Naish Global Wave

Naish Global Wave 2008

The Global Wave is Naish’s all rounder designed for sailors who can face a whole array of ‘wave’ conditions at their local beach but mainly find themselves in cross-onshore short, steep waves coming at you from all over the place! We asked Michi Schweiger, Naish Product Manager, all about them.

Interview with Michi.

Describe the sort of sailor you had in mind when designing the Global Wave?

Michi: This board was designed for the entry level sailor as well as the experienced wave sailor. The boards are very easy to ride which is something that everybody of any level is looking for. You want to be able to focus on the riding instead of adjusting to the board. The Global Waves have a faster, straighter rocker line which suits onshore and side onshore conditions allowing for very early planing and good acceleration which is what you need in the ‘short period’ waves of onshore conditions.

What, in your opinion, is the best selling aspect of this board?

Michi: How easy it is to sail and how well is covers a wide variety of wave and even bump ‘n jump conditions.

So we can see where this board fits into the Naish range, how does the 85 litre Pro Wave compare with the 87 litre Global Wave?

Michi: The 85 Pro Wave is more side shore oriented and will plane later but turn more on the spot. The Global Wave will get on the plane much faster but will require a bit more rail pressure to turn it. It also prefers to turn more over the back foot which makes it easier to pivot it around short, steep waves.

How does the 95 litre All Terrain compare with the 98 Global Wave?

Michi: The All Terrain planes even earlier than the Global Wave but does not have the turning potential. It will draw a wider, smoother turn whilst the Global Wave is snappier. The All Terrain is a better choice if you sail mainly flatter water with some bump ‘n jump as well.

Finally, as a resident on Maui , what Naish Boards do you sail and in what conditions?

Michi: Of course we sail everything in the testing process where we go to the various spots around the island from Ho’okipa side shore to Waiehuus onshore waves. But personally I use a Pro Wave 75 for winter wave sailing and a Global Wave 83 for small wave/jumping and onshore riding. I also use the SP 80 (slalom board) to blast around when it goes totally flat during the summer.


  • Fast Rocker Design = early planer
  • Gentle Tail Kick = better backside riding
  • V-centre section & added nose rocker = a looser ride at lower speeds
  • Flat middle deck = more stable when not planing
  • Domed deck under back foot = improved stance on the wide tail
  • Sharper rails in tail and middle section = better planing performance and directional handling
  • Tucked rail & soft front rails = smoother ride over chop

The Stats

Board Model Length Width Volume Fin* Sail Range
Global Wave 78 234 57 78 23 3.7-5.3
Global Wave 83 234 58 83 23 4.0-5.7
Global Wave 87 236 59 87 25 4.2-6.2
Global Wave 98


61 98 25 4.5-6.5

*US box

Construction: Sandwich deck and bottom with biaxial glass.

General Info

Cost: £849
Availability: Autumn 2007

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PHOTO: Darrell Wong

PHOTO: Darrell Wong



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