Naish Freewide 130

Apr 28, 2010

Naish Freewide 130
V: 130 L: 253 W: 73

The ride: The Naish Freewide has repeatedly surprised us with performance for both intermediate and advanced riders. It provides a wide, stable platform that accelerates onto a plane in a very controlled manner. This is the perfect board to introduce people to the sensation of planing. The Freewide has inserts for a single inboard back strap but lacks an ideal match in the front, making learning a little harder. The placement of the two sets of outboard strap inserts are both a little on the aggressive side and a progressing sailor will have to be a little more patient before getting dialed in them. For the more advanced rider, the straps feel perfectly placed allowing you to trim the board up to an impressive top speed or simply enjoy the ride. The Freewide is a little heavier than some of the other more expensive board constructions in the test; except for possibly making it plane up a little slower, the Freewide’s extra weight is completely irrelevant once on a plane. Also, your feet will love the super-squishy deck pads and comfy footstraps.

The jibe: Once up to top speed, the Freewide does a rewarding weight forward jibe. For those not ready to commit to this acquired technique of oversheeting, the Freewide’s stability will get you around dry and allowing you to build your skills without frustration. Regardless of technique, you’ll find it easy to keep up speed through the large radius turn. It prefers flatwater, but as your weight starts to move farther forward things get smoother and eventually you’ll find yourself charging regardless of the water texture.

The forte: The Freewide is a stable and easy planing board that will provide plenty of performance rewards as you continue to get your windsurfing dialed.


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