Feb 8, 2010
Are you especially athletic or have you already caught the "windsurfing stoke" and want to hit the water as much as possible?
If so you may be able to get away with a slightly more challenging model of board than the "occasional windsurfer" needs. It is important that you don't go too crazy because if you get a board that is too small then you will hate this sport in no time flat!
All of the following boards ranges exhibit:
- high volume and wide models are available so pick one that suits your weight
- they are a little more difficult to sail in light wind but have decent planing capabilities to take you all the way up into the footstraps and jibing
- all are available in a durable construction (trust me... you are going to beat the $#i+ out of this board as you learn!)
2010 Intermediate Boards:
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Bic Techno 293 One-design
Length:293cm, Width:79cm, Vol:205-l
What helped the Techno 293 OD become such a successful Class Racing board was its general performance and easy control. With a high volume and moderate outline, the Techno 293 OD provides a stable platform for learning to windsurf. A daggerboard provides directional stability and makes sailing upwind a breeze. In light winds, the near 3 m length helps the board really glide through the water, making windsurfing an exciting option in sub-planing conditions. Once the wind gets up, the concave hull helps boost the board onto the plane making for great funboard sailing. Its lightweight and solid construction ensure that the performance and durability remain even after intensive use.
Competition aside, the Techno 293 OD is ideal for learning and leisure funboarding. This versatility enables clubs to reduce their overheads and equipment costs by having just one board model from learning right through to racing. With high quality fittings it really is a reliable, high performance board, comfortable in all water conditions.
An ISAF International Class board for under 17s and under 15s, the Techno 293 OD has undergone an explosion of interest in the last two years. No less than 200 young windsurfers were on the start line for latest world championships. Many countries have adopted the board as their chosen tool for bringing on young riders. The Techno 293 has rapidly become the biggest fleet in world windsurfing.
For all the latest information and news, competition results etc. visit www.techno293.org.
Bic Core 293D, 160D, 148 and 133
The Core series is aimed at windsurfers looking for good value at a good price. They come with a fun guarantee, backed up by years of windsurf experience. These boards have proven their worth in all sorts of conditions and their versatility has been well noted in all the magazine tests. Made from Thermoformed Glass Composite, they've got great stiffness and even better resistance to knocks. The fittings have likewise been selected for their excellent value for money.
Core 293D: (Length:293cm, Width:79cm, Vol:205-l)
Big volume and a daggerboard for extra stability, the Core 293 D is the ideal board for complete beginners in all conditions. In stronger winds it’s a great funboard, for learning to plane, jibe and use thefootstraps.
Core 160D: (Length:255cm, Width:82cm, Vol:160-l)
Great fun, very fast up to planing and strong in light winds, the Core 160 is the perfect board for all sizes and levels of windsurfer looking to progress to a more sporty riding style. It now has a daggerboard.
Core 148: (Length:264cm, Width:75cm, Vol:148-l)
It’s the ideal choice for riders looking to buy their first board that will enable them to improve their speed, their jibing, and have fun in light to moderate winds. Strong and excellent value-for-money, it’s become a benchmark freeride board.
Core 133: (Length:250cm, Width:70cm, Vol:133-l)
On a Core 133, you can go very fast, very easily, in all kinds of conditions, and experience the real thrill board riding. Helps you raise your level of medium to strong wind funboarding. So versatile that it could easily become the only freeride board in your quiver.
Exocet Nano 125 and 155
Take the fast track to advanced windsurfing. The Nano copes effortlessly with all conditions, and is the ideal planing platform for progression. Early planing, stability and superb maneuverability equals the expressway to success.
