We asked Naish Product Manager, Michi Schweiger, to tell us all about this new range.
Describe the type of sailor who would benefit from the All Terrain package:
Michi: A rider who is looking for maximum versatility in all kinds of conditions that match the offered board sizes. Due to the TWO supplied fins and the various footstrap insert positions it is easy to trim the boards for more manoeuvre oriented sailing or more freeride/ bigger sail oriented.
The All Terrain sail with its centred point of effort and maximized range of use fit exactly the same character: good low end power for early planing, a narrow mast sleeve and no cams for manoeuvrability.
Was the idea of marketing/selling a board and a sail range together planned by Naish for some time or was it just something different for 2008?
The All Terrain board and the All Terrain sail are two separate products that are sold separately but that fit together as a “team” perfectly. Our goal was to make a versatile board range as well as to make a versatile sail range. Both the board and the sail can be used in combination with any other brand and will extend the range of use quite a bit.
Who came up with the name and were there any other names for this ‘package’ that nearly got chosen?
Name choosing is always a brainstorming process. We start with working names and the thing evolves from there including market feedback from our importers. In the case of the All Terrain we originally had a short version called ATV but then decided to go for All Terrain as it is more self explanatory.
How different is the All Terrain board from the old Vector?
Quite different, for starters it has two fins. The board also has softer rails further forward which makes it easier to gybe especially in combination with the step rail which allows for a thinner manoeuvre friendly rail but still enough centre volume. The centre section is flatter on this board which is better to keep balance in non-planing situations. We kicked up the nose rocker a bit which translates into a smoother ride with bigger sails.
If a sailor has been using Naish Sprints for the last few seasons and fancies a change over to the All Terrains, what will he notice?
More durability due to the scrim, a shorter boom and a single luff panel which translates into more manoeuvrability. Basically you will experience definitely more manoeuvrability and a lighter feeling whilst the Sprint will still offer you a touch more low end power.
The same question above but if the sailor has been using Naish Sessions.
The rider will experience more low end power (but more roach under the boom), a faster top end and a very centre point of effort while the Session is almost more front hand oriented.
Finally, what are you hoping will be your biggest seller out of the entire 2008 Naish range?
I would say that the All Terrain board and sail should be a major success as it is exactly what most people need: versatility and easy use is the most important thing. If people don’t get on the water every day (and who does) they need to be able to rely on their equipment and find it easy to ride and easy to adjust to the different conditions. Then we have the new Freewides and the Boxer slalom which I hope will sell well as this should be a perfect selection for riders in very light wind areas where planing is the main target above everything else.
| Board Model
| All Terrain 95
|| AT 28 4.0-6.0
| All Terrain 104
|| AT 32 4.5-6.5
| All Terrain 115
|| AT 36 4.7-7.0
*Power box fin