With no wind in Ireland today and the competition called off Boards took the opportunity to catch up with a few riders from various fleets to find out more about the equipment they have and what they would like…What’s in your quiver?
Chris Muzza Murray - I use the Tushingham Rocks. I have all sizes from 3.7m to 5.3m. It’s the best wave sail in the Tushingham range. I have boards in 92 82 and 72 litre. The 92 is a Starboard Quad, and the others are Kodes. I like the Kodes because they’re faster and more of an on shore board.
Justyna Sniady - 3.4m, 3.7m, 4.2m and a 4.7m and then whey I need bigger I will borrow! All the sails are Simmer Icons, except for the 4.7m which is a Blacktip. The Blacktip has more belly and power, which makes it better in marginal conditions for me. Boards I have a 72 Quatro LS and 78 Quatro LS.
Alfie Hart - Tabou Pocket wave 75 and 85. Gaastra IQs 4.0m, 4.5m, 5.0m and 5.4m. They are 4 batten sails and I like using them because I like using smaller sails than most and these feel like there is less in my hand, but as much power. I was on 5.0m on light wind day and it felt more than enough.
Katie McAnena - HSM, Firelights. 4.7 4.3 and 3.7, plus a Moo 75 and a 58 quad. I love my sails because they are so light, manouvreable and easy to use. It’s amazing to have a custom board, shaped for my size; as a girl this is a massive advantage.
Sam Bittner - 4.7m Naish Boxer, which is what I used the other day and I have luckily been lent a board from Puravida Boardriders from this event. Thanks Guys!
Rob Partridge - 98 JP freestyle and 75 Fanatic Quad 2013. Ideally I would have a 80+ litre wave board instead of freestyle board. My sails are a bit of a mix; I have 2012 North Heros 5.0m and 4.5m. A 4.2 Ezzy Panther and a 3.7m North Ice. I would love a full quiver of North Heros if I could! They seem very versatile, which is great as I like to do a bit of freestyle too and I can use them for everything. I feel like I can do more with the Heros, the four battens work really well for me.
Lucy Robson - 79 Triwave and a 69 Quad. Sails wise I have North Heros. 3.7m, 4.2m, 4.7m and 5.3m. On the light wind days the 79 and 5.3m felt enough, although if I hadn’t have to fly over I probably would have bought my Fanatic Skate with me too as I really like it for light wind wave riding. I use the Hero because for me it’s the best 4 batten, light but powerful sail. I’m quite light, so don’t need the bottom end power.
Morning from another morning here in Brandon Bay. The wind is blowing a little, there is the promise of some swell on the horizon, so today looks to be a potential day for competition. First skippers meeting will take place at 10am and after a fantastic night of live music and a few Creans we hope the sailors are ready!
More news and info from here in Ireland to follow very soon, there may even be a few shots from last night’s antics too.