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What is the Best Sailboard EVER!

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Created by gollyone A week ago, 9 Jan 2020
gollyone
VIC, 16 posts
9 Jan 2020 10:49AM
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The best sailboard I have ever sailed was the Mistral Diamond Head. It worked well with a 32cm plus trapezoid fin and 5-6m sails. Came out in the 85/86 Season and was Robbie Naish's Slalom board. Superb!

tbwonder
NSW, 255 posts
9 Jan 2020 11:06AM
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The LT of course!

Imax1
VIC, 2366 posts
9 Jan 2020 11:46AM
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^^^^^
That didn't take long.

hardie
WA, 4028 posts
9 Jan 2020 8:51AM
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no such thing

Gestalt
QLD, 12365 posts
9 Jan 2020 11:14AM
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my board.

nxs voodoo. designed for me by myself and mr nitschke.

its was my one board quiver for many years. i will only ever sell it if i do V2.

MagicRide
260 posts
9 Jan 2020 11:50AM
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It hasn't been designed yet!

Belly25
NSW, 117 posts
9 Jan 2020 3:02PM
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tbwonder said..
The LT of course!


Ahh, you got in before me Andy.

For me it's the 2007 Naish Hybrids - 110l and 90litre. Super short (210cm), cover all my needs in most conditions. I'm even thinking of turning one of my 110s into a foil board.

mikey100
QLD, 601 posts
9 Jan 2020 2:41PM
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Belly25 said..

tbwonder said..
The LT of course!



Ahh, you got in before me Andy.

For me it's the 2007 Naish Hybrids - 110l and 90litre. Super short (210cm), cover all my needs in most conditions. I'm even thinking of turning one of my 110s into a foil board.


I too loved the Hybrids... the 90L was my fav. Loved the Hypersonics too... easy to plane, gybe and pointed so high.

sailquik
VIC, 4841 posts
9 Jan 2020 9:16PM
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The one you are on the next time you sail, when it's windy and you have a great big smile on your face!

Chris 249
NSW, 2107 posts
9 Jan 2020 9:50PM
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The one that makes you happy, whether it's a HiFly 333 or the latest foiler or anything in between.

One of the great things about windsurfing is its diversity, so there are so many facets that there can never be a "best board".

Gestalt
QLD, 12365 posts
9 Jan 2020 8:54PM
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Chris 249 said..
The one that makes you happy, whether it's a HiFly 333 or the latest foiler or anything in between.

One of the great things about windsurfing is its diversity, so there are so many facets that there can never be a "best board".



no

seriously.

my board is the best board for me. no other manufacturer does a board like mine.

forceten
875 posts
9 Jan 2020 11:42PM
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Hands down all time favorite of any Millennium, decade, Tardis experience in other worlds ,any artificially induced out of body experience, IS
my Red October, a converted highly modified NAISH , into the most awesome, bitchin Quad ever made, sailed or gazed upon.

Madge
NSW, 191 posts
10 Jan 2020 6:14AM
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For most people it should be the one they first got planing on, the one that gave them that first initial buzz about the sport.

That unfortunately for me was a Klepper 320.

windsurftom
NSW, 262 posts
Friday , 10 Jan 2020 5:01PM
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mikey100 said..

Belly25 said..


tbwonder said..
The LT of course!




Ahh, you got in before me Andy.

For me it's the 2007 Naish Hybrids - 110l and 90litre. Super short (210cm), cover all my needs in most conditions. I'm even thinking of turning one of my 110s into a foil board.



I too loved the Hybrids... the 90L was my fav. Loved the Hypersonics too... easy to plane, gybe and pointed so high.


I just got a brand new 90l hybrid last year. They are ridiculously fun to sail... Till you drop off the plane

ka43
NSW, 2886 posts
Friday , 10 Jan 2020 7:28PM
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Bombora Tri Fin. What else can do a JUST planing gybe in 100 yards!!!!!!

Reflex Films
WA, 1371 posts
Friday , 10 Jan 2020 4:46PM
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The very First F2 sunset slalom - came out around 1985 and was totally sick. Graphics were sweet as and weight was around 7.5kg - very good for the time. Teamed up with a 6.2 Gaastra slalom foil cambered sail that you could also duck jibe, jump jibe and carve 360s on was a glimpse of the future. Mistral Hookipa around 1986 was good too - i never owned one but they were quick too.

RichardG
WA, 2979 posts
Friday , 10 Jan 2020 5:07PM
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The best doesn't exist but favourite does. My favourite board was the Warren Thompson 8' 6" single fin custom polyester glass wave pintail from 1986 purchased from Santosha/Star in Cottesloe with Pro Speed finish. Superb control and handling in mast high Margaret River and great sailing in general wave sailing conditions. Nostalgia and the joy of youth.. yes surely... but a great piece of gear and a great shaper who still shapes great surfboards today in Denmark WA and has been doing so since 1967. Worked well with 1986 Gaastra Wave 4 full length (one was convertible into a short batten) batten 5.2m2 and 4.6m2 RAF style sails, with metallic looking gold foil batten pockets, on a Kilwell mast with standard Hydrodynamix boom using Tyronsea base. Nothing was perfect but nothing beats nostalgia.

delmar71
40 posts
Friday , 10 Jan 2020 6:00PM
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Madge said..
For most people it should be the one they first got planing on, the one that gave them that first initial buzz about the sport.

That unfortunately for me was a Klepper 320.


