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We Compare The Best SUP Windsurfer Rigs

Windsurfing is a thrilling water sport that has captured the hearts of many adventure seekers. However, to enjoy the sport, you need the right equipment, especially the right windsurf rig. A windsurf rig is a combination of a sail, mast, and boom that connects the windsurf gear to the board. There are several brands and types of windsurf rigs available on the market, but in this article, we will compare the Red Paddle Co windsurf rigs to the Starboard Compact windsurf rigs.

Red Paddle Co Windsurf Rigs

2017 red paddle co windsurf rig 4.5m wind sup sailRed Paddle Co is a renowned brand in the paddle board industry, famous for its inflatable stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). However, the brand was founded by former Pro-Windsurfers who are utilising their experience and know-how to produce windsurfing rigs that are of high quality, good value and performance. The Red Paddle Co windsurf rig consists of a sail, mast, boom and mast base which all fit into a 75″ bag making it easy to transport and store.

Sail

The Red Paddle Co windsurf sails that we stock comes in two different sizes, 3.5m and 4.5m, designed to accommodate different wind conditions, rider size and rider abilities. The sails are made of high-quality monofilm material, which is durable and lightweight, and features reinforced ripstop threads to withstand the toughest windsurfing conditions. The sail has a sleek, modern design that provides excellent performance, control, and stability, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced windsurfers. The 4.5m rig includes battens to give the sail better shape and leech tension.

Mast & Mast Base

The Red Paddle Co windsurf mast is a two-piece mast made of high-quality epoxy fiberglass, which is lightweight and durable. At 2 pieces, it breaks down to about 72″ in each section length making it easier to store and transport. The provided mechanical universal joint features a Euro pin connection, and the mast base offers a one length position for downhaul tension, and an easy loop ‘n’ go system to thread the downhaul line.

Boom

The Red Paddle Co windsurf boom is one piece and made of high-quality aircraft-grade aluminum, making it lightweight and durable. The boom features a set length that also provides the loop ‘n’ go system for easy outhaul threading and tensioning.

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Starboard Compact Windsurf Rigs

Starboard SUP Windsurfing Sail Compact Deassembled green water sportsStarboard is another well known brand in the windsurfing industry that produces high-quality windsurfing rigs, among other top quality water sports equipment. The Starboard Compact windsurf rig is designed to be compact and easy to transport and store, making it an ideal choice for travelers and those with limited storage space.

Sail

The Starboard Compact windsurf sail comes in three different sizes, 4.5m, 5.5m, and 6.5m, designed to accommodate different wind conditions and rider abilities. The sail is made of high-quality monofilm material that is lightweight and durable, providing excellent performance and control. The sail features a clean, modern design that provides stability and maneuverability, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced windsurfers.

Mast & Mast Base

The Starboard Compact windsurf mast is a four-piece mast made of high-quality epoxy fiberglass, which is lightweight and durable. The four-piece mast is designed to be compact, making it easy to transport and store. The mechanical universal joint features a Euro pin connection and the mast base offers a range of adjustment options to set and adjust your luff length and downhaul tension.

Boom

The Starboard Compact windsurf boom is made of high-quality aircraft-grade aluminum, making it lightweight and durable. The boom features an adjustable length that can accommodate different sail sizes and rider heights, providing comfort and control while windsurfing. The boom is also designed to be compact, making it easy to transport and store.

Comparison

Both the Red Paddle Co windsurf rigs and Starboard Compact windsurf rigs are high-quality and durable, designed to provide excellent performance and control while windsurfing. However, there are some differences between the two that may influence your choice.

Both the Red Paddle Co Windsurf Rigs and the Starboard Compact Windsurf Rigs have their own unique features and advantages. The Starboard Compact Windsurf Rigs are more durable and adjustable, more compact and easy to transport, while the Red Paddle Co Windsurf Rigs are more lightweight and user/beginner friendly.

In terms of performance, both rigs are suitable for a wide range of wind conditions and offer good control and stability on the water. The Red Paddle Co Windsurf Rigs may be slightly easier to handle, thanks to being light weight, while the Starboard Compact Windsurf Rigs have the advantage of an adjustable outhaul and downhaul design, while also being more durable.

Rig Size and Weight

The Red Paddle Co Rig weighs in at about 18lbs, making it a bit lighter than the Starboard Compact Rig, which weighs at about 20lbs. The more compact Starboard Rigs offer larger sail sizes, making it a better choice for users who want more power and speed, or adjustability.

Rig Assembly and Disassembly

Both the Red Paddle Co Rig and the Starboard Compact Rig are designed to be easy to assemble and disassemble. However, the Starboard Compact Rig is more adjustable and the Rig’s ultra-compact design makes it a bit easier to transport and store, especially if you have limited space.

Compatibility with SUP Boards

Both the Red Paddle Co Rig and the Starboard Compact Rig are designed to be compatible with a wide range of SUP boards.

Performance

When it comes to performance, both the Red Paddle Co Rig and the Starboard Compact Rig offer excellent speed and control. However, the Starboard Rig’s larger sail size options give it a slight edge in terms of power and speed.

Price

The Red Paddle Co Rig is priced lower reflecting its simpler 2 piece mast set up and beginner level focus. The Starboard Compact Rig offers a more feature rich and portable option, with adjustable downhaul and outhaul, with the 4 piece mast and breakdown boom.

Conclusion

Choosing the right SUP windsurfer rig is essential for a fun and enjoyable experience on the water. The Red Paddle Co Rig and the Starboard Compact Rig are two of the best SUP windsurfer rigs on the market, each offering unique features and benefits. Ultimately, the best rig for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

Ultimately, the choice between these two windsurfing rigs will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you value simplicity and ease of set up, the Red Paddle Co Windsurf Rigs may be the better option for you. If you prioritize performance, adjustability, and compact design for easy transport, the Starboard Compact Windsurf Rigs may be the better option.

FAQs

  1. Is SUP windsurfing suitable for beginners?
  • Yes, SUP windsurfing is an excellent option for beginners due to the stability and balance of SUP boards.
  1. What is the most critical component of a SUP windsurfer rig?
  • The sail is the most critical component of a SUP windsurfer rig, as it is responsible for catching the wind and propelling the board forward.
  1. Can either rig be used with other brand SUP boards?
  • Yes, rigs are designed to be compatible with a wide range of SUP boards, including other brands.
  1. How do I choose the right sail size for my SUP windsurfer rig?
  • The right sail size for your SUP windsurfer rig will depend on your height and weight, your skill level, the wind conditions, and your board size. It’s best to consult with a knowledgeable salesperson or instructor to determine the appropriate sail size for your needs. Call us! 1-888-252-4983
  1. Is the Starboard Compact Rig suitable for advanced users?
  • Yes, the Starboard Compact Rig is suitable for advanced users who want a compact rig for travel or limited storage space.

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.