Både Mistral og Fanatic lanserer nå Twin Fin wave brett. Er dette er rop fra fortiden eller er det en utvikling windsurfing verden trenger? Skjekk ut produktdata, argumenter og bilder fra de begge.
Teamrider Rolv Gregersen har testet ut 92 literen og laget en grundig rapport av sine opplevelser.
Link til Rolv sin rapport: http://www.gutten.no/webexplorer/twinzer92.htm
Mistral brettene er allerede å finne på norske strender, mens Fanatic sin versjon er å få fra august. Begge brettene krever forhåndsbestilling.
Her er hva de har å fortelle…
Fanatic is happy to announce the upcoming release of it´s Twin Fin Wave model, the Fanatic NewWave Twin
Team Edition, available in August in all local Fanatic shops!
Fanatic Brand Manager Craig Gertenbach:
“After personally trying these boards during a test session in Mauritius last October for the first time, I was blown away by how easy they are to ride, how close to the wave you can surf and the ease in which you can change direction during turns. We decided to take our team with the R&D on this new concept, which has certainly paid off as our NewWave Twin will definitely be one of the Twinsers on the market with the biggest wind/wave range. R&D members Klaas Voget (G-4) and 2007 PWA Wave Vice World Champion Victor Fernandez (E-42) led the development on this project with our shaper Sebastian Wenzel, once again Fanatic one of the only brands where team riders are not just marketing tools, but fully involved in the R&D process.”
Most of the wave-pros are training at home during this time of the year, as the next wave world cup in Pozo is still a while ahead. Recent shots of Fanatic riders Victor Fernandez (E-42) and Klaas Voget (G-4) from training sessions at their local beaches in Spain, Germany and Maui show them on Fanatic-Twinfin-Protos.
Klaas Voget (G-4):
“We’ve done almost a year of R&D now for our new specials, the NewWave Twin and just gave a set of Twin Fins in production. The boards worked excellent in side- and sideoffshore conditions with clean waves from the beginning, but in chop we’ve had some problems. We made a lot of changes and many prototypes with our Shaper Sebastian Wenzel and tested them in Brazil, Mauritius, Capetown, Pozo, Cabo Verde and on Maui – so almost all over the planet. Finally we got a board that also works nice in less perfect waves, for example in Victors home break in Almeria/Spain or my local spots on the north sea or the Baltic sea. If you are a bit more experienced waverider, it’s amazing how tight you can go in the bottom turn and how loose the boards feel in the top turn.” The NewWave Twin will be out in August in three sizes, 72, 78 & 84 liters as Team Edition only. They come with fins, which are designed from MFC especially for the NewWave Twin.
Twinzer RD (Red Dot)
A new Board Concept hits the market – The Evolution of the Mistral Twin Fin Range “TWINZER” enables you to a complete unique waveriding sensation. From now on you can set the bottom-turn as vertical as a professional and hit the critical part of the wave. Even the smallest waves are now fun to ride, as the increased vee in the back matches perfectly with the CNC foiled G10 twin fins making the board so easy to turn in all kind of wave conditions. This board is just sheer-riding-pleasure: you never loose control and always manage to stay at the best part of the wave. From today on, fearing spin outs on lay down bottom turns is history.
• Pure Waveriding Sensation
• Vertical Cut-Backs
• Increased Vee for easier rail to rail turning
• Straight rocker for early planing
• CNC-foiled G10 Fins
• Air Pod Pads
• Red Dot Division
• Carbon-Kevlar Custom Sandwich Construction
• Marcilio Browne Pro Edition (84l)
Red-Dot Division Range:
volume: 76 / 84 (Marcilio Pro Edition)/ 92
length: 223cm (7’3’’) / 225cm (7’4’’) / 231cm (7’6’’)
width: 56cm (22’’) / 59cm (23’’) / 63 (25’’)
construction: Carbon Kevlar Sandwich
rec.sailsize: up to 5,0qm / up to 5,7qm / up to 6,2qm
Twin Fin / US: 15,5 / 16,5 / 17,5
The Twin Fin Insight by Marcilio Browne and Nik Baker!
