Windsurf Addicts The biggest collection of up to date windsurf news

9Jul/14Off

JAMIE HOWARD – DAHAB APRIL 2014

JAMIE HOWARD - DAHAB APRIL 2014

JAMIE HOWARD – DAHAB APRIL 2014

Freestyle action from emerging U.K. talent Jamie Howard, shot in Dahab, Egypt, during April 2014.

The post JAMIE HOWARD – DAHAB APRIL 2014 appeared first on Windsurf Magazine.

Click here to read more: Windsurf Magazine



11Jun/14Off

120L FREEMOVE BOARD TESTS

120L FREEMOVE BOARD TESTS

DCIM101GOPRO

2014 120-LITRE FREEMOVE BOARDS TEST REVIEW REPORTS

GAME CHANGERS?
Report by Test Editor Brian McDowell

Have the wide and thin freemoves outdated the ‘classic’ freeride board? Are old-skool, stretched outlines dead in the water?

Last season, on our annual entry-level freeride boards test (June issue), we took a cross section of the 140-150L market for a spin. Amongst them – and the shortest one in the selection – was a board around 5 cm. wider than the average – with 10-15 litres less volume than the rest. Perhaps you can guess which one tickled our fancy the most? (2013 RRD Firemove 130).

YES, BUT NO
Yet, the answer to the original question though, in our opinion, is: ‘not quite’. The short LOAs (lengths overall) still present a few challenges for early intermediates.

Such as nose-diving, where even the width up front is not alone enough to prevent the occasional plunge forwards.

Plus, a little extra rail length and straightness still helps those getting to grips with shortboard basics to get upwind and keep good balance in light-to-moderate wind speeds.


LOADED
‘Just what is it that you want to do?’

We wanna be free… to do what we wanna do …and we wanna get loaded … and have a good time. That’s what we’re gonna do’.

Freeride. Freestyle. Freecarve. Freerace. Freemove. Yes.

We’re scratching our heads too over the confusing nomenclature in the industry. (And they’re all anything but ‘free’ in pounds and pence.)

In our opinion, ‘Freeride’ is a perfectly acceptable classification. And ‘Freestyle’ and ‘Freerace’ perfectly understandable too. But the category in question here -  ‘Freemove’ – is, we think, confusing.


READ MORE EQUIPMENT TESTS

If anything, these are ‘Freecarves’ –  on account of the fast-and-hard gybing being the primary benefit this type of shape delivers as opposed to ‘moves’.

Sure you can do some old skool freestyle, but that’s likely to be a carving-derived trick anyway on an 80-centimetre-wide hull, as opposed to a jumping manoeuvre.

PRINCIPAL TEST TEAM
James Randall 70 kg. Med. Height
Julian Da Vall 83 kg. 1.95 Tall
Toby Gibson 87 kg. 1.90 Tall
Brian McDowell 98 kg. 1.90 Tall
Thanks also to: Kevin Salmon 85 kg. & Kevin Pijl 70 kg.

KEEPERS
So what are these ‘Freemoves’? They’re not freerace boards – and they’re not quite entry-level freeride boards either. Well, they can be for the more ambitious, or perhaps smaller rider.

At 120L, with an effective (or ‘perceived’) volume of a 130, or even 140L board, these wide-and-thin shapes do leave a lot of ‘growing room’ for sailors of most levels in that they’re are fast enough to provide some excitement, are super carvy and fun and therefore a really good hull to hang onto for when you’re skunked for wind on a coastal wave mission – or for some sea breeze fun in the summer.

WHAT’S ‘PERCEIVED VOLUME’?
Being wide, yet thin-railed, an 120L freemove board is as wide – and therefore as stable – as a board of 10-15 litres more. However, being thinner and therefore with mast foot and straps sitting lower in the water, they deliver the control – and added manoevreability and enjoyment of a board with 10-15 litres less float. The reduced foam also brings weight-saving benefits and, of course, the slimmer rails mean way more carving grip – and fun!

