Posts Tagged ‘F2 windsurfing’

Still under the virus threat, we got ready to get to Paros all of the usual team.

We took the reliable – not very fast boat, since the ultra-fast ones were still waiting for higher occupancy permits, as the early summer allowances, with greatly reduced passengers were turning their service unprofitable.

We arrived on the island on the 1st of July with promising wind and very few visitors. Tserdakia (N.G.)beach was looking unspoiled – with no umbrellas, while our hotel had reservations for just 2 rooms.

The surf club was active & waiting, while the restaurants were mostly counting on the local clientele.

There were a few days with SW wind and a connected downpour, so I had to sun-dry all my gear. At least it happened just once.


No new equipment was acquired, and as the Planchemag team of Arnauld was not coming for testing, we would mainly focus on having a good time. Well, that did not apply for Alecos, who decided to get into 2 sailing novelties combined. Determined, and not distracted by the “encouraging” friends that were having a good time speeding by, he set-up trying Wingsail Foiling! It was fortunate that there were not many people around, to be scared out by his cursing…Shortly after, having mastered it, he would windsurf with strong wind and wing foil under moderate conditions. Compliments.

For me, it was a good windsurfing season, because against all odds, my brother joined me after a long period of medical enforced absence. That alone turned the 2020 w.s. season to a good one & promising for the next.


As I did not have new equipment to try, I concentrated on the existing, and some of the findings were not at all favorable. Technolimits in particular scored 2 failures. First came the breakage of an old carbon boom my friend Kostas had handed me over when he renewed his rig, and then somehow, the release button of my SDM extension went missing…The boom of course was scrapped, but the extension was saved upon return, thanks to the vast spares inventory of Nic Kokkolios.

Then, coming out of the water and unzipping my O’Neill wetsuit, I noticed I had a bold black collar mark around my neck, Upon closer examination, I noticed that the exposed neoprene coming in contact with the sunscreen lotion, had started to melt. If that was not enough, the rubberized seams were falling apart after 2 years of Greek summer use. My advice: for our climate, we don’t need that kind of seams sealing while as we definitely use sunscreen stuff, make sure that the parts coming in contact with your skin, are not made of uncovered neoprene. That way, you will extend greatly the life of your wetsuit. 

Having tried quite a few fins to further improve the performance of my customized Exocet Cross IV, upon return as well, I decided to order a fin I have been checking for some time, shaped by Wolfgang Lessacher. While we were communicating about the shipping details, I lost contact. A week later and while I was thinking of alternative fin options Wolfrang called apologetically and informed me that he was hospitalized due to virus infection. Thankfully he was OK, and soon after, I received the Duo Cut 27 freeride fin.

During the week I had lost contact with Wolfgang, I thought it would be wise to order one more special fin of Australian origin & serious Lockwood pedigree, so I also have for this coming summer a Tribal Powermax 28 🙂 

The New Golden beach being famous for the good windsurfing conditions attracts teams & athletes from all around the globe and even this weird & restrictive season, I spotted the loaded van of Giannis Genimmatas GRE-99, sales manager of Acme (NoveNove), Avanti sails & Noerstick extensions Greek distributor and athlete, who was daily testing equipment(as member of the NoveNove slalom boards R&D team) while coaching a promising Youth (16y.o.) rider Apostolos Grigoropoulos GRE-186, who has shown his riding determination during IFCA meetings in Greece, Tukey & Doha.

F2 was present with production manager & shaper Paul Simmerl driving a truck, full of uncoded prototypes. Time will show if the long hours spent on the water will give interesting new equipment…

Of course, we had a swim in Santa Maria – after all, we have so many memories from this place. What really hurts, is to see abandoned the old beach canteen, the place where “Opa” kyr’ Vangelis & his wife kyra ‘Leni have fed a generation of windsurfers. 

Mind you, due to the constructions all around the bay, the wind is no longer good. Feel yourself blessed, if you sailed there even before the opening of the camping.


