Windfoil UK

Feathery unique – Nautix Windsurfing Freeride 5.2m windsurf sail test.

Words: Tez Plavenieks Pics: Tez Plavenieks, Oli Lane-Peirce Designed by the highly regarded Teiva Sails of France I’ve spent a considerable amount of time with the new Nautix Windsurfing Freeride 5.2m. A four batten, multi use windsurf sail this is a step up in terms of performance for long time brand Nautix. Being designed by Teiva Sails (who also produce […]

Windsurfing UK Kit Tests

Diddy wind – McConks Go Sail XS (1.5m) inflatable windsurf sail test.

Words & pics: Tez Plavenieks Hands up if you learned how to windsurf on a conventional windsurfing rig? Potentially quite a while ago when rigs were still pretty heavy. Possibly the hardest thing is uphauling and getting the sail into position to actually start sailing. It’s arguably the most prohibitive part of learning to windsurf – although a whole host […]

Windfoil UK

More than meets the eye – Tahe Techno Wind Foil 160L windsurf board test.

Words & pics: Tez Plavenieks Names mean nothing when it comes to windsurfing boards. In fact, when trying to decipher what gear does – having not actually tried the kit in question – it’s pretty hard to get a real handle on things. Most riders look at dimensions, but that too can be misleading because numbers, as with names, mean […]

Windsurfing UK Kit Tests

Versatile freedom ride – AV Boards Free BT 103L freestyle wave windsurf board test.

Review: Tez Plavenieks Pics: Nick Kingston & Oli Liane-Peirce A new brand to some AV Boards is the brainchild of Italian shaper/designer Aurelio Verde who’s noted as being one of the best creators of his generation. Having cut his teeth working for RRD he’s now involved with pushing his own company forwards. The AV Free BT is a parallel rail […]

Windfoil UK

Conceptual flights – DUO Boards Wind 130L 2021 windsurf/windfoil board test.

This test is published in partnership with foilshop.co.uk Review: Tez Plavenieks Pics: Oli Lane-Peirce This isn’t the first time I’ve tested the half hard, half inflatable board concept. For Windsurfing UK’s sister magazine SUP Mag UK I was lucky enough to hop aboard one of the first Pendle Boards (which is essentially what the DUO Boards Wind 130L is) and […]

windSUP

Broad range fun – McConks Freedom 10’6 windSUP review.

Pics: Oli Lane-Peirce. You mightn’t have heard of Cotswolds based McConks before if you’re not into stand up paddle boarding. If you do paddle then you may have seen the brand’s inflatable range. What you mightn’t also know is McConks actually do a limited line of hard shell stand up paddle boards, one model of which is applicable to windy […]

Windfoil UK

No myth! – Avanti Sails Icarus 5.5m foil specific sail test.

Review: Tez Plavenieks Pics & vid: Oli Lane-Peirce In Greek mythology Icarus, son of master craftsman Daedalus (who also created the Labyrinth), attempt to design a pair of wax/feather wings to escape the island of Crete. Unfortunately, having flown too close to the sun, the wings fail and Icarus falls from the sky. With Avanti Sails’ Icarus foil specific sail […]

Windsurfing UK Kit Tests

What’s in a name? – BIC Wind SUP 11’6 Performer ACE-TEC test.

Words & pics: WSUK Proving that names mean absolutely nothing – similar to overall dimensions – BIC’s ACE-TEC constructed Wind SUP 11’6 Performer is a more akin to a longboard windsurfer, that also paddles nicely, than a stand up paddle board that allows for rigs to be attached. WindSUP isn’t new. Windsurf instructors have been using them as teaching tools […]