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95 Magic Bullet

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Created by grumpydave 22 days ago, 19 Nov 2018
grumpydave
VIC, 10 posts
19 Nov 2018 10:50AM
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Some snaps of my new MagicBullet 95. I really like this board - planes easily, rockets upwind and ridiculously comfortable in the chop. There is tons and tons of grip and the rail doesn't bounce in turns. It feels like an old school v bottom single fin blasting around in a straight line, but then turns on a dime like a modern multi fin board.

I'm the perfect definition of a "joe average" weekend sailor. At 95kgs I wanted one board that I can use from 5.7 down blasting in the bay and then have lots of fun when I can get down the coast for a wave. I've only used a couple of times and left about 5mm room in the flex plate.

We are so lucky in Aus with clever people who know a thing or two about windsurfing boards, fins and sails. So it was an easy decision to get in touch with Neil who talked me through everything and explained how it works. It is interesting what Neil and Matt have come up, but not confusing in terms of having to fiddle with a multi fin board. Plus it works!

Boxed up and sent across to Melb easily.

So two thumbs up from grumpy Dave, and thanks Neil and Matt.










Peter Hands
VIC, 35 posts
19 Nov 2018 5:04PM
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Mine arrived today - can't wait to launch ... the guys claim "fast AND loose AND easy", which is the holy grail of wave boards, and I need all the help I can get
Very interested to use for 20+ knots offshore and bay blasting, and compare it to my Silver Bullet 64
Also very keen to see how extra length and overall balance allow my 90+kg to use it as a "lighter wind" wave board with eg 6.2 - compared to the various short-style 95 freewaves I am used to, which I find hard to manage off the plane in wave condiions
Apparently Matt Holder as a very skilled wave sailor was focussed on the 85 - he thought a 95 would be too big and clunky - now it's his go to board! ...
Feedback to follow soon I hope

azymuth
WA, 501 posts
19 Nov 2018 8:12PM
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Peter Hands said..
Mine arrived today - can't wait to launch ... the guys claim "fast AND loose AND easy", which is the holy grail of wave boards, and I need all the help I can get
Very interested to use for 20+ knots offshore and bay blasting, and compare it to my Silver Bullet 64
Also very keen to see how extra length and overall balance allow my 90+kg to use it as a "lighter wind" wave board with eg 6.2 - compared to the various short-style 95 freewaves I am used to, which I find hard to manage off the plane in wave condiions
Apparently Matt Holder as a very skilled wave sailor was focussed on the 85 - he thought a 95 would be too big and clunky - now it's his go to board! ...
Feedback to follow soon I hope


The 95 has an insane wind-range. I've wave-sailed mine in 12 knots with a 6.2m Blade and in 30 knots with a 4m Blacktip.
I've got two 80L wave boards but don't bother with them anymore. I'm 80kgs.

The 95 is also quick - it'll make a great bay blaster - did 27 knots in the ocean with the stock wave fins

Reflex Films
WA, 1341 posts
20 Nov 2018 9:50AM
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I have got to say Its really rewarding seeing these boards hit the market and the feedback mirroring our communicated benefits.

As a 90 kg wave sailor having the mobility that i have is such a massive bonus. Love the 95 - and it has exceeded all expectations - I knew it was magic when I sailed it at Gnaraloo last year and it was sooo sick on a wave while having ridiculous early planing and upwind penetration.

Sailed the 85 Magic bullet last night at Mettams on a fully powered S1 5.2 - the ramps were just ok - with the swell just getting big enough to make this spot work.

but the pure velocity and balance of the board meant I was able to get some really satisfying amplitude in the jump department- the challenge at Mettams is that the waves are in close and there is often some wind shadow - so acceleration and top speed pay massive dividends. and then there were some really satisfying reos out of the lip - with that magic blend of grip and snappy turn off the ATT flex tail.

I drove home with a massive smile on my dial.

I am really looking forward to taking the 85 and 95 to the wave nats at Gerro- I know they are going to give me some extra points in the air for sure. Probably an extra wave or 2 per heat as well with the crazy mobility factor thrown in.

For a massive performance footprint these are the best boards I have ever sailed. I am confident that anyone demoing one will quickly fall in love with the concept.

Mark _australia
WA, 18496 posts
20 Nov 2018 12:37PM
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I gather there will be a few at the Nats for demo?

Hint hint

Reflex Films
WA, 1341 posts
21 Nov 2018 10:41AM
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You can have a crack on mine while i am up there for sure!

NotWal
QLD, 6679 posts
21 Nov 2018 11:02PM
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Any plans for a smaller one?

Reflex Films
WA, 1341 posts
21 Nov 2018 10:38PM
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There are plans for something like a 78 - but the 85 has so much top end control , and Neil can only do so much r and d - and he is doing some really interesting things with Winged fins on the go fast side.

There will be a 75 - 78 litre (thats my guess size wise ) wave board at some stage but its a little way off right now.

