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What's the oldest kit you have that still gets some use?

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Created by windsurftom 27 days ago, 3 May 2020
windsurftom
NSW, 275 posts
3 May 2020 8:56PM
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As I like looking at pictures of classic kit on the old school windsurfers Facebook page, I was wondering what old stuff people have that still hits the water? Pics or it didn't happen!

Mine is a 2001 AHD free diamond 70 I bought for my wife, I use it occasionally and the narrow and thin tail makes it really maneuverable for a 130l board.


elmo
WA, 8098 posts
3 May 2020 8:12PM
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The bit between boom and board.

Faded, jaded and uncoordinated

Grantmac
245 posts
3 May 2020 11:45PM
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1994 Mistral Equipe 2.5

LeeD
1438 posts
4 May 2020 12:29AM
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1992 Rainbow 8.25" Speed fin.
1997 North Zeta, Convert, Rave, and Spectro.
1999 Naish 8'5" Wave and 8' 11" Freeride.
1992 Powerex RDM masts in 5 different sized sections.
No pics, use your imagination.

MagicRide
459 posts
4 May 2020 1:09AM
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1990s North Zeta 4.7 on snow!

forceten
1104 posts
4 May 2020 1:46AM
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most of it works, it's 73YO. The kitten, Fergus is the newest thing I have.

olskool
QLD, 1753 posts
4 May 2020 7:05AM
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Well my normal ride is AHD Freediamond 149. Around 2000. But ive just picked up a Mistral Explosion 130. 288x58 1994 build. Regripped it. Sailed it last week. Lined up against new gear same size rider n kit. Slogs faster n points higher than new gear, doesnt pop onto plane. Just glides up n goes pretty quick. Potential for good speed once i get it sorted.

YEEEEWWW!! Old is New. At $120 its a bargain retro rocket.


Imax1
QLD, 2663 posts
4 May 2020 7:42AM
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^^^^
That 90 s sail still looks in great nic .
oops , my bad , it's a Ezzy.

olskool
QLD, 1753 posts
4 May 2020 8:15AM
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Imax1 said..
^^^^
That 90 s sail still looks in great nic .
oops , my bad , it's a Ezzy.


^^$50 special ! Years of life left in it.

Brent in Qld
QLD, 295 posts
4 May 2020 8:28AM
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My trusty uphaul, to say they don't make them like they use to is an understatement. Came with my first custom short board in the early 80s & has travelled the globe. Lives in my kit bag but only use it these days when teaching. Can't believe at nearly 40yrs old its still soft in the hands & has maintained the perfect stretch in it. Might throw it a surprise birthday party later in the year!


olskool
QLD, 1753 posts
4 May 2020 9:00AM
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^^ Actually you are right. Ive got same blue uphaul rope from 80s. Still blastin around, although on my X9 boom.

sboardcrazy
NSW, 6965 posts
4 May 2020 9:23AM
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c 2004 68ltre Starboard acid waveboard.. I haven't used it recently as I now have the 85ltreWT as my high wind board..
The acid is fast and comfy..I used to fall off the back as it gybed so fast.... I probably still would..
4.2m Sailworks revo wavesail..I used it last week..my 20 -25kts sail

Manuel7
376 posts
4 May 2020 9:25AM
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Oldest? My hands and feet, wait someone already pulled that joke? Darn... Oh well, wait... the oldest must be the wind itself!! Haha, I win, I win!

Otherwise, mid to late 90s North zeta wave sail, my mast foot, deck plate, and extensions. Possibly my masts too. I also ride newer 2006 boards :D !

I started Windsurfing in 04, so an 06 board is still very new to me, haha!

decrepit
WA, 9935 posts
4 May 2020 4:51PM
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In my case it's my Kilwell matrix 5s, 1 piece, 70% carbon, slightly reduced dia, constant curve, masts from mid 90s.

Fast505
24 posts
4 May 2020 9:01PM
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1993 North Spectro 4.5. Bought it new and then basically never got used until the foil! Works really well for foil. These old sails were light, draft forward and tight leech - just what you want for foiling. Two cams adds some stability. Tip - rig them on a softer mast if you can find one and with less downhaul for more draft forward. This one is rigged on a North Platinum which is probably a bit stiffer than I want. I have an old North Convertigo 5.7 that I rig on a soft old UP world cup mast that matches perfect for foil.


windsurftom
NSW, 275 posts
5 May 2020 3:25PM
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That looks like a great foil sail. Back when North windsurf sails were actually owned by North sails.

snorkel692
QLD, 321 posts
5 May 2020 7:15PM
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1992 Mistral One Design. Big jump in time then to 2007 Sunset and Mistral Syncro. I'll add to that my 2006 Screamer ( I guess 3) which I like more than my Screamer 2

RichardG
WA, 3152 posts
5 May 2020 5:43PM
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1993 Mistral Equipe CHS and a set of several 2004 and 2000 Mistral 7.4 m2 One Design Race twin cam sails by Gaastra on a 2000 two piece IMCO One Design Mast 495 cm IMCS 30-Flex Top Carbon Content 60%. The 7.4 m2 Mistral race sails are excellent on the Equipe.The Ezzy Lion 3 9.5 m2 works well too but that is 2017.

Still have a lot of other old gear that I wish to ride as well including Mistral Energy CHS 1992, Mistral Screamer 1991 LCS and 5.5 m2 & 6.5 m2 1994 Neil Pryde MKIV World Cup Slaloms on NP 1994 World Cup Carbon 60 Masts.

cammd
QLD, 2733 posts
5 May 2020 9:52PM
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DB2 circa early 80's



don't know what this one is or how old it is but I am guessing about 30 years, just need to build a centreboard for it










sailquik
VIC, 5004 posts
6 May 2020 3:00PM
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Tandem speed board built about 1989. Still get it out occaisionally when I can find another Madman to join me.







