Exocet Sting 124

Apr 28, 2010

Exocet Sting 124
V: 124 L: 247 W: 73

The ride: The Sting is smooth and stable and provides enough speed to keep things interesting for all riders. With the mast base well forward in the track the wide nose and tail gets it planing with little fuss and allows it to carry bigger sails than 124 litres normally will. Credit Exocet’s DDSA recessed heel pads for some of the smoothness as they dampen the ride and give you confidence to keep sheeting in across steep chop. The Sting also makes the most of its high-quality stock fin, as it gives the board better reaction to subtle trim work that maximizes its speed. The footstraps are well positioned to make trimming feel natural and this board only gets faster the more familiar you get with it. This strap position is a little wide for those learning to get into them, and the technique of trimming the board, which brings it life, is not something a first-time footstrapper will pick up on right away.

The jibe: The Sting is the easiest freeride board to turn off the tail without loosing speed. This makes it the least technical to jibe and can immediately increase your completion percentage. The board doesn’t react well to getting your weight forward, so after a few turns you find yourself enjoying its more laid-back style of easy jibe. The downside to this ease and comfort is that you are at the mercy of the board when it comes to tightening the radius of your turn.

The forte: The Sting works out exactly as Exocet hoped it would. It’s a hassle-free ride for any level of recreational windsurfer and offers a reasonable amount of speed and easy jibing.


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