Windsurfing Mast Bases Explained
- Sail Rig
The purpose of the windsurf mast base is to join the windsurf sail rig to the windsurf board. The part is designed to rotate, twist, and bend to allow the sail rig to change positions. The power generated by the sail is transferred to the board through the universal joint.
Common Names for a Windsurf Base
- Windsurf Base
- Mast Base
- Universal Joint
The original windsurf patent refers to this part as a Universal Joint. The first patented windsurf universal joint was designed by Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer.
These are the basic sections of a windsurf base. US Cup Tendon 1-Bolt Base and Europin Tendon 1-Bolt Base used as examples.
Sail Rig Connection Types
The two most common types:
- US Cup
There are some other types but are less common. Gear manufactured in the last 30 years should fall within these two categories.
The US Cup windsurf bases are made by 2 companies: Chinook and Streamlined. The majority of windsurf brands have discontinued production of US Cup bases in favor of the Europin base.
Other names include: Pin, North Pin, and Europin.