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I regularly check the classified used boards for sale, and in June I spotted an F2 Ride 274 (mod.2000). It was located less than a 10 minute ride from my place, the seller was a guy I meet often down the beach of Shinias, the board in good condition supplied with both the original swept back 30 Concrete Wave fin, plus a more powerful upright 36 Ciessevi fin, so I handed over 200 euros and took it home. Such board sell for 150 euros, but mine had also the original foot straps OK, plus a historic Drops board bag, which although hardly presentable, it would serve to safely transport the recently renovated F2 Thommen Slalom Small down to Paros.

I know I don’t really need that board, but it will be a favorite among my windsurfing progressing friends and you should know by now, I have a soft spot for F2 boards of the Thommen era.F2 Ride 274 mod. 2000F2 Rde 274 finsF2 Ride Range 2000

In the meantime, I sold the T1 FreeX 130 bamboo Thommen board to a nice heavy guy who usually sails in Golden beach-Paros, so now I’m left with 2 boards of this line, the RS 59 and the eXperience 165, that I have already reviewed in the past.T1 mk4 RS 59-FreeX 130-eXperience 165sale photo of T1 FreeX 130


This year we arrived in New Golden Beach a little earlier, with good wind to sail all 4 boards I brought along, 2 F2 classics – the Wave 254 & the Thommen Slalom Small and 2 modern, the Exocet Cross IV 84 pro & the RRD Firemove 100.

The big news this year, is that in addition to the long established Paros Surf Club Station (Taboo/Gaastra) that belongs to Philoxenia hotel, and run by Kostas,Paros Surf Club @ N.G Paros Surf Club manager - Kostas 2010 - RRDa new sports center affiliated to Aqua  Marina resort has opened: The  Goya Center Paros, run by the renowned windsurfing athlete & experienced trainer John Xefteris.Goya windsurfing center ParosGoya windsurfing center Paros - stationJohn Xefteris @ Goya Center ParosEfinha StreetDancer

The good news, is that now we have more friends running their businesses in N.G. beach, greater choice of equipment offered & more rescue boats.

The not so good news, is that the space is limited, parking is less easy, more people are both on the beach & sailing…

This July, there were fewer windy days, while there were some days of S & SW wind, rather unusual for this time of the year. Still, the windy days of meltemi wind, created a great terrain.

NGB Paros July 2014 - big wavesVergos wave riding NGBDuring my stay, I spotted 2 broken Taboo fins and I wonder if there was a production butch of inferior construction…broken Taboo finbroken Taboo fin -2

Talking about questionable material quality, I have to protest for the Dakine gloves I bought in Paros. These gloves started coming apart just the 4th day of use!Dakine glove 2014 RDakine glove 2014 L

It is a pity, because the 2011 Dakine gloves I had were very good – unfortunately I lost them. The Gull gloves I had last year, were also up to the job – again I managed to lose them…

Dakine sailing gloves 2011 – GOOD

Dakine sailing gloves 2011 - GOOD

Now I just received a pair of MacWet gloves which look promising. I will report in due time.MacWet watersports glovesThere were no friends photographers around this year, so it was thanks to Arnaud Dechamps, who in between shooting  the equipment on test for Planchemag, took 2 photos of me on the Exocet, where you can see the incomparable clarity of the water we are blessed to sail on!

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 To be continued

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20 years ago, F2, a leader company in the windsurfing scene, was offering 15 different boards.

No beginner’s platforms, no freestyle boards, no formulas and no children’s special equipment.F2 brochure 1993 (1)

10 years ago, Starboard was offering 42 boards, including formulas & freestyle models, while ladies, youth & beginners were taken special care.

Today (2013), although there are less companies active in the field – (famous brands like TIGA, Hi-Fly, DROPS are no longer active), the variety of boards on offer is greater than ever with many new types of boards, like multifin wave boards, wind-SUPS & racing longboards.

Even counting the boards which may vary not only in type & size, but also in construction or just in color, is a hard task.

Exocet offers 66 boards

RRD offers 76

Starboard an unbelievable 154 – totally opposite to Thommen’s idea  ONE MAN/ONE BOARD…RRD  2013 boards rangeRRD  2013 boards range B

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