BOARDS #229 - Boards Windsurfing

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March 2007

What a winter, eh? Seems hardly a week’s passed
without at least a couple of days of Force 5+ (often waaay
more!) and air temps at or above 10°C, while the sea’s only
recently dipped below double figures. Plus our fair share of sun,
with waves in all the right places too; it’s a fine time to be a
British windsurfer – just check out the How
Was It For You?
section of our Online
for testament to that. Let’s just hope 2007 gets windier
and warmer from here on in.

Issue #229
The March 2007 edition of BOARDS Magazine is out this
week – and it’s packed full of motivation to see you through
’til spring…

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But what does that mean, exactly?

Let’s kick off with the inspirational – Tristan
Boxford recounts his Perfect Day at Backyards
on Oahu’s North Shore in the company of Naish, Polakow and Volwater
(and providing some of the most epic waveriding pix we’ve printed
for a fair while). Elsewhere, Gregg talks to this issue’s meteoric
Best of British success story – Jamie Hancock.

Then the aspirational – Challenge Gregg
returns with our brave boy Dunnett taking up the gauntlet of Learning
to Cheese-Roll
. And Jem Hall’s Wannabe a Wavesailor?
continues with Getting it Together; kit choice, set-up
and tuning for the waves.

The educational – technique-wise, Simon
Bornhoft’s QuickTips
explore how to get more than water
up your nose from a wipe-out, and we present a page on how to carry
your kit on The Long Walk Home. Also, do you know
the difference between Freemoves & Freerides?
Our Test Team certainly do now, having pitted 16 such 62-66cm
/ 100-110L
designs head-to-head in El Tur. And while we’re
asking the questions; How Big is It? The wave on the
cover above, that is. Despite being well over mast-high, the correct
answer’s probably "6 foot"! Discover why in this
month’s issue.

The celebrational [sorry, am I taking this too
sees us publish the Top 100 Boards EVER,
as voted for by you, and feature some action from surely the mildest
and windiest UK Winter in living memory.

And, of course, the vacational [OK, OK –
as we visit Sicily with Jean Souville,
Vietnam with Chris Pressler, and the hot new speedsailing
destination of Namibia with Dave White.

Not forgetting the conversational – Startline,
News, Post, Diary of a Young
, our new Blogs from the Bogs, Readers’


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As spring gathers pace, what better time to brush up
on your technique? Our Online
boasts 3 new offerings on DVD to suit most ability levels…

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Jem Hall’s Beginner
to Winner
is our top pick this month – 4 hours of coaching
from one of the best in the business on every aspect of technique
from your first uphaul all the way to one-handed jumps and duck-gybes,
with seemingly everything in-between. Less a film, more an encyclopedia
of windsurfing for entry-level to intermediate sailors…

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Guy Cribb’s new INtuition:
Gybing & Core Skills
might, at first glance, seem a bit
specialised. It concentrates on that most elusive of benchmark manoeuvres,
the carve gybe; something that acres of magazine pages and miles
of tape have been devoted to before. But Guy’s style is fresh and
genuinely brings something new to the party; everyone from early-intermediates
to competent gybers will learn something from this one.

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Meanwhile, for all you wavesailors (or – with
apologies to Jem – wannabe wavesailors), Sam Ireland’s
Secrets: Real World Waves
is that little bit different. Focussing
exclusively on onshore wavesailing, it’s described as a "peer
to peer DVD"
. Canadian PWA sailor Sam has basically recorded
the thoughts and deeds of some fellow World Cuppers alongside top
designers on the subject of onshore wavesailing. The result is an
audience with Robby Naish, Josh Angulo, Scott Mckercher, Levi Siver,
Keith Teboul, Richard Greene, Robert Stroj, Jason Diffin, Peter
Volwater, Jesse Brown, Tristan Boxford, Anne Marie Riechmann, Daida
Moreno, Matt Pritchard and Jason Polakow on the technicalities and
minutiae of ‘real world wavesailing’, combined with footage of the
stuff they’re talking about. Not something you get a chance to do
every day, unless you live on Maui of course…


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If you’re wondering where to advertise your windsurfing
kit, then wonder no more. The BOARDS ONLINE classifieds ads section
is now better than ever, with the boards section now connected in
to our awesome online database of production boards, listing every
board produced since 2000 (now
updated for 2007
), and our test database. So now it’s that
much easier to find out about kit that you’re considering buying.

        Better still, we’ve
introduced a new grade of classified ad. Online-only ads are still
free, but for just £5 you can now go for the ‘Priority’ ad,
which allows you also to upload a picture, ensures that your ad
will appear at the top of any relevant searches, appears on the
ad main page and the main site home page, AND gets a free listing
in this magazine. Check it out at

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Available to download from BOARDS Online, March’s BOARDS
feature Henrik Fahlen sailing at Varberg in Sweden
… on a 2.2m Naish Ripper in 80 knots of wind! Pic by Mathieu Turries

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on the water…

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and the whole BOARDS team:
Bill, Ian, Simon, Gregg, Gary, Fred, Claire, Shelagh,
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