The rail-to-rail and front-to-back trim is easily adjusted. Thus the 78 is the most versatile and probably the greatest of all small, allround, high wind shapes. Lots of good gear chasing too few customers. Whatever your reasons for buying may be, if you do end up choosing a board from this test you have a few very important decisions to make. I am probably the more typical freeride user of this style of board.
. Precisely the same issues I've always suffered from my Acid but worsened by the twins and wider board. For freestyle it was also pretty decent thanks to the low nose, compact proportions and shorter fin configuration. Small and Lively The new Freestyle Wave boards are short and therefore very lively. In light winds, the board will keep gliding until it drops the plane, it doesn't feel like it slows down like some wave boards.
Footstraps: The stock footstraps are not my thing, they feel too soft. I believe moving the back strap forward help with better controlling the trim. Do you have large import duties? The Thommen is much more like the Rebound feeling more agile and a bit looser in the waves than the Exocet. The board is actually really nice in thise setup and feels a little more balanced with the smaller sail. There is therefore a small but significant wind range when the breeze is solid but not enough for a waveboard in which these boards are pretty much unchallenged for most use in waves, or even just for blasting and gybing.
It is comfortable to sail, and I have sailed 5-6 hours and over 100kms in conditions like this that on my old equipment I would have been wrecked in an hour. The new shape completely overshadows all predecessors. On the wave is where this board really excels however. I did spin out dropping in a little too abruptly, so I need to watch for that. It slowed down gently as opposed to stall, I could really feel the volume working for me at the back. Definitely a high wind board.
I weight 90 Kg and not getting lighter any time soon and sail with 4. Sailing mostly thin boards, it was a bit odd having so much board left beside my front foot heel but quickly forgotten once planing. For sure there were some minor issues concerning straps or fins or ergonomic deck shaping, and one or two boards were quite unusual and will only appeal to a minority of sailors. Create the most versatile allround shape ever without losing performance — better the Freestyle Wave 255! Takes up to 4 boards. Would I still be able to uphaul on one of these? The balance over the white water is very easy. I have really enjoyed my 105 since new 2006! Thus, a lot of speed can be maintained in aggressive carves and all the way trough the turns.
Fin: The fin was 23cm in length from the Sideon brand, it had incredible low-end and remained extremely maneuverable. Needs 15 knots to go with a 7. How does it compare to a loose 105L freeride? The freestyle wave is a great all round blend ideal for choppy bay sailing freestyle like what we get in Melbourne. May the fours be with you Frank4 Joined: 10 Apr 2006 Posts: 69 Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 10:00 am Post subject: What size is the f2 stoke? It did feel quite stiff when going up a wave probably due to the flatter rocker line. For a 95L perhaps a 27-29 for moderate winds and a 23-25 for medium to stronger winds. This is why we tend to group our tests around width rather than volume. The edges can be felt when curling up the toes or getting pulled out of the straps.
Wave Riding Effortless initiation of tight maneuvers and excellent grip in turns make these small allrounders great wave designs. In the air it was compact, light and really great for jumping. Thus the hull is easier to steer and carve hard — even in 2 meter side shore surf. Duties suck, particularly when there is no good reason to protect a native industry. This season however, we have chosen to check out the bigger size for a change, partly to accommodate Paul, our new test team member who weighs in at about 85kg.
It stays on a plane well and has a very stable horizontal trim. Also I like the idea as it will be earlier planing. Hoop dat er maar veel dagen met wind komen dit jaar. . You have to push a little harder than on some to initiate the turn but once done, you are rewarded with an extremely secure and tight bottom turn and arguably the only board in this group that allows you to easily adjust the arc of the turn once committed. Try the new pro editions with the new fins and I'm sure you'll agree.
I bet they ride fine with just the 20s! The conditions that day were really tough, lots of current, it wasn't pretty, quite big too. Settling in the straps at the drop-in, it has a more firm response and isn't bothered by heavier input, the speed is quite nice down the wave, it's more of a back foot weighing action with a nice carve. Then, the board was free to glide and accelerate. Water state was the worst that we could have. . I sometimes do 14kn, cross off light and flukey on the inside with a 5. Thanks It really depends a bit on what you're focussing on and what conditions you're predominantly sailing in I think.