I was going to do a piece on the recent racing but that will have to wait. Instead, here is commentary on some new equipment which has caught my eye. Manufacturers have started posting their new ranges and I will keep watch for interesting developments.
Starboard have done something I have been waiting for, for a long, long time. They have taken a freestyle board, added outboard strap plugs (in addition to the normal inboard ones) and are supplying it with two fins – a trick fin and a freeride blasting fin.
This gives us a normal trick board with instant pop, instant acceleration and crazy speed but which allows us to deploy these attributes for high wind blasting. Well done Starboard - a master stroke from you.
The board is called the Ignite and is something all of us need to have on our wish lists.
Here it is:
The fins - look at the fat tail. No sinking in gybes. Awesome!
The boards (three sizes) are short and wide and just look right to me. If you sail in high winds but are tired of your small slalom/freeride board sinking in the lulls, this may be the answer for you. The Ignite will shine with small wave sails like Severne’s Blade Pro, but also something light and really fast (Severne Gator/Hot Sails Maui GPX for example).
The Power fin box means that you can experiment with your existing fast b&j fins . The short fin is easy to dismiss for those of us not interested in tricks but don’t write it off. If you sail in shallow water (a tidal bay for example) you sometimes need a short fin. Trick fins can be a whole lot of fun and allow for really sick gybes. You may even be tempted to try a trick or two.
If you have a small kid who is keen on the sport, this has to be the best board – no question. Something both of you can share in different applications.
Naish has posted its new equipment range. Of interest to me are the new Starships and the Galaxy. My only concern is the weight of these boards. They furnish no weight specs and as most of us know, Naish is capable of building really heavy stuff.
If the weights are not too horrible, these boards have to be worth a look.
This is the Galaxy - a versatile slalom board with many footstrap options and a foil-ready fin box. Watch Robbie’s video which is interesting and quite compelling. I like the informal shape and vintage paint colours.
A nice thing (if it is not too heavy of course).