Ed Davis

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Freeride

Exocet S-Cross 115 (2008)

The ‘performance bar’ on the Exocet website shows the S-Cross spanning the complete breadth of freeride and entering both slalom and freestyle territory. It is...

Exocet S-Cross 115 (2008)
Freeride

F2 Stoke 126/136 (2008)

The Stoke is F2’s long-standing performance freeride board that has performed well over several seasons. While carrying out this test it quickly became apparent that...

F2 Stoke 126/136 (2008)
Freeride

F2 Xantos 124 (2008)

The Xantos stands apart from the rest of the fleet. For starters it costs just £569, which is very little money for a composite windsurf...

F2 Xantos 124 (2008)
Freeride

Fanatic Eagle 113 (2008)

Described in the brochure as ‘freemove’, which is a fair description of it, although it is very similar indeed to many other boards billed as...

Fanatic Eagle 113 (2008)
Freeride

Fanatic Hawk 123 (2008)

In the range overview on the Fanatic website the Hawk is billed as a ‘freecarve’ and detailed as having more freewave / freestyle characteristics than...

Fanatic Hawk 123 (2008)
Freeride

Goya FXR 125 (2008)

Described by Goya as a “freeride / freemove combo” the Goya FXR range has been redesigned for 2008. Last tested in ’06 the previous FXR...

Goya FXR 125 (2008)
Freeride

HiFly Free 118 (2008)

Although HiFly are better known in the UK for their durable entry level and early intermediate boards, they also do a range of high performance...

HiFly Free 118 (2008)
Freeride

JP Supersport Pro 109 (2008)

For ’08 the smaller Supercross and larger Super Sport ranges have been amalgamated under the Super Sport name. They claim to incorporate the “design features...

JP Supersport Pro 109 (2008)
Freeride

JP X-Cite Ride 110 FWS (2008)

The X-Cite Ride is JP’s classic range of ‘everyman’ freeride boards that have performed excellently over recent years. JP seem to operate a two year...

JP X-Cite Ride 110 FWS (2008)
Freeride

Mistral Screamer 116 (2008)

Of Mistral’s two freeride boards the Screamer is the more targeted towards both performance in moderate winds and ease for intermediate sailors. It has undergone...

Mistral Screamer 116 (2008)
Freeride

Mistral Syncro Move 124 (2008)

The marketing of the Syncro has much more to do with the freemove attributes of gybing and agility, even claiming freestyle and waveriding possibilities. Speed...

Mistral Syncro Move 124 (2008)
Freeride

Naish FreeWide 120 (2008)

We love the Jonathan Ross wordplay of the name which expresses the nature of the board. It is billed to “set a new standard for...

Naish FreeWide 120 (2008)
Freeride

RRD Z-Ride 120 (2008)

The Z-Ride has been subtly revised from last year’s model, with a slightly narrower nose and tail, flatter planing flat rocker and addition of tail...

RRD Z-Ride 120 (2008)
Freeride

Tabou Rocket 125 GT (2008)

The Rocket is the only freeride range marketed by Tabou and is targeted both at the intermediate and performance moderate wind recreational sailor. The 125...

Tabou Rocket 125 GT (2008)
Group Test

Move or Style?; May 2008

The BOARDS Test Team carry out an in-depth examination of the top freestyle and freemove contenders in the 62-65cm width (97-105L volume) bracket, and look...

Move or Style?; May 2008
Freeride

F2 XTC 103 (Ltd) (2008)

“It doesn’t matter what you want to do. Going fast, gybing, freestyle or just cruising”. Thus speaks the F2 website of its ‘all-round freemove’. The...

F2 XTC 103 (Ltd) (2008)
Freeride

Fanatic Freewave 104 (2008)

Another board in its second year of production, and one which we tested and liked very much last year (2007) and are glad to have...

Fanatic Freewave 104 (2008)
Freeride

JP Freestyle Wave 101 Pro (2008)

“All-in-one board range for waveriding, jumping, blasting and freestyle … as fast and early planing as always but now with greatly improved manoeuvre potential.” The...

JP Freestyle Wave 101 Pro (2008)
Freeride

Tabou 3S 97 (2008)

Very similar to the 87 from the same range that we tested in the November (2007) issue. This season the 3S boards have been given...

Tabou 3S 97 (2008)
Freeride

Mistral Synchro RD 104 (2008)

A bit of background is necessary here, as many readers will have preconceptions as to what Mistral Syncros are about. This season Mistral have chosen...

Mistral Synchro RD 104 (2008)
Freeride

RRD Freestyle Wave 105 Ltd (2008)

We measured the 105 at closer to 64cm than the quoted 63cm wide, and consequently it felt a fraction bigger than many on test. However,...

RRD Freestyle Wave 105 Ltd (2008)
Freeride

Goya FXR 105 (2008)

“Completely reworked this year maximising the critical freeride characteristics of quick planing, top end speed, manoeuvrability and comfort.” The 105 still features a little tail...

Goya FXR 105 (2008)
Freeride

Naish All Terrain 95 (2008)

The All Terrain is a brand new three-board range, billed to provide; “excellent performance in everything from absolute flat water to wavesailing.” It’s available in...

Naish All Terrain 95 (2008)
Freestyle

Exocet I-Style 104 (2008)

Hitting the market last year, the 104 (along with the smaller 94) was Exocet’s first foray into the world of freestyle. On the water: Exocet is a...

Exocet I-Style 104 (2008)