Saturday, September 6, 2014

For Sale


Its that time to replace my sails and due to the injury some of the sails i'm selling are still brand new while the others have had little use, pics of some of the items i am selling can be seen by following this link http://irl-250.blogspot.ie/2010/01/for-sale.html and as always i can do a discount if more than one item is bought

The KA Koncept i use for speed sailing but is equally as good for use as a slalom sail or blasting at your local flat water spot. I've clocked over 40 knots using the KA Koncept so if your looking for a fast sail that's easy to use,then look no further, this is the sail for you. The 5.0 - 6.6 can be rigged on RDM masts and i can sell the optional RDM cam kit if required, 7.5 - 9.5 rig on SDM masts

The KA Kaos is a wave sail but can also be used as a high wind bump and jump sail. This sail can be rigged on a SDM or RDM masts

Sail specs for the 2008 KA Kaos can be found here http://www.windsurfing.kasail.com/archive/2008/2008-kaos.html 

Sail specs for the 2012 KA Koncept can be found here http://www.windsurfing.kasail.com/koncept-2012/ and the 2013 KA Koncept here http://www.windsurfing.kasail.com/koncept-2013/

2012 9.5m KA Koncept (Red/Black)(I have put my sail number and sponsors logo's on the sail but it's Unused and only rigged once) - 350 euros
2013 8.5m KA Koncept (Yellow/Black)(Used once) - 350 euros
2012 7.5m KA Koncept (Purple/Black)(Unused since November 2012 Due To Injury) - 250 euros
2012 6.6m KA Koncept (Yellow/Black)(Unused since November 2012 Due To Injury) - 250 euros
2013 6.2m KA Koncept (Yellow/Black)(Brand New and Unused) - 350 euros
2012 5.8m KA Koncept (Yellow/Black)(Unused since November 2012 Due To Injury) - 250 euros
2013 5.4m KA Koncept (Yellow/Black)(Brand New and Unused) - 350 euros
2013 5.0m KA Koncept (Yellow/Black)(Brand New and Used) - 350 euros
2008 4.4m KA Koncept (Red/White/Black) - 90 euros

2008 4.7m KA Kaos (Orange/White) - 70 euros

I also have the following recommended masts for these sails available:-

520cm 100% Carbon SDM KA Sails Mast - 300 euros
490cm 100% Carbon SDM KA Sails Mast - 250 euros
460cm 100% Carbon SDM KA Sails Mast - 300 euros
460cm 100% Carbon SDM KA Sails Mast - 250 euros
460cm 100% Carbon RDM KA Sails Mast - 250 euros (Spare top section included in sale)
430cm 100% Carbon RDM KA Sails Mast - 250 euros
400cm 100% Carbon RDM KA Sails Mast - 250 euros
400cm 100% Carbon RDM KA Sails Mast - 250 euros
370cm 100% Carbon RDM Tushingham Carbon Mast - 180 euros

ACCESSORIES

Gaastra Race Footstraps (Lightweight And Don't Absorb Water) (Set of 4) - 15 euro

WETSUITS

5/3mm Pro Motion Storm Winter Suit (XL Short) - 70 euro
4/3mm Pro Motion Charger Full Arm Suit (XL Short) - 70 euro
3/2mm Pro Motion Storm Convertible Summer Suit (XL Short) - 50 euro
2mm Pro Motion Wizzard Short John (XL) - 30 euro
1.5mm Pro Motion Neo Skin Long Sleeve Wetsuit Top (XL) - 20 euro
(works great with the 3/2 Storm Convertible)
1.5mm Pro Motion Hooded Vest (XL) - 20 euro
(Great for the winter under a winter suit)

If you are interested in any of my windsurfing gear please contact me at:-

alastairnichol@gmail.com

Keep checking back as i always have kit for sale

Friday, January 17, 2014

KA Sails 2014

The 2014 KA Sail range is looking awesome this year and yet again Peter Weitenberg, Jesper Orth, Martin Love and Andrew McDougall improving the already great KA Sail Range. There's sail range is mostly unchanged with no new sail models added this year but the KA Kaos has now been dropped from the range. This year the following sails are available

Killer

The Killer is KA's all round Real World 5 batten wave sail. The 5 battens maximise the sails stability and wind range allowing the rider to commit his focus 100% to riding the wave. If you're looking for a great all round wave sail to use in a range of conditions then look no further, the 2014 Killer is a awesome wave weapon that will respond to everything you throw at it. This sail is also very much suited the the onshore and cross onshore conditions we find here in Europe

