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LEVEL 2 - Are you an "Occasional" windsurfer?

Feb 5, 2010

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We don't mean any offense calling you an "occasional" windsurfer... it is actually the reality under which most of us live. If you actually get out to windsurf far fewer times a season than you'd like, but this is the TRUTH, than you will progress faster (and get hooked sooner) with one of the following boards.

Most of these boards exhibit the following traits:

  • double as beginner boards
  • they are wide and stable
  • many have a dagger board for added stability and better upwind sailing ability
  • all have some planing potential to take you to the next level... eventually!


2010 Performance Beginner Boards:

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Bic Techno 293

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.

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Bic Nova 165

Bic Nova 165, 170D and 210D

On a Nova, windsurfing is like child’s play ! These boards have been developed specifically for learning to windsurf and progressing. With their comfortable volumes and wide deck area, these are great boards for making your first runs and starting to have fun from day 1. The deck is covered in EVA foam for extra grip and comfort. Nova boards have a retractable dagger board (with the exception of the Nova 165), plus multiple footstrap positions, making them suitable for all levels of rider to enjoy strong wind conditions and start getting into funboard and jibing. Their relatively short length means they’re highly manoeuvrable, but still have great speed when the wind fills in and they start planing, giving you the excitement of full-on funboarding !

Nova 165: (Length:255, Width:82cm, Vol:165-l)

The Nova 165 is THE board you can learn on but also progress the furthest. Similar exceptional speed up to planing as the Techno 160, light as a feather and great for jibing. A single centre fin helps you progress from the daggerboard stage. A great board for all the family, one that all skill levels can enjoy.

Nova 170D: (Length:239, Width:90cm, Vol:170-l)

Stable and easy to ride, fitted with a dagger board, the Nova 170 D was designed for learning and progressing. Its short shape makes it simple to carve and jibe, even in light winds. When it gets properly up to planing, its compact design makes it an exciting funboard ride.

Nova 210D: (Length:265, Width:95cm, Vol:210-l)

The 210 D is destined for heavier riders and for schools who want stable, big volume boards. Fitted with a retractable dagger board. This board is also great for progressing, thanks to its relatively short length and footstrap position options. There’s not a better board for learning to windsurf!

Exocet Cruiser

Exocet Cruiser KJ, Kids, M, L and Match

The Cruiser concept is probably the most innovative boards ever offered. All carefully designed for the recreational market with soft, comfortable full EVA deckds and easy integrated transportation systems. (patented buit-in wheel). The Cruiser L & M are equipped with retracting daggerboards, and the smaller Cruiser Kids comes with a removable centerboard. Simply the ultimate kid's board.

Bridging the gap between wide and learning platforms and progressive short or longboards, makes the Match a reference of its own. The board is extremely stable, quick on the plane and jibes with ease thanks to the soft rounded off rails. With excellent speed and maneuverability, it is also a very competitive racing board with its related hybrid all-around performance.

KJ - Length:215cm, Width:70cm, Vol:100-l

Kids - Length:243cm, Width:69cm, Vol:118-l

M - Length:250cm, Width:90cm, Vol:175-l

L - Length:252cm, Width:100cm, Vol:205-l

Match - Length:300cm, Width:80cm, Vol:220-l


Full EVA deck pad, front handle, thick nose protection, integrated wheel, Allgaier daggerboard, back handle



Fanatic Viper

Fanatic Viper 70, 75, 80 and 85

At Fanatic we’re lucky to have a vast network of windsurfing schools to consult. This vital high feedback on beginner and family board demands helps us fast track your journey to a lifetime of windsurfing pleasure. Bucking the trend for short and wide boards, our advisors have heavily influenced the Vipers’ mix of modern concepts and proven shapes. Thinner outline and finely tuned CAD stretched power rocker curves guarantee a long waterline - essential for stealthy sub-planing performance and joyous first-time planing experiences. A daggerboard system vastly increases light air motion, and upwind pointing while adding crucial stability when cruising.

With plenty of footstrap positions to choose from and the help of our tuning kit, the Viper switches to an exciting Funboard for more advanced riders. A custom foam insert seals-off the deck and underside. Add a 50cm Freeride GFK fin and in seconds you’re ready to fly. Available in four sizes, 70, 75, 80 and 85cm wide all featuring High Resistance Skin (HRS) and Softdeck construction

Viper 70 - Length:270, Width:70cm, Vol:150-l)

Viper 75 - Length:275, Width:75cm, Vol:160-l)

Viper 80 - Length:280, Width:80cm, Vol:190-l)

Viper 85 - Length:285, Width:85cm, Vol:220-l)

KEY DEVELOPMENTS: Straight outline shape concept - for better upwind tracking and rig steering; Smart volume flow for maximum sub planing glide; Fully removable daggerboard - essential for beginners, wider wind range and stability; Softdeck - thermo-heated surface for higher surface durability over total deck surface; Great allround performance for Freeride sailing; Easy nose handle for carrying and stabilising; Optional tuning kit conversion

The Fanatic Ride rig is perfect for all Windsurfers who want to keep it simple. Delivered complete with all components in a handy bag and for a very competitive price opening up a new world of fun and freedom!

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JP-Australia Funster

JP Funster 145, 160, 180 and 205

The Funsters combine the performance of a freerider with the easy handling of a beginner board. They are excellent beginner and family boards. But advanced riders will also have fun on them.

All the Funsters have comfortable EVA decks and many footstrap plug options. This allows you to slowly move from an easy cruising setup, to a blasting stance out on the board’s rail. They all come with indestructible, detachable glasfibre noseprotectors.

