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swurfdog



Joined: 10 Jun 2000
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2000 9:22 pm    Post subject: opinions on 8'6"windance epoxy Reply with quote

Im considering buying a 1992/93(?) vintage 86 windance epoxy board in from a buddy who no longer sails. Id be using it for b/j on inland lakes and onshore wave sailing on Lake Ontario.
Any one have any experience with this board ?
Any info appreciated !
Thanks,
-swurfdog
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2000 1:06 pm    Post subject: RE: opinions on 8'6 Reply with quote

In that era I tested scores of boards per year for a magazine. The 8-6 Windance epoxy STILL stands out as one of the harshest-riding boards Ive ever ridden. It beat the living crap out its rider, I presume because it had no perceptible vee.

Theres nothing wrong with 92-93 boards -- some were among the sweetest-sailing boards ever produced, requiring mush less rider effort than many of todays boards -- but that one, and the AHD 8-5 with concave rails --were just rough riders. The AHDs problem was that its rails grabbed every little piece of passing chop and tried to follow it home, thus darted right and left faster that you could react, putting me in abject fear of breaking an ankle.

Both were fast, but neither was any fun at speed.

Mike \m/
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spyder



Joined: 24 Sep 1996
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2000 1:21 pm    Post subject: RE: opinions on 8'6 Reply with quote

isnt vintage a sales trick for OLD?

maybe if its $50
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jimlarsen



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2000 2:20 pm    Post subject: RE: opinions on 8'6 Reply with quote

I ride a vintage Windance 810 glass board (Polyester)shaped by Tom Watson (I think it is an 87). I can ride it in anything above 18 mph winds. My other board is a newer Seatrend, but I prefer the older Windance, and spend 80-90% of my time with it under my feet.
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jimlarsen



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2000 2:23 pm    Post subject: RE: opinions on 8'6 Reply with quote

PS: In good shape, an old Windance is worth between $100 and $200 in the Gorge.
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