Josh Angulo has a great presentation about his new windsurfing boards. He is explaining three main concepts which make these boards different from other slalom boards on the market.
The boards are developed by Josh Angulo and Jean Bouldoires. Three models will be released with a width of 60, 72 and 83 cm. Obviously these designs are focused on the new slalom 63 formula that will be used in the PWA World tour slalom discipline. Riders are allowed to register only 3 boards and 6 sails for the whole season instead of 2 boards and 4 sails for each event.
Three main concepts make the Angulo Magnum boards unique:
- Reduced Tail Area (RTA)
The tail has a bigger, gradual cut out more up to the rail. Because of the RTA the board will have:
- A better consistent release of water of the tail.
- No unwanted lift as seen with they older style cut outs
- Improved riding through chop, with more grip and a smoother feel.
- Reduced Nose Area (RNA)
the RNA looks kind of strange compared to other boards but it has a purpose. The RNA will make the boards:
- Less vulnerable for wind lift because there is little surface to get grip on.
- Less vulnerable for chop and small side waves.
- Extended water line
The extended water line introduces the these advantages:
- better planing in the beginning and this feature will give you more acceleration
- It will improve the planing through wind holes and gust.
The boards can still have the width to get planing in an early stage. This is very important during a race. In general, wider boards start planing earlier than slimmer boards. But when the boards get to wide, the board will become slow or the handling will be decreased.
When you are planing over the water, the tail is the only area of the board in contact with the water. Cut outs in the boards reduce the surface in the water and make the boards faster because there is less resistance (in theory :)).
Starboard is also trying to fix this problem by reducing the thickness of the nose.
The extended water line will go hand in hand with the RNA. In the earlier years light wind boards were very long and slim boards like the F2 Thommen 305. These boards worked really well with light winds but when the wind became stronger the handling decreased (and because of that, the speed).
In my opinion Angulo is answering common design problems and creates nice compromises with these concept. We will have to see how good they work in the PWA World Tour.
Check out the video yourself:
What is your view on the new Angulo Magnun slalom boards?