Thursday, March 29, 2018

2018 Fanatic Foil

I have to admit, foiling didn't seem like something that would be of any interest at all to me. Now that we're living in a windy location, I didn't even bother going out on anything bigger than a 4.8. "It's 20 knots or nothing" has been my personal rule that echoed in my head for the past 8 months. But, with the arrival of the new Fanatic H9 Windsurf Foil in the shop along with every available Foil Ready board from Fanatic and Goya at my disposal, I figured I might as well give it a shot. And I'm so glad that I did! The experience of getting the board going in so little wind with my freestyle sails I already owned was incredible! In 10 knots of wind on a 5.2 I was able to give a few pumps and I was on my way to windsurfing heaven. The closest comparison I can think of to anything I've felt in my 25 years windsurfing is that getting up on the foil for the first time was just like the first time I got planing on a windsurfer. Just incredible! I'm going to be picking up one of the Fanatic Foils as soon as I figure out which Fanatic board will be best. The great thing is that the Fanatic boards that are foil ready are also amazing normal light wind windsurfing boards! For this adventure, I chose the Gecko 120.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Severne Freek

For 2018, my favorite sail still remains to be the Severne Freek! I've also joined the Ocean Air Sports team and we've got them in stock! The video below shows some nice features of the sail. What I personally like the most is it's absolutely top notch handling. The sail remains so balanced and comfortable even when I'm overpowered. Instant power up and depowering are possible without being pulled off balance. Of course for freestylers, we can really appreciate a sail that ducks easy. The 2017 and 2018 Freeks just land where ever you put them. This means you can count on the sail staying right where you let it go for the backwinded tricks and you can work on the actual trick instead of trying so hard to get the duck right. For non-freestylers.... people have told me how much they like not fighting with the rig on the jibes. When they flip the sail, on the jibe they are planing through more turns because the sail instantly powers back up after the sail flip and they stop falling off a plane because they don't need to wait for the sail to power up again on the new tack. EVERYONE will appreciate the lightness and smooth power of the sails. Through use of top grade materials and creative placement of reinforcements, the sails are extremely light and just as durable as ever. No-one will be disappointed with a Severne Freek!

Happy sailing and enjoy the clip!