Although most of the material I have saved, scanned & posted on my blog, covers equipment produced before 2000, there are some very interesting boards, that came up more recently, but were never produced in large numbers like the established brands models, were hardly heard, their budget not allowing much advertisement, while as they were commercially of small scale, the media did not promote them. This does not mean that they were not innovative, attractive & competitive – on the contrary, some of them were so good, that the big companies were scared and even tried to boycott them. In this hostile environment, many fine efforts did not make it. Thankfully there were cases that a small brand not only survived, but it finally flourished and established it’s place, either by winning competitions, or by offering customization according to the desires and the special needs of their clientele.
These boards I will gradually post in this chapter:
This is the brainchild of the Swiss entrepreneur & avid windsurfer Stefan Waelchli. The idea was to built very light, but at the same time very strong boards. This was materialized by substituting the usual core of the boards, with a hi-tech honeycomb. Production was taking place in Tunisia.
Two types of board were introduced in 2008, the SAGITTA I & II.
A prototype was briefly tested by Arnaud Deschamps of Planchemag and the impressions were rather sensational.
My last update on AIRINSIDE was in 2013, when I was informed that the intention was to create a full range of 10 models, ranging from wave boards to formula, based on shapes of the well known Swiss shaper/pro-racer Patrik Diethelm (of the ex-F2 fame).
In the meantime, all of you lucky owners of the first generation AIRINSIDE boards, pumper them as they should already be considered collectible!
SLALOM 122L – Airinside/Patrik Diethelm
In 2011 a new model was presented, shaped by Patrik, who by then had founded together with Karin Jaggi their own brand PATRIK.
It was produced in Tunisia, with the highest composite standard available, comparable to “F1 racing cars” construction. The first boards were delivered early 2012 to customers who had pre-ordered – basically friends and people who had followed the project from the beginning. Due to the limited production capacity, these boards were not offered to the open market. Another scarce collectible?
I have not found any reviews, just the information of the press release:
SHAPE: PATRIK DIETHELM
MANUFACTURER: AIRINSIDE/TUNISIA COMPOSITE
CONSTRUCTION: ONE-CYCLE HOLLOW TECHNOLOGY
LAYUP: PREPREG CARBON/HONEYCOMB SANDWICH
AUTOCLAVE TEMP/PRESSURE/HOUR: 140C/6BAR/3H
Weight (+/-3%): 5.9kg
REGISTERED ASSOCIATIONS: PWA/IFCA
I hope in the near future to be able to include more fascinating boards, deriving from the Airinside/Patrik cooperation.