Bert, a French oldschool believer, send me a message about his vintage equipment he enjoys, mentioning the recent acquisition of an F2 Sputnik 270. The Sputniks, first introduced in 1991, were legendary for their blasting potential under extreme conditions, being Peter Thommen’s civilian versions of Bjorn Dunkerbeck’s World Cup weapons.
I noticed that he was not positively identifying the version of his board, although I have uploaded the official, brochures of F2 that cover these years. I thought, “one more guy who does not search through my precious material…”, but I politely gave him the defining details of the 2 possible versions, asking for a photo to have a look myself. To my surprise, the board of the photos, did not match completely any of the versions!
The best source of information I thought it would be Peter Thommen, and yes, it was thanks to him that the identification was effected. Thanks Peter.
Here is our message exchange:
I still ride my Tiga wave 250 from 1989, and it works more than fine! Especially in strong winds, when it works more than great, since it’s an heavy board (like, more than 10 kg I guess…) with a fun shape (a big scoop!). I also take it into waves down here (south west of France, 50 km north of Hossegor), and it works great, better in backside surf than frontside, I’d say, but I’m not that good in front side surfing and winds is always onshore anyway!
That is to say that ten years before yours, the tiga wave was already a good board, as far as I can say. I’m no expert for sure!
I just bought a F2 sputnik 270 (I guess 1991), seems like I’m gonna have fun when spring comes!
Love your blog about oldies, I’ll become a regular!
In reply to bert.
Fine boards you have Bert!
The Tiga Wave 250 was measured by Planchemag 9.3kg (1990)
It is easy to identify your Sputnik going through the posted brochures. The 1991 has the funny artwork of M.Gorbachev , while the 1992 is either almost uniquely purple colored, or plain white in the World Cup Edition.
Have great sailings on them.
In reply to zaosan.
Well, it’s definitely not a 91 edition, could be a 92, same artwork as on the brochure, but mine is plain white, while not a world cup edition. Seems like they weren’t all purple colored! I’ve found some North and Gaastra slalom sails from the mid 90s to work with, it will fulfill my dreams of when I was younger, and unable to buy these things! 9.3 kg said planche mag? Without the fin and the straps, then!!!:)
In reply to bert.
Vas-y Bert, fait une photo de ta planche! (now things get tougher for me to go on writing in French)
Let me have a look.
If my recollection is correct, there were two versions in 91. One with Gorbachev and another, more neutral one. And I believe the later didn’t make any brochure or advertising.
In reply to zaosan
The weather really stinks down here, windy but too much rain and cold. Can’t wait for better conditions in order to try the board! back in 91, then!
Thanks a lot for your kind help!