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Freeriding is one of the most popular windsurfing disciplines. Easy gliding is the element that almost always makes people become addicted to this sport. The well-known French magazine Windmag has tested 9 2020 freeride boards models. In this article, we summarize the test results.

 

Windsurfing, tests: 2020 freeride boards

The tests were published in the March 2020 issue of the magazine, which we invite you to purchase for all the details and for further information. Also read the article on the 2020 freewave boards, and the one on the 2019 freeride boards.

Freeride boards, this year, have been tested mainly in the 135-liter volume by french testers. They are accessible and tolerant models, to easily enjoy the pleasure of gliding. Most of the boards have two straps positions: a more central and advanced position; a more external and backward position. The first makes entry into planing easier, the second allows you to adopt a stance that guarantees more power, with a better lever arm on the fin.

The aforementioned volume will allow you to take your first steps in the planing, and to progress in the harness use, but also to have a good performing board when you will have achieved an adequate level. They are boards that ideally match with a sail without cambers, but that can also be used with a sail with two cambers, on light wind days.

2020 Starboard Carve 122 Flax Balsa 01

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2020t Banner Action ROCKET 02

 

The boards were tested with wind ranging from 10 to 18 kn, in flat water conditions, or slightly choppy water surface. The test spots were Six Fours, Le Brusc, and Almanarre, in southern France.

The board tested were as follows:

  1. AV boards Chubby 127,
  2. Fanatic Gecko 135 Ltd,
  3. Goya Carrera 130 pro,
  4. I99 Performa 130 pro,
  5. JP Magic ride 129 pro Edition,
  6. JP Super ride 132 Pro Edition
  7. RRD Firemove 135 Ltd,
  8. Starboard E-carve 133 Flax balsa,
  9. Tabou Rocket 135 Carbon Flex.

 

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As for comfort, the Fanatic Gecko, the 2 JPs, and the Starboard E-carve, are clearly the best, followed, a short distance away, by the Goya, and the I99. AV boards, RRD, and the Tabou Rocket offer less comfort (lower quality of pads and straps).

Finally, as far as overall performances is concerned, the best is the Starboard, followed shortly by Tabou Rocket, JP Super Ride, Goya Carrera, Fanatic Gecko; AV Boards, I99, JP Magic Ride, and RRD Firemove are the least overall performing boards.

The preference of testers fell on the Goya Carrera, and on the Starboard E-Carve.

Good choice. Fabio Muriano

 

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