I owe you an update of the last summer hitthewave windsurfing.
I never had any Naish board, and being a great fan of Robby, I was keeping an eye on the Naish models coming up the last few seasons. In 2011, I spotted the nice crossover KONCEPT 90 with its wooden deck, that was being offered with 2 fins, depending on the mood and the conditions, and an eco-bag. The reviews were favorable, but I didn’t want to spend on a new board I didn’t’ really need, so I waited for 2 seasons, till I saw one advertised at a reasonable price. Unfortunately, the second fin was not included, and this stopped me from buying it.
Then, having tried the Exocet CROSS IV 84 PRO in Paros while PM was testing the 2012 material, I got one brand new, but at a discount, since it was a previous year model. I know that trying a board rigged & set-up by Arnauld gives this board a great advantage to reveal all the performance it carries, but nevertheless this Exocet offered me a marvelous ride and became my small board choice for the last 2 seasons (although aesthetically it is overloaded for my taste).
Naish STARSHIP 90
For 2014 Naish launched a new crossover line, the STARSHIP, with visible wood on the deck and quite tasty tribal graphics. Just one fin as standard this time.
I was impressed by the overwhelming review of the Naish STARSHIP 90 by the Windsurf Mag, while the description of it as the modern incarnation of Sunset Slalom on steroids, sealed the fate of a perspective acquisition. (You all know I appreciate the great boards Thommen shaped for F2 and Sunset Slalom is considered as a benchmark). Once again, not actually needing such a board I followed closely both European & Greek offers. The best appeared around Christmas ’14, by the Greek importer and I took it home, with great expectations for the coming season.
Patrik f-ride 125
As July 2014 was not very windy in Paros, I decided to add a larger board to my quiver for such occasions and although I inconsiderately refused a test ride of the PATRIK f-ride 125 Arnauld offered to me, when I sat down to study the choices, I ended up with the choice of this smallest freeride board Patrik has created.
Patrik Diethlem SUI-20 is a nice guy and pro level windsurfer of many disciplines including speed record sailing. He took over the shaping department of F2 when Thommen left, got involved with the management of F2 together with his wife & legendary multichampion Karin Jaggi SUI-14 and a few years ago started their own “no compromises” brand, which soon stood out. Apart from the renown quality & sailing characteristics, the f-ride 125, being quite long and narrow for a recently shaped board, suits me better as I dislike the trendy wide shapes. At the same time, PATRIK boards were introduced with a very discrete and sophisticated decoration, miles better taste than the patchwork artworks of most brands.
I started checking the cost and as the end of the year was approaching, I asked Karin if there would be any changes to the Freeride range, Karin replied that no changes were underway as far as the shapes were concerned, but some minor review of the artwork. As I was attracted by their darker speed boards, I asked to be updated in order to decide my version. Just for Christmas, I received the Patrik family wishing card, were the 2015 artwork was visible. Yes it was a minor change, but to a more complex design.
If there was any doubt about Patrik boards becoming classic designs from the beginning, when they adopted their Bionic – Design graphics( inspired by the Nautilus shell), now with the introduction of the 2015 more complex look, the matter is considered closed.
Although I do not sail my boards earlier than April, I rushed to secure one of the last Patrik f-ride 125 classics. Rides were a late addition to the brand’s range, available since the summer 2012. They are the boards with the minimum contrasting pattern and my absolute taste would have been for something darker, like the Speed boards, but of course Speed boards are the loved toys of the Diethelm boys – understandably the more forceful look has been used on them.
Upon further thought, on the basis of the color hues of the first generation, I would say that these classic Patrik boards draw from the egg laying shell of Argonauta, and to support my claim I include some pictures of this cute sailing octopus. After all, Argonauta (Paper Nautilus) can be seen sailing on the sea surface, while Nautilus stays submerged.
I received my board by the Greek representative Thomas (STO NERO) on time as indicated, without a fin – in order to reduce cost and try some fins of my choice.
With the addition of the 2 new boards, I was looking forward to an exiting 2015 sailing season.
TO BE CONTINUED IN PART 2