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Freeriding is one of the most popular windsurfing disciplines. We therefore believe to do something useful by offering you a summary of the test results on the 2018 freeride boards, conducted by the famous French magazine Windmag.

 

Windsurf, test: 2018 Freeride boards

As always, we invite you to buy the magazine, to be able to deepen all the results of the accurate tests carried out by the team of collaborators. For a comparison with the test results of the 2017 freeride boards, we refer you to the article we published last year. Also read the article on 2018 wave boards.

 

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Seven models tested, with volumes of around 120 liters. The table below summarizes their main technical characteristics, and summarizes the results of the tests conducted. Below, we mention the impressions that emerged in the tests.

The Exocet X-Move 119 is addressed to a passive windsurfer. Even if the guaranteed accelerations are lively, the board gives security thanks to an excellent speed control.

The RRD Firemove 120 is characterized by easy gliding and stability. If the Exocet prefers strong wind, the Firemove is more comfortable with light wind.

The Fanatic Gecko 120 has a wide range of use, from learning to unbridled freeriding. It has amazing gliding qualities. The economical version has an attractive price.

The Tabou Rocket 125 is even more docile than ever. It forgives the mistakes a lot, keeps its course perfectly, and the sea-hull contact gives you the feeling of flying on the velvet.

The Jp Magic Ride is a compact board. It is an easy board, aimed at a rider who wants to glide comfortably. It is the one that got the testers' choice.

The Patrick F-Ride offers a progressive and reassuring approach to gliding, with good control, and a feeling of reduced bulk.

The Novenove Performa is a freeride with almost racing performance, it has a good glide and above all it passes from rail to rail without effort. It is a board that will appeal to the dynamic freerider, who likes to feel the board alive underfoot.

 

Have a nice choice. Fabio Muriano

 

Model

Technical features

Accessibility

Departure on glide

Control

Comfort

Performance

Total

+

-

Testers' choice

Exocet X-Move 119 Pro AM

Weight: 9,4 kg

Dim: 239 x 75,5 cm

Fin: Exocet CNC/G10 Tuttle box 41 cm

8

7

9

8

8

40

Feeling while gliding, acceleration, shock absorbers, strong wind control

At reduced speed, pads too short under front feet

Fanatic Gecko 120 HRS

Weight: 10,6 kg

Dim: 242 x 76,1 cm

Fin: Choco Fins (composite) 40 cm Power Box

10

7

8

10

8

43

Accessibilità, planata, controllo, sensazione, qualità dei materiali, prezzo

Flexible fin for a tight riding

Jp Magic Ride 119 Pro Edition

Weight: 9 kg

Dim: 241 x 75,1

Fin: Jp Ride CNC G10 Power Box

10

8

9

10

8

45

Accessibility, Stability, Stance, comfort, materials

Nothing

X

Novenove Performa 115 Pro

Weight: 8,56

Dim: 238 x 76,2 cm

Fin: MFC Liquid Pro 44 cm Power box

9

9

8

8

9

43

Accessibility, stability, sporting feelings

Nervous for beginners

Patrick F-Ride 125 Bionic

Weight: 7,6 kg

Dim: 251 x 67,5 cm

Fin: delivered without fin (Power box)

8

8

9

8

8

41

Reactivity, feeling

Less stable in deceleration

RRD Firemove V3 120 LTD

Weight: 9,2 kg

Dim: 235 x 79 cm

Fin: MFC Liquid Pro 44 cm Power Box

9

10

8

6

8

41

Accessibility, Stability, support, gliding, mobility, jibe

Comfort, rigidity

Tabou Rocket 125 LTD

Weight: 8,5 kg

Dim: 242 x 75,6 cm

Fin: Tabou freeride 42 cm Power Box

10

8

10

9

8

45

Volumes distribution, docility when riding, stability, control

Softened sports behaviour

 

 

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