Marco Boone from Windfoilen Nederland told me that I am among the first to lay hands on the new Starboard Freeride Foil 1500! I am glad that it is so because the standard Freeride Foild 1100 was one of the foils I enjoyed the most during last season. It was fast enough but also comfortable and not demanding in turns. However, I noticed that in the low wind, I had a need for something more powerful. Being close to 100 kilograms, I tried to compensate with larger sails, but that meant that I had to deal with 9 m2 sails. Well, if you are competing, that’s fine, but for true soulwindsurfing, I imagined sail not bigger than 7,0 and wind not stronger than 13-15 knots. I had tried with bigger foil (1500), but that meant I stepped over into the field of freestyle foiling. And that meant being slower. Well, slower than I like to be.
I was thinking about bigger foil in the direction of freeride, and fortunately, at Starboard, they had the same thoughts! A new addition to the Starboard Foil family for 2023. is larger Freeride Foil 1500 cm3 with an impressive span of 102 cm. And it seems that I am the first around to have it in my quiver.