The O’Shea inflatable windsup… Windsup at its best!

 

O’Shea iWIND 11’0

O’Shea popped their inflatable Windsurf / Sup to Boards magazine for test .

Primarilly we designed this board as a family windsurfer , the remit was to do make the best inflatable windsurfer on the market , much improving on the sup with mast foot insert concept .Pleasantly we were surprised that the Sup element was not really compromised at all , yet as a windsurfer it out performed all the other brands offerings . A win win situation !!

Don’t just take their word for it… heres what BOARD MAGAZINE had to say…

There’s no doubt windsurfing can be a tricky sport to get into and traditional beginners boards have far from helped the cause.  They are big, heavy, difficult to transport, difficult to store and when you progress they quickly become redundant.

The first inflatable windsurfing boards onto the market were really just SUP boards with a mast base fitting.  They were followed up by dedicated windsurfing models, but as with many new technologies, prices were not competitive.  The first dedicated inflatable windsurfing board I tried was over £1400 for the board only!

But a couple of years down the line, things are in a much better place and the new O’Shea iWind has pushed the envelope again.  This is a board designed equally from a windsurfing and SUP perspective.  You can buy it as a board only for £749 or complete with a choice of a 2.0m, 3.0m, 4.5m or 5.5m rig from £998 (depending upon rig size).

Learning should be simple and that’s what O’Shea have rightly strived for with the iWind.  So with the ethos of keeping it simple, here are 10 very simple things that we think are cool about the iWind –

  1. It’s big! Stability is key when you are learning. If you feel stable, you feel confident and can progress a lot quicker.  Whilst width might seem the obvious answer, if the board is not long enough, it won’t track in a straight line very well.  The iWind is both long and wide and provides one of the most stable learning platforms we have come across.
  2. It windsurfs well. With the center fin in place, the iWind strikes a really nice balance between being directional enough to make forward and upwind progress without squirrelling around, yet is still maneuverable enough for a child with a small rig to be able to turn with ease.
  3. It SUP’s well. A lot of these combination windsurf/SUP boards end up being a little too wide and short to be good for SUP’ing, but the length of the iWind again makes it nicely directional and good for covering distance with a paddle. The volume and stability are also a bonus and even allow the captain to carry a few passengers!
  4. It’s a good price! At £998 complete with a rig (2.0m) its hard to complain about the value on offer here. If you don’t need a rig, the board alone will cost you £749. If it costs less than £1000 to give the same pleasure to your friends and family that you get from windsurfing, and have a light wind toy as part of the bargain, that seems pretty good value to us.
  5. The rig is ready to go. Each size of sail comes with its own unique mast and boom, meaning that there is no messing around with adjustment. Simply pull the sail to the bottom and the outhaul to the end and you are good to go.
  6. The rig works really well. This style of rig may look low-tech, but don’t be deceived. They are designed to compliment this style of board, being light, easy to rig, powerful in light winds and giving plenty of feel and feedback in the hands. You can also go smaller than you might think with this style of rig, making the first steps easier.  3.0m is perfect for most adults to learn on and our 10 year old test pilots were perfectly matched to the 2.0m
  7. This board should be durable. O’shea have gained a lot of experience and built a solid reputation within the inflatable SUP market for producing durable boards. They have applied the same technology to the iWind, so we would expect many seasons of trouble free sailing. These inflatable boards are great because they don’t scratch, dent and ding like a traditional hard board.  There is of course always the potential to puncture them, but they are extremely tough, so you would have to be pretty careless/ unlucky for that to happen.
  8. It’s not just a beginners board. Open your mind and you will realize there are so many fun days to be had on this board. Here are a few suggestions; Learn to helicopter tack, duck gybe and fast tack.  Learn the basics in light winds and you will be 90% there next time you are on your short board. Go explore.  Pack some food, a mobile phone and head off downwind along the coast, exploring areas you might never have ventured otherwise.  At the end of the day give a friend a call and get them to pick you up.  Your inflatable board will fit in their car no problem! Give your friends a ride on the front of the board. The iWind is plenty big enough for this, giving them a sense of what windsurfing is about without them having to try!  Go fishing.  Sail (or SUP) out with a fishing line, a picnic and a cool beverage and let the hours pass by!  You get the idea, with a bit of imagination, the iWind is a board than can open up many new adventures.