Available in the following sizes 3.3, 3.7, 4.2, 4.7, 5.0, 5.3, 5.6 and 6.2


Kryptonite

The Kryptonite is KA's 4 batten maneuver orientated wave/freestyle sail. It has a shorter more compact profile compared to the Killer with a bit less built in foil shape for a more throw about persona. Lighter and stronger in 2014 the Kryptonite brings wave and freestyle sailing to a level that is out of this world. If your looking for a down the line wavesail or freestyle sail, this is the sail you want

Available in the following sizes 3.3, 3.7, 4.2, 4.7 and 5.3


Kult

The Kult is KA's bump and jump allround sail which excels while playing around on flat water and in small waves. Heavier sailors such as myself find the Kult perfect for use as a light wind wave sail due to it's extra power compared to the other 2 wave sail ranges and it is also a excellent freeride sail, the all terrain Kult, take it anywhere. For all round freeride performance there is no better choice.

Available in the following sizes 4.7, 5.3, 5.8, 6.4 and 7.0


Kama

The Kama has been designed specifically for the entry level freeride market, this is a sail that will enhance the learning experience and take sailors beyond those first steps on the water. It is a perfect choice for beginners and entry level sailors and is easy to rig, waterstart and jibe.

Available in the following sizes 3.5, 4.5, 5.5 and 6.5


Koyote

The Koyote is KA's no cam freeride weapon. All the learnings from the continuous R&D programme for the Koncept have been incorporated into this sail so it has a powerful lower half to deliver great planing power and has a progressive leach twist and slippery upper foil profile that reduces drag and delivers a blistering top speed. This sail is seriously fast and has topped 40 knots on numerous occasions

Available in the following sizes 5.3, 5.9, 6.6, 7.4 and 8.2


Koncept

The Koncept is considered to be KA's signature sail and has both impressed and brought smiles to speed freaks around the world for many years. A personal favourite of mine, i use this sail myself for speedsailing. The Koncept combines the blistering speed and acceleration of a race sail with the user friendliness of a freeride sail. Feels light in your hands with the stability of high performance race sail but doesn't become a monster you cannot hang onto. The smaller sizes 4.2-6.2 have more shape lower down and optimised more for speed sailing and 6.6-9.5 and a little flatter and more slalom orientated and faster across the wind. Can be used on RDM and SDM mast, personally i use RDM's in my 6.6 and below and SDM's in my 7.5 and above. Koncept the science of speed!!

Available in the following sizes 4.2, 4.6, 5.0, 5.4, 5.8, 6.2, 6.6, 7.5, 8.5 and 9.5


KaRace

The KaRace is KA's race winning weapon that allows any serious racer to reach his or her's full potential and it is constantly being fine tuned. The highly successful 2013 design has been improved again with multiple small tweaks and changes rather than massively changing the already great design, which when all combined pushed the performance level even higher. The end result is a lighter and softer feel will less pull from up high making the sail easier to lock down especially in rougher water. With new cams the sail has a greater lower foil profile and also improve ratation. In the hands of KA's new team rider Peter Volwater, expect to see some good results on the PWA this year

Available in the following sizes 5.4, 6.3, 7.1, 7.9, 8.7, 9.4, 9.8, 10.8 and 11.8


I will have the KA Koncept and KA Kult available for demo here in Ireland so if you want to try these excellent sails then give me a shout and if you want to see further information on the KA Sail range or the mast, booms and accessories available you can check them out here

See you on the water

Mistral 2014


Checkout the 2014 Mistral Board Range. You can see all the boards on the Mistral website at http://www.mistral-windsurfing.com/

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Sponsor


I am very pleased to announce that i have become a team rider for Gath Helmets UK.

To anyone participating in an extreme sport Gath needs no introduction as they produce the best helmets on the market and the chosen helmet by top sportsmen around the world.

There's been quite a few times when i have been speedsailing where i have crashed, hit my head and been dazed in the water not knowing what happened. Luckily when this has happened i have not been knocked out or seriously injured my head but as i continue to push my limits in what speeds i can achieve on the water i decided now it was now time to make sure i am protected from serious injury and from being knocked out if i ever hit my head.

I am stoked to now be representing Gath Helmets and being part of this iconic extreme sports brand

You can check them out on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/Gath.Helmets and checkout the Gath Helmet range here http://www.gathhelmets.co.uk/

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Updated For Sale List


Are you looking to get a new wetsuit?? Just updated my for sale list with my old Pro Motion wetsuits, you can check out the pictures here:-

http://irl-250.blogspot.ie/2010/01/for-sale.html

5/3mm Pro Motion Storm Winter Suit (XL Short) - 90 euro
4/3mm Pro Motion Charger Full Arm Suit (XL Short) - 80 euro
3/2mm Pro Motion Storm Convertible Summer Suit (XL Short) - 60 euro
2mm Pro Motion Wizzard Short John (XL) - 40 Euro
1.5mm Pro Motion Neo Skin Long Sleeve Neoprene Top (XL) - 30 euro
1.5mm Pro Motion Hooded Neoprene Vest (XL) - 30 euro

All suits are in excellent condition and the only reason i am selling is due to me now being sponsored by Spartan Wetsuits, they have only a couple of seasons use and not been used at all this year due to injury.

