I have been windsurfing since 1984 mainly on east coast and chespeake bay. I now live on North Shore of Oahu (have for past 10 years). Done quite a bit of windsurfing here in Hawaii and Maui, although with young kids, have not windsurfed much during last 8 years (A 34 foot sailboat also takes up my time- got that so I could get the whole family out in the ocean).
In the next few years I may have more time and would like to get back into windsurfing.
Or should I get out of windsurfing and go to Kiteboarding?
I really like the windsurfer as I can still get back to shore in 40 knots if need be. With a windsurfer I feel safe. If I need to (and I have needed to), I can paddle the board back to shore from a mile out if my mast breaks.
Although the small equipment package of a kite rig would be nice. I am also getting older, and do not look forward to teaching this old dog new tricks- like kiteboarding. Also, the thing I like about windsurfing is that you can sail in just about any condition- like the Red Bull storm chasers. I guess you can do that with a kite, but is it as safe and as reliable?
Opions are appreciated.