Yup, it sounds like your regular intimate relationship. And though it may not seem like it now, it's going to compete with any other intimate relationships you're thinking of having.
Debate is still hot on whether a threesome is possible. I'm currently doing some research in this area and I'll let you know.
And despite all of this you still want to learn to windsurf. You've looked at kitesurfing and decided it's not for you. Too easy to learn, too flashy, too many chicks ogling you.
Congratulations. Welcome behind the curtain. You're determined, you're tough. That's what it takes, and you've got it in spades. If you don't, I'm afraid you'll have to do a google search for "Jetskis R Us" because I don't have a link.
Bang goes the windsurfing target market, up go the prices.
But all is not lost. Firstly, there is a plethora (collective noun for windsurfing kit) of second hand stuff out there if you can drag it out of someone's rafters. Beware, though. Any board you can't lift, you should not be paying more than R20 for. In fact, the guy should probably be paying you to take it. I'm not saying it's useless.... it's just a supply and demand thing. There is tonnes of this stuff out there (from the 80s) and no-one wants it. When you get good, you're not going to want it either and a 5m 20kg board can't be tucked away under the Welsh dresser.
You can learn on anything. The factors that will vary are:
But an old longboard has the following advantages:
That is option number 1. It will get you to the point where you can uphaul, sail on both reaches, do basic tacks and gybes. Heck, you may even get to do a little harness sailing or footstraps. You can forget jumping, carving lay-down gybes, waterstarts (?) and down-the-line wavesailing, though. For that, you're gonna have to take the next step.
Option 3 would be to buy your target board right away, assuming you have any idea what that would be. You can be sure, though, that if you're planning to sail waves, do forward loops or carve insane gybes, learning on your target board is going to be about the most frustrating thing you have ever ever EVER experienced. So do yourself a favour and beg, borrow, steal a board that is good for learning on.
What have I missed? Oh, Option 2. Option 2 is the windsurfing manufacturers' solution to the problem of learning kit vs blasting kit. The widestyle stuff. Yup, there are boards in between these two. Basically, they have the volume (read flotation, stability) of bigger boards, but are shorter and wider and hence far more maneuverable and similar to your target board. In fact, some of these boards can practically *be* your target board if you're going into the formula / race side of sailing.
The only problem with option 2 is the cost. You may be forced to buy new. Even second hand, this kit is likely to be a lot newer than option 1 and therefore get ready to make a few budget adjustments.
I can't believe I'm rambling on like this. Here is the long and short of it (heh heh):
What you need to start: