Ed Davis

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Wave

Waveboard Megatest; March 2008

Since being shaken out of their cosy stability some  years ago by the arrival of the Starboard Evo, waveboards have been the most ‘happening’ sector...

Waveboard Megatest; March 2008
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Exocet X wave 73 (2008)

The X Wave takes over from the Exo Wave as the principal higher wind riding board in the Exocet line-up. The design is similar in...

Exocet X wave 73 (2008)
Wave

Fanatic AllWave 72 (2008)

The AllWave is the ‘stubby’ of Fanatic’s two dedicated wave ranges. Although nominally only 3 litres smaller than last year’s smallest 75L, this year’s 72...

Fanatic AllWave 72 (2008)
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Fanatic New Wave 75 (2008)

This is slightly the more ‘trad’ shaped waveboard of Fanatic’s two lines, although apart froman extra 7cmlengthmany of the other differences of style and planshape...

Fanatic New Wave 75 (2008)
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Goya Custom Wave Series 75 (2008)

Despite the quoted 75L of volume the Custom Wave is actually a very small board which, as well as being the narrowest on test, also...

Goya Custom Wave Series 75 (2008)
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Goya One Series FSW 77 (2008)

This successful range is carried over without change from last year. Although this board was effectively the biggest on test and carries the ‘freestyle-wave’ tag,...

Goya One Series FSW 77 (2008)
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JP Pro Wave 73 Pro Edition (2008)

The ‘trad’ shape of JP’s two wave ranges. The JP Pro has changed name and changed shape from previous years, dropping the ‘Rad Wave’ name...

JP Pro Wave 73 Pro Edition (2008)
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JP Real World Wave 74 (2008)

(FULL WOOD SANDWICH) Despite being considerably shorter and quoting only one litre more in volume, the Real WorldWave (RWW) 74 is clearly quite a lot...

JP Real World Wave 74 (2008)
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Mistral Red Dot 76 (2008)

This year the Red Dot (RD) boards replace the long-running Beast range. Traditionally the Beast waveboards were very easy boards to sail but that changed...

Mistral Red Dot 76 (2008)
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Naish Pro Wave 80 (2008)

This 80L size, said to be Robby’s board of choice, is a brand new shape for ’08, though it fits comfortably into the existing range...

Naish Pro Wave 80 (2008)
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Quatro Wave 76 (2008)

Although we enjoyed the Quatro FSW we tested in 2007, this is the first experience we have had with Quatro waveboards for a while. On the...

Quatro Wave 76 (2008)
Wave

RRD Wave Cult 75 (2008)

This year RRD split their range between the bigger Cult range (the stubbies) and the smaller Cult HC (hardcore) waveboards (narrower trad style with single...

RRD Wave Cult 75 (2008)
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Starboard Evo 70 (Full Wood) (2008)

The Evo needs little introduction. It would appear that only details have been changed from the board that we tested last year. On the Water: For a...

Starboard Evo 70 (Full Wood) (2008)
Wave

Starboard Evo 75 (2008)

The ’08 Evo 75 appears to have been subtly changed from the board we tested last year, with slightly increased tail vee and seemingly a...

Starboard Evo 75 (2008)
Wave

Tabou Pocket Wave 72 (2008)

The Pocket Wave is the ‘stubby’ planshape board while the Da Curve (not tested) is the more conventional of Tabou’s two wave ranges. Although anyone...

Tabou Pocket Wave 72 (2008)
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Thommen1 MauiWave 83 (2008)

Pretty much a complete change from the Thommen X-Wave tested last year, and in nearly every way a change for the better. The X-Wave was...

Thommen1 MauiWave 83 (2008)
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Witchcraft 75 (2008)

Witchcraft is a Fuerteventura-based custom house run by Dutchman Bouke Becker that has recently branched out into larger-scale production via their own new Bulgarian factory....

Witchcraft 75 (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 no information...

Naish Boxer (2008)
Wave Sails

Gaastra Poison (2008)

Sizes: 4.0, 4.2, 4.5, 4.7, 5.0, 5.4, 5.8, 6.2m. Manufacturer’s mast recommendations: As for Gaastra Manic. Our mast recommendations: We have only set the Poison on Gaastra RD 75% masts,...

Gaastra Poison (2008)
Advanced

Wannabe A Wavesailor With Jem Hall: PUNISHED!

You will now be more confident in the wave environment – and, of course, looking to step it up a bit. The realisation that you...

Wannabe A Wavesailor With Jem Hall: PUNISHED!
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Wannabe A Wavesailor with Jem Hall: The Back Loop

In this instalment of Jem’s comprehensive series examining every aspect of wavesailing, Jem Hall guides us through the component parts of another form of aerial...

Wannabe A Wavesailor with Jem Hall: The Back Loop
Freeride

Freeride Board Test; Oct 2008

The BOARDS Test Team check out a line-up of classic ‘burn-&-turn’ freerides for everyman. Pix by Andy Jozwik… Freeride boards are the bread and butter of...

Freeride Board Test; Oct 2008
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AHD Fast Forward 117 (2008)

The shape of the 117 is unchanged from our test 2 years ago where it fared very well so it works as a good benchmark...

AHD Fast Forward 117 (2008)
Freeride

Drops Naked 112 (2008)

Nice to see this Italian brand back on the scene with a new and enthusiastic UK importer. They are made in the same factory in...

Drops Naked 112 (2008)