Peter Hart

Tushinghan Guru

In a worldwide poll called the ‘Top 100’ Peter Hart was voted the 3rd most influential and inspirational windsurfer of all time. At various times known as "The Guru" and "Mr Windsurfing" he has been involved in every aspect of the sport as competitor, journalist, TV commentator, trainer, coach and program maker.

Peter Hart

20 Nov 2014

BOLT and/or ROCK

After extensive testing on his clinics, Peter Hart helps pinpoints the subtle differences between the Rocks and Bolts.

Where Tushingham has differed from other brands is that we’ve only presented you with one wave sail range. For the past 10 years it has been the much loved Rock.

 It’s our belief that a good wave sail, with a little tweaking, can be made to work in ALL conditions. I mean, say you bought a dedicated, down-the-line riding sail and you arrive at your local spot to find it howling onshore, what are you supposed to do? Go out and buy another set? Nice idea but you’re going to need a bigger van.

But we do seem to have gone back on our word with the release of the Bolt – but sort of by mistake. The smaller Bolts, 5.25 downwards, have 4 battens. Although they were designed to be ‘light in the hands’ all-round, freestyle and free-ride sails, team riders and magazine testers alike have given them a definite thumbs up for the waves. 
So which is it to be, Rock or Bolt?

I took a set of Rocks and 4 batten Bolts on my recent 6 week wave clinic tour. I used both in the same conditions. I gave them to my charges to try and now have a very good idea who they suit and in what conditions.
Here are some thoughts.

Over or under-powered?
The fifth batten of the Rock is there to support the foil and lend extra stability. So the Rock over-powers better and has a slightly wider upper wind range. I personally like that for those crazy days when the wind is unstable. I can rig a little bigger in the knowledge that I’ll plane through the lulls and be able to survive the gusts no problem – a big advantage if the sea is crazy and unpredictable.

This isn’t necessarily a big person small person thing but those who liked to sail slightly over-powered, favoured the Rocks.

With one batten less, the Bolts ‘bag out’ a little more and can generate more low end power. You can get a way with a smaller sail, which increases your manoeuvrability and allows you ‘hide’ and depower the sail more easily at critical moments during the wave ride. 

It’s not just a wave sailing issue. I gave a Bolt to a 50 kg lady, who found herself planing ecstatically with a 4.5 in 18-20 knots and with NO dead weight in her hands. The less battens you have the more information you get from a sail both visually and through feel, which again is a plus in critical situations but also for pumping and trimming in lighter winds. The pay-off is that ‘feel’ turns to instability in the big gusts. If you genuinely are going to do a lot of wave riding on proper swell often under-powered in fluffy winds, look at the Bolt. 

If you favour powered up wave sailing, the extra stability you get from the Rock, especially launching into and landing wild jumps, may suit you. 

Freestyle?
Both the Rock and the Bolt make great freestyle sails. But if you’re genuinely looking towards new school tricks (Vulcans, Flakas and beyond) you might favour the Bolt. It’s so light in the hands that it makes you want to go for the tricks – and the mental ‘go for it’ battle is the one to win.

In Tarifa last week I was using the 5.2 Bolt on the 103 Kode in 18 knots of wind, a combo I would never have used before. For manoeuvre oriented sailing, it was magic. I handed it to a few die-hard old skoolers and they all immediately felt that a bit of popping and sliding could be on the cards!

Failure to nail even the more ‘basic’ moves – carve and duck gybes for example – is often down to nothing more than big blokes trying to hang on to too much sail. Having a go on a smaller Bolt was real light bulb moment and gave them a taste of how you should feel approaching a move.

So in summary I would say:
Don’t agonise too much – whichever one you go for, the choice won’t be wrong. Both sails work across the board. 

Talking teccy, the Rock depowers better from the leech – you can set it with more downhaul so it’s easy to oversheet get the leech to open.

The Bolt depowers better from the luff – i.e. you can spill wind instantly by sheeting out. 

