RodBos wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:11 am
I’d be interested in your thoughts on the new blue AHD 85
So far I have only used it once. I had high hopes for it since I really liked the AHD SL2. I use it with a AFS W95 and with that it is the best balanced board I have had. As you say it was developed with the AFS foils so it should balance.
Here is my report back to Kai sports (the AHD importer)
" The wind was all over the place both in strength and direction. I went with a 7.5 but should have been on my 6.5.
Getting going - It was quite choppy so it was hard to tell just how easy it will fly, it certainly was not slow to fly and didn't seem to need any special technique, it just naturally sets off. In a lull I tried my sl2 technique of bouncing the foil, it did help but I guess the bigger tail is harder to pump. But it is a area that will get better as I get used to the board.
Flight - easy in and out of the straps, very comfortable in the straps. The board is more responsive to altitude corrections ie it will go up or down quicker than any other board I have foiled on. I think the straps are about 4cm wider apart than on the sl2 which would explain it. The board seems to naturally fly level (side to side)and when using the back strap there was no tendency for it to drop the windward rail. I think due to a combination of being further out means you drive the board a bit harder and it did seem faster at times which is what I expected might happen.
Over foiling/touch downs, I think the shorter length made dropping from full height a bit more dramatic but the nose would hit and then it would sort of plane on its nose. With a lot of boards - you drop and because your weight goes back to try to save the situation the board then bounces back up and it is often not the first drop that gets you but the second. On the thunderbolt it didn't seem to do the bounce back up again and the nose seemed to keep tracking with speed. It might be the wide tail means that when you come down hard it doesn't sink in and put the nose up again.
Gybeing - I will need to adjust a bit, with my usual technique the board came up very high as I started to carve then it went round fine. My feet need to get used to the deck shape but there is lots of room for wayward feet.
Upwind/ downwind - It pointed higher and went broader than any other board I have foiled.
So in summary I guess it is all as expected and hoped for and I look forward to getting used to it."
In fairness to other boards such as the JP, when I had the JP I was not as competent as I am now so I am sure I would now be able to get more out of the JP than I did in the early days.
Having had the NP foil and then changed to AFS they seem similar in where they lift from.