10 May 2016

Simon Bornhoft Boniare Clinics

Simon Bornhoft has just finished six weeks of clinics in Bonaire.

 With the Starboard Kodes & Atoms being fully tested by many of the aspiring Windwise clients.

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The Atoms were the perfect platform for early planing conditions and for so many making those memorable first carve gybes!

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The 103L & 86L Kodes really excelled when the wind cranked up, delivering smooth blasting and a vice like grip in the turns! IMG_4830 copyStunning conditions, great people and now back to Hayling to learn, burn and turn!

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10 May 2016

Peter HART Champions the Kode 109 fsw

By Peter Hart

With introduction of early planing free-moves and free-rides and super-stable big rigs, the plight of the larger windsurfer has improved immeasurably in recent years.

However, the one area where they’ve struggled to compete is on any board with ‘wave’ or ‘freestyle’ in the title – there haven’t been many good big ones.

I know there have been some 110-120 wave boards – and they’re good on a wave but not particularly early planing. It’s not entirely the fault of manufacturers wondering how many they’ll sell – it’s also a design conundrum.  It’s not just a case of scaling the thing up – as you make the board bigger and flatten out the rocker to help the big fellahs plane early, it necessarily makes the thing less manoeuvrable.

Long story short, I was delighted to see Starboard introduce the Kode 109 fsw this year – but would it work? It’s unlikely a Starboard tram rider would say ‘no’ … But it really does. 

As an ultimate test, it was the only board I took on recent Tobago clinic, where typically the wind averages around 15 knots – a frustrating big man strength that normally consigns them to big kit. At 90kg, I’m not a monster but still put powered by a Bolt 6.5, I was flying all week. The other option might have been my Atom 110; but by having the Kode and the choice of a smaller fin and inboard strap settings, the sailing options were far greater.
Most of the volume is hidden in the shoulders, so if you take it into waves, you have the a little wary of full rail turns on the face. But it generally feels like a much smaller board – until you stop and realise you can uphaul easily.

Peter Hart loving the 2016 Starboard Kode 109

Peter Hart loving the 2016 Starboard Kode 109

It’s got the thruster option which definitely helped on the cutback (heel) side in waves. For waves I also preferred a bigger central fin (25cm) than the one given.
For general messing around, the 32 Drake crossover worked fine.
That’s it. So big men, I’m afraid there are now NO excuses!

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Harty loving the Kode 109

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8 Mar 2016

LWA Icebreaker Series

By Louis Morris

On the 27th February, it was the final event of the LWA (London Windsurfing Association) icebreaker series.

Three races were completed in a cold and gusty 8-18 knots NE’ly wind. Louis Morris won all 3 races on the XR-Race 9.5 and Phantom 377, with Robert Kent using the same kit to take 2nd. The icebreakers are fun team-racing competitions, and it was Team Kent (Rob, Annette, Emily, Rebecca, all on the XR-Race) who were the winning team!

A nice bit of mid-winter racing, it’s only a few weeks until the next raceboard event: the Round Hayling Race!

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