Go for both! I’m only half joking. For waves most have a ‘go to’ size, especially for riding, which is generally a 5.2 depending on their size obviously. If that sail gets trashed at the beginning of the session, you’re screwed. I will always have both a 5.2 Rock and a 5.25 Bolt with me, because I enjoy the different feel AND so I have a spare. The Bolt also makes a great SUP sail.

Rock 1

Rock 1.  The Rock – super versatile in all conditions – the extra batten widens the upper wind range.

Bolt 1

Bolt 1. The Bolt – so light in the hands – it can bring a new ‘freesyley’ element to your sailing.

Bolt 3 Bolt 2

Bolt 2 and 3  Harty on a 103 Kode and a 5.25 Bolt, a big board, small sail combo he would never have got away with before.

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29 Sep 2014

HARTY in DONEGAL

Tush/Starboard rider is loving the new Kodes and Bolts in the Irish surf.

“Two weeks into my 5 week clinic tour of the North Atlantic coast and we’ve enjoyed just about every conceivable wind and wave condition. But so far I’ve just needed 2 boards for the job –  a 103 Kode fsw, a 92 Kode wave. I’m constantly shocked and amazed at the versatility of those boards.

Last night I was out on the 92ltr in proper bog and ride conditions – big crunching surf and 10 knots of wind. Within an hour it was up to 25 knots. I couldn’t be bothered to trek back to the van so down hauled the Rock 5.7 a bit more and just kept going. Both board and rig have an incredible range.

The confidence you get knowing the board will bottom out from the steepest drops and yet still gets up and goes in the slightest puff, takes you to the next level.” 

Pic – Harty one handed on the Kode 92ltr

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30 Sep 2013

Hart in praise of the Kode 92

Peter Hart has been out on the 2014 Kode recently and seems to be liking it!

Donegal, as usual, has come up with its usual wild mix of wind and waves. 40 knots and 7m, swell followed 2 days later by 15 knots side-off and perfect 4 ft glassy faces.

The Irish wave tour came to town last weekend; and as I met up with fellow team riders Timo and Finn Mullen, unprompted and open-mouthed, we all chorused, “what about the new Kodes then?!”

I used my new 92 for the first time the week before and couldn’t honestly believe what I was feeling – so fast and yet so ‘snappy.’ I was making sections that would normally wipe me with cries of “I knew I was good!” As Finn put it, the new Kodes have the speed of a single fin, the drive of a quad and the looseness of a twin, all bundled into one glorious bright orange package.

Kode 92

Harty in Donegal loving the new Kode 92

All the range have that quality but for me being 88kg,the 92 has brought a new dimension to the sketchy days and evened out the playing field for the bigger guys. Quite often the big boards we need to get out into position on light wind days are a bit stiff and clunky on the wave face. Last week I sailed the Magheroarty reef. It was offshore and really light inshore but howling further out. I put a 4.7 on the 92 and it worked brilliantly feeling like a board 10 trs less. 

The problem for Svein and the development team will be trying to improve on perfection!

Here is a video of Tiom Mullen ripping in Ireland on the 2014 Kode and Quad during September.

NW Ireland from Tam Mullen on Vimeo.

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Great freestyle comp at West Witt on Sat. I couldn't pulling off a one handed carve in front of judges to remind them where it all began!
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Harty Masterclass hits Kerry this week for an 'intro to waves' course. 8 metre swell forecast for Monday - that'll be one hell of an intro!
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En route for Tiree with 40 + predicted all week. Like workers in a chocolate factory, could be in danger of too much of a good thing!
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Ah the joys of Holyhead at 6am and the gentle of aroma of bacon fat emanating from Stena's glorious ferry. Donegal here we come!
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glorious weather on the beach this morn - where's a good photographer when you need one? Can you think of anyone Jon?
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Loop course tomorrow Wed 15 Sept, west witt 10 am - perfect sideshore conditions. Call 2XS 01243 513077. You can't put it off forever! PH
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