Cornwal Wave Classic 2015

Many thanks to Ian Manual Ross, the team down at RB sails and the BWA for another epic event down in Cornwall at the Cornwall wave classic 2015.

 

The weekend started out with the pro fleet on the Friday, kicking off with pumping surf and building winds. It was a great comp to watch with challenging conditions for the riders who could have done with a few more knots of wind in the big swell. Needless to say they powered through, made it look easy and put on a great show!

Congratulations to Ross Williams who came out on top after the Single eliminations with Jamie Hancock in second place, Adam Lewis in third and Steve Thorpe in fourth.

 

The wind didn’t come through for the later part of the weekend but the sun was shining, the swell was pumping and the BWA and RB sails teamed together to make it yet another memorable event.

 

A huge thanks to Mark Hosegood and the pros who offered clinics and invaluable advice in the morning. They provided some very beneficial sessions on competition, wave riding and getting the most out of your kit. They were also on hand all weekend offering tips and support.

 

For the afternoon on Saturday we moved over to Marizion where the BWA, RB sails and Sam Ross put on a great SUP competition for the youth fleet. They were all great candidates and fully embraced the competition spirit- definitely names to watch out for in the future!

With the heats drawn out, the lights set up and the judges ready and raring to go it was a strong introduction for the youths to the excitement of competition and heat tactics. Sam Ross was on hand – a top mentor for the fleet getting involved with the action and giving valuable tips and techniques, which added to, the great experience for all involved. Everybody was stoked to see the noticeable improvement and progression of the riders throughout the heats.

Well done to Jack Petit who came in first place nailing it on the last wave in the final, James Arnold- Smith in 2nd, Lucas Meldrum in 3rd and Jenna Petit in 4th. All the riders gave an exceptional performance including Sam Hall, Alex Hudson, Kyle Gould, Scott Stallman, Joe Trinder and Jeremy Whale.

 

For the final day the swell was really pumping and 12 competitors set out into the surf for a combined sup, surf comp. It was a great fun comp with all the fleets Pros, Ams, Masters and youths mixed together and everybody was on top form.

 

The competition took place in the format of two 25-minute heats and one 25-minute final so a real test of stamina for the riders involved!

Well done to Bubble on JP who won the final, Jack Petit taking 2nd and Sam Ross on a red inflatable and Warren Rowe on Starboard who came joint 3rd. A special mention to 14-year-old Jenna Petit who was awarded for the biggest take off and showing some exceptional skill in the swell throughout the weekend.

 

 

NEW BRITISH RECORD by Farrel O’Shea

Luteritz speed challenge

New British record by Farrel oshea

 

Conditions have been firing in Luterizt and Monday was a record breaking day on all accounts! The winds blew up much stronger than predicted reaching more than 50 knots in the gusts! (creating some gnarly conditions for the riders down the channel as they battled through strong sand blasts).

 

Antoine Albeau started to go over 51 knots and was joined by Patrik Diethelm

Antoine Albeau broke his world record, for the first time, achieving 52.41 kts!

Then he continued to break it another 5 times: 52.50 kts – 52.76 kts – 53.1 knots and then the actual World Record which now stands at a highly impressive 53.27 kts.

 

Huge contratulations to Farrel O’Shea who smashed the British record and broke the 50 kts barrier with massive speed of 51.2kts- putting him 5th in the windsurf world speed rankings!!! The previous British record was 48.82 kts

 

The Luteritz speed challenge is an annual speed sailing event where the fastest sailors from over the globe attempt to smash speed records on the water!

 

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the world sailing speed record council overlook the event. Challengers will sail over a 500-meter distance, during which the average speed is determined. Speeds are measured with high precision by two cameras placed on the start and finish lines of the run, and computer monitored. A display at the end of the run instantly displays the riders average speed and ranking as they pass the finish line.

