Broken Neilpryde X6 mast

by Maarten on July 30, 2008

There were really good windsurfing conditions on November 21 st.  I was windsurfing at Muiderzand, the Netherlands. The wind was blowing with 22 knots. Unfortunately I was forced to swim back to the beach because my brand new Neilpryde X6 mast broke. After 30 minutes I was back on land again. Luckily I was wearing my winter steamer because it was very cold!

Last Saturday I returned the mast to the windsurfing shop. They couldn’t tell me if I would get a new mast. Probably this is just a warranty case otherwise I will be pissed. My mast broke low in the base. If your mast breaks at boom height people will think you put on the boom to tight. But that is not possible in my case…let’s see what happens.

Update: After a few weeks I received a brand new base without any costs.


remi April 28, 2012 at 4:28 am

I’ve encountered exactly the same, with a brand new X6 (2009) also !
The mast broke below the boom during normal sailing .. no crash !
only i washed up on the rocks at El Medano (Tenerife) after drifting in the Atlantic for 45min….

Maarten April 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

Nobody saw that you were in trouble?

Broken material and injuries are my biggest worries when I go far outside. Always good to have a friend sailing with you.

kb July 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

“constantly broken masts” is what the guy from the surshop just predicted to me, using an 2012 Neilpryde RS:Slalom 8,6. Were you guys using as well a RS:Slalom?

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