In the early days of windsurfing, the issue of selecting the right mast was practically non-existent. Sails were simple and masts quite universal. Although they were one-piece, heavy and less advanced in construction, nobody cared about their characteristics or technical details. They just simply worked, regardless of the brand. Today, when we have incredibly high-tech rigs, mast and sail must be a perfect fit together. Therefore, choosing the right mast for a sail is one of the most important stages of completing our own equipment. You can buy even the best and most expensive sail, but with poorly chosen mast it will perform less well than half cheaper, but good chosen set. Here is some information useful for understanding the world of windsurfing masts!
Even if finding the right boom is less complicated than choosing a good mast, sail or fin, when you are on a mission to get the best performances from your rig and maximum comfort, it is useful to know some theory behind it. Four elements that you should think of are: construction, shape, ergonomics and specifications.