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    Quote Originally Posted by mikerb View Post
    It seemed to take years for magazines to actually do tests on slalom boards and sails. I can't remember if it was Boards or Windsurf but I remember the first test I think they ever did on dedicated slalom kit...and I think it was in Dahab. The comments were that they could not believe how tiring it was and how high their average heartbeat was! If that is an indication of excitement....and excitement that is sustained for minutes at a time....then going fast on a slalom or speed board is definitely exciting........or frightening...depending on your perspective! The guys face in the video shows the level of concentration required and I would say he oscillates between a look of terror/impending doom and unparalled pleasure...probably because he has just survived that last piece of cross swell. I don't regret the few years I spend on Isonic slalom boards but I will admit to enjoying far more now a somewhat less exciting ride.

    Verdict: definitely.......on speed or slalom kit.
    You've summed up the video well.

    I think it conveys the excitement.

    He was preparing for the Defi Wind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by basher View Post
    Windsurfing remains exciting to me. Blasting about, or in waves. Anything that involves sails of 5.3 or less.

    I suspect I'm now in a majority on that sail size thing.
    I very much differ. For me its all about survival when I get down to small sails. I would much rather be hooning around with bigger gear and seeing how fast I can go.

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    I reckon all windsurfing is exciting, big or small kit. Lack of wind means I send most of my time on XL slalom kit, but its no less exciting than 5.7/speedboard days!!!

    I love the concentration levels expressed in Julien Bernards face, 38 knots in those bumpy conditions is awesome. The old video below shows my lack of facial expression, clearly because it is super flat water. Similar speeds to Julien, but not impending doom/death conditions and on an 8.6m/80 litre board

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vc8IKrLhCs&t=6s

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    Quote Originally Posted by boards_ronnie View Post
    You've summed up the video well.

    I think it conveys the excitement.

    He was preparing for the Defi Wind?

    Might have been even more exciting for him if he knew what was happening right behind him, that was close!

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    Quote Originally Posted by basher View Post
    Windsurfing remains exciting to me. Blasting about, or in waves. Anything that involves sails of 5.3 or less.

    I suspect I'm now in a majority on that sail size thing.
    Not in a speed sailing thread

    I suspect you are bragging about being in Cape Town, again.

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    That is some awesome speed sailing! Actually yet to try it out myself (relative newbie) but boy oh boy do I want to experience that kind of rush!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark62 View Post
    I reckon all windsurfing is exciting...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vc8IKrLhCs&t=6s
    Yes that looks exciting, even on flat water. What kit is it?
    The infamous wavewriter

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