You gotta go if you need windsurfing equipment (or need to get rid of some). Kiting and SUP too. Here are the Peconic Puffin's top tips for the Spring Edition of Hampton Watersports' swap meet:
1. If you want to sell it, don't overprice it. Nobody comes to a swap meet willing to pay what something is worth...they're looking for good deals. Figure out a fair price, deduct for all the fun the gear gave you, and let someone else get some more life out of what's already served you.
2. If you're going to buy and have specific needs, get there early...9AM. Every year it seems there's lots of some kinds of gear but very little of something else. If you're lucky you'll have lots to pick from. If you're looking for what's rare this year, be there in the morning.
3. If you're not sure what you need or how to evaluate a piece of used equipment, ask the helpers. Even your humble editor will opine away should you ask his assistance (he'll probably just walk up to you and start blabbing.)
4. If you need something and can't find it used, buy it new. The shop usually has sales (and boards too...ha ha) no really there is usually some stuff left over from the previous season available at a discount, and even if you have to just buy something new, remember: Thou Shalt Windsurf.
If you've got questions about the swap, like when it starts (9AM Saturday) where it is (Hampton Watersports, 1688 CR 39 in Southampton, 11968) what the store policy for sellers is (if your gear sells you get 100% value to swap for other used gear, or store credit, or 80% cash) or something that only proprietor Jonathan Ford can tell you (like what the best gear for you would be) give the shop a call at 631-283-9463 (631-283-WIND).