And I just realised my Carbon Art CA40 speed board is now over 12 years old. Still doing the job with 44 Knots 2 sec a few days ago.

And I still use the even older IS50 every now and then at Lake George for 1hr runs.

I have seen no real eveidence that small speed board designs (under 45 wide) have really advanced in the past 10 years. There is not much to change and it's more about the fin and finding what suits your size, weight and conditions.





NotWal
QLD, 7375 posts
6 May 2020 3:28PM
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olskool said..
Well my normal ride is AHD Freediamond 149. Around 2000. But ive just picked up a Mistral Explosion 130. 288x58 1994 build. Regripped it. Sailed it last week. Lined up against new gear same size rider n kit. Slogs faster n points higher than new gear, doesnt pop onto plane. Just glides up n goes pretty quick. Potential for good speed once i get it sorted.

YEEEEWWW!! Old is New. At $120 its a bargain retro rocket.



They must be the longest harness lines in the whole world.

NotWal
QLD, 7375 posts
6 May 2020 3:34PM
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cammd said..
DB2 circa early 80's



don't know what this one is or how old it is but I am guessing about 30 years, just need to build a centreboard for it











I guess that's ancient kit donated to RQYS.
I've never sailed one of those round bottom boards but it must be something like log rolling.

Imax1
QLD, 2663 posts
6 May 2020 4:17PM
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NotWal said..

olskool said..
Well my normal ride is AHD Freediamond 149. Around 2000. But ive just picked up a Mistral Explosion 130. 288x58 1994 build. Regripped it. Sailed it last week. Lined up against new gear same size rider n kit. Slogs faster n points higher than new gear, doesnt pop onto plane. Just glides up n goes pretty quick. Potential for good speed once i get it sorted.

YEEEEWWW!! Old is New. At $120 its a bargain retro rocket.



They must be the longest harness lines in the whole world.


He doesn't use a harness hook,
You don't want to know what he hooks onto .

515
453 posts
6 May 2020 2:51PM
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NotWal said..

cammd said..
DB2 circa early 80's



don't know what this one is or how old it is but I am guessing about 30 years, just need to build a centreboard for it











I guess that's ancient kit donated to RQYS.
I've never sailed one of those round bottom boards but it must be something like log rolling.


The div 2 is an acquired taste and appreciate my time on one in Canberra.
Great in 10 knots when you are "on the rail" in flat water. In 15 you are smoking upwind but a race board would be fun. Anymore wind and downwind may roll around with occasional swim.
Big ups to people that used to sail them well.
Bruce Kendall won gold at Korea in windy swell but then again he is also a very good wave sailor.

cammd
QLD, 2733 posts
6 May 2020 7:29PM
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NotWal said..




cammd said..
DB2 circa early 80's



don't know what this one is or how old it is but I am guessing about 30 years, just need to build a centreboard for it













I guess that's ancient kit donated to RQYS.
I've never sailed one of those round bottom boards but it must be something like log rolling.





No... the grey one I bought off a friend down the GC, spent some time and money getting it sailable, the white one was given to me by another friend, it was given to him by the original owner. They are a bit wobbly, especially downwind when you don't have a sail to balance against.

I do have a windfx shortboard that was a donation to RQYS, saved it from the bin, good graphics I think it will become wall art although it would still be very sailable.
That's it sitting on top of the DB2


pineapple
SA, 25 posts
6 May 2020 9:12PM
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olskool said..
Well my normal ride is AHD Freediamond 149. Around 2000. But ive just picked up a Mistral Explosion 130. 288x58 1994 build. Regripped it. Sailed it last week. Lined up against new gear same size rider n kit. Slogs faster n points higher than new gear, doesnt pop onto plane. Just glides up n goes pretty quick. Potential for good speed once i get it sorted.


YEEEEWWW!! Old is New. At $120 its a bargain retro rocket.



My Regular ride is an explosion owned since new that has deck graphics as per attached, the board I learnt to get into the footstraps on. I regripped it recently but the footstraps are original and only just starting be past their best. As you say, won't just pop onto the plane but once up, it really flys off the fin.

God only knows how many miles it has done. It's 120L but a more modern board with the same size tail and width would be around the 80L - 90L mark from what I can tell.

Showing my vintage a bit but as the shape was part of the no nose revolution, before boards then got a lot shorter, I've never considered it antiquated but when I saw my mate on it a couple of months ago, it looked like he was sailing a longboard.

Greenroom
WA, 7570 posts
6 May 2020 7:45PM
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Your Mum

NCUSAGUY
51 posts
7 May 2020 3:52AM
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1985 Mistral Superlight - Original owner, original sail. Last sailed a couple of years ago. This photo is 10 yrs old.



LeeD
1438 posts
7 May 2020 5:09AM
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Last 4 days, '00 and '01 Naish FR 9' and 8'6".
Sails were '95 Windwing Catalyst 5.0 and '04 Sailworks Retro 5.5 with Thur on NP Search 4.5 circa '00.

dowls
QLD, 266 posts
7 May 2020 10:11AM
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Last piece of my first windsurfer, bought after lessons at the Mooloolaba spit late 70's. I think from a shop behind the Witches Hat (no longer there)
Shame I've lost the knuckle universal on the timber block which eventually needed jamming into the board with a sock.
It reminds me every time I walk into the house how much I love wind, I hope that counts as old and being used.

AUS 814
NSW, 386 posts
7 May 2020 3:42PM
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Hi everyone have a look at the NSW forum, we are encouarging everyone to get out on old gear between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Sunday 10th, try to record how far you sailed plus add a general review of the equipment used,willbe some older mistal and f2 boards plus a D2 planning to hit the water, also using older style rigs



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