AHD Freerace 289 (1998) [review]

For me older gear is quite intresting since I am not that long into windsurfing, I'll take any chance to try some 'older gear' it might be intresting to see what older gear does. Gear older than 5 years will fall in this catagory.

To start my second board (first one was a custom extra heavy...):

Why would I review such an old board? Because I owned this weird colored board, maybe someone thinks this is valuable information. Please do take in mind I was just 50kg...

AHD Freerace 289

AHD vs Modern boards
Actually this is the only intresting part, since this board is all about straight-out speed. The volume is 120 liters, you can compare it with current 100 liters freerace boards like the new fanatic ray. Probaly the 'old' AHD has a bit less range, but topspeed wouldn't be to bad. However I don't think I used 100% of the board's potential. However I did learn powergybe, speedgybe, jumps and crosswind speedsailing on this board.

Tailwalk
This is the only part I really remember, with my weight those days (50kg). A lot of suddenly-out-of-the-water moments... Yep a lot of fun. Good for technique, improves your subconsious!!

Sails & Fins
For beginners this board isn't to bad. I used it with 8.0 or 6.0, both sails were really nice to sail with my weight those days. I used fins from 36cm till 40cm, quite good fins (brand Fin's).

Should you buy one now?
If you have a very limited budget, and you own old sails (before 2000). This board won't dissapoint you. However, I had to fix my AHD once a month because the laminate around the board was a bit fragile for a beginner, so you might be a little bit handy. If you have newer race sails, this board will be hard to sail free. Also it does got a powerbox, not my favorite system (I lost a fin with this board).

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. In his daily life he is professional in construction dewatering, advisor, troubleshooter. Erik likes adventures, explore and to challenge himself. During his life he is trying to get the best out of it and have respect for the earth, nature and future generations. The modern world is about sharing, in this blog Erik shares his experiences, selfreflection and lessons learned.

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