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Fanatic Blast

Just when I was getting used to the idea of "free move" windsurf boards\sailboards ...
The following things happened ...

  1. The freemoves gained such popularity that ...
  2. The Gecko replaced the Fanatic Shark completely - NO MORE Sharks !!
  3. The Fanatic Hawk 135 disappeared
  4. The BLAST as a "free carve" showed up and then
  5. The Hawks disappeared completely - NO MORE Hawks !!
Somewhere I read the disappearing model(s) had been around for about ten(10) years ...
For me certain models like the Sharks and the Rockets feel like they are timeless ...
Excellent boards that are difficult to improve on  even more ...
The Tabou Rocket has managed to stay around - for now ....

Before we go too far, the Blast is apparently based on the Stubby concept and looks like this:


That image makes it look like a typical freeride and does NOT show how it has a parallel outline with the stubby nose .. Let's try again ...



Ah, much better. One can see the narrow diamond tail (like the AHDs) and the wide middle to front that is almost parallel plus the wide, short stubby nose ...

Personally I am NOT a big fan of the narrow tail nor the short boards. Thought this was due to my lack of windsurf skills, but was reassured when reading some comments from John Ingebritsen on the iwindsurf forums where he does NOT like the short boards nor narrow tails on wide boards and he IS a blaster !!

Here is an extract from the 2017 Fanatic brochure:

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Local windsurfer, Force10 has had the Gecko 120 LTD and now a Blast 115 LTD.
Was surprised that he would change out so quickly ... and asked him about it ...


"The Gecko is a very easy board to sail, supremely polyvalent (multi-purpose), quite fast but it lacks 2 things:

Power in the tail for larger sails in lighter winds, so with my 8.3 it was only good with the 8.3 fully loaded" and "The board was getting pretty big and bouncy around the 6.4 mark"...

These comments don't surprise me due to the narrow tail of the Gecko, but I do NOT see how the Blast would be any better in that regard. However, sailor in question also has a Fanatic Falcon LightWind 152 which should be fine with an 8.x sail and the appropriate fin. Since I have a JP SLW92 which is similar to that Falcon, those boards are fine in 8.x weather if and when there is NOT much chop. With 90+ cm width they tend to slap the water if one is not skimming over it !!

The Gecko 120 is 76 cm wide and slated for sails 6.5-8.5. When I used an 80 cm freeride with a 7 meter sail in the appropriate conditions, it was rough and so, it is not surprising that the Gecko would have issues in 6.4 weather ...

So, how does the Blast 115 address these issues or concerns ?? I do NOT think the power in the tail will be improved... However, the board with 66 cm width should be ideal in 6.4 conditions. My personal concern, once again, is the board is only 232 cm long. 

Force10 does a good description  of the Blast 115 here and he does mention the Blast seems to be for more advanced sailors while the Gecko 120 is a little more forgiving and user friendly...
I will attempt to translate the key factors into English here ...
Actually, let's try google translate :

with some key points about the Blast 115...

"Fast as a slalom board, but "easy" as a Freeride. "

"If you compare with the Gecko 120, the Gecko has more stability, gybes more easily in moderate wind but for the rest, Blast is superior in planing and in high speed gybes."

Force10 mentions "nose dives" in his reviews as do even some reviews on  the shorter Free Moves.

What about the Hawk ??

"The Blast replaces the Hawk with a different approach; It's not the same feeling, it's more "connected", direct, significantly more aggressive in the gybes without asking for better technique, I feel more attack with the Blast. The Hawk cut the chop, whereas the Blast flies over it (absorbs it), you must be in the straps and not be afraid to press the gas ... 

the short nose sinks a little only if you are semi-planing (schlogging)..."

Not sure why, but when I read all this, I get a feeling that it sounds like the new Severne FOX.

When are we satisfied with the boards we have ? It feels like we are always looking for the board that planes earlier. Reminds me of the commercials\adverts back in the day when we watched TV\television. They were always advertising "cleaning even more than white" and the "closer shave". Read somewhere that we now have seven blade razors ??

