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4Nov/13Off

TEST WAVE-SUPS (120-140 liters)

Most people start supping on 150+ liter boards and as you get more stoked of wavesupping, downsizing is the first step to get the shortboard-feeling and make the next step in your personal sup-development. As we had our trip to Brandon Bay planned, I decided to setup a test-format, just to give all people who are thinking of downsizing some insights. All ‘test-pilots’ are more or less ‘experienced’ suppers who just downsized on their sups, riding their second or third sup after starting the sport.

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Pic by Zuke van Ingen. Location: Coumeenole beach, Slea Head.

Conditions

Our location was Brandon Bay in the southwest of Ireland with a lot of spots within an hour drive. Test-conditions were great, varying from choppy almost impossible to sup double-overhead at Slea Head to glassy waisthigh on Dumps. The biggest thrill we had took place on two spots. Inch Reef, a famous point break that worked wonderfully with rides up to 250m in overhead-waves and on Three Peaks, with the same size waves, three great clean A-frames next to each other.

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Boards

We had 5 boards in our test as we own the board ourselves. We also had some testsups but they were not in our testrange except for the SB Widepoint 8’2″ but as we already have the SB Pocket Rocket we decided to stick to the other boards.  Maybe some experiences on the other sups will follow later or in the comments below. Our boards were; Starboard Pocket Rocket , Hobie 8’11″RAW  , Coreban Vibe 8’0″ , Sailboards Tarifa Solo Wave 8’3″ and a  Naish Hokua 9,5 , follow the links to find the specs on the websites of the different brands. As we’re not a professional testteam, we switched boards, gave it our first opinion and feel, not with the ambition to be as objective as possible but just by describing our first connection with the boards and shout out some one liners. As you can see in the pic below we made remarks on a couple of characteristics we considered to be interesting to you, just to get an image on the feeling of the board. We could add a description of each board but since all those information is provided on the websites above, we just stic to our experiences. All the boards are well-built and carbon is lighter compared to wood, we think monoconcave is  more useful compared to doubleconcave and thin rails grip better than thick rails but hey, it’s about the feeling….

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Stability as its one of the frustrating factors if you just can’t keep your balance and keep falling in. As stability is something you get used to as your body needs time to adapt, the remarks we made are based on our first experience stepping on the board and paddling out. As bigger boards have more Glide, smaller boards need glide to paddle with the wave and  simply catch more waves when you’re not exactly at the right spot.  Speed is something you experience when on the wave, feeling the board accelerate and giving you the feeling of going fast. Maneuverability and Looseness are different characteristics as some of the boards need some power to carve them into any carve you want (like the Hobie) others are loose (Coreban Vibe) but loose some precision in the turns. Tracking is handy when paddling back to the line-up but also when catching waves as  it’s easier to catch a wave making 3 strokes without turning then less. Last of course, does the board make you happy? And just because of that strong feeling, we added Joy and Accesability.

Test results

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Our verdict

SB Pocket Rocket (2 and 1): Nice and easy acces to your first shortsup, stable and easy to catch waves.

Coreban Vibe (Quad): Party board when on the wave, very alive but you have to be on the right spot to catch a wave.

Hobie RAW (Thruster): Get a wide stance and carve snowboardstyle, fast and precise.

ST Solo Wave (Thruster): Easy accessible and very stable, quad-setup would probably make it more loose.

Naish Hokua (2 and 1): Despite its volume of 140l, very alive due to the thin rails and more radical as you would expect.

General conclusions

Our first conclusion is a dilemma; to get the best shortboard-feeling it’s impossible not to make compromises. Our second conclusion is that fin-setup can make a huge difference and you can change the behavior of a board almost completely. So, once you get to know your board with the standardfins in the middle position, get yourself some extra fins as a birthday-present and feel the differences (FCS has some great information on fin-technology on their website). Our last conclusion is more of an advice as we experienced the following: volume is not directly connected to stability. As you get better you’ll probably end up with a board exactly in balance with your bodyweight. The tail of the board will be under water and the board will be less infuenced by sidechop, which is usually the balance-killer. You will be able to use the board not only in superclean conditions but much more often and still have a board that is loose, fast and a joy to ride. With my weight of 88 kg, the final volume will be between 114-120 liters with a width of around 29″-30″ and a length of about 8’5″. In cleaner conditions smaller is possible.