Why coming back to the twin wheareas other board brand tried it about ten years ago already?
The twin fins disappeared ten years ago because this concept was working only in side-off shore wind condition. At this time, Polakow came around with his radical style and followed the single-fin. His boards were more general-purpose to ride on every spot in all conditions. In the last ten years we have learned a huge amount with rockers, outlines and bottom shapes along with drastically improved CNC fins and higher performing sails which has allowed us to take advantage once again of the twin fin development direction.
In general the easiest difference we can notice, with a twin fin is you can carve easier and you stay closer to the more critical part of the wave all with less effort from the rider. But be aware that the shorter fins provide the board with less lift, which means it takes time to get the feeling for early planing. A single fin is more accessible, but a twinser is going better up-wind and is more stable.
But now lets have a closer look to the new Twin fin concept:
How are the two fins working?
Where we placed one fin before, we now have two smaller fins spaced out by a controlled distance, this gives you more control of the board. The twinser needs smaller fins with a particular shape as the impact on the fins changed completely. In fact, the fins are much more important than on a single, a bad set of fins makes the board out of control and spins out.
What is the interest of the twinser?
And in which conditions can we use it?
The main advantages for a twinzer is to loosen up the board for wave riding and gibing. it allows the board to complete the turn in a much smaller radius also with less effort than a single fin. This is most welcomed in smaller less powerful waves. The twinser makes you more active on the wave, the space between the two fins offers a better control and a better carving. The rail and the fins stay better on the critical part of the wave. The smaller fins permit to be more radical and to give more power on the top turn and still keeping all the control. Even if you carve fully banked into a turn there is always at least one fin in the water at any time.
How does the shape differentiate from a normal wave board?
Firstly the Twin Fins are shorter. between 7’4″ and 7’7″ they are also wider which helps increase planning on such a short board. We have a very low amount of tail kick but added vee which is different form all other wave style boards. This allows such a short board with the twin fins to get going quickly and have a good top speed for jumping and sailing in onshore conditions. The added vee in the board is what makes the board turn. It is also important to have a flatter rocker for planning and speed. When you put the board on the rail in turns the vee in the board acts as a rocker out on the rails and this is what provides the board with looseness. On most wave boards you get the turning ability from the rocker in the board along the centre line.
What should a customer consider when riding a Twin Fin:
The board should have 4-5 litres more volume as it has a lack of acceleration compared to a normal wave board. The general sailing characteristics compared to a normal board are that they feel like it takes longer to get going as the fins are shorter so it feels like there is less lift. You can ride a board with more volume and still have the control which is great for onshore or gusty conditions. The boards are very turny but what makes that also good is the little effort it takes to get them to turn.
What kind of fins should be used?
For example, we have designed 3 fin sizes for the 3 models (76 / 84 / 92) : 15.5cm, 16.5cm and 17.5cm.
These are of a similar design to our normal wave fins but for their size they are slightly stiffer. They are designed to have as little drag as possible as you have two of them so this will add to the speed of the board.
How do the fins differentiate to a normal wave board?
Well they are a little bit different: much shorter and a different outline. It is important to scale them down and to increase the stiffness as this improves the planing and control.
Which kind of positions is suited for the fins? How should the fins be placed…both next to each other, or when sailing starboard tack which fins needs to be placed more forward..
For most people they should have the fins positioned in the middle of the box’s and both inline with each other. For more advanced sailor in side shore conditions you can move the fin which is used mostly on the bottom turn side further back to get a more drawn out turn if the wave is bumpy or really big for extra control. Also in small waves the more experienced riders can move both fins forwards to make the board even more loose.
For example, if there are 3 sizes existing, 76 / 84 / 92… up to which size of sail you can use the different sizes (consider the lack of volume / acceleration) ?
We would recommend to use the 76l Board up to 5,0qm, the 84 up to 5,7qm and the 92l Twin Fin Board up to 6,2qm. This can obviously differentiate depending on the riders skill level and conditions. As said it is very important to consider that it take a while to get the new planing feeling – once you are used to it you will enjoy a completely new wave riding sensation and from now on you can ride waves like Kauli, Marcilio, Jason or Nick.