Ed Davis

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Wave Sails

Wave Sails On Test (2008)

The BOARDS Test Teamput a selection of wave and all-round sails through their paces in asmany different sizes as possible, while also exploring how each...

Wave Sails On Test (2008)
Wave Sails

Neil Pryde Combat (2008)

Sizes: 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.6m. Manufacturer’s mast recommendations: Pryde masts tend to be flex-top in bend curve (by our definition – though Pryde...

Neil Pryde Combat (2008)
Wave Sails

Gaastra Manic (2008)

Sizes: 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.7m. Manufacturer’s mast recommendations: Recommended for use with skinny masts although billed as compatible with SD masts too. The...

Gaastra Manic (2008)
Wave Sails

Maui Sails Legend (2008)

Sizes: 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.7m. Manufacturer’s mast recommendations: Recommended for use with skinny masts although capable of being used with SD...

Maui Sails Legend (2008)
Wave Sails

Naish Boxer (2008)

Sizes: 3.6, 4.0, 4.4, 4.7, 5.0, 5.4, 5.8, 6.2m. Mast recommendations: We only tried the Boxer in 5.4m and on its own mast, so we have...

Naish Boxer (2008)
Wave Sails

Neil Pryde Combat (2008)

Sizes: 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.6m. Manufacturer’s mast recommendations: Pryde masts tend to be flex-top in bend curve (by our definition –...

Neil Pryde Combat (2008)
Wave Sails

North Ice (2008)

Sizes: 3.4, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.7, 6.2m. Manufacturer’s mast recommendations: North recommend SD masts with their wave sails and although they do...

North Ice (2008)
Wave Sails

North Voodoo (2008)

Sizes: 3.0, 3.4, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.7m. Mast recommendations: As for the Ice. The Voodoo is also designed so that all sizes...

North Voodoo (2008)
Wave Sails

Simmer Icon (2008)

Sizes: 3.5, 3.8, 4.1, 4.4, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.6, 5.9, 6.2m. Manufacturer’s mast recommendations: We used the Icon 5.3 with a Simmer SC RD 90% mast...

Simmer Icon (2008)
Wave Sails

Simmer Crossover (2008)

Sizes: 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.7, 6.2, 6.7, 7.2m. Mast recommendations: As for Simmer Icon, except that the 5.3 Crossover sets on a...

Simmer Crossover (2008)
Wave Sails

Tushingham Rock (2008)

Sizes: 2.7, 3.3, 3.7, 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.2, 5.5, 5.7, 6.0m. Manufacturer’s mast recommendations: The Rock is designed to set on either SD or RD...

Tushingham Rock (2008)
Freestyle Wave

Exocet Cross 84 (2008)

We have been impressed by several examples from this range over the past few seasons. It isn’t the easiest range to pin down in terms...

Exocet Cross 84 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

F2 Spice 86 (2008)

The Spice range fits between the Rebel waveboards and the XTC, Stoke and Chilli freeride and freestyle boards and appears to be unchanged fromthe shape...

F2 Spice 86 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

Fanatic FreeWave 86 (2008)

Unchanged from 2007, the FreeWaves have for several years enjoyed a reputation for fast, early planing performance, with sharp carving and high comfort. On the Water:The...

Fanatic FreeWave 86 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

Goya One Aqua Series 85 (2008)

Unchanged from the board we tested last year and the bigger brother of the 77 tested in the wave test last month. Goya have sensibly...

Goya One Aqua Series 85 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

JP Real World Wave 82 (2008)

The idea behind including the RWW was to see how a ‘fast’ (low rockered) waveboard fared against the FSWall-rounders on test.We like to do this...

JP Real World Wave 82 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

JP Freestyle Wave 84 (2008)

The board that launched the freestyle-wave genre and redefined the wave-slalom concept for the widestyle age, the JP FSW has always had a reputation for...

JP Freestyle Wave 84 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

Naish Global Wave 83 (2008)

The 83 is a new shape that slots into the existing Global “versatile waveboard” range and stays true to the early planing character of the...

Naish Global Wave 83 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

Quatro FreestyleWave 85 (2008)

This is the redesign of the board that did so well in our all-rounder / freestyle-wave test last year. It has been changed quite a...

Quatro FreestyleWave 85 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

RRD Freestyle Wave 85 (2008)

2008 sees more minor tweaks to RRD’s successful all-rounder. They have retreated slightly from the much wider nose and tail of the ’07 board, cut...

RRD Freestyle Wave 85 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

Starboard Kombat 89 (2008)

Starboard have gone for quite a radical redesign of the Kombat for ’08, signalled by changing the colour from the traditional blue and grey to...

Starboard Kombat 89 (2008)
Freestyle Wave

Tabou 3S 87 (2008)

The 3S stands for three style which means wave, freestyle and freeride – in other words, a real jackof- all-trades. Last year’s 3S, however, was...

Tabou 3S 87 (2008)
Group Test

All Rounders All Round; Jun 2008

Freestyle-wave, small freemove, freewave, cross, wave-slalom or threestyle; call them what you will, they’re the most exciting boards you can find for all-round sailing in...

All Rounders All Round; Jun 2008
Group Test

Soft Tops To Freerides; Jan 2009

With the help of some senior instructors, Ian Leonard charts the (new) right board progression to windsurfing competence… In recent years the landscape...

Soft Tops To Freerides; Jan 2009