Friday, November 13, 2009

Why buy a carbon boom?

Simply because an aluminum boom feels broken right out of the box. I found a great little video that demonstrates what I mean. It's no wonder why those things don't last like a carbon one. Thanks to Brian S. for putting it up on Vimeo.

Windsurfing with an Aluminum Boom from Brian S on Vimeo.


  1. Ok and what is the problem less fun because of a bit of flexibility in your boom?

    For a freerider like this guy with his gloves cap and sunglasses a perfect match.

  2. The guy with gloves and white hat was the one who made this video so people could physically see the negative effects using an aluminum boom has on a sail. Using an aluminum boom is like driving a car with bad suspension.

    Also if you look over the long term, a carbon boom doesn't cost any more than an aluminum boom. Carbon is more money out of pocket, but it will last 3 times longer than aluminum. I used to go through 2 or 3 aluminum booms a year. When I switched to carbon, they lasted me about 3 years and I sail much harder and more often than most people. My durability of the carbon booms not only made up the difference in price the first year, but ended up being much, much cheaper for me in the long run.