[review] Fanatic Falcon speed

fanatic falcon speedFanatic Falcon Speed (2006-2010)
Volume_______ 68 liters
Lenght_______ 242 cm
Width________ 48 cm
Weight_______ 4,7* kg
Build________ Carbon Sandwich
Original fin____ Fanatic Speed 28cm G10 Fin, Tuttle Box, 4 Fanatic Pro Velcro Footstraps
Sailsize:______ 4.0 – 7.0m²
One Foot off___29cm OFO
Fins_________23-28cm (symmetrical) or 21-24cm (asymmetrical)

[short] Onshore findings:
When looking onshore to the fanatic falcon speed there are a few things that draw some attention. The original Fanatic Falcon "nose shape", also the thick tail is noticed.
Since my fanatic falcon speed is secondhand the paintjob is not complete anymore... And there is proof my 2006 model got REAL carbon inside!
The board feels lightweight, but still strong enough to resist some abuse. (tested durability quite good)

[short] On water findings:fanatic falcon speed
When doing the first meters on the speedboard you will be surprised about the low-end. With my skills it is possible to sail away in 16kn, OK my weight is 80kg. The sweetspot for me is inbetween 18-40kn, when the water is really rough the sweetspot is smaller 25-32kn or soo.

Both my 5.5 and 6.2 sail very good on the falcon speed, the sailsize actually doesn't mather as long as you can keep that sail in control. But in the board doesn't need a small or big rig to go fast. This is totally contrary to the Carbon Art Speed I used to sail, those boards needed some back-up power so you always ended up rigging big at least +0.5m2 compared to the falcon speed.

WHen I heard all the rumors about fanatic falcon speed, I suspected this board would only work in broad conditions. But reality was totally different, I like the board a lot from very tight to very broad sailangles. I am convinced this will be my PR board within 1 year!

Upwind is in the beginning something you have to get used to with the falcon speed. There are modes: 1) Go slow and push the rail you stand on a bit in the water to get grip. OR 2) Go really fast upwind from 48kmh the fanatic falcon speed goes upwind like almost a raceboard.

-Select Caspar Elite fin, 23-24cm for high wind / 25cm allround /26-27cm lightwind
-Front footstrap in rear position, this is what works for me.
-C3 Strike 22cm has been used succesfully by Sander van Huizen
-Most good fanatic falcon speed riders use raked fins 16-20 degrees, a few even more rake
-6.2 for heavyweight surfer
-5.5 for lightweight surfer

Would you like to buy a Fanatic Falcon Speed?
No dealers with this superfast board around your place? Outside the Netherlands it is possible to deliver a brand new fanatic speedboard to your place. Already 2 boards sold (on pics) Just send me an email for prices and more information.

Erik Loots

Erik is windsurfer for 10+ years. Professional in construction dewatering. He likes adventures and challenges. During his life he is trying to create a better world, inspire or help others to get the best out of themselves and have respect for the earth and nature.