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crashman



Joined: 15 Jul 2002
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really progressed in wave sailing with my Naish Floater. It was a switch from glass, and a big increase in volume from my other wave boards. Other than that: After about 8 years out of the sport I bought a bic techno 273 which got me back into windsurfing and sails well on the reserviors in Ca. Oh and for a high wind board I had this Starboard Surf 78- wood with red floral prints on the sides. That was my favorite wave/gorge board so far!
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us4846mmoran



Joined: 30 Apr 2000
Posts: 73

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1994 8'4" hipertech clam & current favorite 2004 exocet original wave 85m 246 cm.
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In case demand is any indication of "best", one Gorge guy recently rejected a serious offer of $1,000 for his off-the-shelf mid-90s Gorge Animal Bonzer. While I might sell one or two for less, I would not sell my last couple for twice that ... each.

Mike \m/
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crashman



Joined: 15 Jul 2002
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2009 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shoot, wish I had known that about the Gorge Animals- after hanging in the rafters for a while I gave my 8'6" (hot pink and teal) Bonzer to a guy for his high-wind board for Washoe Lake.

That was a fun board too! Lots of great days on it. I remember one day visiting the gorge, Rowena I think, and the main fin came out when I whacked it on a rock, broke the tab, and then the rest kind of swung down and then broke... Anyway, sailed the board back across the river no problem on the Bonzers alone.
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shibumi57



Joined: 13 Jul 1998
Posts: 68
Location: San Francisco

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did anyone mention the Tiga 260? A great board to learn how to jibe on. The heavier feel sucked up chop like a vacum cleaner.
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tm00



Joined: 21 Jul 2000
Posts: 241
Location: Lake Champlain - NY

PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

E-Rock, Tiga 254 and Bic Veloce 288 are at the top of my old favorite list.
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SlightlySalty



Joined: 19 Jul 2008
Posts: 92

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By far the best boards of all time were Shulers. Lanny Shuler made the best boards...if you could get one.
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

$299 for one in excellent condition at the last two swap meets.

Mike
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cgoudie1



Joined: 10 Apr 2006
Posts: 2557
Location: Killer Sturgeon Cove

PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:26 pm    Post subject: top 3 Reply with quote

OK, Top 3 all time favorite "production" boards

Bailey 8'10" circa 1992 Most comfortable board i've ever ridden
Mistral Ecstasy Auto Jibing Wave Board
Logosz Squish Most Versatile Wave Board I've ever ridden

Mostly I've ridden custom boards, and especially the last few years,
that probably accounts for the lack of newer production models.


-Craig
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:29 pm    Post subject: Re: top 3 Reply with quote

cgoudie1 wrote:
OK, Top 3 all time favorite "production" boards

Bailey 8'10" circa 1992: Most comfortable board i've ever ridden
Mistral Ecstasy: Auto Jibing Wave Board


Totally concur on both counts.

If those Baileys -- every size was a marvel -- had a modern mast track location, I'd still own some of them. I never did like his nextgen non-nose lineup.

I won a new, still-factory-wrapped, red, next-year's, Ecstasy in '92 or '93. The SOB refused to give it to me despite our written contract.

Mike \m/
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