The 205 and 180 are perfect beginner boards. Within only a few hours everybody will be sailing back and forth, and will quickly reach the thrill of planing.

The 145 and 160 have a wide range of use: From beginner boards for kids and light-weights to sporty cruisers for more advanced riders.

Funster 145 - Length:258 , Width:75 , Vol:145

Funster 165 - Length:258 , Width:80 , Vol:165

Funster 180 - Length:258 , Width:91 , Vol:180

Funster 205 - Length:260 , Width:101 , Vol:205


Short and wide, not just in the middle but also in the nose and tail, along with an even volume distribution makes them stable along the length and width axis. This gives the rider confidence and helps to quickly.

            Flat bottom curve gives a long water line for good non-planing speed and upwind performance.

            Simple and proven dagger board system for stability and easy going upwind.

            Mast track is centered and very close to the dagger board, making the board react quickly to rig and foot steering.

ASA SANDWICH TECHNOLOGY with full EVA deck, nose protector and carrying handles


For beginners to advanced freeriders; Fun from the moment you step on; Planing in very light winds; Ultimate ease; Very stable; Easy tracking in non-planing conditions; Effortless rig and foot steering; Easy to learn footstrap technique; Perfect to experience the real fun in windsurfing; planing–as fast as possible; Great family boards!

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Kona One

Kona One

Length:350cm, Width:70cm, Vol:220-l

The instant success of this first and very unique breed of the new longboard generation speaks for itself; since it was introduced, the Kona One has gone from a concept to a recognized direction in the windsurfing world. Due to its unique versatility and user-friendliness, it has grown to be a serious one-design racing class in record time.

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Naish Kailua  

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

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RRD 360 Evolution  

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.

RRD Easyride

RRD Easyride S, M and L

S - Length:260cm, Width:80cm, Vol:166-l

M - Length:260cm, Width:85cm, Vol:180-l

L - Length:270cm, Width:100cm, Vol:220-l

The new Easy Ride boards 2010 represent the perfect set to equip any school and center around the world. 3 perfectly matching shapes proportionally conceived in order to correspond to the different weights and sailors level.

All the Easyride give you the right feeling of security through staibility and soft touch under your feet. The short length and the wide ouline allow to use a small sail to stir the board wherever you want even after 10 minutes of riding. They are a result of a long research and development process in making windsurfing easy for everyone!

Technology: EPS/HD Glass/Wood sandwich skin on stepping area with a combination of Glass fibres laminated in Single Shot moulding process. Deck covered with Softskin™.


Starboard Go

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.


Starboard Rio


Starboard Rio S, M and L

S - Length:269, Width:76, Vol:175

M - Length:275, Width:81, Vol:195

L - Length:290, Width:85, Vol:215

Bridging the gap between planing boards and lightwind longboards, blurring the line between stable entry level boards and progressive freeride boards, the Rio is the board that covers the widest scope of users in all wind conditions: windsurfing for everyone, every time and everywhere.

Its long and wide shape provides plenty of stability for even the most nervous beginners, and also a fast, smooth glide in light winds. For advanced riders, the longer, narrower shape combined with the inboard heel-recesses and a soft daggerboard allows the board to power upwind off the leeward rail.

As the wind speed increases, the Rio's unique wide tail derived from Formula racing boards provides the early planing, the high speeds and the high performance racing fun that have made it a best seller in the all-wind windsurfing category.

The Rio's unique features:

•Contour Deck: makes it easy for everyone to progress into the straps, and easy to rail upwind for advanced windsurfers.

•Clipperbox daggerboard: the easiest and most functional daggerboard system. The clip system makes it smooth and easy to operate. Totally sand-proof, strong and reliable

•Rigid rubber lips: back-plated with L-shaped plastic strips, this unique system prevents any water from gushing through the daggerboard case when the daggerboard is retracted: easier to plane, and faster planing speeds.

•A wide and long shape, with a wide tail: stable at slow speeds, fast to glide and transitions smoothly from non-planing to planing.

•57cm soft-flex daggerboard: generates powerful lift, providing high performance upwind ability, speed and racing fun.

The standard Rio with its full EVA deck remains the same as the 2009 model. For 2010, two new technology options are introduced.

The new Starboard Rio Sport:

The lighter, high performance version of the Rio all-wind windsurf board. With Starboard's exclusive Star Touch deck finish, the EVA deck is replaced with a layer of textured PU clear that gives the deck a smooth, non-abrasive coating that grips when wet. Unlike traditional non-slip coatings, the Star Touch deck won't irritate or cut your skin.

Ideal for windsurfers looking for a lighter first-buy board and windsurfing centres who want a more UV resistant finish than EVA soft deck.

The new Rio ARMOUR TECH:

Built in the World's toughest board construction, the Rio Armour Tech is lighter and even tougher than polypropylene boards.

Starboard Website

Starboard SUPer

Starboard SUPer 12’6”

Length:380cm, Width:77cm, Vol:206-l

The World's first SUP/windsurf boards with a daggerboard system. unlocking the doors to a wonderful World of wind and water.

When stand up paddling, their long, slender shape glides smoothly and catches waves easily with surprising maneuverability. The integrated daggerboard and mast track for windsurfing transforms the kit into a lightwind windsurfer, a maneuverable board for lightwind waveriding and for old-school flat-water freestyling.

With its wide width, it's also a stable platform for progressing windsurfers and for family fun. It’s a true crossover between two sports, inviting all generations.

SUPer 12'6"x 30": The longer and narrower model, for more glide and a faster ride, whether windsurfing or paddling.

SUPer 12'0"x 32": Shorter and wider, for more stability and an easier ride when windsurfing or paddling.



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