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12 Aug 2020 16:47 - 12 Aug 2020 16:48 #10788 by ita4012
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Happy to hear good news from you! Maybe, in the future we will have an holiday in Croatia. I am at lake Garda, these days, enjoying some early morning breeze. It's hot here too. September is a good time for bora wind (that we usually enjoy on the coast near Venice). So you should have a good time in the water.

All the best. Fabio

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12 Aug 2020 12:31 #10784 by Klau
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Hi Fabio,

Just wanted to make some updates. My last post was a bit grim ..:)
The situation got better and I even managed to get some surfing days!!!

I'm on Bol beach, on the island od Brač. I suppose you know the spot..
There is a stretch between the two islands and it is great for surfing. The wind is the Maestral, and thanks to the termica it blows every day from 14h - 19h approx. It's been very light these days due to the high temperatures, but I didn't expect any, so I'm happy that I got this at least.
In september it gets really windy and I'm planning to come back for a week for some real improvement.
Since I haven't surfed for a whole year, I am very happy with my surfing the last two days.

Hope that all of you have had good surfing days lately!

Attached some pics and a video.

Speak soon!
K.
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27 Jul 2020 12:15 #10617 by ita4012
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..... there are some more urgent things to take care of at the moment.

.....
Have you had some good surfing days in Italy?

Ciao,
K.


Hi Klaudia. I understand the situation, and I wish you to get through this difficult moment.

As for me, yes, I have been riding both at lakes, and at seaside the last weeks. So, I consider myself a lucky guy.

If you want to get some relief from your troubles, you can read about my last sessions in Waterwind english homepage: www.waterwind.it/new/en/

All the best. Fabio

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26 Jul 2020 19:10 #10613 by Klau
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Ciao Fabio,

No news I'm afraid.

After the quarantine I went back to Zagreb, and haven't returned to the coast until this week. We are all in survival mode, so even if what
I would most love to do is windsurfing, there are some more urgent things to take care of at the moment.

The past week I have been in Rovinj, but no wind.. :/

Maybe I go to Pelješac in September, but plans and rules are changing almost daily, so at this point it is impossible to plan anything.

I'm definitely still planning to buy the gear and continue my windsurfing career, but I have to postpone it a little bit.

Have you had some good surfing days in Italy?

Ciao,
K.

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20 Jul 2020 10:10 #10531 by ita4012
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Hi Klaudia! Any news?

Did you buy the board?

How are your sessions going?

Are you enjoying some good windsurfing days?

Ciao. Fabio

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21 Apr 2020 09:17 #9504 by ita4012
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Some more details about me: I'm 40, 1,76m, 65kg. I am in a good physical condition.
I rode mostly here on the Croatian coast - Istria and Pelješac. Mostly bora wind, up to 25 knots (up to 30 .. with gusts), almost
always on choppy conditions. There is also a good spot in Rovinj for the southern wind, also quite choppy conditions.
We don't have that much days of wind in the summer, which is when the windsurfing center is open, so had limited possibilities.
Pre season and post season the conditions are better, so I hope now that I will have my own gear, will be able to be on the
water much more.


Well, Bora wind with gusts up to 25 - 30 kts, and choppy water surface are not the best conditions to learn or improve your skills, expecially with a 135 freeride board.
In choppy waters, at least a freestylewave 100-110 liters board would be better; but, as we told you, you could have more difficulties to learn how to get planing.

Anyway, my suggestion is to buy a freeride board, without spending too much money. Having your own board is really important to spend lots of hours on the water, to make progress through practice. Once you have a good level with the planing technique, after a couple of years, you can switch to a freestylewave board.

Keep us updated!

All the best.

Fabio

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17 Apr 2020 21:00 #9492 by Klau
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Hi,

Thank you both very much for your help.

I will definitely start considering the freeride board as you suggested, and delve a bit deeper into it.