FAMILY BOARDS?
Yes, you could teach kids on them and they’re excellent for learning modern, upright-stanced active/semi-active planing skills that will reap rewards on smaller boards with curvier rocker lines. Perfect for getting into good technique habits for contemporary freestyle and wave sailing equipment.

Basically these modern freemove boards are a good step-up from an entry-level board. They all turn incredibly well and their short profiles are convenient – and, being the same length as a wave board, they fit into cars.

All-in-all every model in this selection are confidence-inspiring shapes. They’re not as weight-sensitive as some boards and they handle loads of wind range, read: value.

Perfect for a one-board, one-rig combo and a budget-conscious pocket looking for quality and performance.

THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND ABOUT THE TESTING
• We’ve tested individual models, NOT ranges, so have an open mind if it’s other sizes of the products we review that you’re considering – quite important considering smaller ‘freemove’ sizes are capable of more, err, ‘moves’
• We mainly used these on 7.5 no-cam freerace and 6.0 crossover sails

CONCLUSIONS
All the boards here have their own benefits. For perspective’s sake, we think the

RRD is still the ‘benchmark’ board that we’d test any newcomers of this category against. It’s a good mix of ‘planted’ and ‘lively’, carves well, is exciting enough to satisfy advanced windsurfers looking for lightwind, flat-water fun and secure and stable enough for those stepping up from entry-level short boards.

As a ‘middle-ground’ good all-round option the

Fanatic Gecko is a strong candidate to consider, especially for those wanting to crack gybes – and at 80-cm. wide, ease of gybing is paramount.

The JPAustralia Magic Ride offers something different. The ‘perceived’ volume factor is amplified like in no other on this shape and the boxier rails in the tail will make it more familiar to those used to past generations of slalom and freeride blasting boards. The Magic Ride definitely feels the smallest on the plane and has a good all-round manoevrable nature.

Then we have two polar opposites. At the lively, exciting end of the scale you have the Starboard AtomIQ. Much racier feeling and ‘lifty’ than the others – and a joy for more advanced gybers –

the AtomIQ is the most ‘sporty-feeling’ shape here and a strong consideration for the ambitious, wannabee racer.

WS subscribe banner 480px 6

However, at the opposite edge of the spectrum is

the Simmer Freemove. Undeniably the fastest – and easiest to control – it also split the team’s opinions on sailing sensation preference.

Some loved its pinned-down nature, while others loathed the ‘heavy’ ride. But nobody can argue against it’s head-to-head drag-racing prowess in all water states and that, in up to 35 knots, it has the calmest nature and is therefore most likely to be first past the post in a burn-up.

Read on for more in-depth details to see which one’s for you!

Special thanks to Harry Nass Centre Dahab, F-Hot/Dave White for the loan of their mast mounts, I Love Meet and Greet Gatwick Parking Services and North Sails for adjustable outhauls for our test rigs.  BM

NOW READ THE INDIVIDUAL REPORTS

FANATIC GECKO 120 LTD
JPAUSTRALIA MAGIC RIDE 118
RRD FIREMOVE 122
STARBOARD ATOMIQ 120
SIMMER FREEMOVE 120


TEST OVERVIEW PAGE

The post 120L FREEMOVE BOARD TESTS appeared first on Windsurf Magazine.

Click here to read more: Windsurf Magazine



8May/14Off

A PLACE WHERE THE WIND LIVES

A PLACE WHERE THE WIND LIVES

A PLACE WHERE THE WIND LIVES

If you’ve ever visited the ‘Blue Lagoon’, near Dahab, Egypt, then you’ll love this clip featuring local rider Mohammed abu Aid showing off some serious freestyle skills.

“A place where the wind lives” from Ivan Popretinskiy on Vimeo.

The post A PLACE WHERE THE WIND LIVES appeared first on Windsurf Magazine.