In any case... it does sound like a FUN board that can kick ass ... If you want to go with bigger sails or are a little less "technical" than Force10 or heavier like me , I guess either a Gecko 120 , 133 or Blast 130 would be the ticket.

Cannot find many videos other than the marketing video @ this time ...

Fanatic Blast 2017 from Fanatic International on Vimeo.


Now get out there and ride !!! sorry - BLAST !!

Now some videos are starting to show up ...

fanatic blast 130 ltd from Rave Creative Ltd on Vimeo.

In the comments section Clyde, who is a lightweight sailor, felt the Blast 115 did NOT meet up to his expectations. He feels it does NOT schlogg well and in terms of early planing has to send it downwind to get it going. Ironically when I posted these concerns on windsurf forums, people suggested freemoves and freewaves. No-one addressed it on the Blast other than one suggestion to move back in the mast track bit.

11 comments :

  1. I hope I like the Blast 115 as much as my 2003 Exocet Speed Slider 67 118 - I just bought one!

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    1. Hope so too !!
      Let us know how it works out for you !!

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    2. On Blue Marsh Lake in Reading PA it was a disappointing day. The Blast does not schlog well. I was missing my Bic Techno 283 that I had sold years ago - one of the best boards ever made in my opinion (but it needs a more standard fin box)
      At Dewey Beach, DE on the first day on the Blast I got hammered trying to uphaul a 7.5 Koncept. Next days were better on a 6.0 and more downhauled 7.5 however my concern as a 130 lb. 5'3" 163 year old is that I would like something more traditional yet lightweight and efficient. Yes, it seemed fast yet controllable on a plane occasionally getting some quick air on the chop, but to get it planning as in many recent shapes you have to shove it downwind and then head up. I'm wondering if I'd like the Gecko better or a Rocket 125. Again, I don't get to the shore very often so I need a board that schlogs comfortably and is able to use my most used sails here in PA 7.5 and 8.5 and the 6.0 when the wind picks up.

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    3. hmmm @ 66 cm width, it is NOT a wide board and so, it is not the width that is an issue in the schlogging department. In terms planing without pumping or heading downwind ... width and longer fins are our friends. Before changing the board, I would try different fins. A longer fin helps in early planing and may even help in schlogging, unless it is the volume that is the issue in the slower mode - at your weight, it should not be the issue ...
      don't give up yet ....

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    4. when I posted your concerns , Clyde, one suggestion was to move the mast track back a bit for planing. Others felt that with your weight and those sails you should be "blasting" - pardon the pun :-)

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    5. I had an Exocet speedslider also, such an amazing board

      I just bought a Mistral Equipe II top condition for the light wind and as a windsurfer (started in the 80 s) i dont like the design of the new boards...raceboards look like floating doors.etc) so i decided that in wont buy anymore boards from factories, i am going back to buy custom made boards, shapers are back and we have more choice than 10 years ago...so ....

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    6. By the way i live in Montreal now but i spent a part of my life ripping the sea on the west coast of France (Brittany)

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    7. Hey FlyingFish: Where do you sail ? I was @ OKA Sunday the 6th @ La Crête, OKA Parc with my Mistral Equipe 2 XR and my HotSailsMaui SpeedFreak 8.5 :-)

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  2. hey Joe.....i was at the Baie D Urfé, the yacht club, i also saw a Kona and another board
    i order a new gasket (the brown one under the board for the daggerboard,) my equipe II is very clean unless the old gasket...i just got the board, with a 6.5 m noth sails, i have to buy a way bigger one .. i used to be very good in the rough sea,used to live in the seaside for decades, and it s the first time ever that i bought such a huge board lol,,,, on facebook i put the pictures of my ex boards and they were way smaller.... anyway, i will keep the mistral for the lightwind and i will buy a custom made board for the medium,,,,,i dont know how to ad pics here :)

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    1. the Kona is my buddy Yan aka Sailboarder. Next time you see him say hello from Joe Windsurfer :-)

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  3. my Equipe II is a 1994 model CHS Carbon Hybrid Sandwich....and my daggeboard is in carbon fiber , so ultra light, i could not believe it ..

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