Get in touch if you need a new wetsuit

Also still got my current KA Koncept's and KA Kaos wavesails, if you need a new sail then get in touch, can post/ship at buyer cost

Friday, October 11, 2013

10 Seconds

This short windsurfing video has been around for a while now but is a great Speedsailing video shot a few years ago at Strand Horst in Holland, enjoy

10 seconds from Michel Meijer on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Choosing The Right Size Vector Fin For Your Board/Sail Size

Vector Fins have published these following fin selector charts for the fins available to buy and are a great guide to help you choose the right fin you need for the Board/Sail combinations you have. Factors such as sailor level, boards, sails, rider weight/size and sailing conditions all comes into play when choosing the right fin but these fin selector charts are a good base guide to start from.

Click on the pictures below for an enlarged version

Vector Canefire Slalom

The standard for slalom racing. Fast and stable with exceptional control. Superb upwind and early planing performance. The straight leading edge and positive curved trailing edge together with the slightly wider tip section, making sure to deliver a lifty fin that will get the wider tail boards up and going. Great for flatter to choppy water conditions. A personal favourite fin of mine in the larger sizes and recommended sizes to buy are 34cm-46cm


Vector EX Slalom 

This fin was designed for the rougher, highwind Maui slalom series and has been used for speed series all over the world. It has a curved leading edge with some tip sweep. Recorded 43 knots on Maui's open ocean conditions. If you want control this is your fin, it'll keep the nose of the board down and is a great fin for lighter riders as well or sailors that want to keep the board very flat and sailing mostly downwind. The fins is more swept back for this control and older style boards with a narrower tail like these fins. A personal favourite of mine in the smaller sizes and recommended sizes to buy are 28cm-36cm


Vector Rockit Slalom 

This is one of the longest running Vector designs and this solid winner utilizes straight lines and a bit more power in the tip in a simple outline that deliver a all round performance for all conditions. It has more upwind ability than the EX but is still extremely fast off the wind with excellent control. Will fit most boards, modern as well and older style. Recommended sizes to buy 28cm-38cm


Vector Volt Slalom 

Lots of development and testing has gone into the Volt slalom fins. These fins will make your board handling a breeze and increase your speed potential. Made for "full on" slalom boards and again tested by PWA slalom sailors on different boards over a long period of time. Drive and acceleration comes from width in the base, then a moderate flex and slightly swept back profile gives you the control even in the most demanding of conditions, upwind, across the wind and downwind. A concave in the trailing edge makes them very slippy through the water. These fins are developed for racing with max pressure on the fin at all times and will perform in any condition. For racing, acceleration, jibing, top end speed and control these fins are a winner. Recommended sizes to buy are all sizes 28cm-48cm


Vector Slalom Weed

Not just a racked back pointer fin!!. Designed to perform as a slalom weed fin. The wide base ensure push/drive and the ridged profile will deliver control all with a very refined profile, especially developed for the raked fin angle


Vector Delta Speed

Speed and control, the Delta speed is a master of work and has proven to take the speed potential of any riders to the next level. With it's unique design of looking something like a shark s fin it stands out from the crowd. It didn't take many speed runs to figure out why they are so popular and in high demand from speed sailors worldwide. Aggressively raked back for board control, really wide base section for max push/drive without ever letting go and a refined foil section profile develope for high speed. Board control is at a maximum at all times as these fins don't lift the nose of the board out of the water when a gust hits, you can hold on and just keep pushing the endless top speed. Compared to a normal pointer fin you will need to use a fin 3-4cm shorter as the Delta Speed will deliver the same power. Slalom sailors have even been seen using these fins for their amazing control and top speed potential. If it's all about speed then look no further. Another personal favourite of mine and recommended to buy in all sizes 19cm-27cm


Vector Delta Speed Weed

The name says it all. High performing speed fins that will ensure not to catch and weed on the speed run. Many places with shallow water also have weed and the last thing you want is to crash at full speed sailing into it, the Delta Speed Weed is the answer for those conditions.



If you need help on choosing any of these fins please get in touch and leave a comment here and i'll reply and all these fins are available to buy at www.windsurfingfins.co.uk