Wally (Windsurfer One Design) News

Remember the Windsurfer One Design (affectionately known as the Wally down under? The board that's old enough to have kids in middle school? It lives on and they've just had the National Championships in Australia where it's still a thing.

And, they are updating the board: https://windsurferclass.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/future-windsurfer-board-revealed/

Production of the original (plastic) windsurfer ceased last year The new WINDSURFER is constructed like a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board, ie styrofoam type core with epoxy deck The board is wider. It can be used as a SUP board and there is a proposed insert to cover the centreboard cavity when used in SUP mode The board is SIGNIFICANTLY lighter The centre board is fully retractable The deck has soft foam grip (like surfboard Gorilla Grip) The forward half of the board is double concave and it flattens out on the aft half. The design spec was to create a board that handles like the Windsurfer and can be used as an SUP. Another interesting intention is that the board will become a common “white” board to be branded differently in other countries, ie decked out with different graphics and rigs. The idea for a new board was conceived a year ago and top sailors have tested several concept boards which iterated towards the prototype boards The proposed name for the board is “WINDSURFER LT” , LT for light The centre board pivot point construction is not finalised and may differ from the prototypes The current Windsurfer rig will remain. A two piece mast will also be available The target price for early adopters/association members will be in the order of $700

Greg Johns from www.windgenuity.com.au talks about the new board

The board looks super interesting and affordable if we didn't live halfway around the world.

New Windsurfer One Design prototype

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