Windsurfing mag:May issue

Windsurfing mag:May issue

Post by Patrice Boi » Fri, 29 Apr 1994 02:53:09


I got my May '94 Windsurfingmag. in the mail today. All I can say is WOW,
Great job. Very nice board test(high wind boards), tips on how to go fast,
and the usual columns by Naish, Gebhardt and co.  If I was to nit-pick, I
would have only two complaints, which i mentioned before: 1) to use
different constructions in board test (K. Winner already knows about this
one).  In this regard, I would really like to know how the F2 265 in Jump
& Gybe construction compares to the world cup one.  Most of the testers
agrred to say that the world cup 265 is just fast and nervous for most
sailors.  At 3 lbs heavier, wouldn't the J&G be more easy to control while
almost just as fast??  The canadian mag. Windsport was drooling all over
the 265 J&G, saying it is the only high wind board most sailors need.  Is
the difference between the two reviews only a function of which
construction method was tested???

  My other nit-picking goes to sail tests: why not
make a "decision making chart" like you do for the boards?? It would make
the reviews better than they are now (although they are pretty usefull
already). --
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Patrice Boily

 
 
 

Windsurfing mag:May issue

Post by John Mansfie » Thu, 05 May 1994 01:33:11


Quote:

> I got my May '94 Windsurfingmag. in the mail today. All I can say is WOW,
> Great job.

I agree with Patrice---this magazine is much more informative now.  Very
helpful stuff---I noticed with some dismay in the article on Speed how many
of the "before" pictures resemble what I do on a short board, instead of
the "after' pics!

--

175#, 5'11", Edge and Explosion, Waddell Quiver



 
 
 

Windsurfing mag:May issue

Post by AKeist » Thu, 05 May 1994 21:06:05

I agree.  It was a good issue.  However, my favorite part was the picture of
Robby Naish on the back cover in the Mistral Ad.  I want to fly like that!!!
WOW!

- Alan

 
 
 

Windsurfing mag:May issue

Post by Ken Goodri » Fri, 06 May 1994 01:08:40

I've also enjoyed the April and May issues--maybe I'll resubscribe.

I was curious as to how the numerical scores for speed, bump and jump, and
wave
sailing were assigned--did I miss this, is it in the article?  I'm
particularlly
curious about the Gecko where half the testers seemed to like it and the
other half expressed rather strong dislike.  I would have thought the
scores
were an average of 1-10 ratings from the 4 (or 5 including the
intermeadiate) testers.  Under this senario the Gecko should have had
middle of the road scores--the actual scores were pretty high.

Also I am interested in the Topsail that was evaluated--the price is right,
but I'm put-off by the lack of top end.  Could this be improved with a
stiffer
batten or two?  I tried some Topsail SpeedWings back in 87--the quality of
the sails was quite good, but the "soft" camber inducers they used back
then were a disaster!

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Windsurfing mag:May issue

Post by felix.cabr » Fri, 06 May 1994 22:46:13


...
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Quote:
>curious about the Gecko where half the testers seemed to like it and the
>other half expressed rather strong dislike.  I would have thought the
>scores
>were an average of 1-10 ratings from the 4 (or 5 including the
>intermeadiate) testers.  Under this senario the Gecko should have had
>middle of the road scores--the actual scores were pretty high.

I'm not sure what your're saying here because if I recall the Windsurfing
Mag testers gave the Gecko great reviews except for a mention of durability.
They say the mega construction broke on them so they recommend the ultra and
the pure for most recreational sailors. I have to go back and read it again
to see if I see what you saw :-) Another point is the EURO mags have raved
about this board in their tests.

I will also add, I own a mega gecko and love it. This board is extremely fast
and maneuverable. I have jumped this board many times with no visible problems
thus far. In fact, I was given the green light by distributors to jump my heart
out on it. If a problem does occur it will be replaced no questions asked.

The design is no-nose but without the FAT tail. In other words the volume is
not concentrated in the tail area as are some radical no-nose boards. This
gives the board a very loose feel for sailing in waves. The thin nose also
adds to its looseness. With a blade fin and race sail it RIPS! While with a wave
fin and wave sail it turns into a trickster. This is exactly what I've been
looking for. It will be my high wind race board as well as my bump and jump.

--

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Windsurfing mag:May issue

Post by Patrice Boi » Fri, 06 May 1994 23:03:44

: I'm not sure what your're saying here because if I recall the Windsurfing
: Mag testers gave the Gecko great reviews except for a mention of durability.
: They say the mega construction broke on them so they recommend the ultra and
: the pure for most recreational sailors. I have to go back and read it again
: to see if I see what you saw :-) Another point is the EURO mags have raved
: about this board in their tests.

If you read the "unedited" round-table, you will see that only K. Winner
and T. James liked it, the two other testers hated it because they had
problems making it go on a plane.  The intermediate, if I recall, did not
like it either......--
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Patrice Boily

 
 
 

Windsurfing mag:May issue

Post by kwinner on B » Sun, 08 May 1994 14:50:39

Quote:

>I was curious as to how the numerical scores for speed, bump and jump, and
>wave
>sailing were assigned--did I miss this, is it in the article?  I'm
>particularlly
>curious about the Gecko where half the testers seemed to like it and the
>other half expressed rather strong dislike.  I would have thought the
>scores
>were an average of 1-10 ratings from the 4 (or 5 including the
>intermeadiate) testers.  Under this senario the Gecko should have had
>middle of the road scores--the actual scores were pretty high.
>Also I am interested in the Topsail that was evaluated--the price is right,
>but I'm put-off by the lack of top end.  Could this be improved with a
>stiffer
>batten or two?  I tried some Topsail SpeedWings back in 87--the quality of
>the sails was quite good, but the "soft" camber inducers they used back
>then were a disaster!

Ken:

As is true in all windsurfing magazine product testing, those
numerical scores you saw in WINDSURFING mag are based on
subjective evaluations.  The Gekko got good scores because
it rips when the right person is on it.  It wasn't right
for Stephanie, Mike or Richard, but Tom and I had great fun \
on it.  We figure that if someone can enjoy a board, it
doesn't deserve bad marks.  We just have to try to make clear
what sort of person and conditions it works for.

The Top Sail is a good uy.  Stiffer battens will flatten it out,
but I'm not sure it will work well.  The Gaastra is a very good
alternative, and doesn't require $50 or $100 worth of upgrade.

K Winner