How to choose your board if you don’t want to end up buying several of them!
The 4 Dynamic Windsurfing board series are organised by optimal usage: Optimus and Invictus have design similarities and are the natural first choice for most sailors. Invictus, though, adds the possibility to sail in nearly gale-force wind when teared down to its 95 liters S-shape. Speedus and Wavus, full carbon, are more niche or dedicated series for speed/slalom, waves/freestyle respectivelly. They also feature the typical Dynamic Windsurfing characteristics and are easy to sail in a broad range of conditions. Every DW series is 1 board that can easily be tailored in 3 to 4 different shapes according to the weather fluctuations and the sailor abilities.
The graph aims at guiding you through different board options. We added a few other brands to give a more comprehensive overview.
Light wind – none to early planing
A big board shape with a center fin/dagger board is the best choice . The volume makes you float higher and increase your speed. The center fin improves stability and allow efficient upwind sailing. DW XL shape Invictus, Optimus or Speedus are the appropriate Dynamic windsurfing board for these conditions : below 10 knots. Wavus can be used in an XL configuration for a kid.
When the wind picks up, these big volume boards, DW L shape, are the first to plane, providing the center fin is removed to avoid too much drag. This configuration is appropriate between 10 to 15 knots.
Medium wind – Planing
Smaller board shapes start to plane and are more fun. Upwind sailing is leveraging the back fin power. A board with a dagger is heavier and stays in the way when the sailor is maneuvering the board.
Use DW M shape Invictus, Optimus, Speedus or Wavus. This configuration is working perfectly between 15 to 25 knots wind speed.
Strong wind – Waves
The waves building up make any of the bigger boards bumpy to sail and hard to control. DW S shape Invictus or Wavus, full carbon, are very agile in rough water. So much fun to ride! These board shapes are ideal above 20 knots wind speed.
|Board name||Board size||Volume||Length||Max width||Weight||Recommended sail|
|Optimus||XL / L / M||175/135 liters||265 cm /235 cm||83 cm||12 kilo /9 kilo||DW XXS - XL
|Speedus||XL / L /M||150/120 liters||265 cm/ 235 cm||75 cm||11 kilo / 8 kilo||DW XXS - XL|
|Wavus||M / S||110/80 liters||265 cm/ 235 cm||60 cm||8 kilo / 6 kilo||DW XXS - M|
|Invictus||XL / L /M / S||175/135/95 liters||265 cm/ 235 cm||83 cm||12 kilo / 9 kilo / 7 kilo||DW XXS - XL|
The XL configuration works perfectly in light wind conditions Its unique central fin is an upwind killer! adding stability and decreasing downwind drifting. For more experienced sailors it can be combined with the largest sail size (7-8m2) as an excellent way to enjoy a not so windy but sunny windsurfing day. It is also perfect for sailing longer distances or training light-wind sailing techniques: Include some pumping and you will even get a real workout!
Optimus XL combined with a smaller sail size is a great combination for beginners.
By simply removing the centre fin Optimus becomes the L-shape version. Only back fin sailing improves the boards planing abilities: only a small gust of wind accelerates the board onto the water surface (plane) and enables speeds exceeding 15 knots. A good sailor will enjoy this configuration in dusty winds and flat water. Intermediate sailors will like this shape as an easy to learn and improve planing technics. The foot straps are placed in a very accessible way for a first usage.
With only 80 liters under your feet this board can be used in more extreme waves for riding big swells or jump them. It is also designed for freestyle and freeride crossover sailing.
Wavus S is build in full carbon to offer stiffness and light weight, reinforced with kevlar to stay intact in brutal waves and crashes. The round pin tail and concave bottom rails gives a good grip and precise rail to rail transition. The additional bottom Vee shape gives control in rough water, sharp acceletation in the waves and very good maneuverability. Wavus S can be confifured with thruster twin or single fin depending on your riding style and the weather conditions.
Unbeatable when it comes to its overall performance, Invictus is THE ONLY board on the market offering a perfect fit in the widest range of weather conditions! As Optimus, Invictus is designed and built to be extremelly robust and invite the surfer to go out from 1 to 40 knots.
The robustness of this series is bulletproof: it is a mix of thick fiber glass and carbon with high density PVC for the deck, giving an excelent stiffness, and a 100% multi directional carbon and sandwich bottom, keeping the board light and optimized for full speed planing. As for the other series, the nose is catapult proof with several additional carbon and carbon kevlar layers. You can assemble and disassemble this board over and over again, or land it to your kids and friends without beeing scared of damages.. In the different shapes description, you will also see that the design caracteristics make it very suitable for more or less extreme sailing.
When the wind picks, between 10 to 15 knots, in a few seccond, unscrew the center fin, and Invictus L is ready to ride and plane! Just a small gust of wind will accelerate it onto the surface of the water (plane) and enable flirting with 20 knots speed. A good sailor can also use Invictus L in gusty wind exceeding 15 knots in order to maximize the average speed. For an intermediate sailor, the L configuration is the perfect design for learning and improving planing techniques: the straps are positioned for an easy reach, the outline features a wide stern combined with a good fin depth enabling pointing high upwind and fairly deep downwind.
The robustness of Optimus is amazing. Let your friend and family borrow it with no worries about having a damaged board back. As can be seen on technology pic the Optimus have thick layers of the finest glass, carbon and kevlar to make it almost bulletproof!
Our 3 series of sails are tested and developed with our boards and perfectly fit together: the 6 sizes would fit any of our DW board series, the low weight even for our most powerfull camber sail makes it easy to handle, the short boom lenght allows to use the bigger sails on smaller board shapes down to 95 liters if you fanzy a powerfull ride. Additionally, you need only 1 mast, 1 extensioner and 1 boom to fit any of the 6 DW sail size.
|Sail||Size||Boom||Mast + extension||MISC|
|Dynamic Windsurfing XL and L||8 and 7 sqm||DW boom 140-193 cm set at L-XL (188 cm)||430 cm DW mast + extension set at L-XL (40 cm)||weight |
|Dynamic Windsurfing M and S||6,2 and 5,2 sqm||DW boom 140-193 cm set at M-S (160 cm)||430 cm DW mast + extension set at M-S (5 cm)||weight|
|Dynamic Windsurfing XS and XXS||4,5 and 3,7 sqm||DW boom 140-193 cm set at XS-XXS (140 cm)||430 cm DW mast + extension set at XS-XXS (0 cm) + top extension 30 cm||weight|
Change board shape:
L->M: Unscrew on both sides, then pull back part L away from the M board.
M->S (Invictus): Reduce M part by unscrew starboard side, then pull starboard part forward to release from port side in front. Then unscrew portside.