocet Windsup 11' 8" and really like it. You mentioned the Kona Step One. They are similar volume and weight but the Windsup is wider. Windsup has a lighter bamboo version for more $$. I read about the Exoceton several message boards before I bought it. People and reviewers seemed to love it. It has the footstrap option, and stepped tail. None of these hybrids paddle great. Can't have everything. However, I paddle it around and put my kid on the front and get good exercise. Not winning any races. For beginner windsurfers, it's good too - stable, big. It will go onto a plane easily too. The Kona One is almost 40 lbs (15.6kg). Step One is heavy too. Exocet Windsup is significantly lighter. The other one to consider is the BIC Ace-Tec Wind. It was the cheapest when I was shopping. No footstraps or stepped tail. I was interested in cruising around in light winds, but still planing when possible. SUPing was an extra bonus. Starboard as so many Wind SUPS, but it is confusing.
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