The board I remember most fondly is the Zot I first managed to plane out of gybes on. Felt so pro! Had some glass and other assorted wave boards, but the zot was my true love... (which is the real point of the thread I guess).

RichardG
WA, 2979 posts
Friday , 10 Jan 2020 6:12PM
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delmar71 said..The board I remember most fondly is the Zot I first managed to plane out of gybes on. Felt so pro! Had some glass and other assorted wave boards, but the zot was my true love... (which is the real point of the thread I guess).


Madge said..
For most people it should be the one they first got planing on, the one that gave them that first initial buzz about the sport.

That unfortunately for me was a Klepper 320.




The board I remember most fondly is the Zot I first managed to plane out of gybes on. Felt so pro! Had some glass and other assorted wave boards, but the zot was my true love... (which is the real point of the thread I guess).



Zot...

jusavina
QLD, 1238 posts
Saturday , 11 Jan 2020 3:19AM
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RS:X

Waiting4wind
NSW, 1842 posts
Saturday , 11 Jan 2020 8:47AM
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Maybe being nostalgic. But I'd say it would be the mistral screamer I had about 20 years ago. Mainly because I only had the one board at the time and it seemed to work in all conditions.

Now I have 5 boards and thinking I could use another to cover my bases. :)

Chris 249
NSW, 2107 posts
Saturday , 11 Jan 2020 9:16AM
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Reflex Films said..
The very First F2 sunset slalom - came out around 1985 and was totally sick. Graphics were sweet as and weight was around 7.5kg - very good for the time. Teamed up with a 6.2 Gaastra slalom foil cambered sail that you could also duck jibe, jump jibe and carve 360s on was a glimpse of the future. Mistral Hookipa around 1986 was good too - i never owned one but they were quick too.


Yep, 1985. Not quite as quick as the earlier Sunset in a straight line, but as you say it turned very nicely.

Chris 249
NSW, 2107 posts
Saturday , 11 Jan 2020 9:17AM
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Waiting4wind said..
Maybe being nostalgic. But I'd say it would be the mistral screamer I had about 20 years ago. Mainly because I only had the one board at the time and it seemed to work in all conditions.

Now I have 5 boards and thinking I could use another to cover my bases. :)


Every time I've seen a "best boards of all time" the Screamer of that era seems to be close to the top or at the top.

gollyone
VIC, 16 posts
Saturday , 11 Jan 2020 9:47AM
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Chris 249 said..

Waiting4wind said..
Maybe being nostalgic. But I'd say it would be the mistral screamer I had about 20 years ago. Mainly because I only had the one board at the time and it seemed to work in all conditions.

Now I have 5 boards and thinking I could use another to cover my bases. :)



Every time I've seen a "best boards of all time" the Screamer of that era seems to be close to the top or at the top.


Just picked up a Mistral Screamer 2 from 2005 - I can see the Mistral Diamond Head pedigree in that fine board.

shoodbegood
VIC, 752 posts
Sunday , 12 Jan 2020 10:03PM
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It definitely wasn't the Dufour Wing !

That was me and my brothers (paper round funded) first, what a piece of French rubbish

shoodbegood
VIC, 752 posts
Sunday , 12 Jan 2020 10:03PM
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It definitely wasn't the Dufour Wing !

That was me and my brothers (paper round funded) first, what a piece of French rubbish

RichardG
WA, 2979 posts
Sunday , 12 Jan 2020 7:15PM
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Chris 249 said..






Waiting4wind said..
Maybe being nostalgic. But I'd say it would be the mistral screamer I had about 20 years ago. Mainly because I only had the one board at the time and it seemed to work in all conditions.

Now I have 5 boards and thinking I could use another to cover my bases. :)








Every time I've seen a "best boards of all time" the Screamer of that era seems to be close to the top or at the top.







Just picked up a Mistral Screamer 2 from 2005 - I can see the Mistral Diamond Head pedigree in that fine board.


That is the Screamer 2 of 1996 did not know it was from 2005. Would be interested to see a photo. Not sure the 1996 model shows Diamond Head pedigree but it is a good board but with the "no nose" influence of the time. The 1989-1995 Screamers show more influence from the Diamond Head since they are Harold Iggy/Naish shapes and likely with help from Australia's Bruce Wylie too.

dowls
QLD, 246 posts
Sunday , 12 Jan 2020 9:43PM
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Fibre Glass Wind Action 8'4 shaped by Bill R.
think it was called Bad Billy Wave ???
Heavy glass job and wind hungry..
everything was heavy then, masts, booms and soft sails
with wind it went great and surfed (nothing like now but then getting out back and a few turns was enough ??)
We'd watch Trade Winds, see a leaf move and rig up....

Spocktek
WA, 278 posts
Wednesday , 15 Jan 2020 7:17AM
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I`d have to agree with the Bombora Zot. We had one when I was a grom, and I remember it getting blown off the car roof and rolling over a hundred times in the carpark on a windy day. Picked it up, no damage to the board but I think it dented the road! Now that`s a board!

AUS 814
NSW, 363 posts
Wednesday , 15 Jan 2020 2:44PM
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Tiga 275 and 260 acr plus 260 bump and jump.Yes they were plastic but had a fantastic soft deck grip. Still pretty fast and relatively tough

Windyphil
3 posts
3 hours ago , 18 Jan 2020 8:40AM
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Sputnik 275. Sailed it with everything from a 7.9 down to a 4.5 on Tarifa's speed strip. Absolutely, hands down, the best and fastest do everything board that I fortunately still own. Next best is my Mistral SLE272. The only board from Mistral I ever liked.



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