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Mahalo, and enjoy your TOW!

 

 

 

 

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6Jun/13Off

#326 ON SALE NOW

#326 ON SALE NOW

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ICE AGE – PATAGONIAN ADVENTURES


The June 2013 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language magazine is out now! Get ready for summer with inspirational features to get your season rocking – grab your copy by App now or the Print version in the shops soon!


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WHAT’S INSIDE?

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ICE AGE
JC and the ‘Heading South’ movie crew adventure continues as the team score stunning sailing action in front of giant Patagonian glaciers!

 

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Eric Berentsen tells tales of blood, gore and barreling tradewind-fanned waves on a trip with Kevin Pritchard, Keith Teboul, Brawzinho and Bernd Roediger to Micronesia’s Marshall Islands.

 

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CORNISH GROWLERS
The Cornish call a pasty a Growler, but JC and Ross Williams devoured an altogether different flavour of meaty West Country morsel.

 

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TESTED
Our new-look testing program took the latest 140-150L freeride boards and 6.5 no-cam freeride sails into some challenging real world UK conditions.

THE BOARDS LINE-UP
Starboard Carve 141 (Wood), Naish GT Sport 140, RRD Firemove 130 (LTD), Goya One 144 (PRO), Tabou Rocket 145 (LTD) & Fanatic Shark 150 (LTD)

THE SAILS LINE-UP
Naish Rally 6.4, Severne Gator 6.5, Tushingham Concept 6.5, North Natural 6.6, Gaastra Matrix 6.5, Goya Nexus 6.4 & RRD Evolution 6.4

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PWA SEASON KICK-OFF
John Carter was on location for the opening freestyle and slalom events of the year in Austria and Korea.

 

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The inside line from the opening two events of the British Wavesailing Association Tour

 

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TECHNIQUE
Harty assess what it takes to become an effective self coach and Cribby explains that fin choice needn’t be rocket science


SPAIN AND CANARIES TRAVEL GUIDE
Top tips and inside info on the best places to visit for your summer holiday fix.


PLUS

Thought-provoking columns with pre-season thoughts from Jamie Hancock, Robby Swift on the DLG movie project, Harty paying tribute to Mikey Clancy and the Editor ranting on about how much he wants surf slalom to make a comeback! Chuck in all the latest products, a summer accessories guide and all the most-important news, unless it’s windy all month (and we hope it is!) you should be kept busy enough until next time!

PRINT & DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS available HERE or via subs@arcwind.co.uk

 

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28May/13Off

BWA IRELAND 2013 GALLERY

BWA IRELAND 2013 GALLERY

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Here is Dave White’s final day gallery of images from the 2013 British Wavesailing Association (BWA) Round 2 event at Brandon Bay, Ireland, won by Ross Williams and Lucy Robson.

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BWA Sponsors pool:
RRD, Ezzy, Flying Objects
Hotsails
Starboard, Tushingham, Aeron
JP, NeilPryde, NPSurf
Simmer, Simmerstyle, O’shea
Fanatic, North, ION
Goya
Tabou, Gaastra, Vandal.
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Black Project
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Big Salty
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Event Sponsors
Funsport – Wales
Puravida – Wales & Ireland
Jamie Knox Watersports – Ireland
Spillanes – Ireland
Kathleen McAuliffe – Ireland
Kerry Sail Co – Ireland
Stena Line – Ireland
Crean’s Brewery – Ireland

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21May/13Off

BWA IRELAND 2013 | DAY 1 GALLERY

BWA IRELAND 2013 | DAY 1 GALLERY

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Dave White took these images capturing all the atmosphere and action on the first day of the British Wavesailing Association (BWA) 2013 Round 2 event at Brandon Bay in Ireland.

