Perfect Kona Summer Day

EXOCET KONA
 
First day of Summer…not a cloud in the sky…10-13mph breeze at our local lake…cruisin’…smilin’…

The handling of the 6.8m2 Aerotech Cuben Fibre Phantom on the Kona was like a butterfly flitting about…;-)

Exocet Kona at Lake Lopez
More Kona pics:
 

Here’s my “marketing hype” based on personal experience, and feedback from my clients…the Kona sells itself…it exceeds expectations…every one that I’ve put on the water has sold another…like I said previously, comparisons to wide-style high performance boards isn’t really apples to apples…just like it wouldn’t be that valid to comment on a FW board’s wave riding capabilities, or standup paddling capability compared to the Kona’s…or pricing differential of a $2K FW board to the $1199 Kona with full soft EVA top…the Kona is only 60% of the cost of a high end Formula hull…it doesn’t require double digit sail sizes (10.Xm2) to match up with it…nor 70cm fins…it works great in sub-planing conditions…it goes over 30kts…you can wavesail it…and standup paddle it…

Furthermore, Exocet has stated that it’s design won’t change for 5-7 years…
Fleets and regattas will develop…races will be help and wave riding comps as well…a windsurfing “standard” is destined to be re-established, if I’m reading the tea leaves correctly…

The first container in the US has long been sold out…and we have a waiting list for the next shipment of Konas due in mid-July…

Further observations…

The Kona has a fair bit of rocker that you can see in the pics…quite a bit of nose (and tail) out of water once planing…

Pure physics says that F= M x A…the Kona has a lot of mass…therefore, it requires a bit of wind force to get it planing…but, while it is in sub-planing mode, it is a joy to cruise around on…once planing, it is deceptively “fast”…
It has been clocked on GPS over 30 kts…and didn’t get embarassed coming in 16th out of a fleet of 600 in the Gruissan in 25kt winds…and it “slow planes” better than any board I’ve been on…I mean, in the footstraps and harnessed in cruisin’…

Remember, the Kona weighs over 30lbs…a bit more with the daggerboard in…but, when you pick it up, it doesn’t “feel” heavy for it’s size…

Even more Kona pics:
http://www.surfingsports.com/kona_standup/index.html

 
The Kona is not perfect, no board is…but, it can turn an ordinary day into a perfect day…and that’s what life is all about…{:~)
 

 

 
 

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