Well I like to know the latest developments in windsurfing, especially speedsurfing. In 2010 the idea of the reflex battens of Severne was definitely something I thought that stood out. This year it was the year of "the widebase", loads of brands added such a design which must be a good sign, a good development which was started by C3 (boogie and Martin van Meurs/ correct me if I am wrong).
For 2012 I didn't see something exciting in fins or sails, at least not the most exciting. BUT we have 2 strong contenders in designing boards. And both have total different reasons why they are soo promising!!
Mistral goes WILD
With Chris Lockwood + Anders Bringdal responsible for the products I already get excited. 2012 new slalom and speed boards, yeah. Chris doing 40kn on 68cm model in onshore conditions! Anders did fastest GPS session ever!! The 91 liter slalomboard isn't too bad either. Pretty much really good proof of something special. Lets hope retail prices are OK, and the speed recipe for success done. I hope to see some detailed pictures from speedsurfingblog author Alastair his mistral boards soon!
Dutch craziness by mXr windsurfing
Finally a real dutch brand for speedsurfers. And it doesn't stop with the fact of starting a complete new brand in windsurfing. The designs are completely a new chapter of windsurfing, making blistering combination of several inventions from different types of watersports. Steps, widetail, you name it...
A brave mission when you put all the facts in a row. I enjoy to follow Martin van Meurs & Ron vd Berg their journey to new products.
According to the windsurfing.NL page the mXr monster boards will also be produced by Simmer. So here is another contender which should be available for 2012 retail!!
See this session where Serge Beumer breaks all his personal records with the mXr speedproto
And honestly I can't choose my favorite having owned Carbon Art (Chris Lockwood designs) and also being dutch and sailing on regular basis with the guys behind mXr windsurfing.
If you like, vote for the most promising 2012 product, mXr or mistral and lets see: