Last month I saw an ad in the site http://www.windsurfing.gr, of someone who was selling 2 quite special F2 Thommen shaped boards.
I called to check and I was told the wave board was in mint condition, having rarely been used, while the slalom one had a nose repair. Both were fitted with the original straps & fins.
I arranged to get both for 250 euro and a few days later I received them packed together.
The slalom had a badly finished nose repair where even the F2 logo was reproduced upside-down.
I gave it for reconditioning, and I will soon have it in the condition it should be.
I checked the weight of both and with the straps fitted, but without fins, and they were: Wave 7.7kg & Slalom 6.1kg – pretty close to the indicated weights.
Well, the cost of the first attempt was little, but the aesthetic result was mediocre, so I applied to a repairer well-known for his attention to details and the inevitable high prices.
The guy was very open from the beginning – he would sand the bottom to bare carbon, fix not only the nose , but also the tail, which I failed to notice, had an equally bad repair. That would bring down the weight of the board back to the original 5.6 kg, half a kilo less than the weight of the board as I bought it. To restore the deck appearance, he would re-spray the peripheral yellow & finally renew the anti-slip layer.
The reproduction of the F2 logo was my responsibility, as I have in my archive most of the F2 logos.
Understanding that to most people the reconditioning cost being higher than the acquisition would sound unreasonable, the repairer offered me for the same price a newer board, an Exocet Turbo Boost, that would outperform the speed of the Thommen…
Of course I rejected his offer & here is the result:
The wave I’m quite sure is a 1997 model, because although I do not have in my archive the 1997 F2 brochure, in 1996 the wave range was 250 & 255 – no 254, but with the same graphics like the board I bought, while the 1998 , 251 – 254 – 264 boards had a white longitudinal stripe and the dragon in reduced size.
I remember both boards were exceptional in their category, but the Slalom in particular was according to the Speedsurfingblog.com database, the 2001 Fastest board of the year with a speed of 39.15knts.
The Wave on the other hand had maybe the most attractive graphic design of that period, a work of lady designer Gudrun Geiblinger, who had a very long cooperation with F2, as you can see from the F2 logo evolution of her design.
Now the 2 boards, together with the rest of the small fleet, stand proudly on the stand I just built in my garage.
As soon as I try the boards I will supplement the comments…