Mark _australia
WA, 18496 posts
22 Nov 2018 7:58AM
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NotWal said..
Any plans for a smaller larger one?


Yes, good question

Foghorn
WA, 90 posts
22 Nov 2018 5:33PM
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Reflex Films said..
There are plans for something like a 78 - but the 85 has so much top end control , and Neil can only do so much r and d - and he is doing some really interesting things with Winged fins on the go fast side.

There will be a 75 - 78 litre (thats my guess size wise ) wave board at some stage but its a little way off right now.


I'll RnD one for a couple of seasons

Reflex Films
WA, 1341 posts
23 Nov 2018 12:27PM
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Mark _australia said..

NotWal said..
Any plans for a smaller larger one?



Yes, good question


Neil is quite keen to look at doing a larger one - although after a ride on the 95 and taking into account the fast rocker / early planing factor I am on the fence for my personal ride. - but i am only 90 kgs and i have the privilege of using state of the art light rigs. And i am happy to use a 6.2 - in fact its one of my favourite rigs to use.

Of course there are bigger riders out there. And a larger board would definitely suit them - however I believe a test ride on the 95 would surprise many for its early planing abilities.



R and D wise - riding the boards we work out very quickly how they are working - its the love and attention to detail and precision that Neil puts into the plugs that take the time.

Lucky for us the factory are SUPER precise on supplying mm perfect shapes - so the customer is getting what we designed and we have a consistent experience for every rider.

Peter Hands
VIC, 35 posts
1 Dec 2018 8:13PM
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For those tired of my rave reviews of Windtech gear, look away now

OMG!!! SUCH as sweet board for waves and B&J ------- ACCELERATION + CONFIDENCE + COMFORT + VERSATILITY ----------

Have now used it with 4.7 through to today's 6.2 Blade at Gerroa in very gusty, bumpy conditions with 2-3 foot waves - using bonzer fins every time and various centre fins - I am 57yo, 90+kg, an occasional novice wavesailor, took it up at about 44yo so I just want accessible fun, old school flowing rides down the line, and not too many breakages

SPEED - the 95 is very very quick, and more importantly it really accelerates - onto the plane, onto the wave, through turns, out of the danger zone - and it WANTS to launch - no wonder Matt Holder is getting uber jumps and rotations - plus it feels incredibly smooth and comfortable just blasting along, a real joy

TURNS - there is all the power you could ever need, it WANTS to turn, the grip as the long rails engage is superb, and it accelerates ridiculously in the gybes as the rails bite - I had the tailplate locked out for maximum speed as I get to know the board, and it was still plenty loose on the waveface

MOBILITY - this is massive for me, last time out at Gerroa on my Starboard 94 I couldn't get a single wave (great board, just more challenging at my weight and level), so I decided to order the Magic 95 (having found the Silver Bullets so awesome) - as I had hoped the 95 is another dimension, the balance, extra length/width, and generous volume forward of the mast make it far more manageable off the plane - I can confidently put my front foot up against the front of the mast when flare gybing, or schlogging along, or pushing onto the wave, instead of near-catapulting with every gust or swirling chop - I watch the good wavesailors, they are so FAST around the break - I have always struggled to extract speed from wave gear, after spending so much time powered up on slalom sails - on the MB 95, suddenly I am amongst it, planing much more easily and flying upwind - and suddenly I am catching lots of waves!!

SAIL RANGE - as with the Silver Bullets, massive range - 4.0 would work fine, and it carried the 6.2 even in big gusts with zero complaint - would easily support a 7.0 for B&J sessions, even more for lighter sailors

WHO IS IT FOR?? - at last, a waveboard that flatters the beginner AND encourages hotshots like Matt to go full on - by all accounts, bigger guys no longer bother much with smaller boards because the 95 is so controlled, even in 30+ knots - maybe 75kg riders would do better on the 85, but Neil at that weight still prefers the 95 - talk to the guys, they will be happy to advise

MISCELLANEOUS - the board's perfect balance means you can carry it hanging by the front strap - pads, straps, fins, freight/packaging, quality of board finish all excellent - added bonus of a very competitive price compared to other brands

HUGE shout out to Neil and Matt for all their creations - gotta love a creative mind, and a magnificent obsession! The Magic Bullet 95 offers ballistic performance - guys like me will never go close to its limits, but the better sailors will love pushing it as far as they dare

Peter Hands
VIC, 35 posts
2 Dec 2018 8:17AM
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AFTERTHOUGHTS - a couple more things to spell out - the 95 accommodates front and back foot waveriding styles, but the extra length breeds SO much confidence on the wave to commit weight onto the front foot (getting away from my heavy back foot slalom/defensive habits) - plus I had started the Gerroa day on my big SUPer (8'10", 143 litres) when the wind was still too light and sketchy for me, then was amazed to find how far into light wind territory the MB95 goes, once again the dimensions give it noticeably more float and stability than I am used to with sub 100 litre boards



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