Click here to read more: Windsurf Magazine

27Feb/14Off

Back On Top – The Final Cut

More than a few years ago Pip Pardoe was considered on of the UK’s top up and coming windsurfers, then he left the tour. Seeing the error of his ways, Pip has now been back on the water for a year or so and as you can see in the video below has quickly mastered […]

Click here to read more: Boardseeker Windsurfing Magazine » | Boardseeker Windsurfing Magazine

11Feb/14Off

Burner – Jamie Howard

Burner by the 17 year old U20 UK freestyle champion Jamie Howard (K582) at Dahab.

Click here to read more: continentseven.com

14Jan/14Off

Marco Wedele in Egypt – Video

A nice clip from Dahab and the Blue Lagoon by the German Pro coach Marco Wedele.

Click here to read more: continentseven.com

30Dec/13Off

Steven Van Broeckhoven – Dahab

It’s more than a year ago that this footage has been recorded but it’s Steven, it’s classic, going full speed in every move and getting some ridiculous heights! Watch some Steven Van Broekhoven at Dahab.

Click here to read more: zakel windsurfing

30Dec/13Off

Vladimir Iakovlev’s Dahab 2013 – Video

Watch perfect freestyle moves from Russian freestyler filmed 2013 at Dahab.

Click here to read more: continentseven.com

11Dec/13Off

ISSUE #332 ON SALE NOW

ISSUE #332 ON SALE NOW

Panel1

PEAK-SEASON PERFORMANCE  // HOW TO SAIL IN STORMS //
12 STRONG-WIND SAILS TESTED // WINNING WAYS

The January/February 2014 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language windsurfing magazine is out now! Subscribe or grab your copy now in either App or Print  versions! 

FINAL FRONT COVER 332.indd

THE DESTROYER
Dany Bruch and JC were granted access by Tenerife’s most hard-core bodyboarders to snag a few rides at bone-crunching slab El Confital. Yes, a trip to the hospital followed!

018 DANNY

MEN IN BLACK
After Point-7 Sails’ Young Gun racer Alberto Menegatti shot to second in the year-end slalom rankings, it was time to find out the key to the ‘Black Team’s” success.

minb

EYE OF THE NEEDLES
The COAST series continues as Ross Williams and John Carter got up close and personal with one of the UK’s most iconic maritime landmarks.

COAST update

MAUI WOWIE
The PWA wave season reached a dramatic climax at the centre of the windsurfing world – Ho’okipa. JC was there to capture every second of the battle for the coveted World Title.

PWA MAUI

BWA SEASON FINALÉ
Swords, storms and terrifying Halloween surf provided the backdrop to two nail-biting events in Scotland and Cornwall, where an almighty struggle determined who’d seize the British Wavesailing Tour’s winners’ crowns.

tiree

WAVE SAIL TESTS
We throw down our verdicts on nine of the latest dedicated 4.7 wave sails and a few more high-wind 4.2 weapons to see you through the winter.

TEST

The Lineup Includes:

4.7s

GAASTRA MANIC
GOYA BANZAI
HOTSAILS QU4D
NAISH FORCE
NEILPRYDE COMBAT
NORTH HERO
POINT-7 SALT
RRS MOVE
SEVERNE S1

4.2s

GAASTRA IQ
GOYA GURU
NORTH HERO

LOW_DOWN
Innovative accessories brand ION have unveiled some interesting new hybrid double/single-lined wetsuit technology. Product Manager Carlo Rauen gets a grilling off the editor on the details.

TRAVEL GUIDE
Come rain or shine at home, the wind’s always blowing and the water warm elsewhere, so try one of these 12 must-visit hot spots to reward yourself for all those painful hours spent off the water. Go on, you’ve deserved it …

Travel 2014

TAMING THE STORM
Super strong wind is just for mad people and pros right? Wrong. Harty outlines how you’re actually more capable than you think and that control is arguably easier to achieve in heavy-weather conditions.

