F2 Wave 252 or what for high wind?

F2 Wave 252 or what for high wind?

Post by Marvin Butle » Fri, 18 Aug 2000 19:09:31


Looking for a good board for the gorge for higher wind 4.3 (3.2 to 5.3)
days.  Have used an older Cascade 8.5 and Seatrend Bump and Jump.  Want
to upgrade and thinking of a little smaller board, since I have a
Seatrend 8' 11".  Tried the F2 Wave 252 yesterday and it felt quite
loose and lively.  A larger fin made it more stable.  Originally I
thought of going with a polyester board, but more recently I'm thinking
of epoxy.  Any thoughts from you high wind sailors before I make a
decision?

I make most of my jibes (some in good style), begining to actively
pursue getting a little air and playing on the waves over the last year
or so, and feel quite comfortable at most of the sailing spots.  I am
thinking I may enjoy the lighter epoxy more as I grow into it, even
though the very loose feeling of the 252 with a small wave fin was a new
feeling.  I plan to try the F2 again on Friday, the wind gods willing,
and would like to make a decision soon.

 
 
 

F2 Wave 252 or what for high wind?

Post by Mike » Fri, 18 Aug 2000 09:20:19

Do yourself a huge favor. Visit the Gorge Animal shop on Cascade Street in
Hood River (right by Bart's Better  Boards and Promotion) and try out a
Bonzer. It's virtually all I've used for many years in both the Gorge and on
lakes anytime I'm powered up nicely on my 5.2 to overpowered on my 2.8 (one
8' Bonzer covers that range easily). Of the hundreds of boards I've tested,
including scores of  "Gorge" B&J boards and wave boards, nothing advanced my
skills so suddenly and dramatically nor supports my bash'n'slash sailing
style as solidly as Bonzers.

Or look for my big 9-foot-high white Ford van with Washington plates reading
ISOBARS (at Roosevelt, Rufus, the Hatchery, and Rowena, in that order), and
take my Bonzer for a spin. For that matter, ask virtually anybody carrying a
Bonzer for a ride. We like 'em so much most of us are happy to let people
ride 'em. We may keep our secret sailing SPOTS to ourselves because they're
hard to come by, but we love to share our SAILING "secret" 'cause they grow
on trees, in epoxy or polyester. The shop also carries a wide variety of
used ones.

BTW -- this is not a commercial. It's simply my strong opinion, and that of
most Bonzer owners, after years of trying other boards before discovering
these.

Hot tip: Take an 8-footer out powered way up in the Hatchery's gnarliest
worst, and try to do things you can't do on anything else without losing
control, spinning out, and bouncing out. If you do that, I advise you to
have your credit card or checkbook handy. I genuinely believe you'll be
stunned, because you're right about where I was when I first sailed one. I
bought one the next day, and my sailing ability improved so much so fast
that a windsurfing gear magazine owner commented just the next weekend on
how much my sailing ability had improved.

Think this is hype? Try one. Push it way past the control limits of every
other board you demo. When you get blown off the water on ANYTHING else on
any sail size below a 5.5, rather than rig down just plug that same sail int
o the nearest 7-6 to 8' Bonzer (same basic board size, just different nose
geometries in different years) and get right back out there. Then come back
here and tell us all this is hype. If your sailing skills and aspirations
are represented accurately, I don't think that's going to happen; you sound
like the pefect candidate to become a Bonzer fanatic.

For sailing overpowered anytime or powered right in 3.5 and stronger
conditions, I prefer polyester Bonzers.

Mike \m/
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Quote:
> Looking for a good board for the gorge for higher wind 4.3 (3.2 to 5.3)
> days.  Have used an older Cascade 8.5 and Seatrend Bump and Jump.  Want
> to upgrade and thinking of a little smaller board, since I have a
> Seatrend 8' 11".  Tried the F2 Wave 252 yesterday and it felt quite
> loose and lively.  A larger fin made it more stable.  Originally I
> thought of going with a polyester board, but more recently I'm thinking
> of epoxy.  Any thoughts from you high wind sailors before I make a
> decision?

> I make most of my jibes (some in good style), begining to actively
> pursue getting a little air and playing on the waves over the last year
> or so, and feel quite comfortable at most of the sailing spots.  I am
> thinking I may enjoy the lighter epoxy more as I grow into it, even
> though the very loose feeling of the 252 with a small wave fin was a new
> feeling.  I plan to try the F2 again on Friday, the wind gods willing,
> and would like to make a decision soon.