Some more details about me: I'm 40, 1,76m, 65kg. I am in a good physical condition.
I rode mostly here on the Croatian coast - Istria and Pelješac. Mostly bora wind, up to 25 knots (up to 30 .. with gusts), almost
always on choppy conditions. There is also a good spot in Rovinj for the southern wind, also quite choppy conditions.
We don't have that much days of wind in the summer, which is when the windsurfing center is open, so had limited possibilities.
Pre season and post season the conditions are better, so I hope now that I will have my own gear, will be able to be on the
water much more.

Re: the Fanatic Shark - it also seemed to me that for being a board from 2014 it was quite pricey. Fabio, you only
confirmed my doubts. Will se if something can be negotiated.

I am going to check the articles from the links and if I have more questions, I will feel free to ask.

Thanks again.

Cheers,
K.

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17 Apr 2020 10:16 #9480 by ita4012
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Hi Klaudija.

Freemove is a wide group of boards, which basically have all in common the ability to jibe/carve easily. Some of them (also referred to as Freestylewave - allround boards) are also good for bump and jump sessions (i.e. sessions in choppy, or small waves conditions).
They include quite different kinds of boards, ranging from the Tabou 3S, a typical bump and jump oriented board, to the Jp Magic Ride, Fanatic Gecko, RRD freemove, which are more freeride like boards, but less long and wider shaped, and less fast than freeride boards, and not at all at ease among chops or waves.
If you want to read more about that, you can read:
www.windsurf.co.uk/2014-120-litre-freemo...est-reviews-reports/
easy-surfshop.com/do/blog/post/choosing-your-freeride-board

As a beginner, if you want to consider freemove boards, I would suggest to stay on boards like JP Magic Ride, RRD freemove, etc, which are simpler to handle, and much easier to make get planing, than allround/bump and jump boards.

Or, you can directly opt for freeride classical boards, which are the typical step for people who are learning to get and keep planing as you.

Brienno is right. The boards you spoke about are classical freeride boards. The Fanatic Shark is a good choice, but according to me 450 euros for a 2014, not carbon board, are too many. The right price would be 350 euros. It's up to you how to deal with the seller. Maybe, you could get an agreement at 400 euros.
I don't know the AHD.
As Brienno told, if you provide further details about you, with could give you other tips.

Also remember that, on Waterwindi.it, you have all the tests of previous years boards, which can be quite useful to make the choice. Have a look here:

www.waterwind.it/new/en/windsurfing/articles.html
www.waterwind.it/new/en/windsurfing/shop...quipment-review.html

Ciao. Fabio

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16 Apr 2020 23:16 #9479 by Brienno
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Hi,
Both the AHD Fast Forward and the Fanatic Shark (in your attachment), are not freemove boards, but rather classic freeride boards. That’s not bad news, as I personally prefer the latter kind to the former.
Nevertheless, they seem quite big for a woman.
We could be of more help if you told us your age, weight, physical condition and most usual place of use for the aforementioned boards.

Cheers

Fabio ridacci la chat!
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16 Apr 2020 22:36 #9478 by Klau
Hello to all,

Hope you are all good.

I am in the process of buying my first gear, so I need some expert's advice.:)

My level is - just started planing last summer!
(And it happened to be my last session!!!So can you immagine how hard has been the wait to go back in the water!!)

Anyway, the board I was riding was 135, can't remember the model.
So, I am looking for a second hand board in the range from 130-135.
I have read that I should look for the freemove boards.

The owner of the spot close to my town has an AHD fast forward 130 to sell.

And I also found the one that I attached.


I wanted to ask you whether in your opinion the range from 130-135 is a good idea? And also if the freemove boards are the right ones?
What can you tell me about the AHD fast forward?
And about the one attached? It seems pretty good shape, no? It says that it has never been damaged and that it has only a few surface scratches.

So this is all that I have for now.

All help will be much appreciated.

Thank you so much for your time.

Cheers from Croatia,
Klaudija
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