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Fanatic Eagle HRS 2008 and New Size FreeWave 113


     

 

Fanatic’s freeride board designed to offer performance freeriding! This board has been designed to plane, blast and gybe in auto mode – you just hop on! (If only it was that easy!) All three sizes remain unchanged for 2008, but are now available in a durable High Resistance skin technology (HRS) which is an improved version of what is used on the Shark range as well as the HS (Hybrid Sandwich), lighter weight construction.

Eagle Features

  • Wider centres and narrower tails for early planing and carving during moves.
  • Flatter rocker for effortless planing and control in all water/wind conditions.
  • CAD balanced volume flow and rails for ultimate control and manoeuvres.
  • High Resistance Skin technology which offers an optimum weight and durable construction for everyday usage. A thicker durable outer skin gives the board hull a high strength, ding and impact resistance. Strategic use of glass reinforcements ensure an adequate stiffness

The Eagle Stats.

Vol’

Length
(cm)

Width Fin* Sail Range
Eagle HS & HRS 100 100 245 63 36cm 4.5-7.5m
Eagle HS & HRS 113 113 246 66 39cm 5.5-8.5m
Eagle HRS & HRS 126 126 249 69 42cm 6.0-9.0m

*Powerbox GFK fin

Cost: HS – £999     HRS – £749
More info: The Eagle.


     

Fanatic have decided to bring out a fifth FreeWave for 2008 in the biggest size yet at 113 litres. The idea is that when your mates are on the beach wishing that wind would get up you’re out there ripping, catching waves in the lightest of breezes. The board can take 7m plus sails so we’re talking light! At 113 litres it is also a great cruising board but instead of gybing the corners, you can throw in a stylish freestyle trick.

Freewave Features

  • Rocker line is CAD tuned for early planing and speed with it’s short flat section combined with some tail kick and a higher entry for turning and waveriding.
  • Clean power V shape bottom provides control, manoeuvrability as well as a lot of potential for freestyling.
  • Technora Kevlar Double Sandwich Technology/LF with special light finish. The lightest and most impact resistant technora kevlar, combined with a double pvc sandwich and wood/carbon heel reinforcements.

The Freewave 113 Stats.

Vol’ Length (cm) Width Fin* Sail Range
Freewave 113 113 245 66 29cm 5.0-
7.3m

*Powerbox G10 fin

Other sizes in the range: 72, 86, 95, 104 litres.

Cost: £1059
More info: The Freewave.
 
     

“Just because you’re freeriding why should you be stuck on a board that’s sluggish and dull under your feet?”

 

I waited 15 years of windsurf ing before I jumped on a freeride board and I wish I hadn’t!

 

The boards got great test reports and feedback from sailors so why change them?

  Interview with Dan Ellis on the Eagle

We asked Fanatic Teamrider Dan Ellis about the Eagle:

Firstly, when have you sailed the Eagle and why?

Up until a couple of years ago I would never have sailed on a “freeride” board; to be honest I never saw the point. If I wanted to go fast I’d take out my slalom board and if there were some waves I would be on my wave board. That was until I organised the Camel Cup with Club Dahab and was forced to use one and I quickly realised I’d been missing out. I couldn’t believe they actually went fast!

Dave White was also out at the time and as you may know he loves all the gybing tricks: the essex duck, the front to sail or monkey gybe – he loves them all. I’d never really seen the point in these before either but another thing about Dave is he’s a pretty good motivator, and not wanting to be outdone by the fast man I was straight into the old school tricks with the Eagle under my feet. So that was my first experience and since then I jump on them at any opportunity. The last time I went on one was at Ho’okipa during the Fanatic photoshoot. The guys were shooting the big FreeWave and AllWave boards and as the wind was really light and I wanted to sail, I jumped on an Eagle 113. I got some funny looks walking down the beach but it was great fun and I even got a few bottom turns!

So tell us about the 2008 Eagles?

The Eagle shapes have remained the same for 2008. The boards all got great test reports and feedback from sailors so why change them? What has changed is the construction technology and you now get the choice of two constructions. Now for 2008 you can choose from the high performance HS version which is very light and comes with a G10 fin orthe HRS which is more durable yet still boasts a great weight to performance ratio.

What is the difference between the Eagle and the Shark?

The Eagles are basically the smaller Sharks. The difference is that the Eagles are slightly more performance oriented with narrower outlines. The Eagles are more orientated towards manoeuvrability and speed rather than the Sharks where the main focus is ease of planning and getting you through your first carve gybes. But the philosophy is consistent throughout the Fanatic freeride range and that is to give you something that is both easy and exciting to rid. Just because you’re freeriding why should you be stuck on a board that’s sluggish and dull under your feet?

Would you be able to win a race on the Eagle?

Simply, yes. Not only could you but I have! The first year I organised the Camel Cup half of the people bought their own kit and the other half were on Eagles. I joined in a few races on my Falcon Slalom boards and won. After a bit of friendly banter on the beach about me cheating on my World Cup equipment I decided to jump on and Eagle and won again just to keep them quiet!! It was also much less effort sailing around the course. For a lot of freeride sailors and recreational racers what you loose in a small percentage of very top end speed you can make back and gain by the ease and forgivingness of gybing and not falling off!

What makes it easy to sail for the average freerider?

You just need to hook in and go. The boards have been refined through the testing program so that they fly onto the plane and stay there through the lulls. Along with that the rail shapes, tail shape, rocker line, volume placement have all been designed and fine tuned for manoeuvrability and ease of use. But, just hiding under the surface is the top end performance, the speed and the ability to turn tighter and faster gybes. It’s there waiting any time you want to tap into it.

Finally, what’s the biggest and smallest sail you have used on them?

I’ve just used them with 6m & 7m sails but now the range can accommodate you from 9.0m down to 4.5m so they’ve got it all covered. My advice to anyone is just give it a try ASAP. I waited 15 years of windsurf ing before I jumped on a freeride board and I wish I hadn’t!

PHOTOS: Courtesy of D.Wong.

 

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