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dllee



Joined: 03 Jul 2009
Posts: 5251
Location: East Bay

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2022 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Late '80's boards that still rip today.....
Sunset Slalom
270 Axxis
Bic E Rock.
Tiga Slalom 270
Mistral Screamer/Explosion
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cgoudie1



Joined: 10 Apr 2006
Posts: 2534
Location: Killer Sturgeon Cove

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2022 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, if I like a board, I typically ride it into the ground, and I'm
on new boards within the last 7 years, so they can't really count.
I think there were 3 boards I rode for many many years.
An old school Bailey 8'10 epoxy (eventually filled with water),
a Logosz Squish (fin box went soft), and a custom designed
by myself, layed up in glass by Cascade (went soft under the
straps) Got at least 10 years out of all of them.

My current 2 Open Oceans are sweet, but not old enough to qualify yet.

-Craig
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isobars



Joined: 12 Dec 1999
Posts: 20818

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2022 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Performance Windsurf Report's review on that Bailey included something like, "From the minute you first strapped it on, it felt like a pair of silk Jockey shorts right out of the dryer." People in New Mexico's heated lake complained because I "wasn't sailing in straight lines." Then Bailey went and ruined it, IMO, by going all "no-nose" (i.e., nuthin' BUT nose).

After formally testing just about every board designed for Gorge conditions throughout the early '90s, my hands-down favorite was my long string of Gorge Animal Bonzers. My sailing improved dramatically (in my and observers' opinions) literally on my first day on one, and I sailed little else until the shaper moved to Brazil and I had to find something else.
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tm00



Joined: 21 Jul 2000
Posts: 240
Location: Lake Champlain - NY

PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2022 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tiga 254
I still enjoy sailing it when the conditions are right (lots of wind)
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NOVAAN



Joined: 28 Sep 1994
Posts: 1489

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2022 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot that one. I had it and liked it for high winds..
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bert



Joined: 10 Apr 2000
Posts: 665

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2022 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also owned that Tiga, but for high winds nothing compared to my 80L Realwind board.


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dvCali



Joined: 23 Aug 2007
Posts: 1314

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2022 6:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Gear you've used for years and still love Reply with quote

Nope! I sold everything old and the new stuff works much better!

[Including the last arrival: a Point-7 Salt 3.7 that takes the place of a HSM Firelight 3.7. I took it out today in angry and gusty 25+ knots (sensor gusting at 32 mph). Day and light better sail.]


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manuel



Joined: 08 Oct 2007
Posts: 1158

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2022 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still use and love all of my old gear!
Late 90s to mid 2000s.
Most recent is 2013-2015 boards.
Currently using mid to late 90s sails, my favorites!
Mid 2000s boards seem quite solid and super light.

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westender



Joined: 02 Aug 2007
Posts: 1288
Location: Portland / Gorge

PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2022 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My old DaKine Kalama's must be getting on 30 years old? Don't know what I'd do without them??
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flaherty



Joined: 01 May 1997
Posts: 435

PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2022 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a quiver of Real Wind boards. 5 of them and one Open Ocean. Theres a small cult of Maui locals that only sail them. I have the 80 liter white one that's in the picture. A fabulous board. Old school , yea, but to me the most comfortable, great sailing boards. I've tried the newer styles, In fact bought a fairly new starboard Code, hated it. I've been windsurfing since 1984, love and addicted to it. The Open Ocean is my high wind board. Tri fins on all my boards.
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