In this second part of our ‘The Importance Of’ series we look at windsurfing booms with Victor Fernandez. Check out part one where we checked in with Francisco Goya to find out what is so important about windsurf boards. You can read PART ONE HERE.
Windsurfing booms are perhaps one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment on the market, very little in terms of testing has been done on them and yet they play a crucial role in connecting us to our sail. A scientific study undertaken by yours truly a few years ago revealed much of the myth behind windsurfing booms was indeed scientifically correct, for example a thicker boom (32mm) gives us a wider grip with our fingers and thus causes the onset of fatigue much earlier than a thinner boom of 28mm or less. Further to this if you have a thicker boom combined with full fingered gloves the rate of fatigue is staggeringly higher than wearing palmless mits or no gloves at all.
With two main types of boom on the market the choices are perhaps a little limited. On the one side we have the cheap multi-purpose aluminium boom and on the other we have the full blown carbon boom, normally 100% carbon (but not always), the carbon boom is by far the superior but the big question is, are they all they are cracked up to be? We caught up with PWA Superstar Victor Fernandez for his top 5 reasons why the carbon boom is better.