Day was called as a lay-day with some more wind and waves possibly on-the-cards before the finish on Friday 24th.


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BWA Sponsors pool:
RRD, Ezzy, Flying Objects
Hotsails
Starboard, Tushingham, Aeron
JP, NeilPryde, NPSurf
Simmer, Simmerstyle, O’shea
Fanatic, North, ION
Goya
Tabou, Gaastra, Vandal.
Spartan
Black Project
MaverX
Flymount
No limitz
Weendy
Big Salty
Sufadviser

Event Sponsors
Funsport – Wales
Puravida – Wales & Ireland
Jamie Knox Watersports – Ireland
Spillanes – Ireland
Kathleen McAuliffe – Ireland
Kerry Sail Co – Ireland
Stena Line – Ireland
Crean’s Brewery – Ireland

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5Feb/13Off

Students, GetWindsurfing in Ireland

GETWINDSURFING Student Special Ireland 2013!!!

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“Join us for an amazing trip to famous Brandon Bay in South West Ireland for a week of windsurfing and other epic watersports.

Whether you are a complete beginner or advanced wanting to jump higher, ride harder and just generally have an awesome time Ireland is a great place to come. The scenery is beautiful, the people super friendly and welcoming, and of course the food and drink well worth the trip too!

So, tell me more I hear you say!!!

When: 24th June – 30th June

(straight on from Beach Break Live for all those heading that way, for those who are not feel free to come over on the 23rd for a cheeky extra day!)

What? : 5 days windsurf coaching with Phil and Danielle from Getwindsurfing, or Jamie Knox for the beginners, 7 nights in a beautiful self catered cottage right next to famous Spillanes Bar….(so close its scary!) and a free surf lesson to all those renting equipment from Jamie Knox, and just 10€ per person for everyone else.

Where: The dingle peninsular, Kerry, South West Ireland.

How do I get there? : The best way to head across to Ireland is with Stena Line, they run ferries from the UK to various Irish ports. Check out their website here for more information. 

Why? : So many people travel away from the UK and Ireland every summer to windsurf when we have such epic locations on our doorstep!

-Ireland is world famous for its conditions and the Dingle Peninsular has great conditions for all abilities and wind and swell conditions..there is always an option.

-With Phil and Danielle from Getwindsurfing on hand for coaching you can really get the most out of your trip.

-Jamie Knox Watersports is situated perfectly to help with kit rental for windsurfing, SUPing and surfing, as well as having a great shop to grab some new windsurf and watersports toys! Jamie will be teaching the beginners too and with so much experience in this location he is definitely going to get you out there loving  windsurfing in Ireland!

-June will be good temperatures to make the most out of what we are so lucky to have so close by….you know you want to come and check it out!

-Last but by no means least, the Guinness is pretty amazing too!

Prices:

Beginners : £330 includes kit, tuition (5 full days), accommodation

Intermediates and Advanced renting equipment : £420 includes kit tuition (2-3 hrs a day) and accom.

Intermediates with private kit : £260 (safety boat included) includes safety cover on all coaching days, tuition (2-3 hrs a day) and accom.

Advanced with private kit : £250 includes tuition (2-3hrs a day) and accom

Single supplement will apply for those not wishing to share a room, limited spaces available.

Any questions, please email getwindsurfing@gmail.com or call Danielle on 07814536372

 

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31Jan/13Off

Red Bull Storm Chase – Mission 1: Video 1

It was windier than expected with gusts of up to 74 knots. Watch the highlight clip of the first mission in Ireland.

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31Jan/13Off

REDBULL STORM CHASE MISSION 1 HIGHLIGHTS CLIP

REDBULL STORM CHASE MISSION 1 HIGHLIGHTS CLIP

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After a raging Mission 1 success, Red Bull Storm Chase produced this awesome highlights clip from the perfect storm in Ireland.

