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swchandler



Joined: 08 Nov 1993
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"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."

No doubt, you must have exposed the poor devil to your most deep seated feelings. A heavy dose of isobars' rants would certainly turn anybody off.
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jingebritsen



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This thread shows how long it takes for the WS populace to recognize how good some equipment is. The 2008 and 2009 stuff available new is pretty damn assume. Exocet X-Wave 105 Pro, Exocet Cross 106 Pro are fab. As are Fanatic Freewave 95 and 105. Mistral Syncro RD's and 2009 Energy's....
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cgoudie1



Joined: 10 Apr 2006
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Location: Killer Sturgeon Cove

PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or it might just be that we're riding custom stuff like I said. My current
custom is on it's 4th season, and it's not showing any heal dents or
fractures. I have been wanting to get a ride on one of those Syncros,
though because the overall planform looks very similar to my custom
(and it would be a lot lighter) I'd be more interested in an 80 ltr version.

-Craig



jingebritsen wrote:
This thread shows how long it takes for the WS populace to recognize how good some equipment is. The 2008 and 2009 stuff available new is pretty damn assume. Exocet X-Wave 105 Pro, Exocet Cross 106 Pro are fab. As are Fanatic Freewave 95 and 105. Mistral Syncro RD's and 2009 Energy's....
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keycocker



Joined: 10 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you mean the best board in every condition, the Downwinder at the Gorge is the only event that always includes a lot of different conditions in one nonstop race. Worth noting how successful a Windsurfer has been in that event.
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windtrip



Joined: 09 Oct 1992
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My old favorite is a Fox (Donnie Bauers) glass board about 8'5 and uncertain volume. I have no idea how old it is. It handles psycho chop with remarkable ease.

I bought it used. It has quirky custom graphics; on the bottom is a potato chip with a bite taken out of it. On top is a white border all around the board with the words "bite me" repeated.

If this was your board once, it's alive and well and still sailing in NJ and Hatteras. Very Happy
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stilladdicted



Joined: 18 May 1999
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fun topic.

Best board, nothing subjective about this....

Yup - high wind, that gorge bonzer, 5 fin animal-thing. Wow, if anyone is selling one, let me know.

My RRD 255 72l - very controlled board, good in waves, swell, etc. Never had a board I've enjoyed jumping with as much.

Then the Screamer - holy cow. That changed the sport. Sold mine years ago, but that was the board that got me in foot straps, in the harness lines, in a Vanagon, in a divorce, in over my head at work. It's got to be on the hall of fame.

Mike
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rwarb



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 7:12 pm    Post subject: Mistral Beast 68 liters Reply with quote

Almost every new board I've had for the last 20 years has been better than the last. Boards have gotten better! My current board, a Mistral Beast 68 (2006, I think) is great! So much fun in the Gorge, 2.8m2 to 4.2m2. Quick to plane, fast, great to jibe. Mess up a jibe on this board and you still don't get wet; it won't let you fall.
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Arrgh



Joined: 05 May 1998
Posts: 864
Location: Rio

PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

shahn1508 wrote:
Maybe they'll give it back to me for one more session at Rio Viento.

Let me know. Might be my chance to pass ya. Very Happy
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Wind-NC.com



Joined: 30 May 2007
Posts: 980
Location: Formerly Cape Hatteras, now Burlington, VT!

PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:31 am    Post subject: Re: Mistral Beast 68 liters Reply with quote

rwarb wrote:
Almost every new board I've had for the last 20 years has been better than the last. Boards have gotten better!


Cheers to that, rwarb! I completely agree. And have tested the theory, too, by occasionally jumping on the old "best board ever" whenever I see one at the beach and the owner is kind enough to let me reminisce for a run or two. It's like re-watching your favorite movie from when you were 10 years old. "What the hell?! Why did I enjoy watching this back then??" Of course, it was all we knew back then. But now, we know so much more....

No wonder the planing jibe was the holy grail of windsurfing...
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Wind-NC.com



Joined: 30 May 2007
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Location: Formerly Cape Hatteras, now Burlington, VT!

PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oh- forgot my submission- '09 Tabou Pocket 80. Best. Board. Ever.

That, and a mid 90s Open Ocean. But that was back in the day.
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