I am in Springfield and am an active windsurfer. I went out over 20 times this summer. I am also a member of the Decatur Yacht Club and Springfield Motorboat club. I have been sailing and windsurfing since the 80's but am what I would consider a veteran beginner. I have numerous vintage longboard rigs and I will be selling a couple this spring. Maybe we can get together next summer in Springfield or Decatur and I can help you get started. Did you buy a rig yet?