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Freestyle

F2 Chilli 99 (2008)

Despite continuing with the 99 name and volume, this new ’08 model is a bit shorter and wider than previously but with the same rockerlines...

F2 Chilli 99 (2008)
Freestyle

Fanatic Skate 97 (2008)

For many years the Skate was the benchmark for ‘accessible’ freestyle with a heavy crossover into ordinary recreational sailing. It appears that some things don’t...

Fanatic Skate 97 (2008)
Freestyle

Goya X1 105 (2008)

Although the smaller of two in the X1 range, the 105 with its relatively high length, max width and volume is still one the bigger...

Goya X1 105 (2008)
Freestyle

JP Freestyle 99 Pro (2008)

The middle of three JP Freestyle boards, available in this lighter Pro Edition or in Full Wood Sandwich. The JP Freestyles are another range with...

JP Freestyle 99 Pro (2008)
Freestyle

Mistral Joker 104 (2008)

This is the biggest of Mistral’s two freestyle boards. Both are marketed specifically as freestyle boards for expert sailors and new-school tricks. On the water: The Joker...

Mistral Joker 104 (2008)
Freestyle

RRD Twin Tip 100 (2008)

The middle size of three Twin Tips for ’08, the 100 feels relatively low in volume and is short but significantly wide throughout. It looks...

RRD Twin Tip 100 (2008)
Freestyle

Tabou Freestyle 100 (2008)

One of four freestyle boards in the Tabou line and acclaimed as their “most popular”, the 100 has been beefed up for ’08 with extra...

Tabou Freestyle 100 (2008)
Wave

Waveboard Test; Feb 2009

First things first. This test isn’t the definitive answer on twinsers. It’s going to take more than three weeks in (predominantly) one set of conditions...

Waveboard Test; Feb 2009
Wave

Thommen MWX Wave 74 (2009)

Last year we tested the 83L version of the same range and found it very similar – though obviously a bit bigger – to the...

Thommen MWX Wave 74 (2009)
Wave

Exocet X-Wave 73 (2009)

The X-Wave is unchanged from the board that we tested last year, although we did notice slight differences in the distribution of the rocker and...

Exocet X-Wave 73 (2009)
Wave

F2 Rebel 75 (2008)

The board we tested here was actually an ’08 board from the OTC centre but as it missed our main test last year (getting tested...

F2 Rebel 75 (2008)
Wave

Fanatic New Wave 75 (Team Edition) (2009)

Another board that we tested last year and which hasn’t changed shape at all for this season. On the water: By modern standards the New Wave feels...

Fanatic New Wave 75 (Team Edition) (2009)
Wave

Fanatic New Wave Twin 78 (Team Edition) (2008)

Fanatic are making mileage from having come out with their twinser a little later than the other brands, giving themselves what they consider a crucial...

Fanatic New Wave Twin 78 (Team Edition) (2008)
Wave

Goya One 77 (2009)

After two extremely successful years Goya have given their fast wave / freestyle-wave a redesign. It gets a very slightly narrower tail, slightly wider nose,...

Goya One 77 (2009)
Wave

JP Real World Wave 74 II Pro (2009)

The Real World Wave boards underwent a big change in 2008, with a substantial increase in rocker turning them from ‘fast’ waveboards into fully rockered...

JP Real World Wave 74 II Pro (2009)
Wave

JP Twinser Wave 76 Pro (2009)

Advertised as “Kauli’s Babes”, the JP Twinsers are shaped by Werner Gnigler and “developed for side-onshore to side-offshore conditions, achieving maximum potential when they have...

JP Twinser Wave 76 Pro (2009)
Wave

Mistral Twinzer Wave RD 76 (2009)

Mistral have approached the twinser from a slightly different direction. The planshape is similar, with the fairly standard narrow tail and wide nose – but...

Mistral Twinzer Wave RD 76 (2009)
Wave

Mistral Wave RD 76 (2009)

The Mistral Wave line is unchanged from last season’s line-up. On the water: Longer than most at 235cm and with a fairly standard (not stubby) planshape, the...

Mistral Wave RD 76 (2009)
Wave

RRD Wave Twin 74 (Ltd) (2009)

At 230cm the length is pretty standard for the twinsers and the hull is single concave like the Fanatic and JP Twinsers (as well as...

RRD Wave Twin 74 (Ltd) (2009)
Wave

RRD Wave Cult Hardcore 70 X-Tech (2009)

The Hardcore boards should not be confused with the ordinary Wave Cult boards which are all a little larger, wider tailed and with moderate vee...

RRD Wave Cult Hardcore 70 X-Tech (2009)
Wave

Tabou Pocket Wave 75 HD (2009)

The new Pocket Wave from Tabou unfortunately only arrived near the end of the test trip and we only managed to use it in 5.2m...

Tabou Pocket Wave 75 HD (2009)
Wave

Witchcraft 77 Wave series V2.2 (2009)

Witchcraft are a range of tri-fin waveboards CAD designed by Bouke Becker in Fuerteventura and CNC made in their own factory in Bulgaria. Last year...

Witchcraft 77 Wave series V2.2 (2009)
Wave Sails

Gaastra Posion (2009)

The Poison is billed as the “powerhouse wave” and its vaunted characteristics are comfortable power and instant response. It adds freeride ability to its other...

Gaastra Posion (2009)
Wave Sails

Gaastra Manic (2009)

The Manic is billed as the “softer” and more manoeuvrable of the two Gaastra wave sails capable of both “pure down-the-line waveriding … and solid...

Gaastra Manic (2009)
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