Last September at the Vienna airport I bought (at the cover indicated price) the PM test 2012 issue, which is the compilation of the year’s windsurfing equipment carried out by the restless Arnaud Deschamps and his team.
What makes the results of these test more interesting to me – apart from the professionalism of the testers, is the fact that one of the major testing spots is the place I do most of my windsurfing, that is New Golden Beach – Paros island!
Two months later, on the rush to catch my plane at the Athens airport, I got a copy of Boards magazine, failing to realize that I was paying more than double the cover price. When I did, I got upset. Of course most of the rip-off blame goes to the Hellenic Distribution Agency, but the Boards magazine has done nothing to protect its readers. The least thing they can do, is to print a country/region suggested retail price on the cover, just like PM does. As a reward gesture, I subscribed to PlancheMag.
During the same period, I decided to partly renew my sails quiver, substituting the old (1996?) Neil Pryde V8 6.5 sail, and adding a 7+ sail, to be used mainly with the Thommen eXperience 165.
I dislike the “patchwork” aesthetics of the last 2 years – there were instances I did not even want to hold one of the nicely sailing/awfully looking North sails of Paros Surf Club…, while I appreciate the clean shapes/colors like the ones of the Ka brand. Unfortunately even Severne has recently started to deviate from the clean aesthetics.
For the ~6.5 size, I looked for a Naish sail, biased favorably by the Red Line sails of my brother that I have used a lot. It sounded to me like a good deal to get a brand new 2010 Sprint 6.6 for 300euro (now reduced to 265). The finish as I judge it, was inferior to the Red Line I had used, looking cheap in a Chinese way. Rigging it, I noticed that there were creases all around the batten pockets on all battens, no matter the battens tension, like if the sawing of the pockets was done with the pockets material not being flattened on the monofilm. In addition to this there were contradicting mast markings on the sail and on the sail bag. I had a rather silly feedback by the shop about hard top mast requirement, so I sold the sail at a 30 euro loss, having sailed it only once.
For the 7+ sail, I got a reasonable offer by the importer and I got a brand new full x-ply yellow 2011 Ka Koyote 7.4 – Very nice.
For the 6.5, I decided to spend 320euro for a brand new blue 2010 Gaastra Matrix. Gaastra is unfortunately shifting to the patchwork design with its new sails