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Fanatic 5'8"

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Created by bigtone667 2 months ago, 18 Oct 2020
bigtone667
NSW, 1320 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, 678 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
327 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
409 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, 1320 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.

JohnnoKeys
WA, 531 posts
28 Oct 2020 7:55AM
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Just brought the latest batch of the 6ft Fanatic sky wing yesterday and weight is super light - also felt the 5.8 and 5.4 also light as. About six months ago I picked up the original production version of 5.4 and was a brick. They have sorted original weight issues with new batches. Got the 6ft sky wing as I love going out in super light winds and have to be able to glide home when wind drops out. Also I've found a board that size and light is easy to handle in 25/30 knots. Love the sky wings strap set up as I ride switch 100% and getting into jumps and spins. I ride straps super loose so moving foot over centre is no issues if doing down winders or riding waves ??

Drewz
13 posts
28 Oct 2020 3:01PM
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Hey Johho - was interesting to hear your thoughts on the 6 footer. Any chance you could put it on the scales? Cheers

Pacey
WA, 351 posts
28 Oct 2020 5:43PM
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Johnno, I'm interested in the 6 footer too, can you do a review once you have sailed it a bit?

JohnnoKeys
WA, 531 posts
28 Oct 2020 9:36PM
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Will do - had a session this arvo but need a few to get it dialled to give solid feedback

JohnnoKeys
WA, 531 posts
28 Oct 2020 9:36PM
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Will do - had a session this arvo but need a few to get it dialled to give solid feedback

JohnnoKeys
WA, 531 posts
30 Oct 2020 8:24AM
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Fanatic 6ft Sky wing IMO perfect shortish allrounder from 10/25 knots. Light - super stable - easy to get up on foil - Bogs about easily when wind drops and you waiting for next gust. I'm 90kg and 1.93 tall. Also love the strap positions makes board/ wing feel way more solid cranking upwind. Sweet as bro.
Y straps do take a bit of getting used too, and a bit fiddly in transitions at first - but if you want to ride super powered switch they are next level.

JohnnoKeys
WA, 531 posts
30 Oct 2020 8:25AM
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Fanatic 6ft Sky wing IMO perfect shortish allrounder from 10/25 knots. Light - super stable - easy to get up on foil - Bogs about easily when wind drops and you waiting for next gust. I'm 90kg and 1.93 tall. Also love the strap positions makes board/ wing feel way more solid cranking upwind. Sweet as bro.

Y straps are a bit fiddly at first - but if you want to ride switch and super powered they are next level.

Oh, also paid for my own board and not a shop or brand (spono) slut



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