 

Its held West of Lüderitz at the Southern end of a 7km lagoon. Between the months of August and March each year

every year there is a consistent, strong wind, blowing from the south at the perfect angle of 140 degrees to the sailing course.

 

The course has been developed since its first run in 2007 where challengers sailed over a curved course. The following year a straight course was created by digging along the shore- this provided a uniform depth over the entire run. It was the developed further by placing sand upwind of the run and using tempory wood to reduce the chop formed from the 40-50 knot winds. The full course is 800m, which includes the launching and slow down stages before and after the official 550 WSSRC distance.

Windsurf clinic Tenerife March 2016

TENERIFE 2016 WINDSURF CLINIC

20TH MARCH- 27TH MARCH

We are really excited to be announcing the upcoming clinic with Colin Dixon from Windsurf Coaching put on especially for Puravida customers. This is specialist clinic available to anyone who is looking at progressing towards wave sailing.

Colin has many years experience as a pro coach working for club Vass and now offering clinics on the road with Windsurf Coaching. He is a very dedicated and enthusiastic coach with many testimonials complimenting his achievements in transforming clients windsurfing techniques. The Tenerife clinic offers an introduction to waves and jumping control, a great opportunity for anybody looking at progressing their skills towards wave sailing. The focus of the clinic is to get you whipping around on a wave board, giving you the skills and confidence to combat the coastal shores of the UK!

The coaching is superb value with personal tuition from Colin Dixon for 6 days out of 7. You will be on the water as much as possible and for the times in between he’ll be passing on his knowledge through on land and simulator sessions. During the week you will be doing a fair few video sessions, this is the best way for you to see your self and evaluate where you are going wrong (don’t forget to bring a usb stick or a hard drive so you can take the footage home)

In the evenings see the town as the locals know it with Colin Dixon as your host, taking you to all of the favourite places to eat and drink and enjoy the company of the other guests (come as a guest leave as a friend)

The costs of the trip can be adapted to suit any budget through choice of accommodation and flights. The coaching is £300 for the week with kit rental on top.

The rental center that windsurf coaching works with offers the best kit available on the market (all 100% carbon masts and booms) and up to seven different brands- so a great opportunity to demo a range of kit!

For more information about availability and pricing please call us in store on 02920 711946.

Puravidas guide to hitting the big chill…

The chills coming in after a mild December but theres no need for that to keep you off the water!

With rapid increases in neoprene technology and onshore post surf products even the fair weather sailer needn’t miss out on those winter storms!

With the low pressure systems moving through the UK during the winter months it’s the time of year for the most exhilarating of session. Why let your wetsuit hold you back?!!!!!

SIZE IT UP!

  • It doesn’t matter what your wetsuit looks like or how much you spend on it, if it doesn’t fit its not going to do the job! Too big and it won’t insulate you properly, too small it will restrict your movement.
  • The other key factor to bear in mind is the neoprene thickness. The colder the conditions the thicker the wetsuit should be, but don’t worry with the advances in neoprene technology and enormous improvement in flexibity it keeps the bendiest of freestyles happy (5mm for temps ranging from 5-15 degree c).

Heres our guide to the top products for beating the chill….

Puravida wants your old boards!

All this wind and mild weather has seen the busiest January we’ve ever had for windsurfing……so hopefully that’s a sign of a good year to come at the local beaches!! Keep ripping!!

We currently have a huge demand for second hand boards across pretty much all the size ranges at Puravida, both locally and mail order!

If you are thinking of changing boards or upgrading then now is a good time as we are looking for more used boards to get in the rack…….

To support this we will be running some special offers on trade- in’s against new or ex-demo boards!  We are offering a minimum of £200 for any old board against new/ ex demo boards. With our exclusive trade in offers your likely to get a bit more for your used kit at the moment!

What we are looking for is boards from 2010 onwards ideally – but drop us a line anyway if you have something else just incase we have a customer for it!

Please call the shop anytime on 02920 711946 to speak with Jim or Heather. Alternatively you can email any enquiries to jim@puravidaboardriders.co.uk

Our winter opening hours are: Tuesday to Saturday 10m till 6pm

Coffee is fresh and free and we look forward to catching up and hearing about your winter sessions!

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