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Wave Sails

Maui Legend (2009)

The Global and Legend are the twoMaui Sails wave sails and there is an excellent page on their website explaining the reasoning behind the different...

Maui Legend (2009)
Wave Sails

Maui Global (2009)

The Global and Legend are the two Maui Sails’ wave sails and there is an excellent page on their website explaining the reasoning behind the...

Maui Global (2009)
Wave Sails

Simmer Mission X (2009)

Simmer make four wave ranges although two of these are the same design in different construction. Those are the Mission and the Mission X. The...

Simmer Mission X (2009)
Wave Sails

Simmer Icon (2009)

Simmer make four wave ranges although two tested on this occasion are the same design in different construction. Those are the Mission and the Mission...

Simmer Icon (2009)
Wave Sails

Neil Pryde Fly (2009)

The Fly is Neil Pryde’s all new Kauli Seadi signature range. With only four battens in sizes below 5.0m and a relatively low aspect planshape...

Neil Pryde Fly (2009)
Wave Sails

Neil Pryde Alpha (2009)

The Alpha is Neil Pryde’s ‘power wave sail’ developed for good low end and onshore wind performance. Alpha Set: There is a lot of pre-set shape in...

Neil Pryde Alpha (2009)
Wave Sails

North Ego (2009)

The Ego is North’s new “concept wave sail” which replaces the now discontinued Voodoo. The Ego is the first North sail to be recommended with...

North Ego (2009)
Wave Sails

North Ice (2009)

The Ice is North’s “World Cup wave sail” and has been around for several seasons. It is slightly higher aspect and for this year North...

North Ice (2009)
Wave Sails

Tushingham Rock (2009)

Tushingham only have the one ‘wave’ sail in the Rock, designed for all conditions and standards of sailor. They also produce the Storm, their all-round...

Tushingham Rock (2009)
Wave Sails

Wave Sails On Test: March 2009

This wave sail review is a test with a difference. Sails do seem to generate more of a subjective viewpoint than boards,...

Wave Sails On Test: March 2009
Freestyle Wave

Thommen Cross X 97 (2009)

Design: The X 97 is a relatively long and narrow board, particularly narrow in the tail. The rocker is fast with minimal tail rocker and...

Thommen Cross X 97 (2009)
Freestyle Wave

Tabou 3S 97 (2009)

Design: Unlike the 76L model tested in the last issue which was a new shape for ’09, the 97L is carried over from last season....

Tabou 3S 97 (2009)
Freestyle Wave

RRD Freestyle Wave 95 (2009)

Design: The RRD is a classic ‘fast tail’ all-rounder, with very little tail rocker and a standard (150cm 2cm point) FSW planing flat. Planshape is...

RRD Freestyle Wave 95 (2009)
Freestyle Wave

Quatro Freestyle Wave 95 (2009)

Design: The Quatro is very similar to the Goya One, with a very wave-oriented design featuring relatively high tail rocker, a rounded plan shape, fairly...

Quatro Freestyle Wave 95 (2009)
Freestyle Wave

Mistral Syncro 104 (RD) (2009)

Design: As detailed in the Style write-up, you need to forget any old associations of the Syncro name with slower, wave / control biased boards....

Mistral Syncro 104 (RD) (2009)
Freestyle Wave

Mistral 95 (RD) (2009)

Design: Mistral have had quite a major re-organisation of their smaller ranges over the past couple of years. Their very popular Syncros got a name...

Mistral 95 (RD) (2009)
Freestyle Wave

JP Freestyle Wave 92 (FWS) (2009)

Design: Standard tail width but slightly narrower than most in both mid point and nose. The planing flat is standard freestyle-wave, but the tail rocker...

JP Freestyle Wave 92 (FWS) (2009)
Freestyle Wave

Goya One 95 (2009)

Design: The defining characteristic of the Goya One is its rockerline which, with 7mm tail rocker, a 137 2cm point (i.e, a very short planing...

Goya One 95 (2009)
Freestyle Wave

Fanatic Freewave 95 (2009)

Design: Very middle of the road in design with a classic freestyle-wave rocker (half way between freeride and wave) and average widths throughout. It features...

Fanatic Freewave 95 (2009)
Freestyle Wave

Exocet Cross 94 Pro (2009)

Design: The Cross has a very long ‘planing flat’ section in its rocker profile, which places a considerable length of board in the water. It...

Exocet Cross 94 Pro (2009)
Freestyle Wave

AHD Rebound 93 (2009)

Design: The Rebound’s shape has been unchanged for a few seasons, which is apparent in some of the measurements. It is slightly longer and narrower...

AHD Rebound 93 (2009)
Freestyle Wave

The Freestyle Wave Mega Test; March 09

The freestyle-wave (FSW) is probably the most versatile shortboard you can buy. Other than light wind course racing there really isn’t much it can’t turn...

The Freestyle Wave Mega Test; March 09
Race

Mistral SL RD 110/66 (2009)

Dubbed as the lightest slalom board range on the market, the 66 is the middle board in the five-strong SL range. Mistral say that “the...

Mistral SL RD 110/66 (2009)
Race

Exocet Warp Slalom 109/66 (2009)

Exocet claim the Warp to have blistering speed combined with comfort, which remains even in the roughest situations. The 66 is the third largest of...

Exocet Warp Slalom 109/66 (2009)
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