125 - Length:250cm, Width:67cm, Vol:125-l
155 - Length:255cm, Width:77cm, Vol:155-l
FEATURES: thin rails for ultimate maneuverability; super comfortable footstraps, doom deck shape for planning efficiency; ASA Construction for maximum durability at minimum cost
Fanatic Shark 100, 115, 125, 135, 150 and 165
165: Length:255cm, Width:83cm, Vol:165-l
150: Length:250cm, Width:78cm, Vol:150-l
135: Length:245cm, Width:73cm, Vol:135-l
125: Length:249cm, Width:69cm, Vol:125-l
115: Length:247cm, Width:66cm, Vol:115-l
100: Length:245cm, Width:63cm, Vol:100-l
To streamline the range we morphed the high-performance Freeride Eagle line into our cutting-edge pack of Sharks. The Shark’s finely CAD-tuned scoop rocker lines deliver performance and comfort. The compact and balanced outline, with wider center and narrower tail shapes supported by our CAD Logical Volume Flow, guarantees control and comfort in any conditions. Smooth rails carve through chop like powder for satisfying jibing sensations, and a clean Power-V bottom shape ensures swift water release for outstanding speed and turnability.
The three smallest sizes 100, 115 and 125 descend from the Eagle. These three global test-winners now feature high-resistance ‘Shark-Skin’. All sizes are available in unbeatable value High Resistance Skin (HRS) that’s perfect for everyday use. The larger 135 and 150 are also offered in the new, improved Carbon Sandwich LTD Edition, with light finish and a G10 fin.
- Much shorter and wider compact outlines
- Reduced area 80° pintail for less drag, improved speed and turning control
- Fuller front rails for a forgiving ride and smooth jibing. Thinner rails in the tail for tight turns and grip
- Higher rocker for amplified control
- Increased V for release and carving ability
- Increased double concave for cutting through the chop on max power
- Domed deck for comfort and ultimate footsteering feel
JP Fun Ride 100, 110, 120, 130, 145 and 160
160 - Length:259cm, Width:80cm, Vol:160-l
145 - Length:258cm, Width:76cm, Vol:145-l
130 - Length:255cm, Width:72cm, Vol:130-l
120 - Length:254cm, Width:69cm, Vol:120-l
110 - Length:252cm, Width:67cm, Vol:110-l
100 - Length:250cm, Width:64cm, Vol:100-l
The ultimate easy going freeride boards based on the X-Cite Ride shape concept with additional control and easy jibing.
They fulfill what their name promises - no other boards are so easy to control while going fast and in jibes. They never get out of control even in overpowered conditions.
Perfect, easy jibing boards which stay on a plane through any jibe. They work great for fast carving jibes as well as for basic beginner jibes.
They begin to accelerate very early and when up to speed they are effortless to sail and reach very good speed requiring minimal input from the rider.
Long enough as length makes the boards very forgiving.
Rocker line shaped for a loose feel and super comfortable ride, even in rough and choppy conditions. Short wetted surface for high speed gives the impression of riding a much smaller board.
Constant volume distribution gets the board planing without an active sailing style. The Fun Rides can be used with a huge range of different sail sizes.
Many strap positions offer the ideal trim for pleasant and relaxed sailing suited for short board beginners through to advanced riders.
Comfortably domed deck for a relaxed stance. Further outboard strap position and ergonomic rails to transfer the sail power into speed.
The pintail combined with thin rails provide great maneuverability. They turn easily and the radius can be changed at any time during high speed carving maneuvers.
EPOXY SANDWICH TECHNOLOGY Normal Finish.
SUMMARY: Fun boards made for short board beginners and advanced freeriders who look for boards which demand very little input and offer great fun. They almost sail themselves. They plane early and easily reach top speed but always stay comfortable even in really choppy conditions. The best Easy Jibers.
Naish Kailua 120, 140, 160, 180, 230 and XR
The new extended Kailua line sets the standard for modern beginner boards, stable, durable, and easy to handle, the Kailua range is also hard to outgrow. This ultimate school board range is both the ideal choice for beginner level sailors of all weights and an excellent introduction to the world of planing. The classic Kailua 230 (pictured far left) and 180 have retractable daggerboards to facilitate sailing at it's most basic level. The Kailua 160 and 140 (pictured immediate left) feature a short twin fin setup that adds stability and maneuverability, letting intermediate sailors experience planing without the more demanding feel of a big single fin. The Kailua Jr. 120 extends the same versatility to kids boards, taking junior sailors from their first steps on a windsurfer to riding in footstraps and harness. The all new Kailua XR combines the wide Kailua concept with a longer outline for classic gliding performance. This makes it the industries foremost modern beginner board, and a fun alternative for any sailor in lightwind spots.
