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Nicosurf



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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 10:10 pm    Post subject: What type of board is this? Reply with quote

I found this windsurf board online. It is a 116L F2 Ride 279. I want to purchase it but I do not know if it as a racing, trick, free riding etc board. Do any of you know?

Thanks in advance!



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KevinDo



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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe those were Freeride boards (Seeing how the their are inner strap positions)
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adywind



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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Freerace circa 2000. Just google it, there is a lot of info .
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nodak



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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's an all around use board. Straps are adjustable for different kinds of sailing, e.g. waves, flat water... I love the retro graphics on this one.

I have an early 90's 115L but this one seems like a variation on the same theme. It's a few cm's shorter and a near same volume.

Don't pay more than $150 for it.
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that adywind's call is a good one. The board was designed by Peter Thommen. What you might want to find out is whether the board is a thermoformed ABS construction. I believe it is. If I'm right about this, it will have a bead running along the rail around the outline. That will make for a more durable board, but it will also be heavier and not quite as stiff. For some, that often makes for a more comfortable ride in rougher conditions.
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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the names in that era were not so clearly defined, nor now for that matter.

I would consider it a convertible, freeride.

Isthumus sold F2 then, ask Gary Stone, at the right price could be useful

its from another era, but they so is my Mistral 104L which is still quite fun, 1999 version

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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it's an all rounder. i had the 277. it waved pretty well, free rides well too.
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Nicosurf



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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it a hard board to ride? I weigh about 130 pounds and have taken a few classes. I do not want to buy a basic beginner board because I know eventually I will want to change it but I do not want a really hard board either. Any suggestions? Is this good?
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isobars



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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How many times do we -- with hundreds of years and many hundreds of thousands of planing miles of combined experience in the sport -- have to tell you that this board is not suitable for beginners even in the Gorge/Maui/Bay, let alone Florida?

If you get into and stay in the sport, you WILL buy scores of boards (hell, I own and use dozens of them right now). Why not buy what's right for the moment, then sell/recycle/gift/discard/eat it if and when you no longer use it? You're gonna spend at least six figures (some people spend seven) on the sport; what's a couple of hundred to get The Right Stuff at each step along the way?
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swchandler



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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, the F2 Ride 279 is not a beginner's board. While it would be an easy board to ride for an intermediate windsurfer with good skills, its lack of volume and its narrow width would make it terribly difficult for someone who doesn't have their waterstarts and transitions in control. Although your lighter weight could suggest that the F2 might have sufficient volume, I don't think things would play out very well. Even if your skills were more advanced right now, the board would ultimately be a bit too big for you. It was designed to target the 175 pound sailor using sails ranging from about 5.2 to 6.5, and maybe up to a 7.0. For you, a 6.0 would be quite a big sail, and it would be fair to say your target range would be more like 4.2 to 5.7.

To learn, I would think that you would need at least 150 liters of volume with probably 70cms or more in width. Later, once you develop reasonable skills, your target board size would be more in the 85-95 liter range.
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