 
 
 

F2 Wave 252 or what for high wind?

Post by Steven & Shelley Swan » Fri, 18 Aug 2000 12:53:53

So, Mike - let me guess - you like your Bonza?!

My 2 cents worth = go for the polyester, regardless whether its a Bonza or
not.

SS


Quote:
> Do yourself a huge favor. Visit the Gorge Animal shop on Cascade Street in
> Hood River (right by Bart's Better  Boards and Promotion) and try out a
> Bonzer. It's virtually all I've used for many years in both the Gorge and
on
> lakes anytime I'm powered up nicely on my 5.2 to overpowered on my 2.8
(one
> 8' Bonzer covers that range easily). Of the hundreds of boards I've
tested,
> including scores of  "Gorge" B&J boards and wave boards, nothing advanced
my
> skills so suddenly and dramatically nor supports my bash'n'slash sailing
> style as solidly as Bonzers.

> Or look for my big 9-foot-high white Ford van with Washington plates
reading
> ISOBARS (at Roosevelt, Rufus, the Hatchery, and Rowena, in that order),
and
> take my Bonzer for a spin. For that matter, ask virtually anybody carrying
a
> Bonzer for a ride. We like 'em so much most of us are happy to let people
> ride 'em. We may keep our secret sailing SPOTS to ourselves because
they're
> hard to come by, but we love to share our SAILING "secret" 'cause they
grow
> on trees, in epoxy or polyester. The shop also carries a wide variety of
> used ones.

> BTW -- this is not a commercial. It's simply my strong opinion, and that
of
> most Bonzer owners, after years of trying other boards before discovering
> these.

> Hot tip: Take an 8-footer out powered way up in the Hatchery's gnarliest
> worst, and try to do things you can't do on anything else without losing
> control, spinning out, and bouncing out. If you do that, I advise you to
> have your credit card or checkbook handy. I genuinely believe you'll be
> stunned, because you're right about where I was when I first sailed one. I
> bought one the next day, and my sailing ability improved so much so fast
> that a windsurfing gear magazine owner commented just the next weekend on
> how much my sailing ability had improved.

> Think this is hype? Try one. Push it way past the control limits of every
> other board you demo. When you get blown off the water on ANYTHING else on
> any sail size below a 5.5, rather than rig down just plug that same sail
int
> o the nearest 7-6 to 8' Bonzer (same basic board size, just different nose
> geometries in different years) and get right back out there. Then come
back
> here and tell us all this is hype. If your sailing skills and aspirations
> are represented accurately, I don't think that's going to happen; you
sound
> like the pefect candidate to become a Bonzer fanatic.

> For sailing overpowered anytime or powered right in 3.5 and stronger
> conditions, I prefer polyester Bonzers.

> Mike \m/
> To reply directly, remove the SpamDam.



> > Looking for a good board for the gorge for higher wind 4.3 (3.2 to 5.3)
> > days.  Have used an older Cascade 8.5 and Seatrend Bump and Jump.  Want
> > to upgrade and thinking of a little smaller board, since I have a
> > Seatrend 8' 11".  Tried the F2 Wave 252 yesterday and it felt quite
> > loose and lively.  A larger fin made it more stable.  Originally I
> > thought of going with a polyester board, but more recently I'm thinking
> > of epoxy.  Any thoughts from you high wind sailors before I make a
> > decision?

> > I make most of my jibes (some in good style), begining to actively
> > pursue getting a little air and playing on the waves over the last year
> > or so, and feel quite comfortable at most of the sailing spots.  I am
> > thinking I may enjoy the lighter epoxy more as I grow into it, even
> > though the very loose feeling of the 252 with a small wave fin was a new
> > feeling.  I plan to try the F2 again on Friday, the wind gods willing,
> > and would like to make a decision soon.


 
 
 

F2 Wave 252 or what for high wind?

Post by Mike » Fri, 18 Aug 2000 13:54:52

Dang ... I try to be subtle, but people see right through me. Must be my
Southern accent.

Mike \m/
To reply directly, remove the SpamDam.


Quote:
> So, Mike - let me guess - you like your Bonza?!