078 HARTY 2

LATEST & GREATEST
Thought Santa was a little too frugal over Christmas? Us too. But, as you were such a generous gift-giver yourself, now it’s time to spend a little cash on you-know-who. Here’s a few ideas before you head out shopping …

PEOPLE & PLACES
Find out who’re the most interesting people to see and the most exciting places to go!

AFFAIRS OF THE HART
Apparently he drank 14 caipirinhas before he wrote his column this month. And, although he actually talks [about] bollocks, he’s got a point.
Get your copy by App or in Print now!

 

Click here to read more: Windsurf Magazine

29Oct/13Off

EGYPT TRAVEL MICRO GUIDE | DAHAB WITH HARRY NASS

EGYPT TRAVEL MICRO GUIDE | DAHAB WITH HARRY NASS

_28I7531

AFRICA | DAHAB, EGYPT WITH HARRY NASS

Dahab is well established as a World Class windsurfing area. The number of windsurfers that have learnt, improved or just had a great time blasting in the warm, turquoise waters is huge. It is the only location in the world with such a diversity of conditions in one spot. The safe lagoon, enclosed by a sand bar, on the other side of which is a speed strip (A.K.A ‘the speedie’) with amazingly flat water. It all sits in a large bay protected in the North by Napoleon Reef. There are the waves outside of this and, to cap it all, 300 windy days a year.

But what else makes Dahab so special?
The first Harry Nass Dahab centre was established in 1999 and since then Nass centres have have stood for quality and stability. The Egyptian revolution caused some of the other centres in the bay to fail, but Harry Nass kept going. Two years ago Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism declared the Harry Nass Centres as the best windsurf and kitesurf centres in the country.

Twice a year the boards and rigs at all four centres are replaced by the latest from JPAustralia/NeilPryde  and in fact the four Harry Nass Centres are the biggest concentration of JP/Pryde boards and rigs in the world.

LOCATIONS:
Harry Nass Dahab offers the best launching locations in the bay.

Harry Nass Centre 1 at the Ibis Style (was the Coralia)

200 JPAustralia boards and Neil Pryde sails
Here the wind comes cleanly from the North and East – it’s the only centre where it is possible to get a true measurement of wind-strength. Located directly in front of  the centre is a sheltered lagoon, protected from the main bay by a long sandy spit. With its large, shallow, standing area it is a ideal location for all levels, especially beginners and intermediates.

For the more advanced, area 2 (speedie)  and 3 (the waves) are easily accessible from here.

Shallow water ensures you can walk back to the centre if required. This is an ideal location for large groups of windsurfers of different levels. There is a bar right next to the centre and the view as the sun sets behind the mountains makes it a great place for Sundowners

Harry Nass Centre 2 at the Iberotel Dahabeya

150 JP boards and Pryde sails
The only centre in the bay where you can windsurf directly to speedie and the wave area on a beam reach. Area 2 has amazing flat water conditions, perfect for freestyle, speed sailing and improving your skills.

Beyond the reef in Area 3 you enter the open sea where you will find swell up to 3 metres high, providing a great introduction to wave sailing and a good place for advanced windsurfers to have some real fun. The unique Harry Nass walkie talkie system ensures you are in constant contact with their rescue boats which are always on stand-by.

Harry Nass Centre 3 at the Swiss Inn

80 JP boards and 100 Pryde sails
This centre is located in the middle of the bay. The free boat shuttle service between all Harry Nass centres can ferry beginners and Intermediates to Centre 1 into the safe lagoon if required.

Harry Nass Centre 4 at the Mercure Kitecentre Harry Nass Centre 4 is the only deep water kitesurfing location in Dahab. It’s useable at any state of the tide and the prevailing wind is cross shore. There is a safe sandy downwind landing beach.

Other Infos:
With Harry Nass Dahab you will find everything you need for your perfect windsurf holiday with 4 centres, the latest equipment, professional courses and helpful staff for unlimited action on the water. For no wind days free SUP boards are available.

More Information.
Please visit www.harry-nass.com or Email info@harry-nass.com

Click here to read more: Windsurf Magazine