Laure Treboux Interview
So firstly have you sailed all three?
I’ve been sailing the 90 and the 100 litre but the 115 is a bit big for me.
Explain the main differences between the Freestyle Wave 90 and the Freestyle 100 model?
The FreestyleWave 90 is very different to the 100 and the115. It’s a good board for wavy conditions and strong wind. It has a lot more rocker and is narrower like a wave board. But it’s still got the volume to slide on for freestyle moves. As it’s name says it’s definitely a freestyle/wave board and not a pure freestyle board like the other two.
The Freestyle 100/115 – how are these boards different from the 2007 models?
Naish made the tail and nose thinner and with less volume which makes the board easier to control in choppy and windy conditions. The board definitely feels smaller under your feet and is more comfortable. However, it still planes very early and keeps sliding forever!
Which moves are easy to learn on the 100/115?
I’d say it’s a great board to start new school freestyle on as it’s easy to jump and slide backwards. But they are still ok for carving moves such as 360s.
Are they any good in waves or bump n jump?
Yes – really good. I’ve been sailing my 100 litre in all conditions, even in Pozo and it handled the strong winds and waves fine.
What sails have you used them with?
I’ve been using the Naish Sessions; 3.4 to 5.3 on the 100 so basically my whole quiver. I would say the 100 is ideal with a 4.2 up to a 5.7, then you’ll have to take the 115 for bigger sizes.
What fin sizes do you use and when?
I’ve got my favourite fin which I always use in all conditions. It’s a14 cm that I’ve cut out of an old fin!
Where do you put your mastfoot on these boards and does this change according to the conditions?
My mastfoot is quite far on the back of the rail for all my sails. Each one of my sails has its exact place, but I never change the mastfoot place according to the conditions, only according to the sail size: the smaller the sail, the further back.
Finally, what moves are you intending to learn over the winter in Oz ready for the ’08 competition season?
EVERYTHING!!! I want to learn as many moves as possible in freestyle but I’m also going to wave sail a lot. I really want to improve my jumping as I think that will help me get better results.
Dahab photos courtesy of Clare Edmead. Portrait shot courtesy of PWA/Carter