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rangerider



Joined: 19 Jul 2009
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, my quiver right now is an Exocet wind-sup, ultrasonic 147, and xcite-ride 145. I need a better jiber that will still plane in my typical conditions which is why I want to add an Atomiq 120 or a simmer freemove 120 - I just found a us based vendor for the simmer freemove which got an interesting review in windsurf UK a few months ago - it was the smoothest and fastest on test but some testers disliked how it felt less lively than the other boards. I think fast and smooth sounds good though.

I also have a Bic electric rock I rescued from the trash that my kids use as a sup board, I've never sailed it - hoping there will be enough wind to try it this weekend just for kicks.
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NOVAAN



Joined: 28 Sep 1994
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't wave sail anymore. These days I have a 2 board quiver. The 110 freemove and a 96 liter Tabou 3s Once the Atom110 starts to get big the 3s fits right in. The smallest sail I uses these days is a 4.7.. If it gets windier than that , I sit and watch. Knees and back can't take the ruff water anymore..
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Sailboarder



Joined: 10 Apr 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gvogelsang wrote:


I am thinking that a light wind board - like a real wide early planer (my old Formula board, a Supersonic, a JP Super Lightwind) or a Kona or Kona CarbOne, and one of these, and a freestyle wave, would be a fine 3-board quiver for a lot of us.


I agree. With the local irregular wind we have, I prefer a Kona. A freemove around 110l is a good step down and a FSW of maybe 95l would complete a nice board quiver for me.
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NOVAAN



Joined: 28 Sep 1994
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

E-rocks rock. Made my first ripping turn on one
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jlooby



Joined: 31 Aug 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had my first outing on a rrd firemove 120 with a 6.3 and 8.0. Wavy great lakes conditions and super gusty. Really enjoyed the board ! Need a longer fin for the 8.0.
Very easy to sail. Planes easy. Turns very well. Easy to uphaul at 190 lbs. great in chop.
Looks like a good choice.
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gvogelsang



Joined: 09 Nov 1988
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sailed my RRD V2 122 tonight in probably 13 14 (no whitecaps) with a 7.5 Lion. I felt that the stock fin was not quite big enough; also, the weeds are now a problem, and that inhibited planing.

But, I did slog out to the channel, dismount to clear the weeds, and got some nice rides. I got around a couple of gybes, although I came off the plane and had to save it as the board headed up into the wind. But, I stayed dry. I have a feeling that the more I sail it, the better; maybe I don't need to try to turn it quite as fast.

Now I need to get a couple of good weed fins. I have an 18" one, but it looks huge, and weighs a ton for the 122. AS a matter of fact, I checked out the weed fin on my Formula board and it is the same size - so I need a couple that are smaller.

The board is very comfortable once planing, and slogs more comfortably than my 135 X-Cite Ride. Once on a plane, it feels smaller. Now I get what others in other threads were saying.
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gvogelsang



Joined: 09 Nov 1988
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sailed tonight in 25 gusting to over 30. Rigged my new 5.5 Cheetah, which is currently my smallest sail. I started on the Firemove 122; where I sail is very choppy in 25 - 35 conditions.

The Firemove was pretty darn easy to sail. And, because of the width, it glides through jibes (gybes) and enabled me to save a bunch. In the choppy conditions, it didn't seem like a handful; the board sort of rides above the chop.

I also tried to sail my All Ride 116, thinking that it would be a better 5.5 board. But, that board was actually harder to sail. It might have been a bit faster, but it was much less forgiving in the gybes.

As I am 60 and a bit out of shape (but getting stronger each time I sail), the Firemove enabled me to stay dry a whole bunch of times in the gibes, and a couple of them were very clean. The All ride was much harder work. Because of the Firemove's width, it stays gliding through the gybes longer, and enabled me to complete a bunch that the All Ride did not.

I am beginning to appreciate the board. I would have loved to have tried the next size down tonight, or a Gecko 110.
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NOVAAN



Joined: 28 Sep 1994
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WELCOM to the world of short wide boards. Isn't it fun. In my post about the freemoves board, I try to steer people towards trying the next size down as these boards work so well in lite and gusty winds. I have the Atom 110. A great board but have found that all I needed is the 100. I already have one ordered, just need to sell the 110....
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