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I – the iRig: 100% inflatable windsurfing rig designed for easy access to windsurfing

Designed to make windsurfing as accessible and easy to learn as possible the iRig debuted late 2016 and is billed as the first fully inflatable windsurfing rig. Utilising kitesurfing technology it’s described as being 70% lighter than standard rigs, floats on the water’s surface and requires next to instruction to use making is a hassle free product to use. Having […]

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Progressive performer – Loftsails Oxygen 7.3m HD 2018 sail test

Pics: James Jagger Having used a number of Monty Spindler’s windsurf sail designs there’s a glaringly obvious trait running through all. Every design has two faces – the Oxygen 7.3m being no different. Once sheathed to its ideal mast the minimum setting displays an impressively bellied out main section that’s shaped for pure power and low end planing. Whack the […]

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Three of a kind – Mistral Quikslide 100L, 110L, 120L freeride windsurf board comparison test

Words: WSUK Pics: James Jagger, WSUK You’d be forgiven for thinking Mistral parked their involvement with windsurfing a while back. Yet the recognisable red dot brand has always remained, just bubbling under the surface these last few seasons. Towards the end of 2018 Mistral announced they were fully back in the game with introduction of their line of Quikslide freeride […]

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Fly toy – Duotone F-Type 5.8m 2019 windfoil specific windsurf sail

There’s a lot to be thankful for in terms of design with the arrival of windfoiling. With a new discipline comes all manner of out of the box ideas and concepts that could straddle standard windsurfing in time. Not least a new brand name Duotone’s spangly foil specific F-Type 5.8m is a case in point. Once unfurled it’s obvious the […]

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Signature series – KA Sails Koncept 7m slalom windsurf sail test 2018

Pics: James Jagger KA Sails were pretty commonplace around UK shores a few years ago. Still going strong, however, we decided to re-visit the Netherlands based windsurf sail brand to see what the score is with their signature slalom/race/speed sail the 7m Koncept. The first thing that strikes you is the sail’s livery. It’s a good looking sail and we […]

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(More than) a bag of tricks – Loftsails Airscape 4.8m 2018 freestyle windsurf sail test

Pics: James Jagger Attach the ‘freestyle’ moniker to a product and it can be an instant turn off for many. With a large proportion of sailors fitting the freeride mould thoughts of aerial contortionism and bendy man/woman shenanigans couldn’t be farther from recreational windsurfing realms. Yet the benefits freestyle tools offer actually suit everyman windsurfers more than you’d think: early […]

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Feel the power! – NeilPryde Ryde 7.5m C3 2017 freeride windsurfing sail review

NeilPryde need no introduction. A stalwart brand on the windsurfing scene for years, with many a world champion (Bjorn Dunkerbeck, Antoine Albeau anyone?) having used the brand’s gear to devastating effect, NeilPryde continue to deliver premium quality sails and rig components. WSUK got its grubbies on the C3 version of NP’s Ryde 7.5m, billed as the perfect partner for modern […]

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Feathery versatility – Severne NCX 8m 2017 freeride windsurf sail review

Billed as no cam freerace sails Severne’s NCX range continues to draw admirers from all corners. Looking unique and instantly identifiable the NCX 8m is a bold looking tool for making use of lighter winds. Although we used both colourways of the 2017 Severne NCX, this didn’t affect things as aesthetics are just that – performance is the same regardless. […]

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Fenix rising – Avanti Sails Fenix 5.2m wave sail review

Words and pics: WSUK Having interviewed Dan Kaseler (Avanti Sails head honch and designer – see String Theory article here) prior to getting hold of the Fenix 5.2m we were intrigued by what we’d find. Coming in lime green livery the Fenix is certainly eye candy. Avanti’s distinct branding also adds to the mix. Avanti’s method of laying up sails […]

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Smoothly does it – Witchcraft Karma 5m wave sail review

Words and pics: WSUK Having recently visited Fuerte it’s not hard to appreciate when Witchcraft brand owner Bouke Becker says windsurfing equipment on the island has a hard life. Harsh UV rays from the sun, powerful, relentless Atlantic swell and in a lot of areas a sharp rocky/reefy coastline. As such any gear needs to be up for the job […]