Testing in Tenerife, the Fanatic team have been putting the new Falcon board through its paces, ensuring it is fit for production and performs at the highest of levels. We caught up with Marco Lang who was part of that very crew and has also recently been smashing his own personal speed records at his home spot in Podersdorf. We join Marco to find out what’s new…
Marco, we hear you’ve been smashing your own speed records, reaching almost 40 knots, can you tell us more?
Yeah it was just at my home spot in Podersdorf, Austria. The lake has been on fire, we hardly ever get wind this strong, it was almost un-sailable. Anyway I was out on my 6.3m North Warp, my Fanatic Falcon 90l and my 34 cm G10 fin, in the morning I already got 68.86 km/h and then the wind just increased, then in the afternoon I reached 71.64 km/h, so the new board is working…
You were with the team testing in Tenerife, can you tell us what’s changed from the old to the new board?
Yeah the 110l and 140l are now updated and we added the 100l as well. The boards were already very controllable and fast and in general we wanted to simply improve their race performance, so this meant things like making adjustments so the boards are fast when we come out of the gybes and they are early planing but still controllable in chop, usually a hard balance. What we did was make the tail a bit wider and this has enabled us to achieve all of the above. We made some big changes last year, so this year we were fine tuning what we had felt from a year riding those boards, now we have something that ticks all the right boxes. The boards are so quick, it’s crazy.
You were testing in Tenerife, did you try the boards anywhere else?
For sure, it is important for us that the boards work in a full range of conditions, so we also tested them all over the world, in Maui for three weeks, in Tenerife for one week and in Hyeres in France for two weeks. Now we can be sure of what we have produced.
Find out more about the new Fanatic and then team in this recent video, you can check it on the next page.