 

Pic: John Carter/Red Bull Content Pool

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30Jan/13Off

THE STORM-FORCE TEN

THE STORM-FORCE TEN

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In the calm following the storm, Red Bull Storm Chase profiled the 10 sailors who competed on Mission 1 to Ireland.

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Pics JC/Red Bull Content Pool

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28Jan/13Off

RED BULL STORM CHASE – LIVE

*Scroll down to The Heats to see the live updates*

The Chase has arrived at the beach of Dumps in Brandon Bay on Ireland’s battered west coast. The conditions are as gnarly as expected, vertical faces of a mast and a half high out back and early reports are suggesting that the wind is perhaps pushing just over the 60 knot mark already. With forecasts predicting the wind and waves to pick up be sure to stay tuned for all the latest throughout the day right here on boardseeker.com.

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The Competition

With 10 minute man on man heats the action should be thick and fast. If you notice any problems with the Red Bull Storm Chase website then stay tuned here as we keep bringing you the action as it happens, be aware that the RBSC website could be down due to over-usage, no doubt they are on the case and it should be back up soon – www.redbullstormchase.com/mission-1

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The Heats LIVE

ROUND 3

After changing spot, the afternoon saw the 10 riders face each other one last time. The conditions required the jet-skis to tow them out through the wind shadows that were created by the cliffs at the top of Hell’s Gate. Once at the waves, the winds gusted between 40 and 60 knots with mast to mast and a half high waves. Moves of round 3 were perfect 360′s, huge backies and rocket airs that saw the guys pushing 50ft+. Today windsurfing saw new boundaries as Swift stomped the most perfect pushloop forward ever witnessed by PWA Head judge Duncan Coombs, at the same time the competitors were reaching new heights as they tried to out step each other on the altimeter scale! In the end only six can advance to mission number two.

The Heli is in the house. We can’t work out what is more incredible, the shots that these guys will get or being able to fly this in a force 10!

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Decision has been made already to move to Hell’s Gate, first possible start will between 14.30-14.45. Stay tuned for further updates in the meantime.

Whilst a short break is taken for the judges to decide whether to move to Hells Gate or not, the GoPro Expression Session is on. Allowing the team to capture some epic footage for the crew to present in the video round up later.

ROUND 2

Heat 5 – Kenneth vs Boujmaa

The wind has built throughout the last couple of heats and is back up to 60 knots or so. Bouj shows his usual flare and guts with super tweaked table tops on the way out and the way in! Meanwhile Kenneth sticks a pushloop and Bouj tries to answer with a wet pushloop forward. Super high one handed backloop from Kenneth.

Heat 4 – Danny vs Julien

The two open with backies, Julien sticks his, Bruch going down. Bruch shows quite a bit of repetition by stomping one backie after another. Julien will be coming in with a red back after crashing a huge stalled forward, pulling the sail shut insanely late. A reported 7 second rocket air from Bruch!! Fairly quiet from Julien during the last minutes of the heat whilst Bruch pushes hard for a backside 360.

Heat 3 – Robby vs Victor

Big moves in this heat. Victor opens with a huge forward only to be answered by Robby’s perfect pushloop forward! We have a feeling that is the first one on Irish shores… Head Judge Coombs states: “I think that’s the highest, most perfect, controlled push-forward I’ve ever seen”. That’ll be a 10 then, if not a 12! It’s not over yet as Victor pulls a Felix Baumgartner on us with a backie that should really require a parachute for landing – enormous! RBSC – ‘Swift changing boards, I think that push-forward landing punished the first one…’.

Heat 2 – Leon vs Thomas

Thomas Traversa is on fire. Landing incredible backside 360′s on the wave face as well as a couple backies. The conditions are a little lighter adn smaller in this one showing how squally it is in Ireland today. Traversa goes on to get a full house from the judges, RBSC state that “to put that into perspective, Brawzinho landed a perfect goiter but received only 8.5“. Leon seems to be struggling on his hunt for waves in this heat but has stucka few moves.