Kailua 120 - Length:234, Width:69, Vol:120
Kailua 140 - Length:254, Width:77, Vol:140
Kailua 160 - Length:267, Width:79, Vol:160
Kailua 180 - Length:278, Width:85, Vol:180
Kailua 230 - Length:278, Width:100, Vol:230
Kailua XR - Length:319, Width:89, Vol:XR
Naish Freewide 120, 130, 140 and160
160 - Length:267cm, Width:79cm, Vol:160-l
140 - Length:254cm, Width:77cm, Vol:140-l
130 - Length:253cm, Width:73cm, Vol:130-l
120 - Length:249cm, Width:69cm, Vol:120-l
The Freewide combines an easygoing, stable ride with effortless planing, making it the ultimate light wind machine for riders of all levels. This early planing shape features decreased rail volume to let the board glide smoothly through the lulls. Tail wingers and cut outs provide maximum control even in windy conditions. The reduced tail area behind the footstraps combined with a slight tail kick rockerline makes the Freewide jibe with little effort like a much smaller board. For light wind areas, the early planing Naish Freewide is the difference between a great day on the water and wishing you stayed home.
RRD Evolution 360 S, M and L
L - Length:259cm, Width:81cm, Vol:158-l
M - Length:257cm, Width:76cm, Vol:148-l
S - Length:255cm, Width:71cm, Vol:138-l
The balanced mix between floatation and performance makes the 360 Duratech line a perfect board to progress in your gybes and even allows you basic freestyle manoeuvres potential!
Two completely new shapes for perfect early planning needs. They both have the same character of easy to approach shapes; balanced thanks to the generous volume distribution packed inside and relatively short outline and wide middle point. The perfect shapes to improve the level of sailing after the school. A complete rail to rail V hull configuration allow the board to be ready to be jibed even at high speed and also increase the ease of control when the wind picks up.
Starboard Go 111, 122, 133, 144, 155 and 175
In 2010, the Go boards share the same original formula and the same features that have made it so successful over a decade ago: a full EVA deck for comfort, multiple insert positions for beginners, intermediates and experts and carry handles in wider boards for convenient handling.
Go 175 - Length:253cm, Width:91cm, Vol:-l
Go 155 - Length:249cm, Width:85cm, Vol:155-l
Go 144 - Length:246cm, Width:79cm, Vol:144-l
Go 133 - Length:247cm, Width:77cm, Vol:133-l
Go 122 - Length:242cm, Width:72cm, Vol:122-l
Go 111 - Length:240cm, Width:68cm, Vol:111-l
GO 175, 155: the GO boards with the most stability. These two models include footstrap positions for entry level and are supplied with an additional Shallow fin to help beach starting in shallow waters. For advanced windsurfers, with footstraps set in the advanced positions and fitted with their racing fins, these two boards are also the most powerful GO boards delivering some serious performance.
GO 144, 133: the perfect blend between stability and more maneuverability. The 144 and 133 remain wide and stable enough for more confident, progressing windsurfers, but also offer a more exciting ride, more maneuverability and more control in higher winds. Three footstrap positions are available: intermediate, advanced and expert.
GO 122, 111: these are more performance orientated freeride machines. They are fast and fun, with a wide wind range, early planing performance and class leading stability. Multiple insert options allow the board to be tuned for easy planing or maximum performance. Three footstrap positions are available on the 122, two options are available on the 111.
Construction: GO boards are made in Tufskin Technology. The outer layer is made from layers of 3-dimensional 400g glass mat wetted out with an expanding epoxy resin system which creates a thick, durable and tough skin. A half-deck 0.6mm thick wood layer covers the deck to improve the board's rigidity and impact resistance.
Ergonomics: All GO boards have plenty of dome in the tail section and footstraps positions available inboard: this offers full comfort and maximum accessibility in any strap setting.
Deep deck concaves (GO 111, 122, 133, 144) - the front half of the boards are shallowed-out with a deep deck concave to lower the centre of gravity, offer more control and provide a quicker response to foot steering pressure.
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