Apr 27, 2010
Words by Kurosh Kiani
Maui has been rocking. A bit fewer good wave days for me, but lots of slalom sailing. We had a long period with nuking conditions so I put the Magnum62 to the test. With 5,5 and 6,2 I sailed the board in absolutely windy conditions and proofed that this board can take a lot of wind considering its size. And when it comes to jibing, it has for sure made me a better jiber as now I really have a good carving drive in my turns and come out with good power. On the Magnum62 I have used fins from 32-37.
Something that you feel instantly when going on these boards is the very light weight. It is fantastic.
I have also spent lots of time on the Magnum72 with sails from 7,0-8,6. This board is the perfect all-round board. It can take lot of sail sizes and just keeps working even with a fully powered up 7,0. This board is definitely my favorite jibing board as I have instant power coming out of the jibes which means I rarely stop in those turns. Even with my 8,6 I find stability on this board which supports me and the sail very nicely. For any guys looking to have a one board quiver, this is definitely the board to go for. For this board I have been on fins from 38-42cm.
The last few days I have put the Magnum82 to the test as well, and all I can say is that this board is a machine. I am surprised how much speed you can get out of a big board. Speedy comfort are the first words that pop into my mind when I think of this board. With the same jibing abilities as the other boards, this board is going to be a powerful weapon out there on the course. Just push it harder and it will take you faster guaranteed. This board is going to eat up the other boards out there. Definitely its shark look worthy. The Magnum82 takes fins from 46-54 whether it is a carbon or a G10 fin. Love this board.
It is not just about speeding over here in Maui. I really try to focus on getting those jibes in as well. I have buoys on the water every time and try to get some racing situations going on. Luckily there are lots of guys here willing to race, so I feel lucky being able to have this set-up.
The forecast still looks good, so there are loads of time left to spend on the water. I am still psyched to do more sailing over here before heading back home to Denmark, where there will be a big change of scenery as i will be sailing in lighter winds and probably in the lakes as well. Not a bad pre season training program I would say.
Aloha from Maui,