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Fanatic 5'8"

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Created by bigtone667 A week ago, 18 Oct 2020
bigtone667
NSW, 1281 posts
18 Oct 2020 3:35PM
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The Review .... The Fanatic is pretty good....

My first thirty minutes was in very light wind (not foilable) sorting my balance on my knees and standing. The deck grip is weird. Side to side it grips. But front to back, pretty easy to slip off the back if you lose balance.

The overall balance of the board on the water is good. I end up sitting quite forward of the mast (which is in the forward most position). The volume at the front of the board is great, making it quite hard to nose dive the board.

The problem with having so much volume forward is you stand forward of the mast to balance the board. Once you start pumping to get on the foil you need to start shuffling the feet back almost four inches to get balance against the foil (AXIS 1150/340). I would like to have the foil box elongated forward another 2 to 4 inches. Same with bottom handle.

You can generate a lot of board speed on the water simply through wing pumping. Despite being forward of the mast, it is pretty easy to get great board speed to pop onto the wing.

The shape of the bottom of the board is really superb. I had twenty or thirty touch downs and the board skips/skims without getting stuck... really really nice.

My foot positioning is much closer on the Fanatic verses the Naish.

Haven't quite figured out whether I prefer the concave deck of the Fanatic or flat deck of the Naish..

I will ride the Fanatic exclusively for the next few months before I compare against the Naish again.

Captain_Morg
TAS, 676 posts
18 Oct 2020 9:11PM
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Have the 5.4 Fanatic and love it!!, deck fine , no slipping .
Dont think i will go much smaller in a hurry as like to dog back to shore.
cant wait to screw in the straps and get some jumps..

dejavu
274 posts
18 Oct 2020 9:50PM
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What's the weight of the 5' 8" like. A lot of the new production wing boards seem on the heavy side.

These boards (Moses apparently will be selling the 118 and 98) also look nice but seem heavy to me -- 118 litres at 20+ pounds and 98 litres at 17+ pounds.

www.mb-boards.com/e/products/wing-foil-surf/albatros-balz-muller.asp

Jeroensurf
395 posts
19 Oct 2020 2:52AM
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I have the 5.8 as well .No grip issues on the pad although I would like to have a non slip paint on the nose for when climbing up (I Probably ad Hexatraction soon).
With a Go foil Maliko200 and 188x95kg and learning it isnt as stable as a supfoil board like the JP 7ft, but I,m getting more and more used to it. Slogging is is like sailing a windsurf waveboard when not planing, too small to be confortable, but mannagable as log as you have a little momentum. Mastposition with the M200 seems to be the best just BEHIND the mid. Probably that is due the different foil. With the mast all the way to the front I need to go with my toes over the edge of the pad when powered up. When flying I really really like the concaved deck. I also tried the Starboard 6.7x28x115l with flat deck but the main reason to buy the Fanatic was that that deck felt soo much better.
Right now i,m on holiday. When i.m back I will put it on a scale, but for its size it is heavy compared to a wavesailboard with 104l

bigtone667
NSW, 1281 posts
19 Oct 2020 7:40AM
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dejavu said..
What's the weight of the 5' 8" like. A lot of the new production wing boards seem on the heavy side.

These boards (Moses apparently will be selling the 118 and 98) also look nice but seem heavy to me -- 118 litres at 20+ pounds and 98 litres at 17+ pounds.

www.mb-boards.com/e/products/wing-foil-surf/albatros-balz-muller.asp


I have not weighed it, but it is definitely heavier than the ultra carbon Naish 110.



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