Heat 1 – Josh vs Brawzinho

Josh Angulo keeping it fairly tame during the start of the heat, whilst Brawzinho goes out with only one goal – to win. Big backies by Braw in the slightly lighter winds (around 40 knots) but his custom 3.4 makes his 75l board look huge. Braw continues with backies but as the sun shows its face briefly he sticks a nice tweaked pushloop. Angulo charging around for ramps and not getting too lucky. The heat comes to an end as we move on into the next.

The draw for round 2

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Quotes from the riders – twitter.com/rbstormchase

These words just coming in from the riders.

Angulo: ‘It was scarier than the scariest we could’ve imagined’

Robby Swift: ‘It’s either more than 60-knots, or the wind is so much denser it feels much stronger. It was scariest walking down the beach!’

Between the rounds

A few minutes break now for the competitors to warm up and the judges to tabulate what just happened! Check out the boys in the bus grinning like children, Victor, Leon and Bouj (at the back, supporting a brilliant hood over all that hair of his).

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ROUND 1

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Heat 5 – Kenneth vs Dany

Again rocket airs are order of the day as Bruch boosts an enormous one, only to be answered by Kenneth’s very own. The waves are attracting some pretty cool moves on the way in. Kenneth trying a taka. Backies and big airs are still on the cards and Bruch tries to go even higher. The water state out there is extreme to another level, the wind is mixing the rain and the sea into one smoky mist the whips the competitors bare skin completely raw. Survival begins to play a part yet still these guys push themselves to the absolute limits.

Heat 4 – Boujmaa vs Julien

Julien and Bouj fight hard with a lot of ballsy moves. Julien pulling table-top forwards, backies, one handed backies, whilst Bouj clocks up one of the highest moves of the day with a table-top forward combo, pretty insane! Both are out there with full guns blazing, a tough call as the heat draws to an end. Julien shows a lot of variation and skill even in these ferocious conditions, perhaps it is something to do with the lucky shorts he is wearing over his wetsuit…

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Heat 3 – Robby vs Brawzinho

Quote from RBSC – Brawzinho has custom Goya 3.2 and Swift a borrowed NeilPryde 2.9 from local Rob Jones.

More moves in this heat as both sailors push for backies and push loops. Braw launches into a HUGE rocket air and they both make the most of the waves all the way to the inside. Swift just slightly over rotating a pushie but sails away.

Heat 2 – Thomas vs Victor

Traversa before heat: “I’m nervous, I don’t know what to expect, we’ll see. I didn’t watch the first heat“.

Traversa at just 60 kilos launched into a huge rocket air straight off the beach pretty much. Victor replies with his own then Traversa bails from one over 40ft! Some riding going on, with a few backside smacks from Traversa, he is such a featherweight but with so much control!

Heat over, just in time as a hail storm tears through the competition area. RBSC is waiting for riders to return to the beach before allowing the next heat.

Heat 1 – Leon vs Josh

Leon opted for a 3.3 whilst Josh took a 3.6. Backies are order of the day for Leon as he launches into one after the other, pushing 40ft but mixing up the landings a little. Josh sticks some good moves too and some very clean riding. The conditions are crazy out there and it seems like just pulling a move is worth points!

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At First Light

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The Travel

An impressive journey by many but no more so than Brawzinho and Robby Swift. Robby totalled an impressive 39 hours of back to back flights to get from Chile to Ireland, whilst Brawzinho flew all the way from the Marshall Islands to be here for this one day of action. No doubt many of the guys will be staying for a few extra days as the storm fronts will lash the west coast for the next week.

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4Jan/13Off

Gallery: Brandon Bay

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A couple of days ago many of the Brandon Bay locals including Tom Know, Rob Jones, Niall Melon and many more hit the fun sized waves and Tim Smith, of Tim Smith Visuals, there to capture all of the action. Here is just a selection of the amazing images of the day, a full gallery can be seen here on Tim’s Facebook.

With the dates set for the BWA competition in Brandon Bay this year it looks like yet again some of the local boys could be mixing up the standings.

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