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Test 2001 Feedback Festival

By Martin Trees with Andy Gurtner

This year’s equipment test was quickly dubbed the 2000+1 Feedback/Festival as we set ourselves the goal of providing detailed equipment feedback, together with lifestyle coverage of the many people involved.

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The Results: Boards

By Martin Trees with Andy Gurtner

For many windsurfers the ultimate experience is to ride waves, and manufacturers cater to that desire in spectacular form. Perhaps the most enduring image in windsurfing is of someone riding Jaws or Ho’okipa, highlighting by perspective the awesome power of the sea and the vulnerability, yet persistence, of the sailor dwarfed by the onrushing wall of water.

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The 2000+1 Sail Test

By Martin Trees with Andy Gurtner

Sail trimming was, as ever, an intricate issue. While we’d all like sails that are uncomplicated and rig easily, the truth is that sails need accurate trimming in order to work as intended.

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2001 Feedback Festival

By Martin D. Trees

The sun shone, the tropical rains stayed away (mostly) and the wind blew—boy did it ever blow. The American Windsurfer 2000+1 Equipment Test held in Maui throughout the month of October was itself like a tropical clearing wind.

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2000 Maui Equipment Test: Bogus is as Bogus Does

By Sam Moses

If the introduction to this 2000 board and sail test reads like the introduction to a book, it’s because the project became like a book. Having written two non-fiction books, I know.

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Test 2000 – Board Reviews

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Harness Round-up

By Ken Winner

A Guide To Getting Hitched: PART 1 — Buying a harness is like buying a raincoat: You go for function. If you go for style, you're probably going to get wet.

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Harness Lines Round-up

By Ken Winner

Are these trick new lines worth it? Well, most windsurfers still don’t need all the features the fanciest harness lines boast. But some might. To know where you stand, you have to understand the features.

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1999 Equipment Test: All-around Boards

By Ken Winner

These boards might be called all-around boards. Generally, they are about 13 feet long, and most have a centerboard, which enables the rider to float with stability and sail in virtually any direction.

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1999 Equipment Test: Slalom & Light Wind Boards

By Ken Winner

A lot of shortboarders want a board big enough to float them back to the beach if the wind dies. However, if the wind is less than 15 to 20, the wind force isn’t so great that a big board gets in the way. It really doesn’t hurt to have a floaty board.

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How To Use Use This

By Ken Winner

While we know that using this report in the bath tub won’t cause you to be electrocuted, we still feel the need to provide a few tips for wading through the mass of information that such a report inevitably becomes.

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1999 Equip Test: Slalom & Light Wind Sails

By Ken Winner

THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS: Having a catamaran at your service was a luxury. Sailing the flat waters off Fishermen’s Huts can get tedious unless you have a windsurfer-carrier and can boldly go where no windsurfer has gone before.

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Short & Wide

By Ken Winner

The latest trend in board design– toward more width and less length– is one of those innovations that appears headed immediately for long-term orbit. To some degree, it promises to combine the simplicity of a shortboard with the stability of a longboard